Pregnancy; 20 weeks bump and training update

I was right; it’s a boy. It’s so weird, I just knew from the beginning and I am carrying so differently that how I did with Lacie. Did I tell you I’ve been having really vivid dreams about a little baby boy too? Strange!!

So here is my 20 weeks bump! My belly has definitely popped now (moreso at night) and to be honest, it’s thrown me – literally! I fell over twice last week, one that resulted in me going to A&E! I guess my balance is just slightly off now I have a bump and I have to slow down a little and be a bit more careful.

So what else is new? Not much really (apart from the bump of course!). I don’t have any stretch marks – I’m using this super-duper cream called Remescar Silicone Stretch Marks Scar Cream, a silicone based cream, which prevents and treats stretch marks by releasing a long lasting protective film that will cover the affected skin and I’m craving sweet stuff like nothing else. Obviously I’m trying not to cave in, and working hard at keeping my blood sugar levels in check by eating every two to three hours and having a good protein rich breakfast like a shake (recipe below) or a big plate of eggs, spinach and avocado.

My wedding ring is also still on, my belly button hasn’t popped quite yet and I’m not feeling too tired or queasy, so all is good!

Training this week has been good too – I’m walking lots and getting a good 45 minutes in in the morning. I loved my circuit this morning, which was;

45 seconds work/15 seconds rest x 4 circuits
* TRX one legged squat on right leg (alternate legs with each round)
* TRX Back pulls (these are great for posture as your boobs get bigger and heavier)
* TRX Press ups
* Side plank with arm reach on right side (alternate sides with each round)

I then finished with a 5k time trial on the bike. Great workout!

My go-to protein-rich breakfast smoothie
Try this tasty protein-rich shake to stop those pesky sugar cravings that like to sneak up on you when you are pregnant. This is a real treat at breakfast time and is really filling!

I got this recipe from the amazing Mirella Ingamells’ pregnancy e-book, which has been a huge help for me when it comes to nutrition and workout ideas….her little one is seven months now and Mirella, like me worked out throughout her whole pregnancy.

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1tbsp peanut butter
1 frozen banana
300ml rice milk
1tsp lucama powder
Handful of ice
Chia & sesame seeds (for sprinkling on top)

Literally all you do is throw it all in the blender and drink up!

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A clean and lean pregnancy

As I approach 41 weeks pregnant, a week overdue, I won’t lie I’ve become seriously apprehensive and stressed. Feeling out of control is not my strong point and the fact that I have an appointment at the hospital on Sunday for some intervention is scaring me too. It wasn’t on the birth plan!!

One thing I can take control of how ever is keeping to a clean and lean lifestyle during these overdue days and doing everything I can to keep me and the bubs healthy and happy. Infact everyone keeps telling me that I should be taking the fact that’s she’s late as a compliment. I’ve created such a lovely little home inside me that she doesn’t want to come out. That’s one good way of looking at it I suppose!

So what do I mean by clean and lean? I mean cutting the C.R.A.P.
C – caffeine
R – refined sugar
A – alcohol
P – processed foods.

One easy way of doing this is going for foods that grow, swim, fly or have eyes. If you couldn’t get it when living in nature, then don’t eat it. Think back to the caveman days. Did they have Pot Noodles? No they had to pick fruits & vegetables and kill their food to eat it.

Another important clean and lean lifestyle point is getting enough sleep. Me and the baby need sleep to help prepare us for what’s coming hopefully in the next few days. We are both going to need energy, so listening to my body and going to bed when I’m tired and waking up when I want to is important.

Cutting stress, limiting my time on my iPhone especially in the bedroom and generally being positive are also vital. These things all go hand in hand when living clean and lean and helping to create a new life, so visualisation, my hypnotherapy and creating vision boards and getting plenty of fresh air all go hand in hand. Try it!

If you need help or advice please don’t hesitate to email me at miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk

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* I am a certified level 3 NASM Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and pre and post-natal fitness expert by Premier Training International