I cannot believe that tomorrow I will be 22 weeks pregnant. Where has the time gone?! It feels like yesterday that I eagerly waited for the second line to appear on my pregnancy test.
How I am feeling overall
I truly am feeling so blessed, happy and grateful in my pregnancy. I know there are a lot of people who don't enjoy being pregnant, but I can honestly say I love it and I am so grateful for that. Baby boy has been kicking so much and I just love feeling him kick and roll around in my belly! It is the most insane, indescribable feeling and makes me feel so connected to him.
Pregnancy has taught me a lot. Physically, my body has changed so much and I truly can say I am embracing every part of it. I am so amazed at the female body and how our bodies adapt and change to nurture a beautiful baby.
With all of that said, this pregnancy journey has brought up a lot of emotions for me. It has made me miss my mum a whole lot more, who passed in 2014. Not being able to chat to her about her pregnancy, birth and motherhood has been tough. But I am so blessed to have the support of an incredible husband, friends, family and God.
In terms of diet and exercise, I have been really consistent. I have been working out 5 x per week, getting my steps in, drinking lots of water and eating lots of fresh whole-foods. I truly know what they mean when they say the second trimester is your "best" trimester! I have my energy back, I don't need to nap at 12pm like the first trimester, I don't have any food aversions and I haven't been sick! I have been seeing a women's health Physiotherapist. She is amazing! I have linked her page here. I wanted to make sure I was taking care of my pelvic floor, abdominal coning and getting the correct modifications for my workouts and my body. My Physio is super happy with how everything is looking - all thanks to her homework and exercises she has given me! If you are pregnant and tossing up whether or not to see a women's health Physio, do it. It is so worth it in my opinion.
My workout schedule:
- Monday: Full-body circuit
- Tuesday: Upper-body focused functional strength training
- Wednesday: Rest day
- Thursday: Lower body strength session
- Friday: Pregnancy pilates with my beautiful Physio Charlotte + a long walk
- Saturday: Full-body functional strength training
- Sunday: Rest day
As you can probably tell, I love using weights. I'm a resistance training kind of girl. It helps keep me strong, agile and mobile. I will never have a session in the gym that is straight cardio (unless I am walking or running outside).
What I Eat in a Day While Pregnant
These are the things I have been doing daily:
- I eat plenty of whole-foods: fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, meat, good quality dairy, whole-grains, etc. I also make sure to have a big variety of these foods and mix it up to get a diverse range of vitamins and minerals.
- I wash all of my fruits and vegetables before putting in my fridge.
- I have a high protein diet. I have been eating much more protein Greek yoghurt and meat this pregnancy and make sure that every single meal has protein in it. Super important for baby's development.
- I avoid processed foods and sugar. I will have it here and there (especially first trimester) but I know it doesn't make me feel good so it's not something I will have every day.
- Water, water, water. Like 3.5+ litres a day!
- Taking prenatal vitamins and other supplements, more on that later...
- Have a look at my highlights on my Instagram for more of what I eat in a day
- Wholemeal spelt sourdough toast from our local bakery or Venerdi paleo toast with: 1/2-1 avocado, sautéed kale, rocket and/or spinach, 2 hard poached eggs, sauerkraut (I love the brand Peace, Love & Vegetables) and tomatoes. Easiest way to get 4-5 different types of veggies in one meal!
- Oats in any form (cooked hot on the stove, soaked in milk overnight or as muesli/granola) with all the toppings. I'm talking chia seeds, almonds walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, goji berries, almond or peanut butter, hemp seeds, a high protein yoghurt (I love YoPro), high protein soy milk and fruit. Overnight oats, bircher and protein oatmeal recipes found in my Shred: 30-Day Challenge
- Protein pancakes - recipe linked here
- I will also have a coffee or matcha with my breakfast and I have this with a high protein soy milk (I love the Vitasoy High Protein Soy Milk as it has no added sugar or nasties and 10g protein per serve!)
- If I had oats for breakfast, then I will usually go the toast with everything for lunch (toast, 1/2-1 avocado, sautéed kale, rocket and/or spinach, 2 hard poached eggs, sauerkraut and tomatoes)
- Big chicken salad with quinoa, chickpeas, avocado, olive oil and veggies
- Turkey meatballs with rocket + pasta or sourdough, recipe linked here
- Healthy fried rice (recipe in my Shred: 30-Day Challenge)
- Turkey meatballs
- Meat, roast potato/sweet potato/root veggies + a salad
- Homemade sushi (sans any seafood, yes because I'm pregnant but also I just don't like the taste of it)
- Tofu and vegetable curry (recipe in my Shred: 30-Day Challenge)
- Beef burger with sweet potato fries (recipe in my Shred: 30-Day Challenge)
- Burrito lettuce cups or Mexican bowls (recipe in my Shred: 30-Day Challenge)
- Baked veggie bowls with rice/quinoa and some kind of protein (tofu, chicken).
- Protein shakes with yoghurt, nut butter, frozen fruit, protein powder and oats
- Nuts, seeds, trail mix
- Crackers, hummus and veggies
- Toast with avocado or natural almond/peanut butter, honey and banana
- High protein yoghurt topped with granola, nuts and fruit
My sleep has been amazing since getting my pregnancy pillow. I'll link it here. It's this U-shaped contraption that wraps all the way around me and sits under my belly and supports my back. The first night I despised it and thought "why did I buy this?!" but after another night of giving it a go, I cannot sleep without it! Seriously so good and so comfy.
In terms of skincare, hair care and body care, 99% of products I was using were already pregnancy safe. When I suspected I may have been pregnant, I stopped using retinol and any skincare with active ingredients. I also stopped using my Beauty Chef power and whey protein.
Supplements / Vitamins
- Prenatal vitamin
- Fish oil. I use the Nordic Naturals one.
- Vitamin C
- Protein powder (if I feel like I haven't had enough throughout the day). I use Tropeaka lean protein.
Hopefully that answers some frequently asked common questions that you may have had! If you want to know anything else, let me know!