What it feels like, pt 2

During my first trimester, I tried to describe what being pregnant feels like to someone who’s never been knocked up before (you can read it here). As it turns out, being pregnant feels different in your second trimester! Soft That’s the one word I would pick to describe it. Your body feels warm and safe,…

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Relaxin: How does it affect your exercise routine?

Many of us are familiar with the hormone relaxin. As the name implies, it’s responsible for relaxing several systems in your body in preparation for labor. What changes does this create in your body, and what can you do to keep yourself safe and active? Relaxin levels in your body peak around 14 weeks and…

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Baby girl

Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder what my baby girl’s gonna be like. Will she love the outdoors like her parents? Will she be curious? Adventurous? What will she be good at? Will it be the things me or her dad are good at, or will she discover something else neither of…

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Full-body harness

Guess what my husband surprised me with? A full-body climbing harness! We tried it out at the gym and it was AMAZING. First off you will notice there’s nothing that goes across your belly. My regular harness was becoming uncomfortable, and I started to feel unsafe because I couldn’t tighten it very well anymore. With…

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How To: Add pockets to maternity jeans

Maternity jeans are fabulous for many reasons, however there’s one thing they always seem to be lacking in. Pockets! This has been especially difficult due to the ever-pervasive “pregnancy brain”. I need a place to store stuff! Cue DIY pockets for your maternity jeans. Making your own jeans pockets consists of three parts: 1) Making…

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W22D2 – Dust mask run

I’m definitely feeling slower and more lethargic than normal, but overall my body still feels great running!

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W21D7

Today was the first day in nearly a week the smoke cleared enough to go outside. So, I got some exercise! I biked to aerials, which was a harder class than usual! But super fun, we worked on a drop that I learned over a year ago and had forgotten. I had been trying to…

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W21D6

Due to the wildfires up north, it’s been tough to get good aerobic exercise in. Staying outside more than a couple minutes make my nostrils burn and gives me a dizzying headache. No trail runs, bike rides, or long walks through the city for me! Did you know most of the swimming pools here are…

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W21D5

I went to a “birth and baby fair” in the city. Didn’t know what to expect! It ended up being super helpful. They had a ton of booths for pregnancy and baby products. My favorites were the personal coaches to help with keeping fit, establishing a sleep cycle, and successfully breastfeeding. There was also one…

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Gender reveal

ANNOUNCEMENT TO MAKE! … … We found out the gender… … … Annnd… … … It’s a girl! 😀 Found out a couple days ago at the marina. We went for a nice little morning date and opened The Envelope. Written inside was one word: FEMALE Can you believe it?! I was so surprised (baby’s…

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W20D7

The biggest recent challenge to my exercise routine has been, well, a little silly. I always have to pee! Went for a 4-mile run today and OMG. My bladder was feeling it. I managed to hold it ’til the end, then bee-lined for the bathroom. But then… there was barely anything! What up? It seems…

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W20D5

Outdoor rock climbing! Still wearing my pre-pregnant harness and it’s getting tight. Not really able to tighten it anymore. Will need to get a full-body harness soon. This belly’s getting big! The climbing felt great. My muscles are definitely weaker (no more one-legged squats, heh), but I still got up a tricky route! Also squeezed…

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Can I get my heart rate above 140 bpm?

One question I’ve been getting a lot is: Is it safe for my heart rate to rise above 140 bpm while pregnant? This guideline was originally established under fear that a higher pulse (and associated higher blood pressure) could rupture the fragile blood vessels bringing nutrients to the placenta. Because it wasn’t as common for…

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