Gear Review: Full Body Harness

I have posted several pics climbing with a full-body harness (22 weeks, 24 weeks, and outdoors), so it’s time for an official gear review! The harness I use is the Petzl 8003. It is a generic, full-body harness as opposed to a pregnancy-specific harness. Harnesses built just for preggos come with lots of padding like…

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W26D5 – Achy

I’m at 26 weeks and 5 days and I. Feel. Pregnant. Oh my gosh! Walking around the grocery store was tough. My hips were achy and my pelvis might as well have been expanding with every step. Ow! I waddled. No shame! Felt easier than walking normal. My belly is getting big. I have to…

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W25D7 – Bike commuting

This morning, just two weeks shy of my third trimester, I had my best preggo bike ride yet: a six-mile commute into work! There’s a beautiful bike path that covers about 4.5 miles of that, a paved, tree-lined route running along a small creek. Pre-preggo days I would race down it, each morning pushing my…

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W25D2 – Whale

Third trimester is around the corner. And I can feel it! I feel BIG. Sitting forward requires momentum. Standing up requires an awkward, wide-legged squat. Reaching my shoes is getting difficult – there’s a belly in the way! Pregnancy brain is in full swing! I find myself losing and misplacing stuff ALL the time. I’ll…

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W24D3 – Goat Rock

Had a great trip up to Goat Rock Beach for some climbing and beach-going! Our cousins from out of town got to try outdoor climbing for the first time which they kicked butt at. Here I am at the top of a 5.8 climb. It’s one I’ve done about a zillion times before (we always…

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W24D1 – Marina Run

I’m definitely getting bigger. Today’s run at the marina had a few more challenges than last week’s. The biggest was the round ligament pain which my doctor warned me about. It was a sharp pain along each side of my belly. What it comes from is stress to the round ligaments, which extend upward from…

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Gear review: Running shoes

The shoes I currently love are an all-around trail running shoe, the Brooks Cascadia 11. They’re supportive and cushy without feeling super bulky. The instep (top part of shoe) is tall enough to accommodate a high arch, and the toe box is on the wider side. There’s plenty of room in the front of the…

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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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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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W20D4

Today was adventure day! The plan was to bike 6 mi to the beach, go swimming and play some frisbee, then bike 6 mi back home. No problem, right? Well, I woke up nervous! I haven’t biked that far since getting pregnant. Maybe only half that distance! What’s more, I haven’t touched my beautiful road…

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Tips to Improve Energy while Pregnant

I mentioned in Staying Active in your First Trimester that the #1 symptom women experience in first trimester is low energy. Don’t get me wrong, the nausea sucks! But walking up a flight of stairs and having to take a rest break at the top just feels… pathetic! Why didn’t anyone tell us about that?…

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