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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10k

Today I’m feeling very proud of myself. I ran a 10 kilometer trail race! 🙂 Well, six miles used to be a piece of cake for me. Six months ago I ran the same distance and placed first in my age group. Today I ran about 20 min slower (that’s about 3 extra minutes per…

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Top 10 Sports for Pregnant Bodies

Look, staying fit while pregnant can be tough. Chances are your regular workouts aren’t quite feeling the same as usual. Or maybe you’d like to start exercising, but between the nausea and growing belly don’t know where to start. Girl, we’ve all been there! Here’s a list of the ten best sports for pregnant bodies…

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W17D2

I’m starting to show. My windproof bike jacket that’s ridden hundreds (thousands?) of miles with me is getting tight. Not much longer and I won’t be able to zip it up. The cute flannel button-down Rosie got me for family pics bulges out between buttons. It used to flatter my flat stomach. Strangers let themselves…

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Kicking!

Baby is kicking!!!! 😀 I’ve felt little “bubbles” popping on the inside of my tummy for a few days-ish. I think. Have to be really still to feel them! But it’s just like what Aunt Jenna described. It’s so little! I think of my tiny little guy (or gal!) moving around in there. Are they…

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What it feels like

I’ve been dreaming about being pregnant for ages. But what would it be like? How does it feel? How bad is this “morning sickness” everyone talks about? Why don’t people just power through if they feel so tired? Well, I’ve now experienced it for five whole days. The first trimester lasts 12 weeks?! The first…

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W3D5

Good morning! It is Sunday, July 8, 2018. And I believe I am pregnant 🙂 Yesterday I took a pregnancy test sensitive to 10 mIU/mL hCG, and it revealed a faint positive line (anything over 25 is considered pregnant). I’m waiting at least 48 hours to retest, in theory once hCG levels have doubled. Yesterday…

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