For today’s Tuesday Tips I thought I would share a fun pregnancy FAQ. I am currently in my third trimester and will be 30 weeks.
1. What dietary restrictions did you hold true? I followed the basic rules and what my doctor recommended. The things I had to cut out that I missed the most is: caffeine, wine, sushi, sashimi, lunch meat and unpasteurized cheese. I did eventually cave and started to eat lunch meat again, I will now just nuke it in the microwave for 10 seconds. In the beginning I was pretty sick to my stomach, so nothing sounded good aside from carbs and water, which made cutting out my diet soda and coffee intake really easy. Both coffee and diet soda was something I would drink on a daily basis, several times a day, so being sick was actually a blessing bc it made it so easy to cut. For cravings, they were nothing crazy…top of the list: mac and cheese, sushi, soft serve ice cream, lots of juicy fruit and pizza. The day I have this baby girl, I plan on having take out from my favorite sushi place. I do still have some sushi, but the fish has to be cooked and it can only be certain kinds of fish.
2. What is your most favorite and least favorite part about being pregnant? My least favorite part of being pregnant is missing out on all the shopping trends. A couple weekends ago, I went on a girl’s trip to Chicago with my mom and sisters and we did a ton of shopping. Everything I wanted, I couldn’t buy because of the fit. Most especially skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, and crop tops.
My favorite part, well where do I begin…I love feeling her move, it is the most amazing feeling. The special bond it has created between Michael and myself. We both are already so in love with her and are just so excited for her arrival.
3. Any advice on staying active while pregnant? I have always been an active person and love working out. My typical routine before pregnancy was working out around four days a week and that really hasn’t changed since being pregnant. In the beginning, when I was sick there was some days I didn’t, however that didn’t last long. I still do my favorite Turbo Kick classes and teach occasionally, I just modify my moves. Other days I will bike, stairs or walk on incline, light weights and lots of stretching. I want to be limber for day of delivery and I hear that being active makes for a faster delivery. Fingers crossed! My advice, just do what feels comfortable to you. Don’t over exert yourself or feel guilty because your tired and don’t want to. Your body is making a baby and there will be days when you just want to nap.
4. What is the most helpful advice that someone has given you?
You will receive so much advice from friends, family, etc. Everyone is different and everyone thinks there was is right, because that is what works for them. I appreciate all the advice and will definitely take into consideration. Every baby and family is different, what works for some, may not work for others. So I will definitely keep this mind set. Books have also been a place for advice, my favorite thus far is ‘Happiest Baby on the Block’.
5. What are you most excited about? Just meeting her, seeing what she looks like and her personality. Just thinking about it now, makes me emotional. Gosh, I can’t wait.
6. Did you get any stretch marks? Not yet, luckily. My mom told me they are hereditary and neither her, nor my sister got them, so I hope that is the case for me. I also keep my skin hydrated. Like lotion everyday all over my body.
7. Did you change your skin care routine/products to ones that are safe and recommended during pregnancy? Yes, when we started trying I stopped using Obagi, which is the skincare line I had used for the past 6 years. I was told by my mother (the skin guru) that I had to cut that out. I also had to stop using a retinol. There is certain ingredients in both of those that are not recommended to use while pregnant. I switched to a different line called Revision, which I love. I also use Lytera by Skin Medica. Another thing I changed was using my clarisonic from once a day, to twice a day. Since your skin is more prone to acne and breakouts with the pregnancy hormones, I wanted to keep it super clean and prevent any breakouts from not cleansing my face properly.
8. How will your hair and makeup routine change with less time? This is a great question. I have no idea! I am sure my hair will see less of the curling iron for sure! My makeup doesn’t take long at all, but I am sure there will be some days I won’t even have time to wash my face, let alone put on makeup.
In other questions I didn’t answer feel free to comment below and ask, I would be happy to answer! Thanks for being so supportive during my pregnancy. It is such an exciting time and it just makes it all the better when you have amazing readers who are excited too. Thanks for stopping by!