27 Week Pregnancy Update

First third trimester update! Woohoo!

What’s going on with baby?

Baby girl is 2 pounds and 14 inches long—she’s a growing girl! She’s moving and kicking a lot, at various times of the day. It’s cool to think she’s already in an eating and sleeping in a rhythm. I was measuring a little small at my last appointment, but that doesn’t surprise me. Just the past two weeks I feel like I’ve been “popping out”.

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At a Western Michigan game last fall!

What’s going on with mama?

I’m doing well. My blood pressure and weight are looking great. I’ve been getting 4-5 workouts a week which is awesome! Nate and I are leaving on Sunday to head to Arkansas to spend the week with his family. It’ll be a long ride down to AK, with lots of potty stops on the way, of course. My midwife also told me it may be a good idea to use compression socks on the drive—thankfully I can dig out my old marathon training socks and put them to good use again!

Three Prenatal Workouts I’m Rocking!

  • Strength. I’ve been doing the Women’s Health Prenatal Workouts which involves squats, step-ups, core work, pushups, and more. It’s pretty great. And I always love the way strength workouts make me feel like a bad@$$. Open-mouthed smile If you’re not into weight training, I don’t want to judge, but you should be.

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  • Yoga. Yoga, yoga, yoga. It makes me a better, more relaxed person. I’ve been dong a prenatal yoga sequence that I got from the yoga instructor at my pregnancy class, but I’ve also done some YogaDownload and a couple videos off of youtube.
  • Walking. Slow and steady for 10 minutes; uphill climb on the treadmill for 10-15 minutes; cool down for 5-10 minutes. I like to listen to podcasts while I’m walking because it makes me feel even more productive.

Also, I just want to throw out a really cool challenge I’m participating in called the Elf 4 Health challenge! Basically there are 4 weeks of special assignments that have to do with healthy living—body, mind, and soul. One day’s task may be working out with a friend, another day may be 15 minutes of meditation, another might be writing a letter to someone you care about. You also are someones “elf” encouraging them to live healthier and you have an elf to encourage you too!

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To find out more, check out the Elf for Health page! You have until tonight midnight to sign up!! Who’s with me??

Also, giving a big birthday shout-out to my little brother David who’s 20 today!!  Happy Birthday Crockett! Love you!

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Do you have any prenatal workout recommendations? I’d love to keep mixing it up so I don’t get bored!

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