Sunday, March 9, 2014

Baby Bumpdate (and a @GetSkinnyBook review)

According to my BabyBump app, there are 91 days separating me from my due date. My third trimester is just around the corner! I can't believe it...maybe it's the toddler, or maybe it's the added responsibilities at work...either way, things are moving quickly! And since I haven't written any major baby bumpdates (bump + update) lately, I thought I'd take today to answer a few of the questions that keep coming my way:

1) Do you feel like this pregnancy is different than your last?
Aside from being sick with the flu and other upper respiratory illnesses over the holidays, things feel pretty much the same. Minimal discomfort, belly straight out. Manageable weight gain. I expect the low back pain to kick in soon, but we'll see. I started this pregnancy in slightly better health, having just ran two half marathons, so maybe I'm one step ahead in the strength department.

2) Are you having any weird food cravings?
Nope, not necessarily. I just want all the food. All the time. If I do get a craving, salt usually satisfies (unfortunately). I never really had any strange cravings with Hannah, either. I mean, unless you count wine. I miss wine somethin' fierce.

3) Do you know what you're having?
Negative. We didn't know with Hannah, either. I have a closet full of girly clothes, with a small selection of gender neutral onesies. As for the nursery, it's painted a light shade of green and I have two sets of bedding ready to go, one of which will ultimately be returned. Is it hard not knowing? Sure, absolutely. But the only moment clear as day in my head from Hannah's birth was the moment I learned she was a girl. So worth every contraction.

4) Will you get an epidural again?
Yes, probably. I tried really hard to go naturally last time, but my labor lasted forever and the contractions got the best of me. This time around, because I will have two children to care for when all is said and done, I just want to be as relaxed as possible throughout the process. Those of you that have had natural births might not understand this, but for me, it makes sense. And honestly, it's not the birth I'm worried about. It's getting to the hospital and what that means for Hannah since our families aren't necessarily next door to run over in a pinch. I stress just thinking about it!

5) How are the workouts going?
Still workin' out! Still teaching both Spinning and Kettlebells, as well as my early morning strength class (Circuit Sculpt). I've handed over High Intensity because it's a bit too much for me at this point. This week will be a bit of an experiment, as it will be my first Wednesday NOT teaching, so I'll have to figure out a new way to finish it out since I won't be scheduled to teach after Tuesday. I'm thinking cardio + strength + cardio days with two rest days in there somewhere. We'll see how it all shakes out.

Honestly, postpartum workouts have been on my mind more than what I'm doing right now. I am so missing my normal workouts! Burpees, race training...gah! Luckily, I've been stockpiling a few postpartum inspiration items, like the race shirt I got from MyRaceRagz and some of the Puma gear I recently received. Also, this book:

I love it when a blogger becomes a published author! Sarah is a fellow FitFluential, and so graciously offered to send some of us a copy of her book to review. Sarah has a great YouTube channel, and her book carries on that tradition with a collection of workouts that are all part of her "secrets to living a fit life." Her approach is quite similar to mine: She emphasizes a healthy diet and exercise regime, and helps her readers set up a plan to balance the two. Maybe you've never had to figure this out for yourself? This book would be great for you. So easy to follow!

I'll be taking 12 weeks off after Baby is born. This time around, I'll be able to get outside much easier in an effort to lose the baby weight and gain back any strength I've lost. I plan to reference this book quite a bit. Mostly because I'll have so much else to think about! Until then, I'll keep on keepin' on. Which, right now, means it's snack time. Remember: I want all the food.

Question: Are you reading/referencing any good fitness books right now?

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