How far along? 29 weeks! Still can’t believe I’m in the 3rd trimester.
Baby’s size? The size of an acorn squash (a large one apparently). Baby already measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long and weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds
Total Weight Gain: Not a clue!
Stretch marks? Nope. I’ve been rubbing Burt’s Bees Belly Butter all over my belly almost every night to hopefully prevent them.
Sleep: Sleep was better this week! I think there was only one 5 AM wake up call, unlike last week when it was happening almost every day.
Best moment this week: Going through all of baby Hunter’s clothes again. We removed all the tags and started washing all of them. It was so fun to see all the adorable itty bitty clothes again!
Miss Anything? I do miss higher intensity exercise, and I’m already looking forward to running and some good sweat sessions again. And as much as I appreciate and love my body for what it’s doing right now, I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss my pre baby body. The time will come though!
Movement: There was actually a few days that Hunter didn’t move as much as usual, and I was starting to get a little concerned. Then he stepped up his game a few days ago and has been back to his usual active little self!
Food cravings: For most of my pregnancy, smoothies and ice cream haven’t been all that appealing to me which is definitely not the norm for me. (I typically LOVE my ice cream and smoothies!) Just within the past week or so though, I’ve had sudden cravings for thick and creamy smoothies or ice cream. We got frozen yogurt on Friday evening, and I’ve also been making smoothies for some of my lunches and snacks this past week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Labor Signs: No labor signs, but I may have possibly experienced a few Braxton Hicks over the weekend. I’m not 100% sure though as it could’ve just been intestinal pains/gas.
Symptoms: Minor tightening in my lower abdomen; itchy belly; sore lower back; increased appetite; heartburn (pretty consistently this week too – blah!); more fatigue.
Belly Button in or out? Out! It cracks me up when I see it in the mirror or in photos.
Wedding rings on or off? Still on! I hope it stays that way. I’ve been doing as much as I can to keep down swelling. (i.e. drinking lots of water, exercising regularly, limiting salt intake, etc.)
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! I have found myself spontaneously crying a couple times this week though. When Cody asked me what was wrong, I told him, “I don’t even know!” Haha pregnancy hormones much?!
Looking forward to: Meeting our little man…there’s not much more excitement than that!
Sara Haley’s “Expecting More” Pregnancy Fitness DVD
I got the opportunity to try out Sara Haley’s “Expecting More” Pregnancy Fitness DVD and was excited to throw some new workouts into my pregnancy exercise routine. Within the DVD set, there are six different workouts that you can do all throughout your pregnancy. Since I’ve been taking a little break from the gym (to help save some money), most of my workouts have been done at home. This pregnancy fitness DVD was a great addition to my at home workouts!
- Synergy Workout
This is a 60 minute workout that goes through several different cardio and strength circuits. I really enjoy some of the compound movements she does for the strength circuits to maximize the time. The cardio circuits all vary in difficulty so that you get a good mix of a challenge while not over doing it. This one is one of the longer and more intense ones (in my opinion), so it’s one that I only enjoy when I have the extra time and energy.
- Sweat Strong Up
This is a 45 minute workout if you include the warm up and cool down in it, otherwise it’s just a 25 minute workout. This one primarily focuses on strength training using dumbbells and body weight while standing. This is one of my favorite ones if I’m due for some strength training.
- Sweat Strong Down
Just like the Sweat Strong Up, this is a 45 minute workout if you include the warm up and cool down in it, otherwise it’s just a 25 minute workout. This workout also focuses on strength training, but it’s all done on the floor and primarily uses body weight. A lot of the moves reminded me of Pilates as she focuses a lot on core work. This one is challenging and a great one if you like Pilates. I personally am not a huge fan of Pilates, so it’s not my favorite.
- Sweat Sport
This is a 45 minute workout that is primarily all cardio. You do a lot of sports drills (i.e. sprints, jump rope, etc.) and are moving pretty much the entire time. This one always gives me a good sweat and is definitely one of my favorites!
- Sweat Funk
This is a 45 minute workout that is all DANCE cardio. I’m honestly not much of a dancer (I do love a good dance party in my living room, but I’m certainly not a good dancer), so initially I didn’t know how I’d keep up with this one. I surprised myself and actually had a pretty good time with it. The moves are pretty simple, and she goes over them several times to make sure you have them down before moving on.
This is a 30 minute lower intensity workout that helps you move and just stretch everything out a bit. Initially I thought it was going to be like yoga, but I would compare it more to a low impact aerobics class. She gets you moving a bit while also doing some moves to stretch and loosen you up. I enjoy it when I’m not feeling up to doing much or when I’m tired, but I know I still need to do something.
Overall, I really enjoyed Sara Haley’s Expecting More workouts! Sara is super fun and motivating, and the workouts gave me some more variety while keeping things fun and interesting. I really like that she challenges you without going over the top, and also provides modifications if need be.
Disclaimer: All opinions stated here are 100% my own. No compensation was received to review this product.
- Are there any pregnancy fitness DVDs that you’ve tried and really enjoyed?
- How would you describe the feeling of Braxton Hicks? When did you start experiencing them in your pregnancy?