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Happy Thursday mamas!

Summer is officially here and I’m already feeling the heat!

My stomach is literally a furnace lately and if I think about it just right I can start sweating. This means it’s so important to keep myself and my little girl safe and healthy, especially as the temperature begins to rise.

Cody over at Today’s Mama wrote up a great piece on how to survive the summer with a big pregnant belly. My best take aways are Maxi skirts/dresses and lots and lots of water.

I’ve been carrying a 1 liter water bottle everywhere I go to make sure I stay hydrated all day.

I read some more tips at Brixy and they made sure to put in the all important reminder to stay active, but to be safe when exercising outside. Drink lots of water before, during, and after and be sure to put on some sunscreen to protect you and your little one(s).

I’ve heard a lot of suggestions to get a lot of pool time in this summer (don’t have to tell me twice!), and it just so happens that the condo we are moving into in a couple of weeks has a lovely looking pool (that I don’t have to take care of!). I anticipate spending many a day floating, swimming, and reading to my baby girl this summer. Also, central air conditioning for the times I’ll be inside.

Any tips from my other mamas out there?

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Dressing the Bump: Coral, Navy, and Maxi

It’s Wardrobe Wednesday mamas!

I have to say, I absolutely love the way I look right now at 21 weeks! I love that I can celebrate and accentuate my tummy versus trying to hide it.

It’s officially summertime in Michigan and that means sun, 80 degrees, and high humidity (and this is just the beginning)!

I’ve been pretty much obsessing over anything coral or navy colored this year and living in maxi skirts and dresses. Looking at Pinterest (obviously) I found some pins that showcase my favorite looks:

Via kojo-designs.com

Via kojo-designs.com

I’ve been rocking a simple white maternity tee with maxi skirts for a few weeks now. It makes for a pretty effortless look and is extremely comfortable.

Via claudettesa on polyvore.com

Via claudettesa on polyvore.com

Shorts aren’t usually in my repertoire – I’ve never really met a pair that I love. Until I bought a pair of maternity shorts from Old Navy. I love to pair them with a striped tee and light breezy cardigan with sandals. I can guarantee that I’ll be adding more shorts to my wardrobe as it gets hotter.

Via walkingwithdancers.blogspot.com

Via walkingwithdancers.blogspot.com

Now that I’m well into the second trimester, I love a long maxi dress. It’s easy to dress up or down and really accentuates the bump.

What’s in your wardrobe mamas?

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Pregnancy – An Actual Pain in the Ass

So, it’s TMI Tuesday, AKA the day to talk about gross, weird, or otherwise inappropriate feelings/goings on in life.

Today, my ass hurts.

Let me preface the rest of this by saying that I would be happy to have my butt feel like it lost a boxing match every day for the rest of my life if it means I get to bring my daughter home in 19 weeks. That said, it’s not necessarily a walk in the park.

Speaking of the park, yesterday I did a lot of walking, which is great for pretty much every aspect of pregnancy. It keeps weight gain in check, provides more oxygen for the baby, and reduces the chance of needing a C-section. So great right?

Yeah, fuck that.

I woke up this morning and almost fell to the floor because it felt like someone spent the night pummeling my ass. I had my husband take a look to make sure it didn’t look bruised (another glamorous aspect of being pregnant, right? no sense in having dignity!)

Not bruised, but I’m still not 100% sure what it is. I’ve looked around for an answer and it could be anything from sciatica, to relaxin doing its job, to the baby just laying on a nerve funny. In my case, I’m pretty sure it’s just a combination of relaxin and an increase in physical activity.

The fun part is that it won’t really stop happening until after she is born and the best thing to do is keep on exercising and asking my husband to give me ass massages.

If you’re pregnant and suffering from phantom ass pain, not to worry. It’s completely normal and there’s not much you can do about it!

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Choosing a Color Palette

Happy Monday mamas!

My husband and I are closing on a new-to-us condo in a couple of weeks so my mind is constantly on how to make our new space feel like home.

We’ll be moving from a 650 square foot apartment to a townhouse style condo with 2,200 square feet and just thinking about how to make a space that’s almost 4 times the size of our current apartment beautiful and cohesive is a bit overwhelming.

The best plan of attack for me is to start with painting the walls as I’ve found that a simple coat of paint can change the look of a room in an instant. The current owner LOVES browns and tans (think tan walls, brown furniture, brown window treatments, tan decor) while my husband and I have more modern/contemporary tastes in the gray, greige, blues, blacks, and silver families.

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via The Scott Brothers

Above are a couple of examples of the look we’ll be going for, but we will likely go with a lighter gray for the walls.

Of course I went to Pinterest to find some inspiration on creating a cohesive paint color palette for my space and found this amazing article from TinySidekick which pretty much sums up what I’ve been looking for all in one spot!

From tinysidekick.com

From tinysidekick.com

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She has some great tips on how to choose a color palette that will work with your color tastes whether they be monochromatic, harmonious, or complementary.

Can’t wait to get into my condo and start painting!

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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Alright mamas,

It’s Fit Friday and I want to take a minute to chat about weight gain during pregnancy.

So something I hate to admit but is something that affects how I feel about gaining weight during pregnancy is my starting weight. It’s not a number I’m proud of, in fact I’ve never weighed so much in my life. It’s embarrassing to admit, but over the past 10 years, I’ve gained 65 pounds, 40 of those in the last 3 years alone.

I started this pregnancy off at 5’6″ and 230 lbs. For those of you keeping count out there, this puts me at a BMI of 37.1, or Obese. Very obese. It’s hard to talk about, but I can only see this as an opportunity to improve for myself, my husband, and this baby.

20 week bump

I’m 20 weeks this week (halfway!) and the above is a picture of my baby bump so far (and my pasty pasty legs). I weighed myself this morning and am clocking in at an even 235, which means I’ve put on 5 pounds in 20 weeks and I’m feeling pretty good about that.

Keeping my weight gain in check has been a huge priority for me while pregnant. I know this isn’t the time to actively try and lose weight, so I’m really trying to focus on making smart food choices and getting in some activity on a daily basis.

I found this nifty chart from Modern Women World that serves as a handy guide for how much weight to gain during pregnancy based on your height and weight:

pregnancy-weight-gain-chart

So I’m sitting at needing to gain 15 pounds. This means I have 10 more pounds to gain very slowly over the next 20-22 weeks.

If you’re out there reading this and are thinking about having a baby – my PSA to you is to take some time to take care of yourself before getting pregnant if possible. It will make things a lot easier on your body, your baby, and your self-image.

If you’re already pregnant and in the same boat as me – not to worry, this doesn’t have to be a time to gain a ton of weight. We’ll do it the fit way, together.

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50 Told Me Go ‘Head Switch the Style Up…

11 weeks today mamas!

So close to the second trimester I can almost taste it – or is that something else? 😉

We got to see little miss or mister at 9 weeks 1 day (Can’t believe that was almost TWO weeks ago!)

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and everything was right on track – he or she measured spot on at 9 weeks exactly and made mama proud with a strong heartbeat of 175 bpm! My little shrimpy! I love that I can make out the face. I told my husband I think the baby looks just like him. He thinks I’m funny, but I see it 🙂

I had to fight with my OB to get that ultrasound, even after my loss last year. They were content to see me at 12 weeks and no sooner for a doppler reading only (Red Flag #1). Once I pushed back regarding the loss, they said they would see me no sooner than 8 weeks, but my doctor was busy (mind you I called at 4 weeks pregnant to schedule this) that week so I had to wait until the following week to be seen (which was WAY pushing my comfort – Red Flag #2).

At that appointment, I asked about a Nuchal Translucency screening (NT) or if the office offered any other first trimester screenings. Because I am low risk, they refused to perform any prenatal screening until my anatomy scan, even after offering to pay out of pocket if my insurance doesn’t cover it (it does – Red Flag #3). On top of that, they don’t have the proper certifications to do NT scans, so they have to make a referral to a different location. I asked them for that – they told me who to call and I was on my way. When I called the office, they had no idea what I was talking about and went so far as to say they have never taken referrals from my doctor (Red Flag #4).

The OB practice and hospital I was planning to deliver through is faith-based, which by itself is not a problem for me. What *is* a problem for me is that their ideals and belief system were being forced on me by way of the care I was receiving and I am not okay with not having a say in my own care.

So I want to use this as a PSA to all of you mamas and mamas-to-be out there:

Don’t be afraid to change it up!

I asked for opinions on my Facebook page and had a lot of my mama friends chime in with where they delivered, who their doctor was. I did some research on my own to find a practice that seems to align more with my ideals and lets me take a front seat when it comes to care planning throughout the pregnancy. They also offer first trimester screenings routinely.

I called to make an appointment and let them know how time sensitive things are since I now have a two week window to have these screenings done. They are AWESOME – I have an appointment in 2 days. Not 4 weeks out, but 2 days and I couldn’t be happier.

You may be in the beginning stages of looking for a provider, or you may be unhappy with your current provider as I was. You may love your OB or Midwife and still have some questions!

Regardless which camp you fall into – check out these pins. They offer up some good insight on the (right) questions to ask and things to think about when deciding who will care for you during pregnancy and delivery. There’s also a great comparison on Midwives vs OBs which helped to clear up some of the confusion for me!

Looking forward to Thursday!

Thirsty Thursday – Mocktails for Mamas

Good morning mamas!

I’m the first one out of my close friends to be pregnant, so I learned to be creative at happy hour early on. I’ve since let them in on my good news, but I still rely on my favorites whenever I go out because plain water just doesn’t do it for me when I’m out on the town.

Before my friends knew about the pregnancy, I would get to the place ahead of time. I would tell them that I was getting there to secure a table, but really I was establishing a rapport with my server. I would let them know that I was expecting, but not drinking would cause suspicion and ask them for any suggestions.

My go-to is usually a glass of prosecco and my favorite suggestion was to have ginger ale and club soda poured into a wine glass. The club soda lightens the color of the ginger ale to look more like white wine. I would tell my server that I would like a glass of prosecco and they would bring me the ginger ale drink. My friends were none-the-wiser (I think).

Mock Prosecco

As winter starts to become a distant memory and springtime is here, I plan on having a lot of fun, fruity sippers to celebrate the warmer weather and have gathered a list of my favorite recipes here and you can bet your ass I’ll be trying these out soon!

Happy drinking!

~ The Pinterest Mama