WEEK 27 WORKOUT

15 minutes cycling – 67 calories – 5.06km distance

30 mins treadmill – 200 calories – 3.29km


40 mins treadmill – 275 calories – 4.31km

20 x 4 bicep culs (alternating)


15 mins cardio – 100 calories – 1.64km

20 x 4 double bicep curls 

6 x 30 adductor (short – pelvic pains) 

As you can see it’s getting harder for me to get into the gym nowadays, I’m honestly so big compared to last time (or so it feels like it) and on otp of that, most days I’m exhausted after being with a toddler all day and having a toddler that doesn’t sleep so well at night. However, on days that I do feel good, I try and get into the gym just so I don’t losetact with it. How are all your workouts going?

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Week 27

Know the Facts

From a factual point of week 27, baby is weighing in at around 2lbs already and is around 14.5 inches with his/her legs stretched out (so more than a ruler length), can  you believe it?! I know I say that like every week, but c’mon, how fast are these little munchkins growing? I still remember writing the poppy seed blog post and now baby is more like the size of a giant cauliflower head (according to babycentre) but to be honest I’ve never seen a cauliflower that big before. Baby is sleeping and waking at regular intervals now, just like a newborn and in fact from a personal point, this little baby seems to have a FIXED routine. I can literally at this point estimate when baby will be sleeping/awake and so far I haven’t been wrong, pretty cool right?

From my own background research, it seems that around this time as we are nearing the end of the second trimester, new symptoms start appearing and things begin to get harder again. I cannot say that in this pregnancy this has been particularly true (for which I am sooo thankful). Sincerely, I found this pregnancy so much harder in the long term, that now, when I am able to do a great deal, manage my life again, be in control and just generally have a lot of energy for a pregnant woman, it is having a positive effect and I am feeling GREAT. Fingers crossed this lasts near to the very end, as although I am getting so much done, I still have so much to do (seeing as I spent the first half of this pregnancy feeling like I was trying to stay alive). IF I was to complain however, and I’m just putting this out there so you get an idea of how my body is feeling at this point, then these are the symptoms I am currently suffering (although I kind of just manage them).

  1. EXTREME HEARTBURN – I had this with my first pregnancy too, I could swear my insides are burnt to a chemical crisp and that is no joke.
  2. SCIATICA – I complain about this non-stop, I did have this within my first pregnancy, but much later on whereas this time round it started so early, however, I have noticed it is SO MUCH WORSE when I am physically tired and when I’ve been doing a lot during the day, so towards the evening, I try and take it easy!
  3. PELVIC PAIN – I have no idea why I suffer this occasionally, sometimes I feel nothing at all and some nights I can’t turn over in bed because I have to use my legs to do that and the pain just makes it impossible – I’ll just put that one down to pregnancy.
  4. BACK PAIN/TRAPPED NERVES – this symptom bothers me the least, I know for sure that at some point I’ll definitely have to do something about this, as I am so worried that my back will give way before it’s time otherwise. But I am so used to back pain over the last few years, that I’m kinda just used to it. I will be in the near future getting massages and doing back workouts to reinforce back strength.
  5. TIREDNESS– I think this is something everyone suffers generally anyways, as I’m up so early then on my feet all day, it’s so rare I can keep my eyes open past 11pm nowadays, I know that’s not exactly a symptom but I just thought I’d throw that in there. If you don’t have other children then please believe me when I say sleep is important, I wish I had got more rest the first time round 🙂

So from me, that’s about it baby, symptom and pregnancy wise. I know that pregnancies can greatly vary at this point, how do your symptoms differ to mine? See you next time on the blog with my WEEK 27 WORKOUT (So happy I can finally say this).

Week 26

This week, the nerves in baby’s ear are developing to become even more sensitive, which means baby can not only hear what you have to say, but even people who you may be making conversation with too – poor baby having to listen to Ayan’s toddler problems when he has them!

This week after 6 long weeks and a little bit of unnecessary weight gain (it is SO HARD being pregnant during the Christmas period) I have finally returned to the gym! Although I’m taking it easy as I obviously don’t want to push it after a long break (this is very important guys) I am sooo excited about this. Hopefully I won’t have fallen too far behind, although anyways this week I will be starting super light, mostly cardio just to get back into the flow and of course, I will be posting the workouts on the blog 🙂

In other news, I know it varies from woman to woman and of course for each individual pregnancy, but for me this week I’ve had an incredible burst of second trimester energy, which I’m so not complaining about as I do have so much to do, it’s great being able to get up early be running around all day, off to the gym, with some clients and then home again. I believe one of the things that majorly helped in achieving this energy is R O U T I N E. I totally cranked up my routine this year and try to for the most part stick to it strictly and it really has made a MAJOR difference believe it or not.

So enough about me, how are you all feeling this week?

WEEK 25

Baby is gaining more fat and is weighing in at around 1.5lbs! Due to the accumulation of fat baby is looking less wrinkly and cuter by the day. Not much is changing in the life of the baby at this point as all the energy is focused on growing and practising! Practising breathing, kicking, sucking, movement, oh and of course playing! Although it seems as though nearly nothing is happening in comparison to previous weeks, don’t forget that baby is basically ‘baked’ now and although still way too small to be born is more human like than ever. Over the weeks the ‘finishing touches’ will be added prepping the chubby little cuteness for when it’s time to welcome him/her to the big wide world. See you over in week 26!

WEEK 24

Can you believe that from last week to this week baby has gained 4OUNCES. Although being almost a foot long means he doesn’t look so chubby yet. Happening this week; baby is making surfactant – an important substance to help baby breathe once he’s born and gets his first gulp of air. Also baby’s brain is developing quickly so try and eat ‘brain food’ if you want an intelligent baby (as legend  my mum says.) What is brain food you ask? I’ll make a list out for you, because even if brain food doesn’t necessarily mean baby will be more intelligent, it does mean that it will help replenish that pregnancy brain of yours if you are suffering from it (I know that I am).

WEEK 23

Baby’s little kicks with their own routine are making more of a permanent statement now. You may find at this point that as the kicks get stronger you are being woken up in the middle of the night by little thuds from the inside (I surely am- however they are always welcome, I just love little kicks, don’t you?).

Over in our world, you may start experiencing water retention, I did start at some point, but I also started drinking at least 2 litres of water a day to flush any toxins out and keep the water retention at bay, so that’s a great help. Actually at week 23 it was Ayan’s birthday so we went to London for a long weekend, which was so much fun! However, I did indulge tremendously whilst there (CENTRAL LONDON + CAMDEN STREET FOOD – that’s all I’m saying) and I did end up looking much more ‘blown up’ than usual – this was due to a mixture of extra weight gain + watery retention from the change in diet. I will write a post in the future on tips and tricks that I have to help with the water retention as I know that it can be one of the worst feelings. Until then, keep hydrated and I’ll catch you over in week 24!

Winter Berry Smoothie 

So those of you that follow me for a long time know that one of my ‘hates’ is store bought smoothies. A smoothie is only full of goodness when made FRESH and if it can be stored in a fridge more than a day, or kept in a pouch in a drawer then surely it can’t be good for you… I mean have you ever tried doing that with a homemade one? Ayan has been having some good aversions lately and the way I manage to get a good dose of fresh ingredients in him is always by blending up a quick smoothie. This is one of his favourites & totally one of my pregnancy favourites too. Sweet, simple and delicious! 🍇 ingredients below ⤵️
🔶 @alpro coconut and almond milk 

🔶 mixed berries 

🔶 banana 

🔶 dessicated coconut 

🔶 chia seeds 

🔶 100% natural honey 

WEEK 22

At almost 1lb  baby is looking more like the little newborn he/she will be in a few months time. So much that in rare but beautiful miracle cases, women who have gone into labour at around this time have given birth to babies that have thrived. Although it is waaaay to early to even contemplate a safe and healthy labour it is still awesome to hear the survival stories as it really puts into perspective how human our little babies already are! Nothing really great happened for me during this week, except for the fact that I flew to London, ate waaay more than I should have been eating and did no exercise, so week 22 was one of unneccesary weight gain for me…sigh!

WEEK 21

Week 21, baby is forever being a gymnast kicking and somersaulting around in there. During my last pregnancy I started feeling Ayan actually quite strongly (more than flutters) at this point, however, during this pregnancy I still wasn’t feeling a thing. Of course after reading so much about pregnancy I began to get paranoid and was so sure something was wrong with the baby, so rushed to my gynecologist for a scan only to find out baby is there, kicking and perfectly healthy, yet I on the other hand have a placenta which is placed on the fundul of the uterus and the anterior wall. What does this mean? This means that my placents is partially on the top wall of my uterus and partially on the front wall meaning to an extent is providing a cushioning pad when baby kicks. So there’s a funny story for this week. My husband however, was not amused, oops.

Aside from that most women are feeling pretty comfortable at this point, aside from the occasional ache and pain. This point in second trimester is one of my favourites as I’m big enough to look pregnant yet not fat. Small enough to still wear a few cute clothes and I still have enough energy to get through my day without resolving to being a crying mess at the end. The only downside during this week is that I’ve officially taken a break from the gym, for some reason this pregnancy (as I’m always complaining) my sciatica and back pain has been a lot worse and it resulted on some days me being barely able to walk…so take note girls, DO NOT OVER WORK your body during pregnancy. You can push a little, however, if you have a serious pain, rest it, don’t push it as you’ll only be causing more harm and stress to yourself, which can even cause stress to baby!

Week 20 + Workout

At week 20 baby is putting their digestive system into practise, swallowing the amniotic fluid around them, then urinating or producing a sticky black substance called MECONIUM. This gooey substance will accumulate in his bowels and you will see it in his first soiled diaper (I never actually got to see it last time round thanks to the hubby doing all the nappy changes) – however, maybe this time round.

For us this week it is also a great week because WE HAVE REACHED THE HALFWAY MARK definitely a reason to celebrate! Your uterus should be up to your belly button by now and if you didn’t already have one then a bump surely should be visible (even if it is tiny) this pregnancy, my bump was huuuge, however, my last pregnancy it was cute, tiny and low, however my weight hasn’t varied so much, so it surely is as we already knew, every pregnancy is so very different! 

In other news, as I said in my previous blog post, I considered at some point during week 19 to take a break from the gym as my back pain and sciatica was just getting so bad that I was barely doing anything at the gym. So this week I did manage to get into the gym a few times and then I took a break for a very long time. So this is the last workout that I will be posting for a while!

 

Light walking

1.72km – 15 mins

2o reps x 4 sets each arm bicep curls

12 reps x 4 sets wide squats

20 reps x 4 sers tricep pull downs

20 reps x 4 sets leg press

30 reps x 4 sers adductor

1.25km – 12 mins treadmill – 102 calories

12 reps x 4 sets wide squats 

20 reps x 4 sets leg extension

8 reps each side x 4 sets glute kick backs