Week 11

After all the excitement happening during week 10, not many new things are happening during week 11 (although let’s admit, there is enough happening already). On a plus side, the nausea may begin fading away (at this point mine definitely didn’t) however (there is always a but), in it’s place you’ll most likely begin suffering from constipation or heartburn say thanks to those pesky hormones! I suffered MAJOR heartburn issues…soon I will be putting up a post on natural remedies to help relieve some of the symptoms.

Catch you on the next blog post where we will be at the END OF FIRST TRIMESTER! Until next time! 


Week 10 of pregnancy

Although every week that passes in pregnancy is one to celebrate as it truly is a special journey, week 10 is one that stands out. At this point of the pregnancy, baby has completed the most critical portion of development – meaning the risk of miscarriage significantly lowers and if baby at this point is considered ‘significantly healthy’, chances are that he/she will continue to have a healthy, progressive development throughout the remaining 30 weeks.

From now onwards, the tissues and organs will rapidly start to mature, baby weighs about a quarter of an ounce and is the size of a kumquat, those yummy little orange fruits, although they won’t be staying this small for long, in the upcoming weeks baby will almost double in size. At this point, baby is already kicking, somersaulting all around the playground which is your womb, but these movements are yet to be felt for a long time. As well as this, baby is swallowing fluid and the vital organs -kidneys, brains, intestines and liver are all in place and starting to function.

So how are the mommy’s feeling? Well before we got pregnant, our uterus was roughly the size of a pear, maybe even smaller for first time momma’s, by this week it is already the size of a grapefruit and we’re only a quarter of the way there yet! So yeah, my jeans were feeling pretty uncomfortable already even though you there is no physical sign of pregnancy showing on my body yet. This time round, my breasts didn’t grow as they did with my first pregnancy but growing breasts is also extremely common at this point of pregnancy. On a plus note, the sickness starts wearing, so no more acid damage to our pearly whites, however, in it’s place is the nausea, which only made me wonder, did I prefer throwing up or did I prefer feeling like I was on a rocky boat non-stop, either way as momma’s we don’t really have a choice, so just keep the idea that first trimester is so nearly over to get through the next couple of weeks.

Although I have tried working out throughout the whole pregnancy and I cannot stress enough the importance of doing even the most minimal of workouts during pregnancy, it must be taken into consideration in order to ensure that you are providing your body with the rest it needs and are not exerting yourself, that you listen to your body. During this week, I felt so tired and rough from the nausea that I took a week off from gym and when I could tried to catch an extra hour of sleep here and there (thank you husband) – not to mention that at this point of the pregnancy Ayan was still an all night kind of breastfeeding baby (can it get more tiring than that)

So yeah, thats a brief overview of week 10, first trimester nearly complete, soon onto the craziness of the second ūüėČ

Love, R 


Week 8 

Now we’re at 8 weeks, baby is about 2 cm long, although that may not seem very big, remember back to just a few weeks ago when baby was just a ball of cells, now that’s A LOT of growing! It’s not going to stop there, from now onwards, baby will grow about a millimeter PER DAY! That’s not all on the growing part, the amniotic fluid in order to keep up with baby’s rapid growth will increase by about two tablespoons per week.

Now that baby is growing so quickly and has evolved a lot since those first tiny days, baby can now officially be called a foetus (which means offspring), a foetus with an astounding heartbeat of about 160 beats per minute. Whilst that little chamber of love is pumping blood around the body, the lungs are now beginning to form and develop, with the breathing tube extending from the throat to the lungs.

And how about you mummy? How are you feeling? At 8 weeks pregnant you may not be looking pregnant but believer it or not, your uterus is already double the size! At this point your fatigue is maybe worse than ever and you may be feeling more exhausted than you’ve ever felt, don’t be hard on yourself if you’re not getting as much done as  you’d like, it is important to try and rest as much as possible during this period, I mean your body is growing another human and look at how rapidly too, so if possible try and get as much rest as possible. Morning sickness will still be lurking around with no end in sight, I tried nearly every concoction and potion I could try to help ease this, although not one actually cured the sickness, I made a list of the best relievers for the sickness and will be posting this on the blog soon for you guys!

And how about me? Well this week seems as just as much as a blur as all the rest of the ‘first few weeks’. Although technically this pregnancy in itself is ‘easier’ than the first, it seems way harder due to the fact i now have a toddler on my hands, oh and a puppy! So life is a little crazy in the Moldovan household, but thank God for my husband, a true modern day superhero (no joke guys, I wouldn’t have survived the pregnancy without him. Also this week I GOT A NEW CAR. A little surprise from my husband to celebrate the new baby, all because I needed a car that was safe, big enough for two car seats, yet small enough for me to drive around on a daily basis with all my mommy duties. Well, he found the perfect one, a BMW 3 series. When I saw her outside my house, it was love at first sight and I think it was for Ayan too as he refuses to go in his daddy’s car now…oops! And of course as a dedication to my blog, my ongoing projects and my loyal readers, the number plate has a special dedication, take a look down below!

So my next blog post will be my WORKOUT for Week 8 amongst all the chaos, I still tried to go to the gym and fit in a little bit of movement, even if I only managed to go twice, better than nothing huh?

See you soon, O X O  



Week 7 + Workout

FRUIT FACT: Baby is the size of a BLUEBERRY

During week 7 whilst now experiencing full blown pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, morning sickness, fatigue, bloating  – baby has since almost doubled in size since last week and is now the size of a blueberry! Crazy right? 

This week, baby’s hands and feet are forming from the emerging arms and legs attached to that tiny little body of theirs. The liver is already forming red blood cells – a job which it will do until the bone marrow is formed enough to take over the process. Also in that tiny abdomen area you will find an even teeny tinier appendix and pancreas, if that isn’t enough, baby’s umbilical cord now has it’s own distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to the baby and back. Imagine that, at only the size of a blueberry little baby’s body is already carrying out so many tasks, they are truly tiny little miracles. 

This week in contrast to last week I managed to carry out two workouts – below here’s my week 7 workout.



10 minutes cardio

20 reps x 4 sets dumbbell side bends

20 reps x 4 alternating bicep curls

20 x 4 oblique crunches

15reps x 4 sets lying leg raises 

20 reps adductor 

4 minutes cardio

A little bit  of LEGS

10 minutes cardio

30 reps x 4 sets leg extension 

20 reps x 4 sets adductor

15 reps x 4 sets wide squats 

20 reps x 4 sets tricep pushdown rope 

10 minutes cardio 

Week 6 Workout

So as you know from my previous posts, the morning sickness aka all day sickness kicked in pretty bad at around the 5 weeks and 6 days mark, to the point that I was pretty much going to the gym and leaving again as soon as I walked in there as the smell of people, the sound of machines, literally anything was making me throw up. It all was a bit of a chaos trying to learn to accommodate to the nausea feeling and I could have sworn that it way way worse than my first pregnancy (if that was even possible). So therefore for week 6, I only managed to record one proper workout and even then I don’t think it was to my ‘full potential’. At this point of the pregnancy I like to think you can fit into either one of two categories; either you have almost no symptoms, or none that bother you anyways and you can carry about your normal life, normal gym routines etc. Or you get full blown symptoms which therefore make you look like you’re a hungover mess 24/7 (because obviously there is no bump or physical sign of pregnancy at this point) and you spend the following weeks being this irrational mess that is trying to get through life one hour at a time (or so that’s how it feels at the time anyways). My babies always for some reason choose for me to go with option number 2, and real story, I’ve actually had a security guard think I was a hungover mess one time because my pregnancy symptoms were so bad whilst shopping in Lidl, but I’ll save that story for another time.

Anyways, enough of the story telling, here is the one workout I managed to accomplish and record in week 6 without throwing up halfway through or crying about it.

10 minutes cardio

4 sets x 12 reps wide squats

3 sets x 15 reps kettle bell swings

4 sets x 30 reps thigh adductor exercise 

6 sets x 20 reps abductor thigh abductor exercise 

4 sets x 8 reps each leg glute kickbacks

10 minutes cardio 

My Pregnancy Workouts

As promised I will be posting my workout for every week, it must be noted here at this point and for the rest of the pregnancy that I am literally posting ONLY and EXACTLY what I have completed at the gym. Some workout sessions may seem ‘up to standard’ and some may seem like I’ve been to the gym but almost haven’t done anything at all. This is because although I planned to and have aimed to workout throughout my whole pregnancy, some weeks (or most of first trimester I should say) I barely made it to the gym either due to nausea or fatigue, but also if I did manage to get to the gym and the workout started out good, but I began to feel any types of aches or pains, then I would immediately stop. This is probably the most important factor when pregnant and working out. On a usual day I’m all up for the ‘no pain, no gain’ motto. However, when pregnant this is quite the contrary. Our bodies are slightly more worn out, more tired and we are carrying and growing something extremely fragile and precious during our time of pregnancy, it is a time where we MUST listen to our bodies. Although sometimes it can be upsetting knowing that you came all that way to the gym to barely manage to do anything (especially  when certain pregnancies seem to be more full of aches and pains – like this pregnancy of mine) – I like to keep in mind the important factor that my body knows itself best and if it’s telling me to stop then that is what i must do, and hey, it’s only for 9 months anyways right?

So that’s about all that I have to say about my pregnancy workouts, next blog post will be my week 6 workout. Don’t forget to check it out!

O X O 

Week 6

Fun Fact: Baby is the size of a POMEGRANATE SEED 

So what’s happening in week 6? The folds of tissue on the head are developing into the jaw, cheekbones and chin all in order to form¬†that beautiful little face which you will kiss. Baby’s heart is beating somewhere between 100-160 beats per minute, that’s almost twice as fast as mine! His lungs, pituary gland and brain are forming as well as the rest of his muscles as bones, so little yet so hard at work. Although the development is wrapped up in just a few written lines, it is a LOT for a foetus to be doing at a mere 6 weeks and more so it is an even harder task for you body to be providing all the energy so that the growth of your little one can be taking place safe and soundly, so remember to fit in naps and rest as and when you can.

It’s round about now when pregnancy hormones will kick in and start fluctuating all over the place. At this point my morning sickness was in the morning, middle of the day, evening, all night sickness, okay you ¬†get my point.Also major fatigue kicked in and my poor little toddler had to make do with whatever I’d give him to eat, barely able to tolerate being in the kitchen if I remember correctly I think it was at this point until around the 11 week mark that his lunch time diet consisted mainly of some type of potato dish and chicken nuggets.Thank goodness daddy is an awesome cook and made him healthy dinner otherwise I don’t know what I would have done. Also at this point the tears started flowing in and my hormones started going coo-coo, a funny memory for this week; I told my dear husband that maybe I’d like some chocolate (but I wasn’t sure) he offered numerous times (about 100 times) if I wanted him to go out and get me some and asked me which type. To which I told him not to worry about it because in fact I didn’t need or want it, fast forward a few hours to 1am, we are lying in bed and I start crying. The poor guy turns and asks me what’s the matter to which I reply that i really want chocolate…so obviously he got out the bed and bought me some (for which I am eternally grateful).

So yeah, that about sums up week 6 of my pregnancy, have you got any funny stories to tell? Send them to me and I will be doing a ‘feature post’ on the blog sometime soon and feature all the funniest stories.

Next Blog Post: Week 6 Workout! 

Folic Acid Supplements in First Trimester

When you first find out that you are pregnant or are trying to conceive you will find that the wold of baby making and babies can be quite an overwhelming place. Thrown at you will be information and words you’ve never heard of before, advice from all angles, information to process and the only thing you are probably wondering to yourself is where to really begin? So one of the most important things that I talk about throughout my pregnancy series is Folic Acid.

All over the world pregnancy care differs, this may be due to culture, climate, religious, health differences, but after researching thoroughly I have found that one thing that remains the same is that the supplement folic acid is prescribed to every women from any corner of the world, regardless of background differences.

So what is Folic Acid? Folic acid is one of the B vitamins, it is used as a supplement during pregnancy to prevent NTD (neural tube defects) it is also used to treat amnesia caused by folic acid defects. Folate is essential for the body to make DNA, RNA and used in the process of metabolization of amino acids, as humans our bodies cannot make folate and¬†therefore it is required from the diet. So as you can see folic acid plays an essential role in our bodily functions but even more of an essential role during pregnancy, therefore if you are trying to conceive or are pregnant and are aware of the pregnancy, then folic acid is a¬†must and here are more reasons why…

  • Women who take folic acid supplements when trying to conceive have a higher change of falling pregnant quicker.
  • Taking folic acid before conception reduces the risk of neural tube defects by up to 70%
  • Prevents the risk of birth defects on baby’s brain and spinal cord
  • Plays an important role in the production of red blood cells
  • Helps the neural tube of baby develop into the brain and spinal cord.
  • As well as taking a supplement of folic acid a day, it can also be found in food.
  • Can be found in leafy greens and citrus fruits (yummy)


So as you can see Folic acid is a true superhero to pregnancy and if you are trying to make babies, or you are already in first trimester, do not forget to take your folic acid!

Next Blog Post: Week 6 

Week 5 Baby Battle

Weight at 5 weeks pregnant with Ayan: 57kg

Weight at 5 weeks pregnant with baby #2: 48.6kg

How I felt:¬†At this point of the pregnancy, with both of them I (like a majority of pregnant women) obviously didn’t show, however I suffered major bloating with both the pregnancies, so by the end of the evening, I went to bed with the impression that I looked about 4 months pregnant – and that was a downer (no thanks to the hormones). Also at this point in BOTH pregnancies I had lost a little bit of weight already due to the nausea and morning sickness. The¬†first¬†pregnancy being way more severe than the other. Whilst pregnant with Ayan I literally was throwing up everything I ate and had lost my appetite for food, whereas with the second pregnancy, I had a constant nausea, that seemed to be accompanied by a constant hunger in order to get rid of the nausea! So week 5 in pregnancy number 2 was like a total carb fueling week for me.

Diet:¬†Stomaching anything I could take – literally! At this point with the nausea with both I really couldn’t be bothered to watch what I ate, and more importantly I was trying to get food down me and keep it down!

Vitamins: Folic acid Рthis vitamin is EXTREMELY important in the first trimester + for actively trying mothers, as far as I know it is recommended in all countried to be taken during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Next Blog Post: Folic Acid supplements in the first trimester of pregnancy.


Week 5

Fun Fact: Baby is the size of an APPLE SEED 

Although most people only found out they were pregnant a week ago, and are barely registering the fact that they are pregnant, baby is already growing at an extremely fast pace. From being as tiny as a poppy seed last week, it is already the size of an¬†apple seed¬†in week 5! That’s right! Baby is growing so rapidly it has already near quadrupled in size. Whilst the pregnancy is still not visible to yourself or anyone else, pregnancy symptoms wil be starting to appear during this week, due to the hard work and effore that the body is putting in. Some signs are bearable and some may be not so pleasant, everyone is different, and believe it or not some women have no symptoms at all!

With this pregnancy my symptoms started quite late at around 5 weeks and 6 days, but because they had started so early last time I was beginning to feel paranoid that something wasn’t quite right (I’ll blame that on the irrational pregnancy hormones, may I?)¬†However when it reached exactly week 5 + 6 days, I woke up and the¬†nausea¬†had hit me HARD and I was wondering why I had been paranoid and wishing for symptoms in the first place. Alongside the nausea I had vomiting, they go hand in hand, and intense fatigue in week 5. Fatigue is the most predominant symptom in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy due to the fact that the body is working so hard to in theory ‘form all the fine details of the baby’. As well as making sure the baby is developing well and rapidly the body is also working hard to form the placenta which will be the baby’s protection and nutrient base for the next nine months. If that wasn’t enough, our bodies also are having to accomodate with all these changes taking place, so good food and an adequate amount of rest (if possible) is important in the first trimester of pregnancy.

So taking all that in, whilst all this dramatic change is taking place in the body, what exactly is changing for little baby in there (except for rapid growth of course)? Baby is now ‘made up’ of three layers,¬†ectoderm (top layer), mesoderm (middle layer) and endoderm deepest layer.¬†

In the ectoderm:¬†baby’s brain, spinal cord, nerves and backbone will shortly start to form.

In the mesoderm: the circulatory system and the heart have started to function, in fact, how scary as it may seem the heart is already dividing into chambers and pumping blood through the body! The rest of the mesoderm will go on to form cartilage, bone and muscles.

In the endoderm: this layer will become the lungs, intestines, urinary system, as well as the liver, pancreas and thyroid.

Oh and if all that wasn’t enough for you, the primitive placenta which when fully formed will provide all the nutrients and oxygen to the baby is already getting to work this week!

A LOT is happening this week, so whilst it all may be so new to you (even if it isn;t your first time pregnant) baby and body are already on the job getting baby to grow in time to meet you!


Next blog post: Week 5 baby battle