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MCLV Pregnancy | What I Eat In A Day [2nd Trimester]

Welcome to my 2nd trimester What I Eat in a Day. If you missed it, here’s my 1st Trimester What I Eat in a Day.

I would like to preface this post by saying that I was devastated to learn that “eating for two” is NOT actually a thing and that doctor’s closely monitor your weight when you’re pregnant. I mean, I get it, but it was still disappointing…

Anyway, you’re not here for the chit chat, you’re here for the food! So here’s an example of a good day of eating during my 2nd trimester. Note: Not all days were this healthy. Not all days were this structured. I did the best that I could and I’d say I pretty much nailed the 80/20 approach. 80% healthy, whole food based meals, 20% treats {though I was in quarantine so most of my treats were homemade, for better or worse}.

First Breakfast: This remained an important part of my morning since I woke up STARVING. Since my husband and I were working from home from the second trimester onward, I started the day by splitting a piece of fruit with him. An apple, pear, orange, or banana, usually with nut butter and hemp seeds or a handful of raw nuts.

Second Breakfast: Being home with full access to my kitchen for breakfast was amazing. I loved the freedom to really make what I was craving. Breakfast varied from protein oats or waffles to scrambles or yogurt with granola. The last one was a big favorite during this period and usually entailed:

Lunch: We got into a very civilized habit of eating a huge salad for lunch every day. I would usually add a side of veggies & rice, a veggie burger, soup, or a smoothie when it got warmer. Salad ingredients varied but usually included romaine hearts, spinach, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, and celery with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

Afternoon Snack: Crudite and hummus or a handful of Skinny Pop and some raw trail mix. I also started making banana applesauce muffins {banana nut or blueberry usually} and those made a good pre-walk snack during T2.

Dinner: I had a MASSIVE craving for pasta for most of the second trimester and I made it at least one a week. Sometimes twice. Other than worrying about boring my husband with my recipes, I had no problem eating pasta multiple times a week. My favorite gluten-free high protein pasta is Banza. They even have a boxed mac n cheese that’s vegan and gluten free. I usually made a veggie filled sauce {zero guilt!} like this recipe, though I did experiment with a cashew alfredo sauce as well.

Dessert: I’ve always craved salty, savory foods over sweets. Boy did that change in the 2nd trimester! I couldn’t get enough of baked goods. Or gummies. And being home 24/7 meant that I baked A LOT. One week I baked 2 batches of cookies, a pumpkin pie {in April, weird I know}, lemon bars, and a birthday cake for my husband. Needless to say, once dinner was over, there were always numerous sweet treats to choose from. I tried not to worry too much about my sweet intake and didn’t beat myself up for skipping the dried fruit, though I did try to stay away from my husband’s stash of Oreos, Australian licorice, and Sour Patch Kids.

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MCLV Pregnancy | First Trimester Exercise & Workouts

I recently referred to the first trimester as the best three month nap of your life and that really is an excellent description. I can say, without a doubt, that fatigue was the biggest symptom of my first trimester. More so even than nausea or headaches or nasal congestion.

As someone who has had trouble sleeping on and off for years, the first trimester was a glorious return to easy, no effort sleep. But as someone used to working out and cooking dinner every night after work, I was shocked by how little I felt capable of for the first three months of my pregnancy. I routinely fell asleep in the car on the way home from work at 4:30pm, could barely manage to reheat leftovers for dinner, and passed out cold well before 7pm for a sold 8 weeks.

So what did that mean for my workout routine? It meant that I had to be gentle with myself, listen to my body, and take a step back my workouts. I went from two workouts a day 5-6 days a week to one workout a day, 7 days a week.

I have done a midday workout for years, since I’m lucky enough to have an office gym, and have had a calendar reminder set up in my Outlook for years to ensure that I don’t schedule things during that window. It’s a habit that really paid off, because that workout window became my only time to workout during the first trimester. I was awake, still had energy, and was usually excited to move my body. Sometimes I was tired or busy or just plain not in the mood, but I went anyway. If I wasn’t up for much, I’d just walk on the treadmill.

But, for the most part, knowing that time was my only chance to stretch, move, and break a sweat, meant that I looked forward to it.

When I found out I was pregnant I immediately started Googling workout modifications and prenatal workouts and started a long list of questions for my doctor. Her response? Do what feels good and when it becomes uncomfortable, stop. Simple right?

Note: Be sure to talk to your doctor about your individual needs and chat about changes you’d like to make in advance. What worked for me may not work for you, so it’s always best to discuss with your doctor prior to making any shifts in your lifestyle and activity levels, especially during pregnancy.

So, since I was physically feeling okay and didn’t have much nausea at 9:30am, I turned to the Tone It Up app. I started an 8 week weightlifting and strength program almost as soon as I found out that I was pregnant, and loved it. I felt strong and empowered. And on days that I felt bored, I supplemented with whatever other types of workouts sounded appealing.

I also ran and took Mighty Pilates classes on weekends for most of the first trimester.

With the fatigue and nausea of the first trimester, staying active was a great way to show my body some love and I’m glad that I kept myself motivated.

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MCLV Pregnancy | Pregnancy Safe Skin Care

When you get pregnant there’s a lot to worry about. There’s a lot to learn. There’s a lot to do. There’s a lot not to do. It can be overwhelming.

Luckily, I have been interested in skin care for years and had already started to transition over to clean brands and products that are better for both myself and the environment.

A few of the no no’s that I read about that pregnant women shouldn’t use are: Benzoyl Peroxide, Fragrances, BPA, Hydroquinone, Formaldehyde, Parabens, Phthalates, Retinoids, Salicylic Acid, Thioglycolic Acid, Chemical Sunscreens, and Botulinum Toxin.

Some of those I expected – Botox & Retinol – Others were more of a surprise, like Benzoyl Perioxide. Others I don’t think should be in any products and you should throw away bottles if you see them on a label (Formaldehyde, BPA).

Luckily, my core skin care routine, minus the retinol, was in the clear. Below are the pregnancy safe skin care products that I used, and loved, throughout my pregnancy:

Eyes:

Serums:

Moisturizers:

Sunscreen:

Cleansers:

Masks:

I was pretty happy with what I found and I’m sure that I’ll keep using these brands and products for years to come!

What’s on YOUR beauty shelf?

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Bethanimalprint: Post-Pregnancy Tips

Welcome to part III of the Bethanimalprint interview series on pregnancy. Since she was such an inspirational and fashionable mother and mother-to-be, I thought some of the lovely women in my audience would enjoy hearing some of her wisdom on fashion, food, and fitness during the three stages of pregnancy.

You catch up on her Pre-Pregnancy Tips and Mid-Pregnancy Tips, and read a few more fashion, food & fitness tips below!

Post-Pregnancy:

One thing that I’ve especially loved from your baby-related social media and blog updates is that you’ve managed to keep some key wardrobe staples throughout. Do you have a favorite piece or brand that was able to see you comfortably and stylishly through all of the stages?

It’s hard to pick a favorite because different pieces/brands filled different needs. I loved Isabella Oliver and Ingrid and Isabel for staples I could wear to work. PinkBlush is great for trendier off-duty duds that are super affordable. If nothing else, a great pair of leggings and one nice maternity dress are two pieces every pregnant woman needs to have!

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{Fitness After Baby #2}

I LOVED reading that you’re keeping yourself well-fed after pregnancy, prioritizing breast-feeding Gunnar over societal and media pressure to immediately start dieting and exercising. Can you give us some background on your thought process here and why you’re approaching things like this?

After I had our daughter, I lost my baby weight and then some too quickly and ended up losing my milk supply. I was disappointed I was only able to breastfeed for 3 months so this time around I vowed to slow down a bit. I’m still working out and eating healthy, but I listen to my body and I don’t over do it. I know I’ll have plenty of time to work on getting 6-pack abs once Gunnar is done nursing.

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{Santa Monica Pier Pictures}

Walking, especially as a family, is such a great way to not only get moving post-pregnancy, but also so you can bond as a unit. Do you have any other fitness-related recommendations for women who are starting to think about getting out and about?

Mommy-and-me yoga and swimming has been a great way for me to bond and get moving with both kiddos!

Now let’s here from all of your mommies out there. Tell all the new and future moms out there what YOUR best post-pregnancy tips are below!

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Bethanimalprint Interview: Pregnancy Tips

After sharing the first post in this three-part pregnancy series with Bethann of Bethanimalprint, we’re back to share part two – Pregnancy Tips.

Namely, some healthy and feasible ways to approach fashion, food & fitness during the course of your pregnancy. It’s not a seamless transition, nor is the process going to be effortless, but with an expert like Miss Bethann in your corner, we’re hoping to make things a little bit easier for you.

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Mid-Pregnancy:

  • Favorite style or easy-to-pull off sartorial twists you’d recommend for ladies coming to terms with their bumps?

Showing off your bump is half the fun! I gravitate to non-maternity styles that are a little looser like this dress. Free People is great for pieces like that! Anything that can be worn throughout pregnancy and after is a win as long as it’s comfortable!

  • Did you have a go-to recipe during your latest pregnancy? I know cravings are different for every woman, but I’m sure you have some great quick midweek meal ideas that would save time & energy for expectant moms.

Being a creature of habit, I could eat the same thing everyday for weeks, sometimes even months, before getting sick of it. This pregnancy I had egg whites, fruit and turkey bacon for breakfast. Lunches and dinners had more variety in that I would scrounge up whatever I could at the office most days. Avocado rolls were a favorite.  

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  • You kicked booty in the gym throughout your pregnancy, though I’m sure your workouts changed as your body did. How do you recommend changing your workout regime to keep yourself healthy & fit, without exhausting a growing body too much?

I’m no expert here, I just listened to my body and modified accordingly. I did a lot of spin, barre and yoga. I had to give up spin in the third trimester when I couldn’t pedal without my knees splaying outwards (not good!).

Do YOU have a burning question you’d like to ask?

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