Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Monday, August 19, 2013

Patiently Waiting: A Journal Entry

I'm now 38 weeks and 4 days, and we're patiently waiting for the arrival of our little one! I had some exciting contractions the last couple nights, but nothing that ended up lasting more than a couple hours. (I'm trying not to get too excited when that happens, but it's hard!) Everything is progressing normally. We are prepared for her to come at any time, but I'm also mentally preparing myself for her to come a little after 41 weeks.

We are also in the midst of finding a new place to live. Preferably somewhere larger and closer to family. We have had luck finding places, but not getting them. Usually what will happen is I will call the second they are posted online only to find out someone else already applied and was approved. It's getting frustrating, especially because after the baby comes I probably won't want to leave our house to check the place out, so my husband will be on his own with that. I have faith in him, but of course I want a say too!

The last week has been a lot of cleaning, organizing, some freaking out, and some working out. Overall it has been great. My migraines subsided since I took maternity leave; the doctor thinks they were partially hormonal and partially stress-induced. I think it also helped that I have been taking my prenatal yoga and strength classes again. We are now waiting to hear about a condo we're interested in, and we should know by Wednesday. Of course, we are battling with another couple on that one too.

Something else I did this week was write down some goals. Since my weight has tapered off for this pregnancy, I decided to estimate my weight after birth and how much I would have to lose to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I know it's not going to be easy, but I'm not your average lady.

I'm actually more interested in toning and firming my body rather than fitting into a certain size pant, shirt, or dress. What's the point in being thin if you're not healthy and strong? Still, I made a goal weight, and it's what I was pre-pregnancy. This workout is very similar to what I did pre-pregnancy and throughout the beginning of my pregnancy. At the moment, I am taking prenatal yoga and strength training classes about 2-3 times per week and walking. I'm hoping to get cleared by my midwife to start this sooner than most women because I had been doing this prior to pregnancy and throughout my first two trimesters before sticking to prenatal-only classes. Feel free to copy and paste this plan to make it your own.

Healthy Moms Make Healthy Babies
(me at 37 weeks)

Goal Weight: 112 lbs (pre-pregnancy weight)
Current Weight: ___ lbs

⭌ Cardio
Jog/Walk 1-3 miles (depending on postpartum recovery) at 6am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. If there is too much snow, go to the gym and use the track.

⭌ Chest
  • Bench Press or Incline Bench Press
  • Cable or Dumbbell Flyes
  • Push Ups of any kind

⭌ Back
  • Pull Ups (as many as I can do)
  • Bent Over Dumbbell Row
  • Free Hang from Pull Up Bar

⭌ Shoulders
  • Arnold Dumbbell Press (overhead press with weights coming down ½ way)
  • Arm Circles

⭌ Legs
  • Barbell Squat
  • Lunge with Weights on Shoulders
  • Calf Raises
  • Fire Hydrant

⭌ Triceps
  • Close Grip (lie on back with weight, bend at elbows, extend, come back down)
  • Extend Arm Behind / Tricep Extension

⭌ Biceps
  • Curls (palms would face up to sky)
  • Preacher Curl (hands in candlesticks)

⭌ Abs

  • Alternating Sit Ups
  • Side Planks
  • Plank
  • Plank Walk to Push Up