Monday, October 29, 2007

Scary moment

Dog jumped up on the bed and hit my belly last night, hard. It hurt but then everything was ok. It really scared me, so I called the doc, but she said no worries unless there was blood or water leakage. Whew!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Not for me

I was walking the dog this morning, grumping a long because I've got 100 things to do and no time to really walk the dog. When suddenly I realized, that I was walking/eating right/etc. not for me but for someone else who can't do it for themselves. My baby can't choose what I eat. He can't make sure I'm strong enough to care for him. Only I can do that - and I need to do it for him, not for myself. And somehow, that makes it easier.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Measurements and Back to the Gym

Called the doc to see if I can start working out again - got the green light! Whoohoo!

Belly measurement today: 41" Boob measurement today: 46"

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pelvic rest

Doc says I can't work out again until after 28 weeks. I had some irregular contractions the other night and called to ask. Since I've had a miscarriage previously, she says she wants me to be safe. I'm glad to be safe but frustrated about the no exercise thing.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Baaaaaaaaaaby Belly!

Measured my belly last night at the belly button - 41.5 inches. Yikes! It wasn't that long ago that it was only 29 inches. Say "hello" to the baby belly! My favorite thing right now is for John to come up and rub my belly and say "Baaaaaaaaaaaaby belly" Makes me giggle everytime

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Prenatal DVD Reviews

Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea
A well-balanced, gentle yet challenging video with few of the production errors found in similar selections, this video provides time flexibility for the busy mom by breaking down the 60 minutes workout into 4 manageable parts. Required equipment is minimal (a chair, a block, and a strap) and a woman in each trimester of pregnancy is shown to help demonstrate variations both in position and equipment. I found this workout to be ideal for me, helping to alleviate back pain, leg cramps, and general sleeplessness.

ZenMamma by Rainbeau Mars
An odd tendency to chat with the camera and other participants makes this video more awkward than interesting. The exercises, overall, seem to be well-balanced and presented in an easy to understand way with an eye to safety. Women at each trimester of pregnancy are shown so that variations are not simply explained but also demonstrated. The editing and camera work lacks finesse (a common flaw in many workout videos) as does the dialog provided by Ms. Mars, detracting from the workout.

Pilates for Life: Prenatal and Postnatal
As a prenatal workout video, this piece is sadly lacking. Unlike most similar videos, this lacks any adjustments for trimester specific concerns and does not discuss the potential issue of abodominal muscle separation. It does not, in fact, have any pregnant women in the video. The background for the video is a lackluster, painted cinderblock gymnasium which, while obviously not the focus of the video, provides a somewhat depressing atmosphere. The exercises themselves are simple and unchallenging. Overall, the video was disappointing.

Leisa Hart: FitMamma - Prenatal Workout
An excellent video for those just starting to workout, this video provides a good workout without overtaxing the audience. Simple moves with frequent repetition (a combination that will quickly become tiresome for experienced viewers) combine to provde the confidence building success needed when a workout program is started. Participants in each trimester are shown, so variations can be observed as well as described. Overall, a good solid workout video for beginners.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Week 20: Baby doc

Week 20 and the baby doc visit went well. No pics this time, but got to hear the heart beat. Cool! Baby is moving around a lot more these days, kicking and knocking around inside. It's kinda strange to think I'm some kind of big incubator.
Apparently incubators need more gas than regular people - yesterday I had a little experience with hypoglycemia. I got home from work, a little hungry and told John I'd fix myself a sandwich just as he was leaving to go grocery/dinner shopping. Then I thought, well I'll just check my thing I know, it's 2 hours later and I'm as loopy as if I'd taken Vicodin. John came in and asked what was wrong and I just wasn't sure. So he found out I'd forgotten to eat anything, fed me, and I got better. I told the doc about it and she said how I should keep snacks around the house. Problem is, there *were* snacks around the house (granola bars, cheese, etc.), I just didn't remember to eat them. So now I've got to keep an eye on it and make sure I eat every couple of hours. It sounds stupid to say I forgot to eat, but there you have it.