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13 Feb, 2012

And finally – exercise. I don’t know why I’ve been putting it off for so long, I guess I’ve been worrying that it needs to be all serious because we’re talking about exercise during pregnancy but everything I have read about it has said it is really good for us and baby bean.  I’m not sure if Beanie was enjoying it but today I was on the treadmill (mainly walking but I did break into a bit of a jog), and I’m sure I felt the baby join in for a little while – I can’t say it was all that comfortable but it amused me to think of it in there with a sweatband on working out.

When you google exercise during pregnancy it mostly points to sites that tell you to do fairly lame back exercises and to spend the rest of you day doing your pelvic floor. However, with a baby on the way, in under 6 months time I’m going to be lugging bags, babies, carries and more all over the place, so I want to be as fit as I can be. One of the key areas I’m focusing on is my arms, not least because I’m going to be at my most pregnant in the middle of summer and if everything else on me is going to be a lot bigger, I at least want arms like Madonna.

I have learnt all my arm exercises from Davina – she has a bunch of exercise DVDs, a handful of which have arm specific sections with weights. My favourite of her DVDs at the moment is Davina – Body Buff. The arm section is pretty good (and the leg bit is hardcore! I really like it but I have to tone it down a bit). If you can’t be arsed to get a DVD, here are my favourite arm exercises (do 12-15 reps of each exercise and do the whole set twice – repeat 3 times a week):

  1. Bicep curl – stand with feet hip-width apart (repeat for all exercises), and keeping your arms (from shoulder to elbow) fixed by your sides curl your hands up to your shoulders then return to starting position. If you want to increase the intensity on each arm, do alternate arms with a heavier weight.
  2. Should press – raise your hands to shoulder height, then extend your hands above the head and return to shoulder level.
  3. Upright row – start with your hands by your sides then raise them up to chest height with your elbows pointing out to the side in opposite directions, as if rowing.
  4. Lateral raises – start with you hands by your side again, keeping your arms straight and with the little finger leading, raise your arms laterally (to the side) up to should level and return.
  5. Triceps extensions – raise you arms above your head and bend your elbows so your hands are behind your head. Then, keeping your elbows pinned by your ears, extend your hands above your head then slowly return to starting position.
  6. Triceps kickbacks – with soft knees, bend forward at the hips about 45 degrees. Start with your arms in a bicep curl, keep your elbows fixed by your sides and extend your arms behind you so your arms are parallel to the ground.

I would experiment with weights, starting with 1kg and the upping the anti to 3-5kg. You won’t get hugely muscly arms because you’ll not be bulking up on protein (I assume). Once you get bored of these there are loads more, which can specifically target your personal favourite (or they will be) areas.

If you’re worried about exercising during pregnancy, speak to your midwife FIRST. However, the main rules are:

  1. Don’t do anything you haven’t tried before (unless it is specifically postnatal)
  2. Listen to your body and stop if you are uncomfortable. In early pregnancy, some days I would get on the bike and feel like a million dollars, then the very next time I’d feel like I had sausages for legs.
  3. Don’t do crunches (because they squish your stomach) but you can still do stomach exercises – there are some great stand up exercises that can be done, along with things like the plank.
12 Feb, 2012

As a gal who goes to bed in her makeup and then just goes over the same makeup again in the morning, I’ve been discovering, the hard and spotty way, that this is a beauty regime of the past. My chin has become a heaven for spotty little blighters and when one goes, 2 more come to the funeral.

I’ve been checking this out and of course, it’s one of those common early pregnancy symptoms. It’s caused by a serge of hormones that in turn causes an increase in sebum, an oil in your skin that keeps it supple. Too much and our pores become more blocked than a spotty teenager.

Needless to say that means there’s probably not much to do about it but in my quest to make my life and hopefully yours a bit less spotty, I’ve been researching how to have beautifully clear skin and here are my top tips:

  1. Wash your make up off at night (I know ridiculous), and clean twice a day with a mild cleanser.
  2. Be gentle with your face – if you scrub too hard it can make it all worse. So use your hands to gently wash your face and pat it dry with a towel (rather than rubbing really hard, which is what I do. If you over-strip your face it can make you more likely to breakouts – typical!).
  3. Buy an oil-free moisturiser (I’ve been suffering from dry skin as well as, so slathering on oily moisturiser isn’t going to have helped) and same for your suncream.
  4. Wash your pillowcases, face towels, etc. regularly.

Being a strong believer in ‘let food by thy medicine’, I also have some foody tips for luscious skin (chocolate isn’t on the list – booooo! – apart from small amounts of extra dark chocolate. But who likes that?):

  1. Eat plenty of our foe turned friend, Vitamin A: milk, fish, eggs, and carrots. Remember to avoid Vitamin A supplements and anything high in Retinols (such as liver – see my post about gaining weight slowly and scroll the bottom, it explains the good cop, bad cop nature of Vit A).
  2. Get rid of sugar/refined grains: I know this is disappointing but replacing it with whole grains can mean the difference between looking like a teenager on prom-day or a baby’s bottom (a smooth one, not one with nappy rash).
  3. Eat healthy fats: avocado, salmon, and almonds.
  4. Go juicy: here’s the Juice Master’s recipe for for clear skin (his ‘clear skin elixir’): juice 2 apples, 1 handful of spinach, 1/4 cucumber, 1 stick celery. Then blitz in a blender with 1/2 avocado and some ice. It’s bleeding delicious!!

I hope this helps – let me know how you get on my spotty comrades xx

10 Feb, 2012

Well, I am meant to be getting myself dolled up to go on a date with my husband right now. I was going to put my hair in rollers, make myself look nice. I was even going to shave my legs and finally do my toe nails! But no, Mike’s had a better offer to go out with people who can drink and I don’t fancy joining them 6 hours after they started drinking. I guess I don’t blame him, I’d rather go out with them than me too but I don’t have that luxury.

So instead, I’m sat here driving myself insane trying to set up an account on one of these hundreds of forums for ‘moms’ (does anyone know any good UK sites?) but it won’t let me update my picture from a man’s so I’m giving it up as a bad job to write a post that will hopefully fill us all with joy…any ideas?!

How about this? – some really cute baby clothes, to get us in the mood.

Boden – I could happily buy everything from this shop, I’m officially in love. This little chicken outfit makes me want to cry (and have a girl) but the turtle is so cute too (£22 each)!

These are in the sale and are lovely too…

3 Sprouts do a host of brilliant things and they have these lovely little storage caddies. Mine would probably end up full of crap that shouldn’t be in a baby’s room but nice all the same.

I like this mad scientist outfit from Hatley, although it’s $32 (plus shipping from US)…maybe in a sale.

And, finally, this owl hat looks to be the itchiest thing on earth but look at that baby in it *sign*.

See… all the bad moods and missing out on drinking will be worth it.

p.s. sorry for dobbing you in Mike but if I can’t do it here for some sympathy from my ‘sistas’, where I can I?

09 Feb, 2012

I am conscious that it’s getting on for the middle of February and I’m now 14 weeks pregnant. It’s nearly a month since I wrote my mission and time to revisit it to see how I’m getting on (before I start pretending I never wrote it)…

My top priority was to concentrate on being healthy and happy. I think I’m doing pretty well on this (apart from chocolate gate at the weekend), which is probably due to the life of luxury and unemployment I’m currently enjoying.

  1. I’m exercising for at least 30 minutes about 5 or 6 days a week;
  2. I’m planning healthy meals most of the time to a) make sure we’re eating nutritious meals every night and I don’t go way over the number of calories I should be eating (still thinking about The Ultimate Issue) and b) save money (so nothing goes to waste in the fridge – queue the superscrimpers!); and
  3. I am doing something I like most days, although I’m so shit at actually sitting down to do the pampering things like paint my nails – I’ve been meaning to do my fingers for the past couple of nights but have ended up doing my blog late. And, my toe nails? I’m too ashamed to even talk about them.

I’m aware that when I get a new job (should be soon), that the above is going to get harder. 

My next priority was all about Money. And I have been crap at this!

  1. I haven’t read any more pages of that Paul McKenna book than when I wrote the post, so needless to say I did not finish the book by the end of January and I am not taking baths in money yet; and
  2. I think I’ve got a job, it’s the same one I thought I had when I wrote the post but it’s just talking a long time to sort out.

In the mean time, I’ve really been concentrating on my blog content, which is fair enough if people are going to want to read it. However, I know what I need to do (and I’m not doing) if I’m to start generating more traffic and, therefore, potentially also make a bit of pocket money through it, which would be nice! …so until I get this job, I  need to put some time aside for Paul, as I really do want to read it, and put a bit more effort into blog traffic – there, new mission!

Finally, my last priority was to streamline my life. This is going alright…

  1. The business is now closed, so apart from a few bits that are really out of my hands, I consider this streamed.
  2. The house declutter is not so successful. Bringing back half a full office hasn’t helped and although I have started my wardrobe, and was very pleased with the progress, there’s still piles of clothes knocking around. What I have done though is sewn up a few holes in clothes I’d stopped wearing due to the holes, and stopped myself from buying more clothes for the time being. I’ve also stopped the gas leak in the kitchen and sorted out for Brian our DIY fella to come and finish off a few odd jobs.

Mission now – carry on with the exercise and healthy eating, do my nails, read my money book, do more blog stuff and sort out the house. Easy!