39 weeks Pregnancy Update

39 Weeks! I can’t believe I can go into labour at any time now! ¬†I have to admit knowing the baby can come so soon is hella boring! I mean the wait is just so boring, the not knowing and wondering if this braxton hicks contraction will be the start of labour! We had our midwife appointment yesterday, and everything is still all set for the home-birth. ¬†I’ve started moving all the home birth supplies into the room, where we all decided it would be best to labour in and of course have the baby in. ¬†I’ve started having all the little food items I want around for snacks for the midwife and Carl, so we wont be too frantic when its go time. ¬†I froze some fruit for myself and have coconut water ready just for me!

I’ve really started feeling insanely worried about the education system in this country, I’m not the biggest pregnant lady I’ve ever seen, but I am pregnant…The looks grown ups give you as they rubber neck to just stare at you is insane. ¬†A man actually kept telling me shame, on my pregnancy the other day, and I was just so shocked. ¬†What’s so horrible about being pregnant? why is it worth telling somebody you don’t know shame the whole time? ¬†People look at you like you’re suppose to be locked inside your home for 9 months so they don’t have to see your face. ¬†When you go for a walk all of a sudden you’re endangering your unborn child? We need to get educated on pregnancy, breastfeeding and especially home-births. ¬†I’ve actually stopped telling people I’m having a home-birth, because of the ridiculous comments I keep getting. ¬†Soon I will have my little baby in my arms and will probably deal with a million more comments from people that’s just not welcomed! ¬†Having a baby is not just physically tough, its an emotional roller coaster! and a whole lot of strange comments.

39 WEEKS PREGNANCY UPDATE

Sleep : I’m actually still sleeping pretty well. ¬†I never got one of those weird pregnancy pillow snakes? because Carl looked at it with shock and asked where is he supposed to sleep? I’ve done pretty amazingly without it and have gotten great sleep, I just prop a pillow in between my legs and I’m good to go or I use Carl as my cuddling snake pillow ( Yes, I don’t know what those pillows are called?) ¬†Lately I’ve been getting up more to use the loo, but I fall back to sleep really fast. ¬†I figured out pretty early on the key to good sleep in pregnancy is exercise ¬†and not eating anywhere close to time you want to go to sleep.

Mood: Impatient, yet peaceful. Baby can come when every baby wants to come.

Movement: This baby likes to move and cat stretch all over my belly, sometimes it feels like the baby is stretching and kicking my heart, but its all good.  Carl thinks the baby and I are a comedy troop, baby does something silly and I make a comment back at the baby.  My favourite one of late has been telling the baby,  he/she is living in a person stop treating it like a crappy apartment!

Body: I haven’t gotten any stretch marks so I’m happy about that one. ¬†I don’t know if its a genetics thing or not, but my sister didn’t get any stretchmarks on her stomach, where she applied pregnancy creams, but she did get on her legs and thighs where she didn’t think she needed to apply. ¬†So I think religiously applying pregnancy creams and oil during pregnancy is a must!

Exercise: I’m really glad I exercised throughout this pregnancy, I feel like it kept me strong and helped me not get all the nagging pregnancy symptoms that everyone suffers from that and a good eating plan really made for a smooth pregnancy. ¬†I really enjoy the what to expect when expecting (be fit) workout routines for pregnant ladies available on youtube. ¬†I actually built muscle tone without ever feeling like I was overdoing anything, walking throughout pregnancy made me feel less stressed out and the prenatal yoga I found on youtube was just the best ever in helping me open my body up and help prevent a lot of cramping!

I hope this will be the last update and that soon I will have a cutesy little baby to post about!

 

Amazing Almond Banana Protein Smoothie

I’ve been loving smoothies and shakes lately! Making a quick shake or smoothie is a fast way for me to get in a lot of nutrients in a short amount of time. ¬†When I need a protein filled snack, bam! Lets have a smoothie. ¬†This is my favourite smoothie EVER. ¬†Yes, it might not be a vibrant ,beautiful green or a wonderful colourful colour, but the simplicity of this boring looking smoothie is all sort of amazing on the taste buds. ¬†Filled with all the wonderful super foods you need with a whole lot of yum, this is definitely the treat with so many health benefits you need.

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MACA BENEFITS

  1. Hormone Balance; Maca is believed to balance estrogen levels.  Which can help with ovulation and pregnancy.
  2. Decreases levels of anxiety and stress.
  3. Helps with male fertility
  4. Increases endurance, energy and mood.
  5. Antioxidants booster; Helps in fighting disease and is great for cancer prevention.

COCONUT OIL BENEFITS

  1. Prevents heart disease and high blood pressure.
  2. Protects the liver
  3. Reduce inflammation and arthritis.
  4. Cancer prevention.
  5. Immune system booster.

ALMONDS BENEFITS

  1. Prevention in heart disease.
  2. Supports healthy brain function.
  3. Helps keeps your skin young, thanks to the anti ageing benefits.
  4. Helps control blood sugar levels.
  5. Helps with weight loss.

FLAX SEEDS BENEFITS

  1. High in fibre and great for gut health.
  2. Keeps your hair and skin healthy.
  3. Helps with losing weight.
  4. Lowers cholesterol.
  5. High in antioxidants.

CARDAMOM BENEFITS

  1. Helps prevent cancer.
  2. Keeps your heart healthy.
  3. A great anti – depressant.
  4. Helps with treating urinary disorders.
  5. protects against gastrointestinal diseases.

ALMOND BANANA PROTEIN SMOOTHIEserves 2

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Ingredients

  • 1 large, banana peeled
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1 -2 cup almond milk (depends on how thick you like it, start with a cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 1 heaped scoop protein powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 large pitted medjool date.
  • Ice

Directions

Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a glass and enjoy all those delicious health benefits.

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Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Since finding out that I was pregnant I’ve been on a strict clean, healthy nutrient filled meal plan. ¬†I had a couple of slip ups in the beginning due to my insane cravings for candy, sugar and all things nice. ¬†I got angry at Carl, because he didn’t get me a 10 donut special that our local grocery store was having, I mean blind rage, I was so angry at him I couldn’t even look at his face, it was the most irrational anger I’ve ever experience, but yet I’m still kind of angry that he didn’t anticipate my needs. ¬†I’ve kicked those bad habits and I’m completely focused on giving baby the best start possible, what you put in you get out has never been so true in the making a human department! ¬†That doesn’t mean I’m restricting myself from all delicious treats. ¬†I’ve just gotten creative and have come up with such amazing alternatives, that make me feel so good and give me the energy boost I need all day.

This healthy chocolate pudding is amazing and filled with good for you ingredients that’s amazing for pregnancy.

AVOCADO HEALTH BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Amazing source of folic acid. ¬†Folic acid plays an important role in the development of baby’s organs an intake of folic acid prevents neural defects in your baby.
  2. Prevents Anaemia.
  3. Filled with Calcium
  4. Rich in nutrients and minerals
  5. Helps with baby’s brain development.

BANANA HEALTH BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Bananas are a great source of potassium, which help regulate blood pressure.
  2. Bananas are a good source of vitamin C and helps aid the absorption of Iron.

DATE HEALTH BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Filled with good for you sugar and its just oh so yum.
  2. Contains Protein that helps support the growth of your baby.
  3. Filled with Fibre.  We all want a smoothly running digestive system in pregnancy.
  4. Contains Iron.  Prevents anaemia in your baby and develops a stronger immunity system.
  5. Contains Folic acid, which prevents dangerous birth defects in your baby.

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE PUDDINGserves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and flesh scooped out
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup non dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Strawberry for garnish and added deliciousness

Directions

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Place everything in a blender and puree until smooth.  Scoop everything into a small bowl and refrigerate until chilled.  Lick all your utensils clean while you wait.  Enjoy!

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Source Information Avocados, Bananas, Dates