Why I Exercise During Pregnancy

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

I know I have been talking a lot about pregnancy on the blog lately, but I am pregnant and this is my blog, so I guess I am allowed to. ;) If you aren't interested, feel free to click the little X at the top of your screen. Anyways, I wanted to talk about why I exercise during pregnancy. I know that some women don't and that is 100% okay. We all have our reasons for doing what we do and one thing may work for someone that doesn't work for someone else. But, I want to share my experiences and would love to hear yours! 
I Feel Like It Helps Me Have Easier Deliveries
One big reason why I exercise during pregnancy is because I truly believe it has helped me have easier deliveries. Obviously labor and delivery is never "easy", but I have been blessed with quick labors and deliveries that go very smoothly. I can't even begin to express how blessed I feel because of this and how grateful I am. I honestly feel like exercising during pregnancy helps to prepare both my body and my mind for delivery and makes the whole experience better for me.

I Love The Mental Health Benefits
I exercise just as much for the physical benefits as I do for the mental benefits. I can't even begin to tell you how much exercising has helped me mentally. It truly makes me happy and releases those amazing things that we call endorphins. I know this isn't the case for everyone, and that is totally okay, but for me it helps me so much both when I am pregnant and when I am not pregnant.

I Recover More Quickly After Delivery 
I feel like because I have such easy deliveries, I am able to recover more quickly after them. I am of course sore and take 6 weeks off from exercising, but I am able to walk around and haven't ever had any big issues. This is so important to me because it makes me feel like a human being ha.

It Gives Me More Energy During The Day
I notice a huge difference in my energy levels during the day when I exercise vs. when I don't exercise. On the days that I get up and exercise, I don't get as tired throughout the day and I am less grumpy with my kids. I still get more tired overall during pregnancy, especially during my first trimester, but exercise helps me a ton!

I Love It
As simple as this is, I genuinely love exercising during pregnancy. I feel better mentally and physically when I exercise and I am always listening to my body. This helps me to make sure that both baby and I are doing great. I know everyone has a different opinion on exercise during pregnancy and that's fine. For me, I am active before pregnancy, so I am active during pregnancy. I have also been blessed to have pregnancies without complications thus far, so I am given 100% clearance by my doctor to exercise.
(Me and my super buff sister!)

QUESTION:
Do you like exercising during pregnancy? Why or why not?

xoxo
Rachel

Pregnancy #3 Update 22 Weeks

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How far along? 22 weeks (last Thursday)
Total weight gain: I'm not sure    
Maternity clothes? No
Stretch marks? No
Best moment this week: Watching baby boy move around in my stomach. :) 
Miss anything? Better sleep  
Movement:  Yes!
Food cravings: Salads with chicken, crushed ice, and homemade snickers 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Yep, some foods. 
Gender: BOY!
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: Heartburn, braxton hicks, nausea, pelvic floor pain. I had this pain with all of my kids but it is definitely the worst with this little guy. 
Belly button in or out? getting more and more flat 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: I'm happy as long as I am rested and the kids are getting along haha! ;) 
Looking forward to: Picking out a name for this little dude. Naming kids is SO hard!
Exercise: Yes! I was able to take one of my sister's classes this past week and that was fun! I miss her classes. :)  

xoxo
Rachel

Cutest Cousins!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

My amazingly talented sister @court.ography took these pictures last Sunday after church and I love them! Riley was napping so he isn't in them, but the rest of the cousins and Nana and Papa are. My parents really are such amazing grandparents and I love watching their grandchildren interact with them. I also love watching the cousins all play together and have a blast! Living far away definitely makes me treasure these times! :) 

xoxo
Rachel

Happy Anniversary My Love!

Friday, August 3, 2018





Happy Anniversary to my amazing, handsome, wonderful, hard working husband! I can't believe we have been married 6 years today! I am so grateful that Heavenly Father brought us together and that we have created such a beautiful life! Thank you for always being my rock and making me feel like a queen! I can't imagine doing this life without you!

xoxo
Rachel 

5 Things That Are Different This Pregnancy

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Everyone says it, but each pregnancy really is SO different, and this one was no exception. I love hearing about other women's pregnancies and what type of things they experienced, so I thought I'd share a little bit about how this pregnancy has been different than my other two. :) 
1. I Didn't Get An Ultrasound Until 10 Weeks 
With both Rosalie and Riley, I was able to get an ultrasound around 8 weeks. However, with this one I didn't get an ultrasound until 10 weeks. I went in for my first appointment at 9 weeks thinking I would get an ultrasound that day, but I didn't! It was SO hard for me to wait a whole week longer and I am a worrier, so I was very nervous. Thankfully, everything with baby looked great at our 10 week ultrasound and I was super relieved!

2. The Morning Sickness Has Been Much Different 
This time around my morning sickness has been so much different than with my last two pregnancies.  With Rosalie I was sick all day from about 6 weeks to 13 weeks and with Riley I was sick from 5 weeks to 11 weeks, but with this one I had really bad sickness all day from about 6.5 weeks to 15 weeks and then it turned into me just being sick when I would eat. I am 22 weeks now and I still get sick when I eat. Some foods are worse than others, but I almost always get sick. This has made it a bit harder for me to eat, but of course I do my best. I am just really careful about what I eat most of the time. 

3. I Was Totally Wrong About The Gender 
I had a guess about the gender with Rosalie and Riley, and both times my guess was correct. However, with this one I was so sure that it was a girl and it wasn't just a guess. You better believe I was shocked when they told us at our anatomy ultrasound that our sweet little baby was a BOY. Thrilled, elated, soooo happy, but still shocked!

4. I Feel Like I Was Much More Tired 
I don't know if this is just me not remembering correctly or what, but I feel like I was so much more tired at the beginning of this pregnancy. It may have been because I had two kiddos to care for instead of zero or one, but either way, all I wanted to do was sleep. For about the first 4 months I felt like I needed at least 10 hours of sleep to function, which is about 4 hours more than I usually get ha! 

5. I Didn't Have To Stop Exercising During Morning Sickness
I had to stop exercising during my morning sickness with Rosalie and Riley, but with this pregnancy I was able to continue exercising through it. I modified and listened to my body, but I actually felt better if I exercised. That was a blessing for me because it got me out of the house each morning and to the gym so the kids could play at the kid care with their friends and I could have some me time. :) 

I'm sure there were/are about a billion other differences that I'm not thinking of right now, but these are some big ones. What are some of the differences that you experienced with your pregnancies? 

xoxo
Rachel