Weekly Workouts: 18 Weeks Pregnant

Weekly Workouts: 18 Weeks Pregnant

Well this was an eventful week. I returned from Austin, lacerated the crap out of my pinky toe and then got hit with a REALLY fun gallbladder attack on Monday. I had so much fun with that first attack  I thought I'd give it another go on Thursday! 
So yeah. I think the universe agrees with my plan to slow the F down. Just a gentle reminder that during pregnancy your body is working in overdrive to grow a tiny human and keep you afloat. Be kind to yourself. 

Do you really need to take prenatal supplements?

Do you really need to take prenatal supplements?

You’re newly pregnant. Congratulations! Maybe you’re celebrating, doing a little dance, or maybe you’re still processing and letting the news really settle in. After a few important phone calls and conversations, the prenatal checklist of do’s and don’t’s starts to emerge. Less alcohol, more water. Less sugar, more vegetables. And of course, you start taking your prenatal supplements.

But here’s the question I get regularly…

“What if I’m already eating a really solid nutrient-dense diet? Shouldn’t I be able to just eat more and get everything I need from food? Do I really need to take a supplement on top of my diet?”

Strawberry-Lemonade Ice Pops

Strawberry-Lemonade Ice Pops

Portland is about to get hit with another little heat wave. Thanks global warming! During the unexpectedly warm days earlier this Spring and Edith and I found ourselves in desperate need of some tasty treats to cool off. So we turned to some homemade popsicles! Our Imperfect Produce box delivered some early season strawberries which inspired this recipe. Now that Oregon strawberries are finally in season, I'm looking forward to making these popsicles with the super sweet Hood strawberries. 

Weekly Workouts: 17 Weeks Pregnant

Weekly Workouts: 17 Weeks Pregnant

My last travel week!!!!!! NO MORE AIRPLANES EVER AGAIN. 

This week I went to the BIRTHFIT summit in Austin. This was the culmination of my Regional Director training and now I get to spread my little baby RD wings and fly! 

I'll be doing an entire post dedicated to my reflection on this summit, but damn it was absolutely amazing. To share space with such passionate and compassionate humans committed to bettering the motherhood transition for all parents was... I have no words. Shocking I know. 

Stay tuned for that upcoming post.

Here's what my workouts looked like this week:

Berry Gummy Snacks (with secret veggies)

Berry Gummy Snacks (with secret veggies)

My daughter is typically a really awesome and adventurous eater. But like most toddlers, she also goes through phases where she'd really prefer to just eat strawberries, thanks. And other weeks, she'll only wants to eat chicken and nothing else. Leaves this NTP mama begging for variety in her diet... So, we still offer it all hoping she'll be inspired to branch out during her picky streaks. 

And I have to say that 90% of the time I trust in her little baby gut wisdom to eat the foods she needs, but sometimes it feels necessary to do a little more encouraging when simply offering isn't enough.

Enter: Berry Gummy Snacks with wait for it... secret spinach. These gummy snacks have healthy protein from grassfed gelatin, fats from coconut milk, and lots of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals from spinach and mixed berries.