Darlene’s Prego Log – Week 18

I just finished my 18th week of pregnancy and today we arrived in Krabi, Thailand where we will spend the next week. Right now our baby girl is the size the size of a red bell pepper—about 5.5 inches from head to rump and weighs about 7oz. On babycenter.com it says she is busy flexing her arms and legs (That’s our girl!), and I should notice some kicking in the weeks ahead. Her uterus and fallopian tubes are also formed and in place.

This week my baby bump got bigger, but it’s still crazy because I don’t feel like I am pregnant…it still doesn’t feel real! Maybe it’s because our last sonogram was four weeks ago. I can’t wait for my 20 week check-up here in Thailand because it’s been a long time since we have seen her! I can’t wait to see how much she has grown and make it feel real again.

18 Weeks Pregnant Vegan

My appetite has been increasing. I have had a really good eating routine in Bali with lots of great nutrients, tons of protein (Yes vegans have no trouble with protein!), having my fresh fruit juice like mango, pineapple, or mix. Their juices don’t have added sugar or fake fruit…just real fruit. I have been feeling really good with what I have been putting in my body. Again, no specific cravings, just been enjoying a variety of foods and making sure I have my fruit juice. It just felt so refreshing from the humidity in Bali. To see what I ate in my last week in Bali, check it out below!

18 Weeks Pregnant Vegan

I have been doing my workouts almost every day, early in the morning around, except when we had some long day adventures like going to the waterfall or doing an awesome Balinese Cooking class. Stay tuned for the video on that! My workouts have been all short and sweet…not my usual one-hour workouts. Mostly the workouts are around 10-20 minutes. I have been doing mostly body weight exercises, using my ankle band that I brought from home, or being creative with what we have available. My workouts are not intense because I take it slow and steady, especially with the humidity. My goal is to be just moving, get the blood flowing, and get the muscles moving. I actually feel really good when I workout. It makes walking around a lot easier for me. Below I posted some of my workouts with the videos. Try them out! You can make them intense to challenge yourself or go with a pace that feels good for you.

18 Weeks Pregnant Vegan

Like I said earlier, I feel good and normal. I still can’t believe I am pregnant and not sure when it will hit…probably not until the end of May, haha. However, I have been really moody this week and our week three vlog will explain it more (stay tuned). Mostly my moodiness is probably all this new stuff going on and adjusting to the heat and my stupid cough that won’t go away. I just have bad seasonal allergies, and it’s mostly when we are in our hotel. I feel better when I am outside and moving, but once I am resting the cough begins.

Well, that is all on my 18 week Prego Log! To see all my activities we have done, subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out and can my see my belly bump in action!

Below I shared a sample of my meals and workouts.

18 Weeks Pregnant Vegan

 

Prenatal Workout Routine Sample:

Day 1:

Stretch for 5-10 minutes

10 min EMOM (every minute of the minute), meaning complete the round under a minute and whatever remaining time you have left is your rest.
– 5 each leg back lunge to kickback
– 5 air squats
Try it out!

Day 2:

Stretch for 5-10 minutes

5 Rounds
– 3 modified nose divers
– 4 alternating side plank
– 3 each side step up lateral kick
– 4 crab dip reaches
– 3 overhead chair squats

Then…

8 Rounds:
– 8 Incline walking lunges
– 20 mountain climbers
*The first 4 rounds were every 45 seconds, and last 4 rounds were every 30 seconds, meaning complete the round under a 45 seconds and whatever remaining time you have is your rest, etc.

Day 3:

Stretch for 5-10 minutes

My New Year’s Eve Workout
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps
– 6 liter (13lb) water jug squat swing
– Dips
– Band kick backs (double the number so 20, 18, 16,..2)
Total Time: 9:49

Day 4:

Stretch for 5-10 minutes

My New Year’s Day Workout
4 Rounds for Time
– 20 alternating curtsy Lunge
– 15 each side side shuffle squat
– 20 alternating back Lunge
– run back to starting point
Time: 14:49

 

Prenatal Vegan Meals for Week 18

Morning: USANA brand prenatal vitamins, DHA, B12

Meal 1: 1/2 cup rolled oats, banana, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, with 1/2 scoop of Growing atural original rice protein. Also, after my oatmeal more fresh fruit like watermelon, pineapple, and papaya.

Meal 2: Trail mix and snake skin fruit (Amazing Balinese fruit with lots of iron!)

Meal 3: We go out to eat so it varies, but mostly getting a juice mixture of pineapple, mango, banana. Either going to a vegan buffet or this place called Warung Sopa where I get this amazing vegan quiche and these tofu balls.

Meal 4: Some type of fruit like jackfruit, snake skin fruit, or some more Warung Sopa food like the quiche, lentil curry, Balinese curry, or tofu balls.

Meal 5: We go out to eat so it varies, too. I had this amazing Asian bowl with vegan satay from Kismet and this primavera zucchini “pasta” bowl from Alchemy Cafe, or the vegan buffet place again.

To see some of the restaurants I ate at, check out our post on our top 3 vegan restaurants in Ubud.

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