Darlene’s Prego Log – Week 25

I finished my 25th week of pregnancy in Milan, Italy. According to babycenter.com our baby is now the size of a rutabaga—about 13 1/2 inches long, and weighs 1 1/2 pounds. She is beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. She is also growing more hair.

My 25th week was full of sight seeing adventures in Italy. It started off with Rome for a couple days, then Florence for three days, and finishing off with Milan. We did a lot of walking around in the cold, which wasn’t that bad. I think my pregnancy was keeping me warm. My feet were killing me at the end of the day, but that’s because we were walking roughly eight miles a day. I don’t think the sore feet was 100% from pregnancy because before I was ever pregnant my feet were still killing me when I did eight miles…that’s a lot of walking even with sneakers! I pretty much live in my sneakers 24/7, haha.

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Because we were in different cities in such a short amount of time I didn’t do any workouts this week. I am really bummed about that since Italian foods are definitely not healthy whatsoever. Even though we were on the go all day and walking so much, I will be honest…not working out for a week makes me depressed. Like I mentioned in my past prego logs, it’s my therapy and my cup of coffee in the morning. Working out makes me happy and makes me feel good.

The food in Italy is great, but there’s no way I could eat it long-term. It’s been exciting to eat so different foods than what we had in Asia. It was great that there were a lot of vegan Italian foods too…I didn’t feel like I missed out the cultural foods. We even found an authentic family-own restaurant that had a lot of vegan options. The owner’s daughter turned vegan, so they added a lot of things for her on the menu. We had amazing calzone, pizza, bruschetta, and they even had vegan mozzarella cheese.

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I’m glad our stay in Italy is not a month because it’s not healthy with all that bread, and it’s super expensive compared to what we have been paying in Bali, Thailand, and Vietnam. Our average cost in Asia was $4 a meal for the both of us. In Italy our average was $30 for the both of us, and that is with just two items. So if you plan on doing long travels, keep in mind that Asian countries are the cheapest for food and living costs. Overall I don’t regret what I ate because it was fabulous and a great experience. And let’s face it…how often will I be in Italy?

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As I mentioned on my week 24 prego log there are definitely perks to traveling in tourist areas while pregnant. We went to the Statue of David and made no reservations. Of course the line was long (with and without reservations), but if you are pregnant they let you walk to the front of the line and go right inside. Great for saving time, and for getting out of the cold! Also, our transportation is the bus (a lot cheaper than taxis) and in Florence people were extremely nice to give up their seats for me.

We also got to skip the line to see inside the Duomo in Milan. There was an extremely long line for the tickets, but there was a special line for pregnant women. Not only did we get to go in front of the line to get tickets, but my cousin and her boyfriend got to join us for the prego card perk experience too. Traveling pregnant is definitely VIP status, haha!

If you are wondering if I have stretch marks, the answer is no, but I do have a dark line in the center of my belly, and my belly button is fully an outie now. I am fine with this though because that’s what pregnancy is all about. I still can’t believe that I am pregnant! It’s so crazy to me that I have a baby inside me that is roughly 13 1/2 inches long! I remember when we found out I was pregnant that she was the size of a lentil. It’s so mind-blowing that I started this trip with a flat stomach and all of a sudden I am popping and people can tell I am pregnant.

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If you are wondering if my clothes fit, the answer is yes. My shorts and pants I brought still fit because I love workout clothes and they are stretchy. My tank tops and T-shirts still fit. The shirts are fairly long, so no skin is showing, but it’s close. My sports bras still fit, but under the elastic band in the front is really tight and is starting to bother me. It feels like it’s jabbing my ribs.

So did I buy maternity clothes? The answer is no. The only thing I bought was a long maxi dress so I can show off my belly bump. Also, since our bags were lost for a few days in Rome I also bought a t-Shirt dress. I love showing the belly bump, haha. Normally when I am fit, I don’t like wearing tight clothes for some reason. I rather have a baggy shirt, because when I have those bad days I rather feel comfortable in my own skin. It’s funny that I am the opposite when pregnant. I feel more comfortable when you can see my bump. Overall I feel great and have lot’s of energy. Fat is still the one taking naps all the time! (He’s actually taking one now while I am typing this, haha.)

Another question people may be wondering is do I feel her kicking or moving? The answer is yes, she is swimming a lot in there, but I don’t think I feel here kicks on the outside yet. I know my husband can’t feel her kick, but I wish he could. The moving and kicking feels weird to me, especially when she kicks me in the lower pelvis…it’s very disturbing, haha. Also, when she fist punches me above my belly button it makes me feel like I have a cramp, but then realize that it’s her. I still can’t believe I am pregnant and in three weeks I will begin my third trimester in Buffalo, NY.

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If you have any questions for me about my pregnancy, eating, traveling, workouts, or whatever you are curious about please contact me and I will answer it for you on my next blog. We all experience different pregnancy journeys and I love reading other pregnancy journeys, so I hope you enjoy mine.

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Prenatal Workout Routine Sample

I didn’t workout. 🙁 I just walked 8 miles a day in Italy.

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Vegan Prenatal Meals for Week 25

Morning: USANA brand prenatal vitamins, DHA, B12

Meal 1: 1/2 cup rolled oats, peanut butter, banana, goji berries, and raisins.

Meal 2: Vegan apricot croissant

Meal 3: Calzones or a vegan sandwich

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Meal 4: Dried jack fruit or an apple. One day it was vegan gelato.

Meal 5: This changed a lot depending where we went, but mostly vegan Italian food or a vegan burger spot. My fave was the vegan calzones!

Meal 6: Cereal: little bit of rolled oats, rice puff cereal, fresh bananas, some peanuts, raisins, and rice milk

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