Darlene’s Prego Log – Week 29

I finished my 29th week pregnancy in Buffalo, New York. It’s so crazy that my last 14 weeks were overseas, and now I will be finishing my last 11 weeks in the US. Right now the baby is the size of a butternut squash—about 15 inches long from head to heal and weighs about 2 1/2 pounds. According to babycenter.com her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature and her head is getting bigger to make room for her developing brain. I will need to increase the nutritional demands of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron. As a vegan I have nothing to worry about though, because I am consuming a lot of that. It also says heartburn and constipation may take place, which I did notice in the beginning of the week.

My 29th week was another low-key week because we were traveling back from Poland. We traveled more than 15 hours from Warsaw, then stayed overnight in Washington DC because our flight to New York was canceled due to a snow storm. The following day we had an hour ride in a shuttle bus to a different airport in DC before we finally flew to Buffalo where I grew up and my mom still lives. It was exhausting, but I was surprised that I wasn’t nearly as uncomfortable as I was expecting. The long flight really wasn’t that bad even with being pregnant.

Once we got to Buffalo I spent a few days preparing for our baby shower—going shopping for last minute decorations, prepping the party favors, etc.

Our baby shower was great! It was super fun to see everyone and how much love they had for our little girl. I seriously can’t get over how grateful I am. It’s funny opening presents for our little girl—it still didn’t feel real! Even though it still feels like a dream, I am excited to get back home and get her room started.

This week I only worked out one time. With all the traveling, being jet lagged a little, and the baby shower, it took us off our routine. But even though I only worked out one day, it felt awesome. Working out literally makes me feel 100 times better! Thanks to Harborside CrossFit and our new vegan fit friends Phil and Carly for the session!

My food this week in Buffalo was great because my mom went all out and got us a lot of vegan food to make at home. She was extremely thoughtful and created some great dishes. It makes me happy that she puts the effort into our lifestyle. We haven’t gone out to eat much in Buffalo, which is great because we didn’t much spend money! However, our first night back in town we got Chipotle (a must after our long travel days) and we met up with friends for Thai food another day. My only cravings were fruit, and thankfully my mom got blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, oranges, and my current favorite…apples.

One thing that bothered me this week was my piriformis on the right side (which is the deep part of the glute muscle). It started the day we landed in Buffalo and was random the following two days. Basically it felt like my hip locked up. Even though it may be part of the pregnancy, I still think the majority of it was because of the long flight. I ended up stretching it out, and it actually felt 100% better after my workout. Hopefully it’s gone forever. It sure was not a fun feeling though!

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Prenatal Workout Routine Sample

If you are not prego, please give these workouts a try! If you are pregnant, consult with your doctor first. Remember, I have been training for more than 20 years and everyone is different. If you need help I am certified as a prenatal/postnatal coach. You can contact me through darlenehealth.com!

Day 7:

Stretched and foam rolled: 45 min

Did the class WOD with Harborside CrossFit and modified the weight and movements to my pregnancy.

For Time:
– 27 thrusters @ 10lb each Dumbbells (20lbs total)
– 54 singles (jump rope)
– 21 thrusters
– 42 singles (jump rope)
– 15 thrusters
– 30 singles (jump rope)
– 9 thrusters
– 18 singles (jump rope)
TIME: 9:05

I did the workout at my own pace, took breaks, and jumped roped slowly. Overall I felt great, and that was the goal.


Vegan Prenatal Meals for Week 29

Morning: USANA brand prenatal vitamins, DHA, B12

Meal 1: My breakfast never gets old… Oats, peanut butter, flax seed, banana, walnuts, sunflower seed, raisins, and cinnamon.

Meal 2: Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries

Meal 3: Vegan chili or vegan spaghetti

Meal 4: Apple and oranges

Meal 5: This changed a lot, but usually some vegetables, sweet potato, and vegan “chick’n” or sausage

Meal 6: Some fruit or my mom’s homemade vegan desserts