I completed the 32nd week of my pregnancy at home in Long Beach, California. It was definitely a busy and productive week. Right now the baby is the size of jicama—about 16.7 inches long, and weighs about 3 3/4 pounds. She’s taking up a lot of space in my uterus! According to babycenter.com I will be gaining a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to the baby. Our girl will gain about half of her birth weight during the next seven weeks as she will fatten up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair, and her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.
My 32nd week of pregnancy started off with a prenatal massage, and boy did I need it! The place that I went is called Body Balance Chiro in Long Beach, and it is awesome. I have been there before and totally recommend it if you live near Long Beach. It’s only $45 for an hour. With all the traveling and sleeping in all different kinds of beds, my neck and shoulders were feeling stiff. It felt good to loosen my body up, and it helped with my carpel tunnel for a couple of days. Now the carpel tunnel is back, but not as bad as before. It doesn’t wake me up as much in my sleep, which is good. And plus, my husband is awesome and gives me a little neck and shoulder massage before bed which has helped a lot.
I also started going to barre classes at Barre Releve and spin classes at Cyclehaus here in Long Beach. I thought these two were a great combo for my last seven weeks of pregnancy. I wanted to make sure I still sweat, get some cardio in, and do low impact workouts. The barre class is more of a ballet style, but with a high-intensity, low-impact, full-body work out. And works on my balance too. I like it so far because we work the legs a lot, which I feel like I need to work on since I gained a lot in my legs during my pregnancy while traveling. So I feel like it will help lengthen, tone, and improve my flexibility. Also, I like that there is some coordination involved with speed, so it makes me use my brain more and avoid prego brain. (I actually noticed I really don’t have prego brain anymore.) I did more when we were in Thailand around 21-24 weeks, but now I feel more on point. Also, the spin classes are great because they make me move my legs, sweat a little, and they even have matt pilates there. Both of these places I totally recommend when pregnant and new to working out because they are low impact, help with your posture, and help work on balance. What I have noticed since I have been working out through my pregnancy is my balance is really good and can I stand on one foot for a long time, even on my bad leg.
What I noticed this week compared to last week is my belly has grown a little. The way I noticed it was riding my road bike. Last week it felt fine riding the Fuji, but this week felt a tad weird. Not insanely weird, just that my knee is closer to my belly bump when I pedal. So I decided to switch to the beach cruiser, for more of an upright position from now on until the baby is born.
Another fun activity that I did this week was hang out with my best friend and went for three mile walk along the beach. The original plan was to bike, but the beach cruiser had a flat tire, so plan B was to walk. It was really nice to catch up since we have been apart since my wedding day (December 11, 2016). So getting some vitamin D, feeling the beach breeze, and finishing it off with lunch was a great morning start!
Second, we started going to maternity classes at the hospital we will be delivering. It’s a four-week course and we meet once a week for about two hours. Each week they prepare us for delivery. On the first day we learned the stages of labor, during the second week we learn breathing techniques and medications, on the third week we learn about the labor and delivery process, then the final week is breastfeeding.
So far we are enjoying it and it made us really excited. They gave us a tour of the hospital and showed us where to park, where to drop me off, what floor to go, and showed us what the room will look like. It really made us comfortable knowing the process and what to expect.
The third thing we did on our first week back home was get Maui’s room ready. Fat built the furniture and I cleaned the room and we started getting the sheets ready. It’s not 100% done, but it’s really exciting to see it all come together. I am in love with her room, which has a great vibe. I love the colors turquoise, white, with some light grey accents. I am not much of a pink person and don’t want her to have everything pink just because she is a girl. She will still have some pink stuff though—I’m not going to be a pink Nazi, haha. But I am planning to have more diverse, fun colors for her.
If you want to see more what our first week look like back in action and our overall thoughts check out our week 16 travel update. It may be our last Travel update series, but we will continue to vlog, so make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel!
Last week I mentioned that I was getting excited about vegan meal prepping and haven’t gone to my favorite vegan doughnut spot and vegan cinnamon bun. Let’s catch up on that since we have been home for a full week… This week we finally meal prepped, and it was great to eat clean. We even created a new recipe that we were inspired by from our travels in Poland. Poland had these amazing cutlets, which were like hamburger patties, but vegan, so we created our own flavor and style and it was delicious! If you are interested in the recipe, contact me through DarleneHealth.com.
Also I did have some cheats this week. One was Doughnuttery…I had my vegan donuts! And the second was Cinnaholics. OMG! Cinnaholics is so good! Fresh, warm cinnamon bun, and you customize with your own flavor of icing and toppings. You must check it out! They even deliver across the states. (But of course that is expensive.) To see what my meal plan was this week, just scroll down.
Since I have been eating (mostly) clean, I have lost some water weight, which was awesome. Don’t worry though, I haven’t lost baby weight, just the water that I was retaining from the sodium. Since I lost that water weight, that means my swelling went down. As I mentioned in last week’s blog my finger was swollen and I couldn’t take off my engagement and wedding ring. Well, I finally got the engagement ring off, but haven’t tried the wedding ring yet.
This week I had to get my blood work done to check up on my iron. I haven’t heard yet from my doctor, so it must be good. Since I am vegan I do eat a lot of iron so I am not worried about it. My iron intake comes from lentils, edamame, tofu, tempeh, black beans, quinoa, oatmeal, rice, pumpkin seeds, pistachio, cashews, and a variety of greens like spinach, kale, along with dried apricots, raisins, etc. Also, I eat a good amount of mangos, apples, and bananas, which are a good source of vitamin C, which increases the absorption of iron. I also had another doctor appointment for a follow up. My doctor said I am looking good and doing a great job on my pregnancy. She is really happy with us.
The only thing that is annoying this week is the usual pregnancy symptoms of going to the bathroom like every minute. I literally have to go when I just went. It’s pretty ridiculous that I can go three times within three minutes, but there is nothing I can do but just to deal with it. Our little girl is constantly moving and I keep feeling her on the outside. I love knowing she is doing good, but as I will say on every Prego Log…I still don’t feel like I have a human being in me even though I feel her move!
So like I said for this week…pretty busy, but exciting. If you have any tips or questions for me, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Also, I have created a four-week FIT Pregnancy program on Skimble. Download the app on iTunes and check it out. It’s perfect for all trimesters.
Prenatal Workout Routine Sample
My workout this week was joining Barre Releve and Cyclehaus. I have been alternating days.
Vegan Prenatal Meals for Week 32
Morning: USANA brand prenatal vitamins, DHA, B12
Meal 1: Love my Oats! Oats, peanut butter, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, banana, walnuts, and raisins.
Meal 2: Apple and Go Macro Bar
Meal 3: Salad consisting of: 1 cup sautéed kale, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup edamame, 1/4 cup tofu, 1 satsuma, 1 TBSP pumpkin seeds, cucumbers, shredded carrots, broccoli, and cabbage, 1/2 avocado, 2 TBSP of Trader Joe’s Goddess dressing
Meal 4: Apple, mix berries, or dried mangoes
Meal 5: Baked carrot fries, sautéed garlic asparagus, and homemade cutlets. For the recipe, contact me through DarleneHealth.com.
Meal 6: Pistachios and mangoes