Darlene’s Prego Log – Week 33

I completed my 33rd week of pregnancy and have been busy with my online training clients and catching up with friends. Right now the baby is the size of a pineapple—about 17 inches long, and weighs about four pounds. According to babycenter.com her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. It says that I will be feeling some aches and even numbness in my fingers, wrists, and hands, which I definitely do!

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33 Weeks Pregnant

On the start of my 33rd week we went to our second maternity class. We learned different breathing and massage techniques to help keep me calm during the stages of labor. It was nice and informative, but the best part was getting a tiny massage from my husband. That always relaxes me.

My workouts this week were alternating barre and spin classes. I have been enjoying them a lot. Taking the barre class is great, because it reminds me to pelvic tilt and focus on my kegal exercise, which it’s super important during pregnancy because it helps with delivery and recovery. I have been noticing a change in my legs and arms in the past few weeks. They look a lot better and the dimples are slowly disappearing. The foods I have been eating has helped with that too.

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Family photo from our weekend bike ride!

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My meals this week were consistent because we vegan meal prepped. It’s really awesome to be back on that routine and save money. We pretty much ate the same thing as last week, but over the weekend we added something new. Since we have been eating super clean and working out hard, we both wanted something to satisfy our taste. Friday night we had some tofu fajitas with guacamole and chips, Saturday night we added vegan mac n’ cheese to our cutlet dinner, and on Sunday for Easter brunch we made a protein vegan muffin sandwich made with: tofu with turmeric and pepper, Follow your Heart brand vegan pepper jack cheese, Gimmie Lean brand sausage patties, and toasted organic English muffins. It was super good and surprisingly it’s all vegan! Also for dinner we made coconut vegetable tofu noodle soup that we learned from our cooking class in Thailand. We have been good and not getting tempted on desserts. I just ate my fruits as usual, which has been my biggest craving of the pregnancy.

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Our special vegan Easter brunch.

Talking about cravings, I guess I did have different cravings this week for a change. Since we have been eating so clean and not going out to eat, I wanted guacamole and chips, vegan grilled cheese, and/or vegan mac n’ cheese. Very random, but I saw an ad for Sea Birds Kitchen’s vegan grilled cheese on Facebook and it reminded me how good that is, so I started craving it. Apparently it was National Grilled Cheese Month? There is a national everything day or month these days…silly social media marketing.

Last week I mentioned I had to get blood work done to check up on my iron, well I didn’t get a call from the doctor, so that means I am not iron deficient. I don’t take any iron pills, so I guess my vegan diet and my prenatals are pretty good. People think you need need to eat meat for iron, but that’s not true. There are a lot of plant-based foods that are high in iron. My iron intake comes from lentils, edamame, tofu, tempeh, black beans, quinoa, oatmeal, rice, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, cashews, dried apricots, raisins,and a variety of greens like spinach and kale.

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33 weeks and 39 weeks! My friend Michelle and I on our walk around Rainbow Harbor.

My activities for this week were bike riding with my husband and our fur baby Hercules, which was nice and enjoyable. I even got to hang out with a friend that I have not seen since the day of our wedding about four months ago. It’s was nice to grab a latte and catch up.

Also, on the final day of my 33rd week I hung out with my client who became my friend and is 39 weeks pregnant. It was great catching up with her and going for a long walk along the Long Beach Harbor. It was also nice to be hanging out with another pregnant person, which also drew a lot of attention. People kept interrupting us, which was funny, and I can’t blame them…two pregnant women, six weeks apart, and about to give birth soon. We finished our walk with a Morracan mint latte with coconut milk and a falafel sandwich.

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Vegan falafel sandwich.

Also, I watched a dog for a couple of days. I decided to make some extra income while doing online training and being a mom, so I am signed up for Rover.com and DogVacay.com—websites that allow people to book local pet sitters. I thought it would be nice for Hercules to have another dog to play with while I make a little side cash. So if you ever need a dog sitter, use their service, click the link above and you’ll get $20 off for your next sitter. Even if I am not in your area, the link will work.

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Hercules playing tug with Stone.

This week we did more stuff for Maui’s room like add a glider and ottoman. We also took the big jungle picture off the wall and we ordered decals that we will put above the bed. Fat built our swinger, we went to Baby R’ Us and got some diapers, we washed Maui’s clothes and hung them, etc. Her room is coming together and I am excited about that!

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Maui’s room coming along!

I still have not taken off my wedding band, it’s been hard because of my knuckles. Hopefully I will be able to get it off soon! My tingling hands don’t bother me while I’m sleeping anymore, which I believe Fat’s nightly massage is helping me with that. I still get the numbness and tingles on my fingers though when I wake up, during breakfast, and right before bed. Now my finger tips feel like needles when I try to scratch myself, which is annoying.

I still have to pee a lot, which I know won’t get better since Maui is only getting bigger. All these things are just a normal part of pregnancy and I can’t control it, so I am just dealing with it as part of the process.

I believe all these little things are just preparing me for when she comes. I will forget all about it and it’s just training me that I can’t control things, and you just have to learn how to manage it.

So how is Maui doing? She is great, active, and won’t stop moving. I keep feeling her poking me while I am trying to sit. She even throws me of guard when I am just chilling and…BOOM, she makes me jump, haha. It’s really funny, but at the same time it’s not comfortable when I am just trying to relax. It’s also weird that I can feel her move and sometimes I can see her poking out. I can’t imagine what when I actually can see her body moving. This pregnancy process is still mind-blowing, but I’m enjoying it.

If you have any tips or questions for me, please don’t hesitate to contact me, even if it’s not pregnancy related.


33 Week Prenatal Workout Routine Sample

My workout this week was joining Barre Releve and Cyclehaus. I have been alternating days.

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Vegan Prenatal Meals for Week 33

Morning: USANA brand prenatal vitamins, DHA, B12

Meal 1: Oatmeal! Oats, peanut butter, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and banana.

Meal 2: Apple and rice cake with peanut butter

Meal 3: Salad: 1 cup sautéed Kale, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup edamame, 1/4 cup tofu, 1 satsuma, 1 TBSP pumpkin seeds, cucumbers, mushrooms, shredded carrots, 1/4 avocado, 2 TBSP of Trader Joe’s Goddess dressing

Meal 4: Apple, strawberries, dried mangos, or pineapples with rice cake and peanut butter

Meal 5: Baked carrot fries, asparagus, avocado, cauliflower rice, and homemade cutlets. (Email me for the recipe!)

Meal 6: Pistachios and mangoes

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Our Polish-inspired vegan cutlet dinner.

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Thai style coconut soup loaded with veggies and tofu with rice noodles.