Darlene’s Prego Log – Week 34

I just finished my 34th week of pregnancy and can’t believe we only have five weeks to go! I remember when I was six weeks when I found out I was pregnant. Time is flying! My 34th week was full of love from strangers. Right now Maui is the size of a cantaloupe—about 18 inches long. We went to the doctors and got her measurements we know her exact weight was 4lbs, 14oz as of a few days ago.

On the way to Eaton Canyon Falls!

Healthy, Active, and Fit at 34 Weeks Pregnant

According to babycenter.com her nervous system is maturing, and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. Although the website says my fatigue has probably set in again I don’t find that to be true for me. I do wake up for pee breaks a lot at night, but it doesn’t bother me because it’s during my dream cycle break. I pee just the same amount as my second trimester. It’s during the day that peeing so much sucks. I am fine when I go to sleep. I am still comfortable and I don’t toss and turn. I alternate from side to side when I sleep, switching after my pee breaks, haha. I guess I’m used to all the pee breaks, so it’s not that bad.

On the start of my 34th week we went to our third maternity class. We learned different stages of labor, the contractions, and when to actually go to the hospital. That was nice to know when to actually rush if needed. Basically if the water breaks, go. Or if your contractions are 5-3 minutes apart consistently for an hour. So that means it has to be every three minutes you feel a contraction. If it’s random from three to 10 to 20, then it’s false labor.

Listening to Maui’s heartbeat.

Hopefully my water breaks when I am close to home since I live just a few minutes away from the hospital, but you never know. Also we learned what to pack for the hospital, how to wipe and change diapers, and learned that I will bleed a lot after delivery. That was actually good to know, because I never thought about that. It obviously makes sense, but it’s good to be mentally prepared for that. We have one more class left and it will be on breastfeeding. I can’t wait to learn about that!

I have been working out consistently, five to six days a week for the last three weeks, and boy am I loving it! I am still alternating barre and spin classes. I am really enjoying the barre class at Barre Releve in Long Beach. I am surprised that I’m actually enjoying it. The music is great, up beat, and fast. The teachers have great energy. Overall I think it’s great for pregnancy. What I like about it is the mix of lower, upper body, and cardio, but most of all is you have to use your brain to catch up with the combination of moves. Also the balance…I am shocked how good my balance is at 34 weeks. When I wasn’t pregnant my balance wasn’t that great, but I can balance on one leg while moving my upper body with out tipping or shaking. Another thing that I love about the barre class or any of my past workouts is the mental push. I think the burning of the legs, glutes, or arms is a great motivation of not stopping. The way I look at it is the labor process will be more painful, so if I can’t mentally handle a couple seconds of booty burn, then how will I handle the baby coming out? So my goal is to push through it to prepare me for the real deal. I just love how I feel after I workout and I love seeing how much my body has improved since we are back on our routine.

Hanging at the beach with Hercules.

I am so happy that I am lucky to be able to workout throughout my pregnancy. That actually has been my dream for many years, I have been saying that for more than five years to my clients, especially the ones I trained pregnant and post-pregnancy. I really believe it’s important to be active before pregnancy because it will make the pregnancy process easier and easy to continue with your training. I never thought that I would travel for three and a half months abroad during my pregnancy, but I am so happy I did. Not only did it made the pregnancy go by fast, but I have experienced so much and so many cultures. I would be probably bored and anxious if I was at home for my second and third trimester. I know it may feel fast regardless, but I can’t wait patiently and need to be distracted. It’s like trying to prep for a bikini show and I just want to get it over with. I am just grateful that I had this opportunity and can share this experience with my husband and daughter-to-be.

My meals this week were consistent again because we meal prepped. I think meal prepping is important to have as your weekly routine, pregnant or not. It’s also better when your husband is on the same page with the healthy lifestyle. It’s just great support and a great way to teach our little girl what family teamwork is all about. It’s a great way to teach her a healthy lifestyle, but still enjoying some foods outside your weekly meal routine.

Sunset on Date Night.

For example, on Date Night (every Saturday at 6pm we have our phones off and spend time together) we went out to a new vegan restaurant near us called Grain Cafe and tried some delicious foods like a Reuben sandwich, breakfast burrito, and french toast. Later we finished off the night with Soy Delicious brand salted caramel cashew ice cream. Sometime you need to live a little. To see what I ate for the week, just scroll down to my vegan meal plan.

Reuben sandwich from Grain Cafe vegan restaurant in Long Beach.

Let’s talk about cravings… As I mentioned every week on my Preog Log, I haven’t had specific cravings. Fruit is all I want. I made my mango, pineapple, banana smoothie, but in “nice cream” version. That was my craving in Bali, Thailand, and Vietnam, so i guess it will never get old, especially since it’s been really nice and warm here in California. I don’t understand the weird cravings people talk about like pickles and ice-cream, or some crazy mix. Is that even true? I have been wondering if that is a myth. If you know someone or if you were that person with the weird cravings, please share! I would love to know. I know everyone is different, so I was wondering if it determined the gender of the baby, is it just some hormonal imbalance, or just not a vegan pregnancy thing? So again, no cravings as long as I have some fruit.

Last week I mentioned I had blood work done to check for iron levels. Well it’s 100% confirmed from my doctor I am not deficient! WHOOP!! People think meat is high in iron, but it’s full of toxins and has a lot of acid that your body can’t absorb. I am not taking any supplements for iron and it’s 100% confirmed that I don’t need it. Just in case you haven’t read what I have been eating for my iron intake. I will repeat it again…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, kale, and broccoli.

Vegan meal prep!

We had two different doctor appointments this week. The first appointment was for specific for measurements and to check the weight of the baby. That is when we found out she is exactly 34 weeks and weighs 4lbs, 14 oz. We even got to see her face and she kept moving her mouth. The second appointment was with my primary OB doctor, the usual two-week check up. This appointment was the swab test. It’s the normal routine when you are 34-37 week pregnant. They check for bacterium call group B streptococcus. It’s for them to know if I have the bacteria, then they must treat it so I won’t pass it on to the baby during birth. If it wasn’t treated then the baby can have some complications like pneumonia, meningitis, or a blood infection. So the goal is to reduce the risk of infection. I doubt I have this bacteria, but I didn’t get the results yet.

My doctor told me to start practicing my leg position for labor and how to hold my legs during labor for Maui to come out. Yikes! I can’t believe it’s getting this close! She also told me to keep doing squats because it will help a lot for labor. Good thing I have been doing them non-stop!

So let’s talk about my excitement for this week… I can’t believe this made me excited, but it did. My health insurance covered my breast pump, which is exciting because I saved over $300 and it’s a Medela brand, double pump, and it came with everything like two extra bottles, storage bags, breast pads, car adapter, regular charger, and of course the whole pumping connectors. Also I get to keep it, which I thought you just rent it out. So that was surprising and my highlight of the week. If you are pregnant find out if your insurance covers your pump, save that money, and use it for other baby stuff or start a college fund like we did.

Family selfie at the falls!

This week I also had some fun activities like bike riding with my husband and fur baby Hercules to the beach. I chilled in the sun while my husband did the slack line. Also we went for a hike to Eaton Canyon Falls, which was awesome because we haven’t hiked since Thailand. It was so nice to get some fresh air and do an outdoor activity. The hike was fun. It was 3.5 miles round-trip. The first 1.25 miles was all flat and the last half mile was fun with rock skipping and balancing. I felt great with the hike. I had to pee of course, but once we got to the fun stuff I forgot about it and didn’t have to go until we got back to the car. Also, at the end of the hike my hands got really swollen.

34 weeks pregnant and kicking ass!

During the hike I was shocked at how much praise I got from people. Every time I passed someone they would say I’m their inspiration, I am badass, no excuses for them now, how awesome it is that I am hiking, they envy me, I’m their motivation, etc. So that was nice to hear that. Also, it was nice to hear how awesome I look, how I’m “all baby”, and our baby is going to be a badass like me. It was a great feeling because like I mentioned in the past, I always wanted a fit pregnancy and to inspire other pregnant women. Also, I always admire fit moms and that is exactly what I want to be—a fit mom. I want to inspire other moms and let them know that just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you can’t workout and be fit. You just need to make the time and prioritize. Also, I want to set a good example to our girl of having a healthy lifestyle and setting priorities without excuses. She will be my workout partner at the parks, haha.

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Before I wrap up my 34 week Prego Log let’s talk about feeling Maui on the outside. Not only she is moving around like crazy, we can finally see her from the outside. It’s crazy to see my belly getting lop-sided sometimes, feeling her foot pushing out, her dupa pushing, and it’s non-stop. It’s very distracting during my drive to the gym or just trying to relax at the end of the night. It’s good to see she is an active child and doing good though.

Another thing that has not gone away is the fact that my finger tips are still tingling like crazy! It doesn’t wake me up during my sleep, but it sure bothers me throughout out the day.

Unfortunately this week I got a cold sore on my lip, and I wasn’t even stressed. Normally I get them when I am extremely stressed like at my old job and during the scare of our girl with the trisomy results right before the wedding. This time…no stress, extremely happy, and excited, but I guess my hormones must have been so intense that I got it. There is nothing I can do about it, it’s just how the body works, and weird things happen when you are pregnant.

Below is a list of my workouts and meals from the week! Thanks for reading!

Prenatal Workout Routine Sample

My workouts this week alternated between barre classes at Barre Releve and spinning at Cyclehaus.

Vegan Prenatal Meals for Week 34

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 and/or other fruit.

Meal 3: Baked carrot fries, asparagus, cauliflower rice, and homemade Polish-inspired cutlets topped with BBQ sauce and avocado. Halfway through the week I switched out the asparagus for peas.

Meal 4: Random snack that varies between fruits like apple, strawberries, dried mangos, or my pineapple, mango, banana, smoothie nice cream with rice cake and peanut butter.

Meal 5: Coconut vegetable tofu noodle soup (inspired by our cooking class in Thailand) or a Mexican style bowl with cauliflower rice, onions, peppers, tofu, black beans, salsa, and avocado.

Meal 6: Strawberries, mangoes, or apple, or plantain chips.