Darlene’s Prego Log – Week 11

This wraps up my 11th week of pregnancy, so the baby is a size of a fig and it’s almost fully formed. The baby’s hand can soon open and close into a fist, some of the bones are hardening, and tiny teeth are beginning to appear under the gums. It’s so crazy to hear that it’s an inch and a half long!

So let me tell you how the first two days of my week 11 vegan pregnancy started… EMOTIONAL!!! I was super sad, had anxiety, and cried a lot.

It started with my car because I am trying to get out of a lease and it’s really hard. If you read our blog “Obstacles Faced While Planning a Trip Around the World” it explains more about the process, but in short it’s not easy to get out of a lease! I have been getting a lot of people interested in the lease take over and/or buying the car, but overall it’s a bust. Lots of flakes, and lots of little details that stop people from following through. It’s just annoying. I am never leasing a car again!

Then our condo…again we have a lot of interest, but now since we shortened our trip to only three months, it’s really hard to find someone to lease it for just three months. We have time, but at this point I just want to knock it off our list and be done with it all!

Overall the main reason for being emotional is the thought of my dad and just knowing it’s been a year since we lost him (November 14, 2015). Just thinking how much has happened since he passed away…getting engaged, getting married in less then a month, and having a baby. It saddened me knowing he won’t meet his first grandchild and how awesome he is with babies. If you knew my dad he doesn’t smile much, but with kids he does. (Or when he met the San Francisco Bush Man, haha!). I know it’s normal to be emotional at these times, but having my fiancé there comforting me makes everything better. He really balances my mood. I feel bad though that my mood has its ups and downs.

San Francisco Bush Man

My Tata smiling because of the Bush Man in San Francisco.

After the third day my emotions were better with more of a positive attitude. I just have to understand that everything will work out and not waste my energy on stupid things.

On Sunday we decided to do a little Sunday Funday at Santa Monica’s Muscle Beach and play around with the rings and slack line. It was fun to get away from the stuff that has been stressing us. We will post a vlog from the day soon, so subscribe to our YouTube channel and stay tuned!

Yesterday was my last day at 11 weeks. We had a doctor visit, and OMG it was exciting! The visit was an ultrasound for fetal nuchal translucency screening. They measured the back of the neck to see if the baby has any birth defects. We didn’t find out the results because they had to send it to my primary OB. They will determine that factor with the combination of my blood test. That part is scary…not knowing right now and the anticipation until my next visit.

The exciting part of the ultrasound was seeing the baby move around so much. It was so amazing to see the frontal view, the arms, legs, and overall being active. It definitely put a smile on my face!

So that’s my closing of my 11-week journey with a baby inside me! Below I shared a sample of my workout and meal plan for the week. Enjoy!

11 Weeks Vegan Pregnancy

Powr Baby at 11 weeks.


Gym Routine Sample:

Day 1:
30 min cardio elliptical, interval setting

Superset: 4×12
Lat pull-down & shoulder press

Superset: 4×12
V-grip row & lat pull over

Superset: 4×12
Rope high row & upright row

Superset: 4×12
Rope tricep overhead extension & lateral/front raise

Stretch (I recently started to stretch…trying to make it a habit!)


Day 2:
30 min cardio on Precore trainer, variety setting

Superset 4x 12
Step up to back lunge & side lunge deadlift

Superset 4x 12
Single leg deadlift & ankle band curtsy lunge

Superset 4x 12
Ankle band side step squats & ankle band monster walks

Superset 4x 12
Ankle band donkey lifts & ankle band lateral lifts (peeing like a dog move)



Meals For Week 11:

Morning: USANA brand prenatal vitamins, DHA, B12

Meal 1:
(Pre-Workout) 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 cup spinach, 6g raisins, 12g walnuts, 1/8 cup mixture of hemp seeds, flax meal, and chia seeds
(Post-Workout) 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/2 banana, 6g peanut butter, 1/8 cup mixture of hemp seeds, flax meal, and chia seeds
*I never get sick of this breakfast!

Meal 2: Rice cake, 18g peanut butter, carrot
*I don’t get sick of this snack either!

Meal 3: Mediterranean style wrap: Tortilla wrap, Engine 2 brand hummus, 1/4 cup quinoa, 3oz tofu, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, sprouts, little olive oil, mixed greens
*Halfway through the week we changed it to spring rolls with our Thai style peanut sauce. The recipe for this is in my e-book “The Affordable Vegan Diet”

Meal 4: Seaweed chips, apple, or a Go Macro bar

Evening: USANA brand prenatal vitamins

Meal 5: Burrito bowl with 1/4 cup rice, 1/4 cup black beans, 3oz tofu, 1 cup of colored bell peppers, half an avocado, and salsa verde.
*Halfway through the week I put the “bowl” into a tortilla to make it a burrito.

Meal 6: Trail mix with raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and almond; or a Go Macro bar; Yonanna frozen banana and strawberry ice cream

Random food this week: Saturday for lunch we made vegan mac and cheese with vegan Italian sausage, and for dinner on Date Night we made a breakfast “egg mcmuffin” sandwich with tofu, vegan breakfast sausage, vegan provolone cheese, and English muffins.

Vegan Egg McMuffin