Darlene’s Prego Log – Week 12

I am officially three months pregnant… Wow that’s crazy! Six months to go…time is sure going by fast! My 12 week journey was less emotional then my 11th week. Right now the baby is more than 2 inches long and has developed reflexes—the fingers begin to open and close, toes will curl, mouth will making sucking movements, and baby will squirm if I poke my belly (I won’t be able to feel it though).

This week’s update is not very exciting. Thankfully I still haven’t had any morning sickness. The only trouble I have had was having an appetite and finishing my meals. It’s still crazy how my body is not in the mood for certain vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, or any large pieces of pepper. I figured out what foods I will eat and also learned to portion my meals smaller then what I normally would. I just get extremely full. I still enjoy my morning breakfast, my snacks, and definitely my lunch. I have been ridiculously thirsty, which I know you need to stay hydrated. It’s funny how I use to not like water and crave only coffee and tea. Since I’ve been pregnant I don’t crave coffee, and my tea cravings have diminished this week.

Vegan Pregnancy Week 12

My workouts have been a mix each day, still focusing on weights and I started working on balance with and without weights. I always give myself two rest days each week, which happened to be the weekend this week.

I had my bachelorette party last weekend and it was nice to focus on my wedding instead of the baby. Before we found out I was pregnant the wedding and our travel plans were my primary focus. Now since the baby is on its way it made me lose sight of the fact that I am getting married in 18 days (December 11, 2016).

So much has happened since we got engaged and I want to enjoy every moment of everything. The baby became my primary because because I want to make sure I am providing the right nutrition, listening to my body while exercising, and overall I want him/her be healthy.

It’s a huge responsibility, so when I hear from different people don’t do sonograms, don’t eat sprouts, don’t do planks, etc., it’s overwhelming. I understand everyone has different reasons for wanting to help, but it’s too much when I am already stressing out. I have been researching like crazy every week and asking other pregos about their experience. I appreciate people looking out for me, but I don’t want to live in a bubble. I have a doctor that I trust, and I also trust my gut instinct.

Well that’s a wrap of how I have been feeling on my 12th week. Below is a sample of my workout and meal plan for the week. Enjoy!

Vegan Bachelorette Party

Gym Routine Sample:

Everyday I bike ride to the gym, which is 1.2 miles each way, so I consider that my warm up.

Day 1:

No cardio machine, just went straight to the workout with my BOSU.

No weights used; only BOSU.

Superset: 3 Sets
5 Alternating BOSU squat to 1 off balance pushup. I repeated this routine until I finished 3 combos, meaning a total of 30 squat hops and 6 pushups. Then I rested for 1-2 minutes until I caught my breath. Did that for a total of 3 sets. This was my cardio.

Superset 4×20
– BOSU lunge to balance (Facing the BOSU: one foot on BOSU, back foot back into a lunge, push back foot off and balance, while that foot on the BOSU never moved.) 10 each leg
– Single leg squat (front heal on BOSU) 10 each leg

Superset 4×20 (10 each leg)
– Curtsy lunge to balance on BOSU
– Side lunge on BOSU to balance

Superset 4×20 (10 each leg)
– Single leg deadlift to front lunge
– Wide leg squat with heal raise


Day 2:
30 min cardio elliptical, performance setting

Super set 4×12
– Wide grip Pulls up
– Underhand pulls ups

Super set 4×12
– Bent over row
– Lat pull over

Super set 4×12
– Reverse fly
– Combo of 3 bicep curl, 3 hammer curl

Super set 4×12
– Shoulder press
– Tricep kick back

Burnout: 3 sets of dips



Meals for Week 12:

Morning: USANA brand prenatal vitamins, DHA, B12

Meal 1:
(Pre-Workout) 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup raspberries, 6g raisins, 12g walnuts, cinnamon, 1/8 cup mixture of hemp seeds, flax meal, and chia seeds
(Post-Workout) 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/2 banana, 6g peanut butter, cinnamon, 1/8 cup mixture of hemp seeds, flax meal, and chia seeds
*There are days I eat 1/2 cup oats or add a full banana depending how I feel after the workout.

Meal 2: Rice cake, 18g peanut butter, or GoMacro MacroBar

Meal 3: Spring rolls with Thai style peanut sauce. The recipe for this is in my e-book “The Affordable Vegan Diet”
*Halfway through the week we changed it to spaghetti squash, spinach, cashew Alfredo sauce (email me for the recipe), and Tofurkey Italian sausage.

Vegan Spring Rolls

Vegan Pasta and Sausage

Meal 4: Rice cake, 18g peanut butter, seaweed chips, apple, or GoMacro MacroBar

Evening: USANA brand prenatal vitamins

Meal 5: Mexican burrito: tortilla, 1/4 cup rice, 1/2 cup black beans, 3oz tofu, 1 cup colored bell peppers, half an avocado, and salsa verde
*Halfway through the week we changed it to a Thai penang curry bowl with rice, vegetables, and tofu. The recipe for this is in my e-book “The Affordable Vegan Diet”.

Meal 6: Trail mix with raisins, sunflowers seeds, pumpkin seeds, and almonds.

Random food this week: Friday on Date Night we got doughnuts from Donuttery in Huntington Beach.  Saturday was my bachelorette party so had four slices of vegetable vegan pizza, homemade vegan ice cream, and a vegan chocolate chip cookie. We ran out of our meal prep meals on Sunday, so we ate out… I had lentil soup for lunch and a Chipotle veggie and tofu bowl for dinner.