Jul 26

Baby Brockner Month 8: Weight Loss, Heartburn, & Stretch Marks

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So sorry that once again this is late.  Between moving & some additional chaos I just got a bit behind on these lol!  These last few comparison pics will be from my new house so they aren’t going to be exact as far as lighting, angle, etc since it’s a different location but should still be a good comparison!  So everything is still going really well!  I have been going to doctors every 2 weeks and start going weekly very soon.  My little boy looks great and I am feeling pretty good!  I would not say lovely bc I am definitely uncomfortable at times.  Overall though I feel good! 😊

 

So one thing that is interesting is that my weight has been fluctuating.  I have gained 23-25 pounds depending on day.  I do weight myself daily bc I like to see where I am and it keeps going up then back down.  I was a little concerned but my doctor said that it is totally fine.  The baby is getting bigger and that’s all that matters.  In fact some people lose weight in third trimester so we shall see what happens.  It is weird bc even though I haven’t gained any solid weight for about a month & a half I think my belly looks bigger.  I am pretty sure it is bc of his position though.  It really doesn’t make much sense otherwise lol!

 

So another thing that has plagued me in last few weeks is heartburn!  I have very rarely had heartburn before.  Less than a handful of times in my life and now it is a daily problem.  It really sucks to be honest with you!  It is probably the worst part of being pregnant that I have experienced so far.  Tums are just not cutting it anymore either!  I was daily taking the maximum amount of Tums and it was still really horrible.  I was having problems eating which isn’t good especially since I am not really gaining weight at this point.

 

So I have made some dietary changes.  I have been having only 1 cup of coffee a day (I just can’t cut it back anymore than that bc I am not sleeping well & I truly don’t think I can function on no coffee hahaha!).  I have also stopped eating sour foods (super sad bc I have had cravings for sour foods since getting pregnant), stopped eating red pasta sauce, cut way back on bacon, & tried drinking even MORE water which is difficult bc I drink a LOT of water anyways.  None of this has had a significant change on the heartburn although it has helped a little.  So alas I have started taking a heartburn medication that my doctor approved.  He approved Zantac but I am taking the cheaper generic version at the lowest strength possible.  I feel bad taking any medication but this really does help.  I usually take only 1 a day but sometime take the max dose which is 2.

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In addition I am drinking this awesome tea I found on Amazon.  It is called Lighthearded by Birds & Bees.  It is not strong enough on its own (I did try just the tea & Tums prior to the pill) but if I drink 2-3 cups of this plus 1 heartburn pill it usually does the trick or at least helps in a massive way.  BTW you cannot take Tums if you are taking the heartburn medication so this is my secondary measure to try to not have to take a 2nd pill.    It really doesn’t have much taste.  Maybe like a weak chamomile I would say.  I make it in my French press & brew for 15 minutes.  Worth the price for sure!!

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So another thing I want to share now bc several preganant mom’s have asked me is what I am doing to prevent stretch marks.  Now I will say I am obviously still pregnant so I cannot vouch this 100% works yet lol!  So far no stretchmarks though!  Also I want to say that I do not think stretch marks are something to be ashamed of!! I know many beautiful women with stretchmarks!!!  I know they are inevitable for some people based on genetics, how much they gained, what they were going through at points in their life, among other things.  I think you should, embrace as much as you can what your body is but I am just trying to do my best to do what I can.  I am lucky enough to be able to have the means to do this.

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So anyways this is my stack of products: Rosehip oil, Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus oil with vitamim E, Palmer’s  cocoa butter massage lotion, & Palmer’s cocoa butter tummy butter.   All of the things can be found at Walmart or Target except the rosehip oil.  I buy that on Amazon lol.  I did do a lot of research btw so I am trying to use everything I read was really helpful and I am putting them on in the way I read was most beneficial.  So first of all it is best to put these on warmed and damp skin.  It helps the products absorb much better and that is one of the keys from what I read.  So after a shower or bath is ideal.  So twice a day first thing after lightly drying off apply the rosehip oil (1/2 a dropper full), then coconut oil blend, then on top of those I use the cocoa butter massage lotion (in morning) and I use the cocoa butter tummy butter (at night).  I also usually add an additional standard lotion just to kind of help seal everything in bc it can be hard to rub it in fully without  using a faster absorbing one one top.  I know this founds ridiculous & like it takes a long time but it really doesn’t & at least I can say I gave it a valiant effort haha!  I put that concoction everywhere too btw!  Also drinking tons of water is supposed to be helpful with skin stretching so if you’re not already start chugging lol!

 

Hopefully this helps some people!  I really appreciate you reading this & following this journey with me! 💗💗💗

Jun 28

Baby Brockner 7 Months: Gestational Diabetes, Swelling, & Other Body Woes

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Sorry this post is a bit late.  I am actually almost into the 8th month of pregnancy but life has been a bit hectic so my updates are a bit behind!  We just purchased a house and are trying to get ready to move in a couple weeks & also do all the last minute baby stuff like classes, stocking up, etc so it has been a bit chaotic lol!

 

As far as baby he is doing really well!!  He weighs 3 pounds or so and is measuring a bit bigger so I really think he may try to escape early!!  I am actually ok with that bc to be honest I am kinda over being pregnant!  I love it but I am ready to not have so much weight on my belly.  It actually hurts and makes a lot of things like shaving pretty laborious haha!  I am really trying to enjoy it but I definitely have my days where I am ready to get this guy out ASAP.  I am sure a lot of other mommies or moms to be can relate!

 

So as I mentioned in my title I wanted to shared what happened with my gestational diabetes test.  I actually failed the initial 1 hour test.  I was not really expecting it but I know your body can go through some crazy changes while pregnant so it made me pretty nervous.  I had to take the 3 hour test to find out if I truly had diabetes or not and honestly that sucked!!  I almost threw up bc the sugar drink on an empty stomach for 3 hours so early made me super nauseous and I have a pretty strong stomach 😕  So I just wanted to share with you what happened so maybe some of you can save yourself from having to go through the crappy 3 hour test.  I do NOT have gestational diabetes btw.  My results were normal from the 3 hour test.  When I took my 1 hour test my doctor said I did not have to fast but to not eat carbs.  When I went to take my 3 hour test the nurse told me that that is how they get extra money bc if you are not completely fasted it will test positive (usually) so you then have to take the 3 hour test.  So just an FYI do not eat OR drink anything not even water from 8 or 9 pm the night before your 1 hour test up until after your test.  The nurse said this should make it so you do not test positive on the 1 hour test.  Hopefully this helps some of you!!

 

So besides that scare I have had some more back pain more recently.  Most days it is manageable but some days it hurts pretty bad.  I also just recently started getting some swelling in my feet.  So that being said I have cut back a little on my workouts.  I decided that since I usually push myself so hard I am going to give myself an extra day off.  So now I am doing 4 days of workouts and 3 days off each week.  I am still running and a I feel fine doing that.  Usually doing a 5 mile run once a week plus pretty heavy strength training, some swimming, and walking for the other workouts.  I feel pretty good overall but if I am really tired I cut myself some slack.  I am still not sleeping well and getting muscles cramps at night sometimes.  That makes it hard to push myself really hard but I am doing the best I can so I am feeling good about that!!

 

I am up 20 pounds so far.  I do not have any stretch marks yet & am using quite the combo to hopefully prevent them lol!  I want to wait and see until after baby to make sure it worked before sharing what I am using.  I feel pretty confident bc I am using several things that many people said worked for them but will fill y’all in on results later!!

 

Thank you for reading and I appreciate all the support & love!!

xoxox

May 25

Baby Brockner Month 6: Bye Bye Abs 😀

 

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Some interesting things have been happening lately!  So far in my pregnancy I have generally been able to hide my bump when/if I felt like it but that is pretty much not happening anymore lol!  I am getting asked pretty regularly if I’m pregnant so I guess there is no hiding this little guy anymore!  My stomach is definitely growing forward more and I think my abs are pretty much gone at this point.  They will be back though mark my words hahaha!

 

So this month I have started to get some issues that I have really never had.  One is heartburn!  Ughhh!!!  I thought I may be able to avoid this by avoiding certain foods.  While there are definitely things that flare it up it seems to come out of no where and for no real reason.  Tums are becoming something I carry in my purse lol!

 

Second major thing that has been happening is muscle spasms and cramps in my legs at night.  I am already having problems sleeping and this is just the icing on the cake!!  Several times a week I get these and they wake me up and I can’t help but cry bc they hurt so bad!!  I literally cannot move my leg or legs when I get these bc my muscles are so tightened.  The doctor advised me to do things I am already doing (eat bananas, tons of water, stretch) & he pretty much said it is an unfortunate thing that you cannot really do anything about if I am already doing those things.  Hopefully they get better or less frequent!!

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So in the flip side I am feeling really good besides that!  I have gained 15 pounds so far and I am a bit nervous about my overall weight gain but my doctor said I am perfect & right where I should be.  The above pic shows my evolution so far!  I am tracking my calories still most days.  The main reason is because I need to make sure I am getting in enough protein.  That has been stressed every time I visit bc of some tests I had done so tracking helps me make sure I am getting this in.  I know I am not overeating (beyong where they wanted me to taking additional calories for baby into account) on most days so we shall see what my total weight gain ends up being!  I feel good and that I am doing the best I can with my diet and exercise so that is really the most important thing!

 

My little guy is constantly moving it seems.  He is definitely a night owl too!!  Initially there was concern that he was going  to be small but now they are telling me he looks like he will be big and long.  I had no clue my husband was almost 9 pounds too so I am a little freaked out I will have a giant baby hahaha!  Absolutely everything is coming back perfectly with all his tests and that is such a blessing!  He had an echo to really look closely at his heart (in part bc of my neice’s heart problems) and it looked exactly as it should.

 

Looking forward to seeing how the next few months progress!!  I will probably be posting about my current prenatal fitness routine and maybe my diet too.  I like seeing what other mom’s to be are doing to stay healthy while pregnant so hopefully you will enjoy that too 😊  Thanks so much for reading and for all the love & support!! 💗💗💗

May 19

Maternity Belt Review😊

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So I have previously mentioned that I have been experiencing some back pain, hip pain, & knee pain when I run since becoming pregnant. I have always had back pain bc several years ago I herniated my disc not once but twice.  I tried to deadlift very heavy & I lost grip on one side which is how I initially injured myself and the second time I believe I just pushed myself too hard & flared that injury up again. I had to go through several rounds of steroid injections in my spine to help this injury both times which was not really fun plus I had to really minimize my activities bc I physically just couldn’t do them.  I could barely walk or stand at points so it was no joke!

 

Since then I have been very careful about any back pain I get.  Now back pain and pregnancy is very common so I am trying to make sure I do not push myself too hard for my health and also for my little guy.  The pain I am experiencing while running is nothing severe so let me get that straight right away.  I am just more sensitive to any back pain bc I have learned my lesson to take it seriously!  

 

So bc of this pain I have cut my running pace down and my mileage per week.  Currently my exercise routine consists of 3 days of strength training (1 upper body specific, 1 lower body specific, & 1 that is a mix of both plus core exercises with all of them).  I will post a more in depth breakdown of exactly what I am doing sometimes soon.  I do not have any pain while doing any strength training routines.  I am also running 2x a week logging about 9-10 miles.  Generally one 4 miles run plus one 5-6 miles run at an easy pace for me (10-11 minute per mile).  I was experiencing some minor back pain running so that is why I sought out a potential remedy.

 

So I found this Gabrialla Maternity belt posted on a few blogs and read comments about other users using it for exercising.  I do not have any pain generally just walking and doing normal activities btw.  This may change but atm it is only when running.  So I decided to try this belt out for running.  I got the strong one in size small.  It was about $40 from Amazon.

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I like to to wear this belt fairly tight.  If you have been following me for awhile you know I love Sweet Sweat and their ab belt.  I really think having some compression on my back helps my back and makes me feel more supported during certain exercises.  Obviously I cannot wear my Sweet Sweat belt or use it while pregnant so this is a pregnancy friendly solution.  I will advise you not to wear it too, too tight though bc it will make you feel like you have to go to the bathroom lol!

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This belt is very easy to adjust and wear. I have no problems sitting and stretching in it after running.  It does go very high up your back (see pic above) so if you are petite or have a very short torso you may not like this.  Also it is distinguishable under clothing which I don’t mind but you might.  If you are just buying this for back support around house or everyday activities you may want to just get the medium support.  It is cheaper and not as tight.

 

For the record I have used this 4x so far which I think is a good enough trial to post a review.  I really like it for several reasons.  One it does help with back pain!!  It is not perfect but my back feels pretty darn good while running with this on!  Two it also helps with that jiggling feeling in your tummy.  Maybe that’s a weird way to explain it but since my belly popped it feels like my stomach is bouncing up and down when I run which is a very uncomfortable feeling and makes me feel like I have to pee (maybe TMI but whatever hahaha!).  This really helps with that!  I would definitely recommend this belt to anyone with a similar situation.

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On a side note for my hip and knee pain I have really found that compression sleeves or socks help a lot with that!  I have been wearing these Run Forever compression sleeves (pic above) since before my half marathon and have noticed a major difference since wearing them.  Highly recommend those also for running while pregnant.  Also purchased on Amazon (slight obsession with that site lol!)

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!!  I will be posting a more in depth 6 months pregnant blog post soon along with comparison photos of how I am progressing & struggles, successes, etc.  Thank you all so much for all the love & support so far on this journey!! 💗💗💗

 

 

Apr 28

Baby Brockner 5 Months (Oh the Ups & Downs of Pregnancy!)

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So I am now at 5 months pregnant with my sweet little boy and I am not going to lie  it has been a roller coaster of emotions since I last blogged.  I want to be as transparent as possible bc I feel like I know I cannot be alone in some of this (& in fact I know I am not based on private conversations I have had with other moms).  I realize this does open me up to criticisms and negative comments but I am ok with that.  I think it is worth it if a I can make someone else feel comforted that they can relate.

 

So to kick it off I will say everything is going great with baby.  I am actually considered high risk (I don’t necessarily think I need to go into full details on this) so I actually have two sets of doctors and 2 appointments a month at this point.  One is a monthly ultrasound so that is very exciting to see baby each month!! 😍😍 He is right on track and there are no issues at all so far.

 

I have been following what my doctors have told me as far as how much to eat, etc.  I am NOT perfect.  I am sure I go over or under & know I sometimes make not the best choices (candy, French fries lol!) but generally I am actually tracking my food and I am pretty aware of what I am intaking.  I have gained 10-11 pounds so far depending on the day.  So that means I gained 5-6 pounds in the last month.  Since I last blogged I also had some very rude people (who I actually know fairly well and see regularly) comment on I am gaining too much too soon.  I will tell you that this has really made me feel bad emotionally.  I sometimes struggle with not feeling like I am in control of my body.  I know I am eating well most days and exercising the best I can (more on that later).  I have no clue why my weight went up so much in one month.  I actually cried at the doctors office recently bc I was afraid they would say I had gained too much.  Thankfully my doctor told me I am doing perfectly.  They have me eating about 400 extra calories and he said I am right where he wants me to be & not to stress.  Everyone is different and gains differently.

 

As a personal trainer I know this and emphasize this to clients.  I feel annoyed with myself sometimes that I get upset and worry too much that I am gaining too much.  I know 100% that I am doing my best and that is all that matters.  It can definitely be a real struggle some days.  I also had no clue that rude & judgy comments are very normal for pregnant ladies.  After the second comment I had a little meltdown and posted about this on my social media.  I was amazed by how many beautiful moms said this has happened to them too!!!  I appreciate so much that I am not alone in this but it definitely makes me sad to know this.  I wish people wouldn’t do this but there are as many jerks as there are kind people so I guess it is to be expected.  I am feeling a lot better and more prepared for future rude comments however though lol!  Hopefully I do not sob and feel like punching someone next time! 😜

 

Also I do want to say that as much as I am struggling at times with gaining weight and not feeling in control of my body please don’t get it twisted I am very, very grateful to be able to carry a baby and experience this whole process.  I am not perfect and I am simply sharing these struggles to maybe make someone else feel better.  It is a process.  I am very happy to be going through this & I realize body changes are part of it!

 

As far as exercise goes I sadly have had to really cut back on my running.  Physically if I run over 5 miles I feel really bad and it takes me a day or two to recover.  My knees, hips, & back just truly can’t handle it anymore.  I love to run so this has also been a real downer to me.  I am however still running 3-5 miles 1-2 times a week but I am also walking more and focusing on weightlifting.  I am still planning on doing a 5K (or two) but we will see how it goes in the next month or so.  I am currently doing pretty much the same heavier weights I have done with medium rep range however the doctor did advise me last week to start dropping the weight and do higher reps for safety reasons  so I am going to listen to him.  I can still do a lot of things so I am trying to focus on those things instead of the things I cannot do.

 

So in exciting news Aaron finally felt the baby kick the other day!!!  He has been trying to feel it and has been bummed bc he just couldn’t notice it lol!  It was so sweet to see his face when he realized he can finally feel it 💗

 

That’s the journey so far!  Looking forward to seeing what next month brings.  Thanks so much for reading!  Much love to you all!!

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