34 and 36 Weeks Pregnancy Comparisons

Here are my comparisons from week 34 in all of the pregnancies.

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My first pregnancy is on the top left, my second is on the bottom left, and my third is on the right. 🙂 Next is the front view from my second and third pregnancies at 34 weeks.

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My second is on the left and my third is on the right.

Here are the comparisons from my 36th week of my pregnancies.

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My first pregnancy is on the top left, my second on the bottom left, and my third is on the right. Below is the front view at 36 weeks.

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My second pregnancy is on the left and my third is on the right.

As you can see I’m still carrying so much different than my second pregnancy. I was a lot rounder then and she was a lot lower. I am very curious to see how much Dawn weighs when she comes out. I feel like she takes up so much room inside of me, but I’m having so much less issues than I had with my second pregnancy since she isn’t as low. My first baby weighed 7 lbs and was really short in length. My second baby was 8 lbs 5 ounces and was average in length and she was born about 5 days earlier. That is a huge difference in my opinion in size. So I can’t wait to see how much Dawn comes to when it is time.

During this time span I have now resorted to walking stairs as was in my plan, but I increased my time from 15 minutes to 20 instead and have been doing that these last two weeks and everything seems fine besides the occasional knee pains, but I know that my body will get its rest once the baby comes. I also have continued with my planned out workout schedule and have just completed the week that I had set aside to take out if I needed to. It made me happy that I was able to do it and didn’t need to remove it. Surprisingly, the two plyometric workouts in it were not too hard for me. Definitely brought back a little confidence. This coming up week is my last in my schedule consisting of cardio and weight workout routines. After that I go to my stretching and preparing for labor workouts, while still continuing my normal cardio of now 30 mins on the elliptical 2 days a week and 20 mins walking up and down stairs 3 days a week.

32 Weeks Pregnancy Comparisons

Week 32. As I am finding time to write this about a week later, I am actually about 33 weeks now, but here are the comparisons from 32 weeks.

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The top left is my first pregnancy, the bottom left is my second, and the right is my third. Now for the front view from my second and third pregnancies.

 

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The left picture is from my second pregnancy and the right picture is from my third. Besides being WAY more tan with my second pregnancy since it was summer lol you can really see from my belly button in both pictures that I was carrying much lower with my second and I have less of a roundness at this stage. I don’t know if the working out and starting out with more and stronger abs this time around has anything to do with it, but at least so far with this pregnancy I am having a way easier time not peeing myself while jumping around or laughing. In my second pregnancy about this far along I was having the hardest time when it came to my bladder and even just walking around in general since my left leg would randomly stop working. This pregnancy I am still just facing issues with breathing since she is so high up.

Workout wise I am still following the same routine and for stairs I am still walking up and running down. I honestly thought for a brief period of time that I would be able to continue the walk up and run down well into February, but it is now to the point that my knee joints, feet, and Achilles tendons are starting to really hurt and strain from the added weight. I started at 135 lbs with this pregnancy and now I am at 160 lbs. By the end of the week it takes about the whole weekend for the pain to go away in my feet and knees, allowing me to start again pain free, but by the end of doing stairs Monday I start to feel the pain again. I only have to power through the rest of this week and next week and then I’ll be into February where I have written down to start my walking up and walking down the stairs. I am hoping that the slower motion and the lesser amount of times going up and down will keep the pain away until it is time for labor and then I have my six weeks of recovery time.

30 Weeks Pregnancy Comparisons and New Workout Schedule

Made it to 30 weeks. Not much has changed besides now waking up to go pee in the middle of the night up to at least two times now and what I would say are the usual third trimester complaints of acid re-flux, not being able to breathe, hard to get comfortable, and starting to get really tired. Here are my 30 weeks comparison photos.

PhotoGrid_1515062546764.jpgAt night I look a lot more pregnant than the picture on the right, but I take my bi-weekly photo first thing in the mornings for consistency. As you can see I am definitely carrying different this time than the first two. The top left photo is my first pregnancy, the bottom left is my second, and the right is my third. I look and feel like I am carrying higher this time. I don’t know if it is because my abs were a lot stronger before I got pregnant this time around or if working out is holding her up more, but I am thankful so far for not having too much pain when I walk around and for so far not losing motor skills in one of my legs. Although since she is higher, she is definitely a bigger problem than the other two were when it comes to trying to breathe.

 

PhotoGrid_1515062689481Here is another front view from my second pregnancy at 30 weeks and my third at 30 weeks.  I keep posting these because it is so interesting to me how different my body is carrying and you can really see it from these front views so far.

*Below is my workout schedule I have been working on.

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I am now done with this workout routine I made for myself 26 weeks ago. Near the end it definitely got harder and I had to modify more and more, but it was a challenge that has felt worth the draining effort so far.

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Above is my new workout schedule I have made myself for the remaining of this pregnancy. I got rid of the Saturday workouts to give myself more of a break. I also got rid of the P90X workouts completely. Those hour long workouts were beginning to become way too much. I kept the thirty minute Core De Force workouts for Mondays and Thursdays, leaving out the forty and fifty minute workouts out from that program on this schedule besides the one named Kickbutt, which is about forty minutes and is not too intense when the push ups are modified or excluded. I scheduled 21 Day Fix Extreme for only one day a week on Wednesdays instead of twice a week. Tuesdays and Fridays I added a program new to this pregnancy, but not to me, the simple 21 Day Fix. I plan to follow this schedule for 7 weeks if I can, but put in a week that I can take out if it begins to get too hard near the end of the 7 weeks. The week I put in to take out is week 6 with two plyometric workouts, since if the workouts in general are becoming too difficult I am pretty confident that the plyo workouts will be near impossible to complete.

After Those 6 or 7 weeks, I plan to finally slow down for the next 3 or 4 doing the stretching workouts I have written down and scheduled above to get ready for labor and to keep away from jumping around or anything like that so I don’t go into preterm labor. During those weeks though I still plan to do my cardio workouts like I have been doing throughout this pregnancy, but in February my walking up the stairs and running down will be changing to just walking stairs. My thirty minutes on the elliptical, half standing up and half sitting down, I do not plan to change yet, unless my knees or body need me to.

28 Weeks Pregnancy Comparisons, Entering The Third Trimester

Only 3 more days until Christmas!!! Yesterday I reached 28 weeks in this pregnancy and I am definitely feeling it. My thyroid levels are actually slowly improving as our baby’s thyroid is now starting to work for her and she needs less from me, but I am starting to feel crazy tired already, which is highly frustrating. I honestly thought I would have more time and would be fine tired wise until up to the last month of the pregnancy or at the most two months, but oh well, got to play the cards you are dealt.

I am still working on my old workout schedule and my cardio workouts have not changed yet, but in two more weeks I am going to be working from a new workout schedule that I made more for the third trimester and in one week I’m going to start running down the stairs and walking up. The big change that was made this week has been my push-ups…. I have been doing normal push-ups up until now, but last week I had some pain in my lower right hand side that stuck with me for a few hours. I did research and it said that if you start having pain with any type of exercise, especially exercises that work your abs, you need to stop that exercise and modify it. So increasing my research I learned that the safest push-ups in the third trimester that are recommended are wall push-ups, so I have resorted to doing those for my workouts instead. It is always defeating when you have to back off and slow down more and more when your body is telling you to, but I know I couldn’t live with myself if something happened to our baby. So you got to do what you got to do for your children and health no matter how much you mentally don’t want to, which I am happy to do since motherhood always comes first to me.

Here are my comparison photos from my three pregnancies at 28 weeks. The top left is from my first, the bottom left is from my second, and the right is from my third.

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Here is a front view from my second and third pregnancies.

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You can definitely see my abs still trying to hold my stomach in as much as possible. So far honestly this pregnancy has been the easiest to deal with, but I know of course that the further along you get the harder things get. The one thing that is becoming crazy difficult right now is breathing, especially at night because she loves to stretch up by my lungs. I never had such an issue breathing with the other two, but I also felt like they were lower.

Once again as the weeks go by and more modifications are placed we will see where things lead to and how much my body continues to change.

Miracle Workers For Varicose Veins!!!

So a couple weeks ago I was in the kitchen on the floor crying because my veins in my calves were hurting me so much. In my first pregnancy I didn’t really have this problem in my legs (just in weirder areas), but in my second pregnancy closer to the end I was hurting pretty bad and could barely even walk at times. Now I haven’t even reached my third trimester yet and the veins have come back with a vengeance. I have spider veins in a bunch of different parts of my legs, my varicose veins on my lady parts hurt like hell most of the time, and my legs are already burning with too much pressure. So the night that I was crying cause I couldn’t take it, my husband took matters into his own hands and did some research and ordered me some compression socks, and let me tell you THEY WORK!!! Well, so far they work and I’m hoping they continue to work. The research into them is very interesting on exactly how they work and what they do for you and is worth the read if you ever find time. I didn’t know that athletes and people of about any age could beneficially use them too. I’m actually going to make my husband get some at some point since he drives a lot, and I plan to continue to wear them after I’m pregnant to help me heal faster from some tough running workouts. So it is definitely worth looking into and thinking about pregnant or not in my opinion!!! But make sure you also read the do’s and the don’ts with them if you do plan to get some!!!

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24 and 26 Weeks Pregnancy Comparison photos with Ultrasound Pictures

Made it to 26 weeks and now am an emotional mess. I am keeping up with my workouts except the exercises that have me on my back, those I cut out. I have resorted to just running stairs and doing my mobile elliptical since it has turned winter. My stairs have decreased to a 15 minute time since one day I tried to do 20 and I actually burnt myself out, which I have never done on stairs before. I felt like I was going fast when I got to 18 minutes, but my legs would only help me go up at a slow walk. So instead of pushing myself to exhaustion like I’m trying not to do and to try to save my knees from the added weight they are not used to, I decreased it. In January I plan to run down the stairs, but walk up for the 15 minutes and then in February I plan to just walk the stairs so I don’t fall or risk the baby’s life, but still work on staying active. I’ve never been this far along in the winter before in a pregnancy, so it is all a big adjustment to me to just having to keep the working out inside away from the extreme cold, snow, ice, and never ending darkness since the nights are so long right now.

These photos are from week 24 of all my pregnancies. First pregnancy top left, second bottom left, and third right.

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These photos are from week 26 of all my pregnancies. Once again first top left, second bottom left, and third right.

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This next comparison is from my second pregnancy and this pregnancy in a front facing view at 26 weeks. I’m sharing this comparison because I find it very interesting how different my  stomach looks in both of them, even my belly button. My belly in the second pregnancy was definitely getting rounder at this point in the pregnancy, when in this one my belly isn’t quite there yet, and it looks like my abs are still trying to hold it all in on the sides.

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These are two back views at 26 weeks of this pregnancy. My back muscles are still trying to hold in there and so are my shoulder muscles. When I don’t try to super flex you can barely tell I’m holding a big belly in the front.

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So fitness is still progressing as much as it can be without being too dangerous for the baby. We went and saw our little one last week and she was weighing at about one pound and thirteen ounces. She was curled up sideways right under my diaphragm though, which explains why sometimes it is almost impossible to breathe, but makes me feel loved that she likes to be so close to my heart. Here are a couple of pictures of her.

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Pregnancy Stretch Marks Prevention

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With my first two pregnancies I didn’t get any stretch marks around my stomach. I only got them a little around my boobs because of breastfeeding. With both of the pregnancies I used this. I had done research and research told me to use cocoa butter, well I tried using that, but I did’t feel like it was thick enough and it would eat my hands since my hands are super sensitive. This Vaseline thick cocoa butter that I found at Walmart seemed to work better for me. I had put it on every night after I showered since I like to take hot showers and I know that that dries out your skin. So what I did and have been doing with this pregnancy is rubbing it on my stomach before bed. The only part that sucks is that it doesn’t just disappear right away after you rub it in. It stays quite awhile. Also it ruins shirts. So I have a night shirt that I plan to throw away after this pregnancy that I put on after I put the stuff on so I only ruin that shirt. I’m not saying it will work for everybody, and I’m not saying that it is foolproof for me either. I’m not even entirely sure that it will work for me with this last pregnancy. Only time will tell. I am only sharing my experience and what I had used before that seemed to work for me in case anyone is looking for suggestions.