My Favourite Free Pregnancy Workouts

I’ve purchased a few exercise programs and joined some group classes, but some of my favourite prenatal workouts are videos you can find free online.

Here’s my list:

  • Tracy Anderson Arm Workout – 5 minutes
    This one isn’t specifically for prenatal, but it’s all upper body strength and no weights are involved, so I deem it pretty safe. It’s only 5 minutes and isn’t professionally filmed but I like it because I LOVE the song and my arms kill afterwards.
  • FitSugar’s Leg and Butt Workout – 10 minutes
    I like this one because Sophia Ruiz isn’t one of those chirpy, annoying fitness video trainers.
  • FitSugar’s Arm Workout – 10 minutes
    I have an exercise ball and some dumbbells, plus this is another Sophia Ruiz video, so it works perfectly for me.
  • FitSugar’s Heidi Klum Prenatal Workout – 11 minutes
    This is a good total body workout. It has a bit of cardio, a bit of strength training and a bit of core work — all in 11 minutes.
  • Lizbeth Garcia Prenatal Pilates for Flexibility – 10 minutes
    This YouTube video is actually about 50 minutes because it includes all five 10-minute parts of the Prenatal Pilates series. Pilates for Flexibility starts at 44:13.

Add a bit of outdoor walking and you’re all set up for a good prenatal exercise program, without paying a dime!

Holiday Maternity Dress

I’ve always liked the look of a peplum dress, but I’ve never seen it on a pregnant woman. I took the risk and made one for my company holiday party. I couldn’t find a maternity peplum dress pattern, so I mixed two different patterns. I took the bodice of the peplum dress by Lekala and used the Erin maternity skirt by Megan Nielsen, which I’ve made several times.

Here are some details:

Pattern adjustments:

  • Shortened bodice
  • Widened bodice’s front darts so the waist measurement matched the skirt
  • Added a few inches to the length and width of the peplum
  • Added back seam on the skirt to allow for a zippered back
  • Omitted the elastics from the skirt

Fabric:

  • Thick black knit (sort of a Ponte knit) with grey lace print (thick enough that I avoided having to use lining)
  • 60% stretch (10 cm stretches to 16 cm)
  • From King Textiles in Toronto

Notions:

  • 22″ black invisible zipper
  • Black thread

It took me about 5 hours from start to finish and I love it.

The Gender Reveal Cake

The anticipation to find out the gender of this baby was much more intense than it was with my first. My stepdaughter was especially eager – she has an older brother, a baby brother and was now hoping for a baby sister.

To make things fun, I decided to make a gender reveal cake for the family. My husband and I found out on the Friday, and the next day we revealed it to everyone with a cake. Here is it:

It’s a girl, and we’re ecstatic!

Oh, I also tried to make gender reveal cupcakes, like this one found on Pinterest, but mine looked nothing like it. (Nothing I make ever looks like it does on Pinterest )

BellyCoat Maternity Jacket Extender Review

It’s getting cold out! Is your belly ready?

I was really excited to try out the BellyCoat jacket extender.

During my first pregnancy, I researched my options but ended up making my own panel; they were pretty much all the same and it just didn’t seem like a practical purchase to me.

If I had known about BellyCoat, it would have made more sense to invest in it than in other brands. Here’s why: It uses clips, rather than a zipper!!

  • You don’t have to worry about finding a compatible zipper/zipper adapter.
  • You can adjust where to place it on your coat. The zippered versions are basically fixed because, well, it’s a zipper and the zipper lengths need to match up.
  • You can use it on all your coats without having to worry about zipper compatibility.
  • You can flip it around and use it for baby-wearing (not just for maternity wear).

Here’s a photo of my jacket with and without the panel.

The BellyCoat also comes with an extension, which extends the waist by an additional 6″, for a total of 15″.

Here’s my jacket with the extender + extension.

A panel is a panel, and they all basically do the job, which is to keep your bump warm. But if you’re looking for versatility, you should really check this one out: www.bellycoat.com. They’ll be at the BabyTime Show Nov 6-8, 2015.

Another plus: The company is local. I’m all for Toronto-born ventures! :)

17-Week Update

While my 18-month old toddler is thriving, so is my 17-week old fetus.

Yes, I’m pregnant again.

We found out when I was 5 weeks along, and we couldn’t be happier.

My first trimester was slightly more difficult than it was in my first pregnancy. The nausea was worse, but it was still manageable without any meds so I can’t complain too much about it. And the fatigue was/is horrible. I couldn’t get enough sleep. I wanted to sleep at all hours of the day. I’m just now starting to get my energy back.

My first OB appt was at 8 weeks, and the doc was able to find the heartbeat. It was the doctor’s first time hearing one before the 9-week mark. This baby has already made history :)

I started showing at around 11 weeks, much earlier this time. By 14 weeks, I was happily unpacking my maternity clothes. Just by looking at me, there was no hiding it – there was no doubt I was pregnant.

We got our first peek at the active baby at my 12-week ultrasound. We went home with a little keepsake (a printout photo of the fetus), but it did cost $5, as opposed to free when I got it done for my first pregnancy. I’m not sure if the cost differs by lab, since I did go to different labs, or if all labs now charge for a printout.

At week 16, I felt the little person move. I absolutely love that feeling. I can’t wait to feel more of it.