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BUMPdate: Five Months Pregnant

Today felt right for a BUMPdate! I haven’t written about my pregnancy since announcing it last month. It’s CRAZY how quickly my body (and little bambino) changes.

I’m one week shy of five months, which is totally nuts. Overall, I feel really good and I’m pretty thrilled to be out of the nausea-stretch! Here’s a little on how my life is changing…

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With my EMOTIONS… I’m always a sentimental one at heart, and pregnancy has certainly upped the emotions. Nearly anything can bring me to tears — from a heartfelt story, to a really epic grilled cheese (seriously). What I wasn’t expecting was less anxiety. This is something I normally struggle with, and oddly, I feel very calm about my pregnancy. I trust my body, my health, and our heavens to do the work just as it’s meant to be. As the sister of someone with cerebral palsy, I’ve witnessed the true miracle of life. Something about that experience has ultimately made me really trust God.

With my BODY… I’ll start by saying everything is bigger. Not just my belly, but my bum, my boobs, my legs, my arms… all of it. I ‘popped’ in the last two weeks, and I’m really bumpin’ now! But rather than feeling overwhelmed by the changes to my body, I feel beautifully bigger, and so in awe of what my body can do. For the first time in my adult life, my wellness is not associated with how ‘thin’ I am, but instead by how I am growing another being. It’s liberating, and I am genuinely loving it.

With my DIET… I am finally enjoying a vegetable again. The first trimester had me reaching for bagels like a maniac. Since passing that stage, I’m working harder at eating well for my babe, and limiting carbs to one serving per meal. A lot of steamed veggies + protein, with rice or a light pasta (except for that time(s) I ate a box of mac and cheese… whooooops). I’m not craving anything in particular — no crazy sweets or fast food — but it’s a lot harder for me to convince myself nowadays that kale chips are actually any good.

With my WORKOUT… I’ve continued my workouts as normal, but lessened the intensity. The doc said it’s generally safe to continue doing workouts I had been doing for a year+ prior to getting pregnant. Meaning, now is not the time for me to start CrossFit, but I can stick to my typical routine. I’ll share exactly what I’ve been doing in a separate post this month — but my trainer has me sticking to light weights, 2-3 mile jogs, and band workouts. I have yet to try pre-natal yoga, but it’s on my list!

With my BEAUTY ROUTINE… I switched to using simpler skincare products (AKA, with fewer toxic ingredients). I especially love Juice Beauty for lotions and face wash; Butter + Deborah Lippman for nail polish; Basq + Mama Mio creams for stretch marks; and Honest shampoo/body wash. I haven’t made any major changes to my makeup routine.

Photos by Annie Shak

  • PenelopeRose

    Love this post. You are looking gorgeous, mama! I especially love your comments about your growing body (it gives you a whole new appreciation for what your body is capable of) and the carb comment. I am pretty sure I ate more bagels while pregnant with Audrey than the rest of my life combined. Wishing you all good things during these magical months! <3

    • Thank you, beautiful fellow mama!! Crazy what our bodies can do (which I am now FULLY understanding as my due date inches closer and closer)! xxxxxx

  • Erin Lee Emelander

    You are an inspiring author and pregnant lady! I loved this post! I’m five months pregnant as well and have been enjoying buying maternity clothes and sitting still waiting for little flutter movements. I struggle with pretty intense nausea still but with a diet routine (never allow stomach to fully empty and ginger capsules) and being later in the pregnancy now, it has gotten much better. I thought I’d struggle more with the weight gain part but find myself just going with the flow and enjoying what my body can do. Your reflections on our bodies and how amazing they are that they can create life was so reassuring and inspiring. I actually told my husband that I feel bad for him that men have to miss out on this part of the experience. He just looked at me like I was nuts!! Lol! I hope you continue having a wonderful pregnancy, you look great!

    • Hope you’re still loving pregnancy, mother to be!! Love following along with your posts as well. Isn’t it crazy what our bodies (and minds!) can do to bring a little human into this world?! It’s magical and I’m grateful we get to experience such love! XO

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  • Abigail Hoppen

    My friend Laura just told me about your blog! I would love to hear more about the creams you are using for stretch marks.. I’m going to be getting into that phase soon and would love to hear a review!

    • Yay, happy you found me here! Congratulations on your babe! I have been switching between a few different creams and oils throughout my pregnancy. For lotions, I like BASQ. I used the creams a lot during the 3-5/6 month mark, and in the mornings, when oil is too ‘oily’ for my clothes. I wanted to add oils to the mix once I realllllly started to feel my body growing. BASQ also makes an oil that you can apply before adding the cream. I also love BioOil. It’s not organic, but it honestly really works and a lot of moms have said they loved it. Plus, I can apply it in the morning if I wait about 15-20 mins to put clothes on. Lastly, coconut oil is another favorite if I feel itchy. I’ll rub it on my belly before bed when I don’t have to layer clothes over top! Hope this helps!

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