You heard that right- we are expecting our little one on July 29 2020! We are so overjoyed and I am so excited to be able to share this interactive blog post with you
My plan is to update every few weeks with how I am feeling + products I am loving
There is so much information out there and the most important thing to remember is that all pregnancies and experiences are different. Your doctor should be only a phone call away for emergency questions!
Ok, on to the details!
Josh and I always said we wanted to wait 5 years before having kids and wouldn't you know it- our five year anniversary was January 17, 2020! We tried for only one month (Josh was super bummed) and we found out on November 20 that we were expecting! We found out together and filmed the entire thing! Yes- we will be finding out the gender at our week 20 appointment which is on March 10. We will be announcing once our friends and family know first
A lot of woman underestimate how important nutrients and your diet are during the conception month. I completely cut out all caffeine the minute I stopped my last period before we started trying. I also highly recommend using a basal thermometer and app if you are trying to conceive- it will take virtually all the guess workout of ovulation timing. I was tracking my temperate and ovulation for over a year before we started trying- it's a great way for natural family planning. The thermometer and app I used can be found here. Additionally- you should be taking your prenatal the entire time you are trying to conceive as well. Think of conception as early pregnancy- no drinking, no smoking, etc as you do not know the exact day you will conceive. It's better to be safe than sorry
Starting weight: 135lbs
The only differences included slight bloating, fatigue for a few hours in the afternoon, some hormonal mood swings, mild cramps in the first few weeks, and the highest urge to tell the entire world while also knowing we had to wait. I felt nauseous a few days and have some slight food aversions, no real cravings yet! I also have been very blessed to not have any morning sickness except for one day and turns out it was food poisoning. Nonetheless- I freaked out and went on an Amazon shopping spree and enlisted the help of my pregnant friends and my sister who has 3 kids for their tips- I have linked all the products I ordered below to combat the sickness in case it happens again! My workouts struggled slightly due to fatigue during the first two months but I still went to the gym 4-5 times a week
We had the first appointment on December 20- right before we left the same day to be in Indiana and Ohio for the holidays for six days. Everything from the heart beat to the ultra sound to the blood work all came back normal and on pace! The heart rate was ranging from 150-162 bpm. Appointment 1 weight: 137lbs
What a whirlwind month 3 was- between the holidays and telling family and trade show season starting- this was definitely the quickest month by far. The only few symptoms I am currently experiencing is fatigue and random headaches. I also feel myself thirsty often which is crazy because I already drink at least a gallon of water per day. I have also been getting weekly chiropractic appointments to realign my hips to assure that my labor and delivery will go as smoothly as possible. I also have been practicing a ton of diaphragmatic breathing and core exercises as well as pelvic floor exercises to further ensure the safest delivery of baby. Workout energy is luckily back to where it was before I got pregnant. I have not had to modify any workouts in any way. I have been filming the entire time so if you need workout ideas, please reference: http://instagram.com/sarah_bowmar
Additionally, I have been walking 5 miles every single day at home! It has helped so much with getting blood flowing and getting all my steps in!
This appointment was only about 20 minutes- but the doctor told us "boring is good" when it comes to pregnancies. Baby's heart beat was 172, blood work all looked great, and I have went up a few pounds in weight- which is right on track for my body. It's also an old wives tale that the gender of the baby determines their heart rate. Some appointments they may be very active and others they may be resting. It makes me very uncomfortable when people guess the gender so please, keep your guesses to yourself! Appointment 2 weight: 139lbs
At week 13 we went in for our genetic screening, an ultra sound, and more blood work. Baby was very active and the skin test showed a very low probability of any genetic abnormalities. We also got to see baby for about 30 minutes while everything was being measured. Heart rate for baby was 162bpm during this appointment. Appointment 3 weight: 139lbs
We had an event in Nashville for a gym opening in which they employee a prenatal chiropractor and pelvic floor specialist. I went in for an appointment and had an incredible experience. Between the hip and muscle adjustments, she also discovered I have poor circulation so I am now using cinnamon bark extract oils on my wrists several times a day. I also will be working on some tips on overall pelvic floor health and breathing techniques!
Week 15 - 16 and 4 month appointment:
Weeks 15 and 16 I traveled a ton between an event in Nashville, a retreat in Denver, and celebrating our birthdays in Las Vegas. Luckily all my fatigue has went away completely and my stomach is finally starting to look like I am pregnant and not like I enjoyed too many donuts over the weekend. Today (Valentine's Day), we had our 4 month appointment. We heard baby's heartbeat which was 148bpm today. All vitals looked amazing for me and we also had the spina bifida blood screening and will know results from that in about 2 weeks
Appointment 4 weight: 143lbs
Week 17 - 18
What a crazy 2 weeks it has been! I flew to Indiana for my cousins bridal shower, we planned my baby shower, and have been working like crazy on getting for the Arnold which is next weekend! I have been feeling absolutely amazing and almost feel bad saying that because I know how many women struggle with pregnancy. I am counting my lucky stars that I honestly haven't missed a beat when it comes to my workouts, cardio, or work! I started adding in pomegranate juice into my daily diet after reading about all the amazing benefits and it's ability to prevent preeclampsia in some women. I know I am not high risk but the juice tastes amazing and the benefits are just icing on the cake. I have also started using an oil diffuser at night with lavender in it and have noticed a huge difference in my ability to stay asleep. I also *think* I felt the baby last night but am not 100% sure. We find out the gender at our next appointment in 2 weeks and yes, once our family all finds out, we will be announcing on social media!
This was a big appointment- I am 20 weeks tomorrow and today's appointment consisted of our last ultrasound. We were able to see the baby for about 30 minutes while the technician took photos of all extremities and did all kinds of measurements. I also was told I have an anterior placenta (which means it is sitting between my uterus and stomach) so flutters at this stage probably won't be felt and I also won't feel the baby for another few weeks, especially given that it is my first. Baby is measuring right on track as well at 11oz. We also found out the gender which we will announce in the coming weeks- just enjoying this moment with our friends and family and rejoicing that the baby is healthy. Baby's heart rate was 145bpm.
Appointment 5 weight: 147lbs
MARCH 12, 2020: WE FOUND OUT WE ARE HAVING A BABY GIRL AND WE ARE OVER THE MOON EXCITED!
The last few weeks have been... strange. The entire world is experiencing a worldwide pandemic and if I thought everyone knew everything about my own pregnancy before- wow was I wrong. We have been in New Zealand for almost two weeks (before the European travel restrictions were in place, for reference) and before anyone was self isolating. We are currently self isolating in New Zealand and cut our trip short by almost a week to ensure we are able to get back safely. When we arrive back in the country, we will be screened at customs- which I am grateful that border patrol is doing! We will then enter self isolation for 14 days as we have been traveling internationally. I also am expecting a phone call that my next appointment will be cancelled. Other than that- I am feeling amazing. We are eating a ton of wild game and fish here in NZ and baby girl is absolutely loving it. On top of that- I was finally able to feel her kick and move and Josh was able to as well! Crazy to think that the next time we come to this beautiful country, baby will be on the outside and not on the inside of me!
I also have been utilizing these leg compression sleeves for 30 minutes 3-4 times per week to help offset swelling and dark veins!
We have been in self isolation since the day we got back from New Zealand two weeks ago. Nothing has really changed from our day to day life except for not being able to go to the gym. We have started to buy some pieces for our home gym which will really come in handy once baby is here and I may not want to leave the house to get a workout in. Unfortunately, my 24 week appointment for this week was cancelled because "I am low risk and healthy" so it is pushed back another 5 weeks. Josh also will not be able to attend that appointment either. It will be a long appointment as it is the rest for gestational diabetes. Hoping everything is smooth until then as it will be nine weeks since I have seen a doctor at that point.
I also started to add in salmon roe this week as I am nearing the end of my second trimester. I will continue to eat 1 TBSP each day of salmon roe until baby is here! It is most beneficial for overall brain health and development. If you would like to read up more on salmon roe, I highly recommend this content from Dr. Rhonda Patrick
1 medium avocado- smashed
1 TBSP salmon roe
Splash of lime juice
Pink himalayan salt
Eat as is or enjoy with crackers!
The last few weeks in quarantine have been fairly routine. I have been feeling the exact same day to day, no pains, no headaches, etc. I am still seeing my chiropractor once a week which has been amazing for my hips and back. I also am still compressing 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes each time.
Today (week 28 + 1 day), I had my first appointment in almost 9 weeks. I had to check in from the car, Josh was not allowed to go, and I had to wear a mask the entire time. I did get a lot of my questions answered (I highly recommend taking notes of questions you have as you think of them because chances are, you will forget). I also had my gestational diabetes test today- the fruit punch drink was god awful. All vitals look good for both mom and baby. Her heart beat was at 141 and they actually let me record it for the first time ever- which was a blessing in disguise. I also had my TDAP vaccine today as well as being checked for hemoglobins in my blood. UDPATE: both hemoglobin and glucose tests were passed with flying colors. My next appointment will be at week 32!
Appointment 6 Weight: 152lbs
The Bump (free)
Baby Tracker- once baby arrives
Pregnancy tracker (free) to track fetal movement
Books- Audible on Amazon
What to Expect When You're Expecting
Dude You're Gonna be A Dad (Josh)
Magnesium Lotion (to help fight insomnia)
DripDrops (if you do get sick often, your loss of liquids can result in dehydration)
Hatch Belly Oil
Pure Organic Belly Butter
BOWMAR NUTRITION PRODUCTS:
Protein- whey and vegan
Stimulant free PREworkout 1-2 times per week as needed
*as with any pregnant or breastfeeding female- we all have different needs and different experiences during this journey. PLEASE consult with your doctor before adding supplements in. What is safe and approved for one pregnancy may not be for another
**a lot of people have been asking why greens are not this list- my doctor and RD both said I was getting enough nutrients through my diet and prenatal so supplementing with the greens was unnecessary. Just like some days I get enough protein in my diet through whole food that I do not need to supplement with protein powder
Immunity Support Products:
Vitamin C Gummies
Things to Never Ask a Pregnant Woman:
How long were you trying
Was this planned
When are you going to try for a second
Can I see your belly
Are you going to vaccinate
Are you going to breastfeed
Are you going to get an epidural
The last 3 are controversial and anyone who asks is typically trying to pick a fight if you disagree with their beliefs. Don't stress a pregnant woman out and mind your own business
Things to Never Say to a Pregnant Woman:
Your stomach gave it away weeks ago
I was wondering when this would finally happen
Pregnant is a beautiful thing and it is up to the mother with how much she wants to share- don't pry.