Motherhood & Baby Pregnancy Q&A Wednesday

Week 24 Pregnancy Q&A

Every few days on social, I get a couple questions about my pregnancy so far. I’d rather batch them in a blog post than constantly answer them one by one on Instagram, because I think not *everyone* is interested 😉 So, here’s a few answers to questions I’ve gotten recently!

How much weight have you gained?
About 8lbs but I’m not tracking very strictly. Pre-pregnancy I weighed 120lbs & I’ve been sitting at 127lbs for the last week or so. The first trimester I lost 6lbs for no reason I can identify, so depending on what you consider my starting point, the weight gain may differ. I wasn’t sick or overly fatigued, so I think the weight loss was just a result of not working out as strongly as I was before.

What are you reading to prepare you for pregnancy, birth and/or motherhood?
I’m VERY prone to paranoia so I’m keeping my reading to a minimum. I’m reading exactly two books: Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. I don’t follow a bunch of pregnancy or motherhood accounts except a handful (@thebump, @mommylabornurse, & a few brands I like) because I feel like SO MANY prey on the fears we have about birth & motherhood and do nothing to assuage those fears. If anything they just feed into them! I’m not here for any of that, so I’m super selective in what I read and listen to!

Are you going to share your birth plan?
I definitely will share ALL the details after the fact in a giant post with the whole birth story. I’ll tell you everything I planned and what went to plan, plus anything that doesn’t. But I want to keep it mostly private until then because I don’t want any judgments to cloud my decisions. What I don’t mind sharing is that I’ll definitely be in a hospital, I’ll have a midwife AND my doctor, and while there are some specific things I hope for, I’m willing to do whatever is medically necessary for a safe & healthy delivery/baby. As of right now, I feel pretty chill about the whole process.

How are you modifying your workouts & yoga practice during pregnancy?
For my workouts: I’m doing about 80% of what I did pre-pregnancy and will continue for as long as I feel comfortable. I’ve cut out core work like setups, crunches, leg lifts, etc. and I’m not lifting quite as much as I did before. For my yoga: I’ve cut out twists, deep forward folds, long holds in static poses (don’t need the added flexibility at this point), and backbends. I know there’s conflicting information about soooo much of what you should/shouldn’t do, so I’m just going based on the most recent research and whatever feels *right* in my body.

Is there anything you want to do before your due date?!
Um, besides everything?! lol! But really, there’s not *that* much besides the obvious, like making sure our home is ready. I think it would be nice to go on a few more nice evening dates with my husband, and we’re definitely going to be planning and prepping a TON of work stuff before baby arrives, but other than that, there’s nothing major we’re doing. No baby moon planned. No baby shower planned. I think we’re super blessed to live the kind of life we do– we already spend a lot of good, quality time together, we travel often, and we have a lot of support where we live so we don’t have to go it alone. Aside from the work stuff, I’d say we feel pretty ready!

Over to you! Do you have any other pregnancy questions for me to answer next time? If you’ve had children, is there any particularly great words of wisdom you heard and found helpful? Maybe even some social media accounts you found empowering & not scary? Do share!

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    Linda G

    April 30, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Birth without fear is THE best! The owner is January Harshe she actually just wrote a book. Check out her socials. They are so good!

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    April 30, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I have had 4 children, but it wasn’t until this fourth one that I have *successfully* breastfed. (Eight months and going strong! Introducing some baby food but have not needed formula! Hooray!) Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I think I could have nursed the others if I had only known how. Instead, because I really didn’t understand the basics, I introduced formula around/before 3 months and I really didn’t feel very happy with that. What made the difference for me was a short series of blog posts by this mom of six on Like Mother, Like Daughter. So practical and no gimmicks.

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    April 30, 2019 at 9:42 am

    When I was pregnant I didn’t want to read ANYTHING that would cause me to worry more than I already was. SOOO many things out there that cause unnecessary fear. Some of the older moms in my life (Aunts and older friends) were the worst! I threatened to make people pay into a college tuition jar for baby if they started telling horror stories haha! I’m really excited that you are allowing us to follow along in your journey!! It makes me want to be pregnant again 😉 I’m always looking for new nursing clothes so I’m excited to hear what you find when you’re at that stage. You always have the cutest clothes!! Good luck with everything and don’t stress about things out of your controls (which is pretty much everything!). Even with a good birth plan things can change but, in the end, you’ll have a beautiful baby boy and that’s all that matters!

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      Erin Motz

      May 1, 2019 at 9:42 pm

      The college tuition jar is hilarious! Thank YOU for your lovely comment.

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    April 30, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I didn’t read one book on pregnancy or birth or child rearing. I trusted my body and listened to it A LOT. I think it’s so smart what you’re doing. Stay sane and enjoy the journey, mama! Love following you on this path. It’s so lovely to watch.

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    Amanda Minaker

    May 1, 2019 at 6:24 am

    My husband and I are thrilled for you! We used hypnobirthing for our first daughter- we have three- and I continue to use those techniques 11 years later in stress or pain. Love Ina May! I didn’t know better and read WAY too much. More than anything- enjoy and be present. That’s it. Sending you positive love and light and hugs!

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      Erin Motz

      May 1, 2019 at 9:40 pm

      oooh Hypnobirthing! How cool

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    Amanda Maclaren

    May 3, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Hi Erin, so excited for your journey in to parenthood. Three people who helped me have a positive birth and post birth experience are @positivebirthcompany @takingcarababies (Cara’s sleep course is absolutely worth it’s weight in gold. Best money I ever spent, within days of taking the course my son was sleeping from 7pm -7am every night) and @blissfulbabyexpert1.
    Enjoy your time with your growing bump. I miss my baby bump and all those baby kicks and flutters x

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