my western nest.

I am 37 weeks today, and trying to remain healthy in my pregnancy is getting tougher by the day.  The motivation is there, but so is the exhaustion…and the candy.  I want all the candy.  My belly is starting to outgrow my maternity clothes…how is that possible?

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I know what’s important: keeping a balanced diet, getting rest, taking it easy…it all sounds good, in theory.  However, we just moved!  I have a nursery I want to decorate.  Mopping the floors in a house takes 5 times longer than in an apartment.  I want to wrap everything up neatly at work.  I get random bursts of energy at 3am that make sleep impossible…and the giant belly currently ruling my life doesn’t make it easy to get comfortable.

Please don’t think I am complaining about this final stage.  This pregnancy is something I hoped and prayed for, and so I am thankful for it….all of it.  However, even the thankfully pregnant grow weary from time to time.

In spite of the increase in treating myself to candy and chip dip, I have found a few tricks to help me stay somewhat healthy and strong through this final push of pregnancy.  These habits I am clinging to don’t require a lot of change to my normal routine.  Because it’s Friday, I I thought it would be fun to share five of them!

1.  Juices: Purple and red juices have been my thing these past few weeks.  Any juice I can find with beets, and maybe some purple carrots, has tasted overly amazing.  Naked Bright Beets gives me a huge boost of energy, and is packed with Vitamin A (good for baby’s eye health).  I like to compliment my morning bagel carbs with a loaded juice, for balance.

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2. A Glass Waterbottle: I finally broke down a week ago and made the switch from a plastic to a glass water bottle.  While I can’t be quite as rough on my Ello as I was on my Camelback, I love that the taste of a glass water bottle is fresher.  It’s easy to clean (dishwasher safe), and if I throw in a Nuun, I don’t taste it for days after.


3. Compression Socks: I thought I loved my compression socks before…but now, they are lifesavers.  My Sockwells are continuing to keep my ankle swelling down, and pulling them on after a long day is a treat for me feet.  Granted, the actual process of getting them on is a battle with a 37 week belly.  Yet, once they are on, the struggle seems small in comparison to the reward.

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4. Low impact Cardio: I am using yoga and low-impact cardio videos to keep strong and prepare mentally for birth.  I am planning to keep perfecting my yoga playlist so that I can maybe use it during birth.  Giving birth last time was traumatic for me, and I am doing all I can to prepare for this time to be as relaxed as possible.

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5. My Snoogle: This pillow is a sleep-saver.  Seriously.  I am pretty sure this is the only reason why I am resting as well as I am at night.  Whenever I lie awake, it’s not from being uncomfortable; it’s just a crazy hormone rush.  I use the Snoogle under my head, have it support my back, and come through my knees to offer cushion under my big belly.  If I fall asleep on the couch without it, I wake up with a very sore back.

I can’t believe how close I am to delivery!  I have mixed emotions that I am working to sort out.  Overall, I just can’t wait to kiss her face…and three weeks isn’t too long to wait.

This Friday, I linked up with:

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4 Replies to “my final “push” sanity-savers”

  1. Love your compression socks! I’ve been looking for a pair since my feet and ankles are doing an awesome job of being all swollen! What kind are those?

  2. Oh girlfriend, I totally remember outgrowing my maternity clothes toward the end! It just means you are SOOOO close!! That is awesome that you are still active, all I could muster was a walk up the street haha!

  3. I enjoyed this list. I am happy things are going well for you. Try to rest up…and have fun meeting your little one.

    I hope that your labor & delivery go well. Blessings to you as you anticipate. I pray that you feel God’s comforting hand at your side.

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