2nd pregnancy is hard

KarieH34

Member
Jury is still out on Yoga Burn. Before I got pregnant, i wanted to incorporate more yoga into my routine. I have been lifting weights with Cathe for over a decade and to do any upper body exercises that just require body weight is still such a challenge. I did a class at a work event that had an instructor from Core Power Yoga and it was amazing. Sweaty, heart rate pumping, and tons of upper body work. I want that class again and I haven’t been able to find it!

I have a work trip coming up too. It’s going to be exhausting, but it’s going to be at the beach and my son is coming so I’m pretty excited.

I did PHA yesterday too. I like getting my heart rate up without a lot of jumping! Today I didn’t have a lot of time do I did low impact tabata twice. Tomorrow, yoga burn again.
I so want to incorporate more yoga. I follow a lot of yogis on Instagram and I’m amazed by their strength! I love hot yoga and plan on returning to that after baby. I love challenging my body without equipment. Plus I’m finding I’m getting bored with the same old same old weights/cardio workouts. Like you bodyweight workouts especially for upper body are super challenging even though I can lift pretty heavy weights.

That’s great you can take your son with you on your work trip. That should be fun.


I’ve been feeling kind of down lately. Most of my friends already had all their children so they are older so I feel like I don’t have anyone to relate too. Plus I get sad thinking about how fun and calm life was before kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mommy and I’m excited about the new addition but I miss being able to to just go and relax with my hubby without having to stress about a babysitter, a schedule or what needs to get done. Sometimes I feel bad feeling this way.

I’ve been doing a lot of Lower Body work. Mostly zuzka lights kettlebell butt workouts since they are short I add them after a run. I did do Cathe’s Lee live workout this week which was legs and enjoyed that. Wasn’t as grueling as her usual leg workouts. I also did her live super set workout which I enjoyed.
Have a nice weekend ladies
 

SarBear

Cathlete
Hi Ladies -

Welp, I survived my work trip....HOORAY throws confetti. So glad that I (hopefully) will not have to travel any more this year. Work travel at my company is always so exhausting due to the jam-packed schedules they usually plan for us. I usually come home completely depleted of all energy and that was before getting pregnant so going on these trips while pregnant have been even worse!

So sorry you have been feeling down Karie. Since this is my first I've definitely had my moments where I've questioned how different life will be after the little one gets here and have honestly felt a little sad when I think of the loss of freedom. I think these thoughts are absolutely normal. It's been particularly hard lately watching friends on social media go on what look like amazing, relaxing vacations. I'm so jealous!!! Now granted I know we can go on a babymoon and what not before the baby gets here, but it just won't be the same as one of our previous vacations where I could drink and basically be carefree. I just keep reminding myself of all the new stuff we will get to do and experience once we have a kid of our own and that some of the best times of our lives are still ahead of us. I know it won't all be rainbows and butterflies, but life rarely is --- with kids or without. Regardless, I'm excited of the adventure that awaits us.

I'm still been focusing on a lot of Cathe workouts. This past week I started revising some of my old KCM DVDs as well. I had forgotten how much Kelly packs into 30 minutes. I'm actually considering signing up for her streaming service just to have more of a selection of workouts when I'm looking for something on the shorter side. It's so funny even hearing me say that because prior to pregnancy I rarely reached for workouts that were 30 minutes or less (unless I was adding them onto another workout). But right now my main focus to just to stay active and not to really get hung up on how long I'm working out.

Hope you guys are having a great weekend!
 

KarieH34

Member
Hi Ladies -

Welp, I survived my work trip....HOORAY throws confetti. So glad that I (hopefully) will not have to travel any more this year. Work travel at my company is always so exhausting due to the jam-packed schedules they usually plan for us. I usually come home completely depleted of all energy and that was before getting pregnant so going on these trips while pregnant have been even worse!

So sorry you have been feeling down Karie. Since this is my first I've definitely had my moments where I've questioned how different life will be after the little one gets here and have honestly felt a little sad when I think of the loss of freedom. I think these thoughts are absolutely normal. It's been particularly hard lately watching friends on social media go on what look like amazing, relaxing vacations. I'm so jealous!!! Now granted I know we can go on a babymoon and what not before the baby gets here, but it just won't be the same as one of our previous vacations where I could drink and basically be carefree. I just keep reminding myself of all the new stuff we will get to do and experience once we have a kid of our own and that some of the best times of our lives are still ahead of us. I know it won't all be rainbows and butterflies, but life rarely is --- with kids or without. Regardless, I'm excited of the adventure that awaits us.

I'm still been focusing on a lot of Cathe workouts. This past week I started revising some of my old KCM DVDs as well. I had forgotten how much Kelly packs into 30 minutes. I'm actually considering signing up for her streaming service just to have more of a selection of workouts when I'm looking for something on the shorter side. It's so funny even hearing me say that because prior to pregnancy I rarely reached for workouts that were 30 minutes or less (unless I was adding them onto another workout). But right now my main focus to just to stay active and not to really get hung up on how long I'm working out.

Hope you guys are having a great weekend!
Glad you had a smooth trip and that you are done traveling for the year.

Yeah social media is tough sometimes for me also. With today being cinco de mayo it’s hard watching all my friends enjoying their margaritas on the beach. Even though I wouldn’t trade my life for anything, I do miss the freedom at times

I subscribed to Coffey for raw for a while. She has some great workouts on there. I didn’t use it enough which is why I cancelled but have been thinking about resubscribing. For $6.99 a month you can’t beat it

I’ve also decided to stop running. As a physical therapist I understand the impact running will have on my pelvic floor muscles as the baby grows. As much as I miss it I know it’s the best decision at this time. Your pelvic floor muscles take a beating even without impact being pregnant.

I’ve been pretty low energy this weekend. I did manage one of Cathe Live workouts yesterday that mixed cardio and weights. Today is a rest day and other then chasing my daughter around, I’m just taking it easy. I’m 4 months pregnant so far. It’s going quickly. I’ve gained 8lbs so far. I gained a total of 40 lbs with my daughter. We will see where I end up this time.

Happy Sunday ladies
 

SarBear

Cathlete
Hi Ladies -

How's everyone doing? I'm officially 14.5 weeks and feeling so much better!!!! So nice to have finally kicked all that terrible nausea. I'm still hanging in there with my workouts. Each week I choose a different Cathe weight workout series to revisit at least for Upper Body (this week was her Gym Styles workouts), for lower body I'll choose whatever is tickling my fancy that particular day. This week I did the LITE lower body pyramid workout for the first time. I did go a little heavier with my weights than Cathe (starting out at 5lb weights for some of the exercises just felt too light for me), but I didn't get too crazy either (definitely not trying to break any personal lifting records right now, lol). Then on the other days of the week I've been filling in with whatever I'm feeling like that day -- some days it'll be a metabolic workout or a bootcamp style. Just depends on how I'm feeling. Been focusing mainly on Cathe workouts and Kelly Coffey workouts for when I'm looking for something shorter. I get bored easily so I love having options!

Now that I'm officially in the second trimester I've decided to cut out traditional ab work (crunches, planks, etc) based on everything I've read about diastasis recti. I'm still trying to determine what to do about push ups. There's so much conflicting information out there--some sites say push ups are safe others say they aren't because of all the downward pressure placed on your abdomen (similar to being in a plank). Push ups were in yesterday's Gym Styles Chest/Triceps workout so I decided to do standing chest press (with lighter weights) in lieu of traditional push ups.

Hope you both are dong well! Today is an exciting day for us....we are doing our gender reveal. My husband really wanted to have a party and I wanted to do something a little more private (know that the work of planning a party would mainly fall onto my shoulders, lol) so we ended up compromising after one of my girlfriends offered to host a small cookout for us. My husband's happy because he technically gets his "party" now and I'm happy because we kept the invite list on the smaller side since we weren't hosting the party at our own house. This all came together in the past week and a half so it hasn't been too bad....plus I've had a girlfriend to share some of the planning work with! The weather here looks amazing (although a little on the hot side) but all in all a perfect day for a cook-out. So excited to find out what we are having and to get to share the excitement with some of our closest friends!
 

KarieH34

Member
SarBear, How exciting for you! I can’t wait to hear what you are having. I’m glad you are feeling better! You have been doing great with your workouts. I was just thinking the other day about revisiting old Cathe weight workouts and focusing on one series per week. There are so many i haven’t done in years!

Ive been doing ok. I’m having some digestive issues. It seems like my digestion has slowed completely which makes me very uncomfortable after every meal. In order to avoid that i have to eat snack size meals which is hard because i am hungry! Very frustrating but what can you do. Workout wise I have been doing a lot of spinning from studio sweat on demand. They have a 2 week Memorial Day challenge which i have been participating in. Spinning seems to be the only workout I can do now. Even Cathe’s low impact cardio isn’t feeling right. I feel as though I need to focus a bit more on weights though. It seems to have taken a back burner and even the Spin Sculpt classes i take on SSOD are more cardio based. I am now 18.5 weeks pregnant so almost half way there. I have to say it is going by faster this time around but I really am not a fan of being pregnant lol.

Hope you all are having a nice weekend!
 

SarBear

Cathlete
Hi Ladies -

Hope you are both doing well. I'm very excited to report the results of our gender reveal---it's a girl! :) My husband and I are so excited (although truth be told we would have been happy either way, lol). I'm about 16.5 weeks along now and have been feeling great (knock on wood) except for a nasty cold with lots of cough/congestion. No one warned me that your immune system goes to shit when you are pregnant, but to be honest I'll take a cold over that 1st trimester nausea any day!!! It's been two weeks since the cold started so I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

As far as workouts go I've still been focusing on 2-3 days of strength training (usually 2 upper body and 1 lower body) and then filling the rest of the week with bootcamp/circuit style workouts and/or gentle cardio. The week before Memorial Day I focused on the strength workouts from Ripped with Hiit. This past week I switched over to Beachbody and did the first week of Body Beast (Chest/Tri, legs, and Back/Biceps). I skipped the shoulder only workout because I feel like my shoulders get plenty of work throughout the week and didn't want to dedicate an entire workout to them.

Karie - quite a few of my friends have mentioned spinning during their pregnancies which is making me wonder if I should be focusing a little more on cardio vs strength workouts. Having never gone through this before it's just so hard to know what will be the best for my body and of course what works well for one person may not work for me. So who knows! LOL! I'm trying to just keep lots of variety in what I'm doing and hope that it pays off in the end. Last week I did one of the Cathe Live workouts with the Fit Tower. It included a lot of barre work for the legs. OHMYGOODNESS!!! My legs were on fire for days after that workout! LOL. It was a good reminder that you don't have to make huge changes to really shock your body. My legs didn't know what had hit them!

Hope you both are dong well! And I'm with you Karie, being pregnant is definitely not my favorite! I do feel like it's going fast though. I can't believe I'm already 4 months along.
 

KarieH34

Member
Hi Ladies -

Hope you are both doing well. I'm very excited to report the results of our gender reveal---it's a girl! :) My husband and I are so excited (although truth be told we would have been happy either way, lol). I'm about 16.5 weeks along now and have been feeling great (knock on wood) except for a nasty cold with lots of cough/congestion. No one warned me that your immune system goes to shit when you are pregnant, but to be honest I'll take a cold over that 1st trimester nausea any day!!! It's been two weeks since the cold started so I'm finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

As far as workouts go I've still been focusing on 2-3 days of strength training (usually 2 upper body and 1 lower body) and then filling the rest of the week with bootcamp/circuit style workouts and/or gentle cardio. The week before Memorial Day I focused on the strength workouts from Ripped with Hiit. This past week I switched over to Beachbody and did the first week of Body Beast (Chest/Tri, legs, and Back/Biceps). I skipped the shoulder only workout because I feel like my shoulders get plenty of work throughout the week and didn't want to dedicate an entire workout to them.

Karie - quite a few of my friends have mentioned spinning during their pregnancies which is making me wonder if I should be focusing a little more on cardio vs strength workouts. Having never gone through this before it's just so hard to know what will be the best for my body and of course what works well for one person may not work for me. So who knows! LOL! I'm trying to just keep lots of variety in what I'm doing and hope that it pays off in the end. Last week I did one of the Cathe Live workouts with the Fit Tower. It included a lot of barre work for the legs. OHMYGOODNESS!!! My legs were on fire for days after that workout! LOL. It was a good reminder that you don't have to make huge changes to really shock your body. My legs didn't know what had hit them!

Hope you both are dong well! And I'm with you Karie, being pregnant is definitely not my favorite! I do feel like it's going fast though. I can't believe I'm already 4 months along.
Yay! Congratulations on your baby girl. I love my little girl so much. I don’t k ow what to expect having a boy but I know I will love him just the same. Great work on your workouts. I really need to try some of Cathe’s Fit tower workouts. I have the fit tower and haven’t done a single workout with it (). Pinning is great but since you haven’t done it I’d wait until after your pregnancy. They always say don’t try anything new at this time.

I’ve been doing ok. I’ve been pretty frustrated with workouts. It just seems like everything is so much harder this time. All workouts seem to move so fast and I can’t seem to keep up. Unfortunately I don’t feel all that great most days. Just really fatigued and crampy. But at least not nausea so I’ll take it. I had this last week off and spent it with my little girl. I loved it but boy it’s exhausting! I think going to work is easier lol. Hope you all have a great week!
 

SarBear

Cathlete
Thank you! Being a first-timer I would have been happy either way, but I am really excited to have a little girl. :) If you bought the newer fit tower, the DVDs that came with it are on the easier side -- so something that might be great to explore on the days when our energy just isn't there. I had completely forgotten about them so I'll have to dig mine out. The Advanced set she did a couple years ago for the tower is great too...but definitely move at a pace more in line with Cathe's style. I'm actually not new to spinning (I even have a spinning bike at home) I just haven't been using it regularly. Last month I did do one of Kelly Coffey's RAW R&R workouts where she alternates intervals between spinning and weights work. It was perfect for me since to your point I haven't been spinning regularly so the spinning sections were broken up into segments instead of being a 100% spinning workout. My legs were definitely like "what are you doing to me?".

Speaking of Kelly's Raw workouts, I'm still really enjoying my subscription as well as revisiting some of the Kelly workouts I have on DVD. I like them for days when I'm short on time because she really does get a lot accomplished in 30 minutes. I also like that she includes a modifier on her DVD workouts because I can see myself moving over to following the modifier once by belly gets a little bigger. Some of her Raw workouts clock in closer to 40-45 minutes so it's nice to have the option to choose a slightly longer workout if I want. The only thing I feel like her Raw subscription is missing is her DVD workouts. She includes some of the premixes from a few of her DVDs, but it's definitely not the entire collection like Cathe does with her OnDemand channel. There's so many DVD workouts of hers that I haven't tried, but I'm not really looking to add to my DVD collection these days. I really enjoy the ease of use and absence of "clutter" that comes with just signing up for a streaming service. However, since I've been enjoying her workouts so much lately I decided to treat myself last weekend and was going to order a new DVD or two. As I was researching which 1-2 to buy a thought popped into my head so I decided to check the local library to see if they had any of her videos. To my amazement they did--including several of her newer ones!! They have 8 total that I don't have so I'm looking forward to exploring those over the next few weeks! And the nice thing is that it saved me some $$$.

As far as strength workouts go--I continued my revisiting of Sagi and Body Beast and did three of his workouts from "A Hard Week of Labor" (2 Upper body and 1 lower body). The nice thing about any of Sagi's workouts is that the man rambles on so much in between moves so there's quite a rest/break. In the past some of long rest periods would get on my nerves and I would find myself fast forwarding, but now that I'm pregnant I actually enjoy them (especially on days where I'm moving slower). On days that I'm feeling more energetic I just simply insert walking in place and/or light jogging in place during those rests. Despite the long rests they are good, no nonsense weight workouts so they definitely get the job done. I do modify some of the moves to make them safer for pregnancy and clearly I'm not trying to break any personal records with the weights I choose....but I'm still getting a pretty good workout from them.

Hope you start feeling more like yourself soon! The exhaustion can be tough. I had the same week off of work that you did and to be honest I spent several days relaxing at the pool due to low energy. I've been feeling more crampy this week too. Not sure if it's round ligament pain or what...but it's been annoying to say the least. How many weeks are you now? I'm 17 so still a ways to go, but I have to admit in a way I feel like the time is flying. I can't believe I'll be at the halfway mark here in just a few weeks.
 

KarieH34

Member
Hi there! Sounds like you are doing great! I ended up canceling my kcm subscription as I wasn’t using it that much. I enjoy most of her workouts but not the biggest fan of boxing. I did enjoy her ripped and ride workouts. The workouts I choose most often on studio sweat on demand are Spin Sculpt classes which combine spinning with weight training segments. I have a hard time just doing spinning for a whole hour. I wish also Kelly would put her dvs on her streaming site like Cathe. Maybe one day.

I’m currently 22 weeks. Next weeks marks 6 months pregnant Time is flying. I had a c section with my daughter so I just got scheduled for my next one on October 9th. Doctor told me that he’s measuring the size of 24 weeks. My daughter was 9 pounds 6 ounces so no doubt this will be a big boy. I started getting some low back and pelvic pain this week most likely due to the instability created from the relaxin hormone on my pelvis. So lunges are a no go as they totally cause me discomfort. Still tired but I think it’s due to not sleeping well as I’m naturally a belly sleeper and can no longer do that.

I’ve heard good things about body beast. I should do a trial run of beach body on demand to check it out.

Do you guys have a name picked already?
 
Hi ladies!! Hope everyone is doing well! I got to enjoy a few weeks of feeling pretty good. The last few days I’m back to being frustrated:(. I’m starting to swell, my back is killing me and I can’t finish a work out to save my life! I see why most women have all their babies by now (I’m 37)!
I have no idea what I want to do in terms of delivery. With my first, my labor started with my water breaking. It caused fetal intolerance (heart rate dropped due to loss of amniotic fluid). I needed c section. Recovery was fine, but I was much stronger then than I am now I feel like.
I would love to avoid a c section just because of emerging science about the microbiome. My sons gut was never seeded properly because he didn’t pass thru the birth canal. And as result has leaky gut, allergies, and eczema. But honestly, I’m not sure if I can handle a VBAC! I hear these stories of women laboring for days and I don’t know if I can handle it!!
I’m just so discouraged right now. Having to stop a workout half way thru several days in a row is not good for your self esteem
 

KarieH34

Member
Hi ladies!! Hope everyone is doing well! I got to enjoy a few weeks of feeling pretty good. The last few days I’m back to being frustrated:(. I’m starting to swell, my back is killing me and I can’t finish a work out to save my life! I see why most women have all their babies by now (I’m 37)!
I have no idea what I want to do in terms of delivery. With my first, my labor started with my water breaking. It caused fetal intolerance (heart rate dropped due to loss of amniotic fluid). I needed c section. Recovery was fine, but I was much stronger then than I am now I feel like.
I would love to avoid a c section just because of emerging science about the microbiome. My sons gut was never seeded properly because he didn’t pass thru the birth canal. And as result has leaky gut, allergies, and eczema. But honestly, I’m not sure if I can handle a VBAC! I hear these stories of women laboring for days and I don’t know if I can handle it!!
I’m just so discouraged right now. Having to stop a workout half way thru several days in a row is not good for your self esteem
I’m sorry you have not been doing well but can so relate. How far along are you now? It’s so hard to just accept where we are isn’t it? I keep forcing myself to workout but to be honest I’m ready to stop. But I’m fearful of losing so much cardiovascular and muscle endurance. Like you my back hurts and my round ligament gets sore. I’m out of breath most days. I feel like this little guy is sitting so high compared to my daughter so I feel uncomfortable. I don’t feel like I have any room for him to grow! Truth be hold I have not enjoyed this pregnancy one bit but I know I will enjoy the outcome. I think we just need to give ourselves a break and stop comparing this pregnancy to our previous one (so hard!)

As far as vbac, I have not advice on this. I had a c section with my daughter and will have another one with this one. I understand where you are coming from with the benefits of a vaginal birth though. But my doctor told me not to try a vaginal birth because I have very narrow hips and won’t be able to pass the baby through the birth canal. I had a great experience with my first c section and expect the same with this one. Maybe read some stories that are positive on vbac. I’m sure there are Tons of stories where women had quick births. There will always be negative ones out there so try to not read those ever lol There’s horrible stories even on regular first time births. It’s just the unknow which is so scary.

Sorry I’m rambling and not sure any of this helped. Just know you aren’t alone.

Not sure either one of you guys are on social media but I’ve been following hotandhealthylife and briannabattles which are athletes that specialize in pre and post pregnancy. They have some great info if you want to check it out

Hang in there ladies! We are getting there
 

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