Shakeology and pregnancy!

 almost 11 weeks!

almost 11 weeks!

SHAKEOLOGY + PREGNANCY?

First of all I have to say that you should always talk to your doctor and decide what's best for you and your body! I have been drinking Shakeology everyday for almost 4 years and it makes me feel amazing. It's SO MUCH MORE than a protein shake! Yes, it has protein but it also has probiotics, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, phytonutrients and 70+ superfoods. A lot of time protein shakes on the market are designed to help you gain muscle and the actual ingredients are poor. I love shakeology knowing that I'm not skimming on the quality. 

It also helps me with my energy and cravings! So it seems like a no brainer for me to continue. I know several other women who have continued to drink shakeology through multiple pregnancies and while breastfeeding. Some are even Rn's. I also know my body and know that is right for me and my baby. I also hope that anyone researching if Shakeology is right for them would have the same level of discretion for ALL things they are consuming whether pregnant or not. And while we are at it, think about what we are experiencing! Stress and rest are just as HUGE in our contributing to overall health and wellbeing. A lot of women think "eating for 2" means indulging in sweets and fast food. In reality we only need a couple extra hundred calories!

During my first pregnancy, I was younger but struggled more in my first trimester. I didn't have any exercise in my life and I didn't eat that great. I was SO TIRED. How was I supposed to start working out? It stressed me out. During this pregnancy I've had so much more energy and I'd like to thanks my starting health and shakeology for a hand in that. It hasn't been perfect though! For these first 10 weeks I have been struggling with eating any veggies. They sound DISGUSTING and although I don't have any actual "morning sickness" carbs and cheese just sound better. Having my daily shake and being able to blend in fruit, fresh veggies ( l love adding fresh spinach!) and healthy fats keeps me extra full and satisfied for hours. I also feel so good knowing I am getting healthy nutrients in while I navigate life through these food aversions. 

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I have always preferred the vegan favors. It's not that I'm vegan, I just like knowing I can avoid animal products and not have it compromise value, quality or ingredients. Another plus of sticking with the vegan formulas during pregnancy is that this formula does not have added vitamins. In addition to my daily shake I also take a daily prenatal vitamin including DHA ( for added healthy omega 3 fats) and a folate supplement. I also add collagen powder, XCT oil and Udo's 3-6-9 Omega oil blend. Learn more about the benefits of adding these extra fats here! Keep in mind these additions are good for you pregnant or not! 

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If you want to order some Shakeolgy or want to talk more about this send me an email through my site! Shop the flavors HERE!

Watch this video for a little bit more insight on how amazing shakeology is! 

PRE-WORKOUT AND PREGNANCY?

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While we are on the subject of supplements I will add that I also am still enjoying my pre workout energize on days I work out! I am trying to stick to under 200 mg a day of caffeine as suggested by American Pregnancy organization. I used to probably have about 500! LOL! I love coffee! I'm still enjoying coffee, but I've cut back. I have switched to decaf or "half cafs" ( Americano's with 2 shots of espresso - one regular and one decaf) or one small cup in the morning and then a full scoop Beachbody energize. I misread the container and thought it was 200mg for one scoop so for the first few weeks I was only having one scoop! Then someone brought it to my attention a full scoop was only 100. #duh 

Energize is a pre workout unlike many on the market. It is free of harsh chemicals and additives. It's also the only one I've seen that doesn't have a WARNING label on it about how you shouldn't take it for more than a certain amount of weeks. Wait, what? Scary! The ingredient list for energize is short and I was able to research each one feeling confident about ingesting it during pregnancy. Again, Please talk to your doctor before taking this while pregnant. I just feel good knowing that the caffeine is low and comes from natural green tea.

It's been really helpful at motivating me to get my workouts in as I struggle with feeling sluggish, tried and bigger. While I wait for this bump to debut, I feel like I'm walking around with cement boots on. I know it has to do with hormones and extra fluids but its also effecting my workouts. The pre workout really helps with this. 

You can order the big tub or a 10 pack sample pack HERE! 

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PREGNANT!

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Omg, I'm pregnant.

I found out right away. I took a test before I was even late on May 20th 2018. 

I always wanted to have a big family. I grew up with parents who were so on again off again and we moved so much. I was only an only child and I hated it. I longed for siblings. Finally my mom had my brother when I was 10 and my sister when I was 12. I loved having siblings, but the age gap was hard. I was more of an angsty teenage baby sitter who resented them! It made for great birth control as the experience made me DEF not want to become a teen mom. Now we are tight but I grew up feeling like an only child. I wanted to have children close enough in age to have each other to play with and grow with! I spent my 20's in unserious relationships which didn't bring me solid relationships or marriage or anything like that. When I got pregnant with Fisher at 29 years old, it wasn't planned. We tried to make it work, but we were just we not a good fit. We have co-parented since he was 6 months old. The years went by, I had relationships (even a marriage and divorce ) come and go and no babies on the horizon. I wanted a family, but I longed for a REAL relationship and mutually loving partnership MORE. I wanted a planned baby and a solid partner. Otherwise I could of had a baby anytime. I was happy with my life where I was at. It was that I longed for a FAMILY not just the baby. I had started to make peace with the fact that one son was maybe going to it for me. I was 37 and so focused on ME and growing into a better person that it just didn't seem like it was gonna happen. 

Then Jacob came back into the picture. I say, BACK in because Ive known him for years through mutual friends. We reunited earlier this year and started dating and moving pretty fast. It felt right so we went with it! We both have sons from previous relationships and talked about having another child together someday. I decided to get off my birth control as I had NO idea how long it could take. In my profession of hair and health coaching, I have talked in great detail to many many women over 30 who struggle with infertility. It's so sad! I know that even when two healthy people TRY, it can take months, sometimes years to happen! Not in our case. It happened immediately.  And now here we are! I am SO excited but also SCARED. I don't know if you are ever READY to be a parent. Even if you already have children! We still have debt to pay off, a house to save for and work to do but we also have a lot of love and know we can do this. 

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The boys are THRILLED! I told Fisher by asking him to read this sign that I made and he started crying out of happiness and Ripley who is 3 years old got a little confused and thought we were trying to make him STAY a baby. This ultrasound was at 6 weeks and it was just a tiny little blob but they were able to identify and show us the heart. 

So here we are today! 10 and 1/2 weeks and I am still striving to keep up with my health and fitness. My goal is so have a healthy pregnancy and delivery and a healthy baby!

8 and 9 weeks first bump pics! 

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