Pregnancy Video – Week 37 – Update & Anxiety

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Hi Everyone,

Nearly at the end of week 37 and very much ready to be done now. Caring for and carrying a toddler around when you’re this pregnant is not much fun, especially when said toddler is smack bang in the middle of the terrible two’s and not fond of sleeping past 6am! Getting slightly anxious about managing two small children but I’m sure we’ll get into our groove fairly quickly. I’m all set with my buggy, hospital bag etc so all I need now is for baby to not hang about too long.

I’ve been busy putting together the January courses for the past couple of weeks. There will be two courses as follows:

  1. A 6-week online Post-Pregnancy course and
  2. A 6-week online General Health and Fitness course

I will have more details about each nearer to their launch time and if you’d like to be added to my mailing list so that you receive all of the details straight to your inbox then please add your details here.

No. of weeks pregnant: 37

Exercise: I’ve slowed right down now. I’m still walking 5km about five days a week, doing Pregnancy Yoga, some bodyweight and band-assisted resistance training as well as lots of flexibility work but I’ve officially stopped running for this pregnancy. I want to keep as active as possible but have no interest in feeling sore or stiff at this stage.

Food: I’ve been comfort eating a little for the last few weeks and I’ve talked about the reasons why in the video to go with this post. Still eating healthy, balanced main meals though and freezing lots of meals in preparation for the weeks post-pregnancy when I’ll have neither the time nor energy to put in the effort.

Bump is: nearly on my knees now!! It’s pulling on my mid-back a lot now so I’m getting my other half to give me regular massages to help with the tension. I also hope to start having pregnancy massages and reflexology from this week too.

Measurements: Starting to see a change in these now which I expected. I’m definitely losing some muscle tissue and it’s being replaced with body fat. Plenty of time to work on that afterwards and I’m looking forward to it. I will literally be the test case for my own post-pregnancy online course!

 Week 32This Week
Arm9.5"10"
Boobs35"35"
Waist31.532.5"
Bellybutton35"36.5"
Hips38"38"
Thigh21"21.5"

As always if you have any questions or comments please mail me or you can find me on Facebook and Instagram at Fit with Bríd and Snapchat @mrskbomb.

Bríd

 

 

 

Pregnancy Video – Week 32 – Update & Gift Ideas for a 2nd time Mother

 

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Hi Everyone,

I’m half way through week 32 and very happy to be on the home straight. Not a major fan of the last few weeks but I just have to get over myself because baby needs a bit more cooking before it’s ready for the world! All good otherwise thankfully. In my video today I talked a little about some gift ideas for a second time mother. While, of course, all gifts are appreciated these are some of the things that I think would be helpful and are things that I often bring myself. I’m also talking about my online course plans for the future. Obviously I’m going to be taking a few weeks off after the baby arrives but the New Year is a busy time in the fitness world so I hope to be back then with two new online courses – a general population one where I will be looking at body image and mindset too and a post-pregnancy specific course to help new mothers get their strength and fitness back. I will be sending updates about these courses nearer to the time and if you’d like to be kept informed head over here.

No. of weeks pregnant: 32

Exercise: I started going to Pregnancy Yoga this week and really enjoyed it. I find it hard to slow down and quieten my mind so yoga is a good class for me. I’m also in the middle of teaching my second round of Pregnancy Fitness classes in Portlaoise and loving them too. In addition to these classes I’m walking 5km regularly with Frankie in the buggy and doing some circuits and interval training at home. I’m doing lots of flexibility work now too to make sure that I don’t get too tight and sore and run the risk of an injury.

Food: Definitely needing to snack more but trying to pick healthy options like Glenisk yogurt and home-made granola as well as bananas, mixed fruit and nuts/seeds and frozen orange juice ice-pops.

Bump is: feeling like it’s getting very big now but my measurements haven’t changed much. It seems to be a lot lower this time and I get a very uncomfortable feeling like I’m being suffocated when I so much as sit back on the couch. It’s making sleeping very difficult but I’m adjusting and let’s face it I’m not going to be sleeping much in 8 weeks anyway so maybe it’s best to get used to it now!

Anything else: I’ve gone into preparation mode now. I’m getting all the little niggly jobs in the business, the house and life in general done gradually. I’ve got my accounts done early (which NEVER happens) and am going to be putting together the plans for my January courses over the coming month. I’m preparing freezer meals and trying to get a few things sorted with Frankie like soothers and sleeping arrangements as well as scrubbing each room one by one.

My measurements:

Really surprised to see that these haven’t changed a lot more. It definitely feels like I’m getting a lot bigger but maybe it’s just because everything is getting so squashed on the inside!

 Week 32This Week
Arm9.5"10"
Boobs35"35"
Waist31.532.5"
Bellybutton35"36.5"
Hips38"38"
Thigh21"21.5"

As always if you have any questions or comments please mail me or you can find me on Facebook and Instagram at Fit with Bríd and Snapchat @mrskbomb.

Bríd

Pregnancy Video – Week 28 – Update

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Hi Everyone,

Today I’m posting my latest pregnancy update and at week 28 I have officially entered the final trimester. This is just a very short video as luckily I’m doing really well and have nothing major to report. I recorded the video earlier in the week but as always I waited until I had my scan today to post it. I’m not a bit superstitious but it’s still nice to get that reassurance.

No of weeks pregnant: 28

Currently feeling: Really good. Struggling with sleep some nights, experiencing some sinus problems and also heartburn and indigestion but those things are so minor in the scheme of things.

Exercise: Going really well. Still managing to exercise regularly if a little less over the past two weeks. Running is up and down as I talked about in the video. Definitely planning to start pregnancy Yoga next week (and stop talking about it!).

Food: The whole heartburn and indigestion things is clearly a sign that I need to stop eating so much and I’m really trying but I’ve had a lot of meals out lately for different things. Otherwise I’m being quite good. I’m craving ice (as in to chew) and I have always sworn that cravings were in your head so that proves me wrong!

Bump is: Small in the morning and nearly double the size by night! Lots of movement which is really visible from outside now. Had a lovely moment today where it was moving loads and I was able to let my little sister Jessica, who’s 9, feel it.

Anything else: I’m horrendously emotional at the minute. It’s really hit home that I only have a short bit of time left with it just being myself and Frankie (and Dermot of course!). I’m really conscious of making the most of our time together. I had planned to do so much more than I’ve actually done with him this summer and so I’ve decided to start slowing down with work over the next 4-6 weeks. The plan is to have most of the month of October to spend with him. I had to go back to work really quickly after having him. As a result he’s very independent but I do feel that I missed out on some important time with him and am planning on having a longer break this time around (although I’m already making big plans for a really good online course in January!).

My Measurements:

It’s interesting to see that while I’m obviously gaining on my middle I’m losing a little from my arms and legs. This is probably as a result of me not doing as much resistance exercise as I would have done beforehand. I’m still doing loads of bodyweight, dynaband and 8kg kettlebell work but that’s about my limit right now. I’ve been wanting to reduce my muscle bulk a little for the last year anyway so this isn’t a big deal to me.

 Week 32This Week
Arm9.5"10"
Boobs35"35"
Waist31.532.5"
Bellybutton35"36.5"
Hips38"38"
Thigh21"21.5"

Please contact me for more information about:

  • my private Pregnancy Fitness group on Facebook – no fee, just a place to learn more about the do’s and don’ts of keeping fit during pregnancy.
  • my Pregnancy Fitness classes running on Wednesdays at 7pm in Portlaoise. I have a new 4-week course starting on Wed 7th of September and this will be my last course before I have the baby.
  • my Buggy Bootcamp classes running on Wednesday mornings at 10am in Portlaoise. This is a pay as you go class and you can join in any time. The last class will be held on Wed 28th of September.

The final day for joining my Super Six-week Slim-down is September 5th. For all of the details about the course head over here.

Bríd

 

Pregnancy Video – Week 23 Update & Weight

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Today I’m posting my second pregnancy update video. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the first one you can find it here. In this video I’m talking about my gratitude for a smooth run so far and also weight gain during pregnancy. So many women that I come in contact with either through personal training or online have told me how they have struggled or are struggling with weight gain during pregnancy. For some it’s that they were gaining too much excess weight from eating unhealthily and not getting enough, if any, exercise. For others it was that they felt they were too focused on how much they were gaining throughout and didn’t enjoy their pregnancy enough as a result. This isn’t a ‘what’s right and what’s wrong’ kind of post just a little advice about your mindset in relation to pregnancy weight gain and about keeping as fit and healthy as you possibly can for your own sake. It’s not intended to offend anyone and so I really hope that it doesn’t.

No of weeks pregnant: 23

Currently feeling: Very good, no complaints at all thankfully!

Exercise: Going well so far. I’m probably not going to continue to run for much longer as detailed in the video because of the pressure I feel on my bladder but I’ll be (fast) walking the roads for as long as I possibly can. I’m also doing interval training workouts, resistance training, Pilates and Yoga.

Food: Maintaining a well balanced diet at the minute. Being particularly good 5-6 days per week and then having a day or two where I’m more flexible which usually means eating out or eating cake!

Bump is: Getting a lot bigger and very active. Jumping from one position to another constantly.

Anything else: Really looking forward to my next scan which will be in a couple of weeks. We’re considering finding out what we’re having this time but still not 100% sure about it. Also now starting to consider the things we need to do to get Frankie prepared for the new baby such as moving him into his own bed. Even though he’ll be two in a fortnight I still feel like he’s a new baby. Where has the time gone?!

My Measurements:

As I said in my first post I’m not weighing myself during this pregnancy like I did with Frankie. It bothered me too much last time and there really is no need to watch the scales once you are eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise. I take my measurements because I find it interesting to see what’s happening to my body but again won’t be getting too hung up on them. I was surprised by how little they changed this time but I’m sure they will be a lot different next time.

 Week 32This Week
Arm9.5"10"
Boobs35"35"
Waist31.532.5"
Bellybutton35"36.5"
Hips38"38"
Thigh21"21.5"

Please contact me to find out more information about:

  • joining the (free) private Pregnancy Fitness Group on Facebook
  • joining my Buggy Bootcamp class in Portlaoise on a Wednesday morning
  • joining my forthcoming Pregnancy Fitness Classes in Portlaoise (date and time TBD)

You can also find out more about my Super Six-week Slim-down here. This is my current online course and is running all summer. It’s a course designed for busy women who want to improve their health and fitness without fuss and is particularly popular with new mothers and brides-to-be.

Hope you find this helpful and as always feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions.

Brídx

Pregnancy Video – Nutrition

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve made a short video to talk about some of my tips for nutrition during pregnancy. As discussed in the video, nutrition is never as important as it is during pregnancy when you’re growing a new person. Here’s a list of my top 10 foods during pregnancy:

Eggs – Couldn’t stand them during trimester one but since that passed I am now living one them. So easy and they contain a range of vitamins, minerals, proteins and good fats.

Bananas – A great go-to snack that’s always good for keeping your energy levels up when you’re on the good.

Wholegrain Bread – A great source of slow releasing energy. I try to stick to two slices max per day and usually have them late morning or for lunch.

Salmon – Great source of omega 3 and helps to promote cell growth for you and baby.

Sweet Potato – Loaded with vitamins A,B and C. They cook quickly and are a great carbohydrate for dinner.

Natural Yogurt – Great for calcium and with my next choice, mixed berries, make a lovely healthy snack.

Berries – Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. This time of year is perfect for them too. I add them to porridge, yogurt and even mix them with a little dark chocolate for a late night snack. They help the body to absorb iron too.

Almonds – I love all nuts and seeds in general but almonds are my favourite. I love sliced almonds with my yogurt and berries or just a handful of them as a snack when I’m on the go. They contain iron too which is really important during pregnancy.

Avocados – Full of good fats. I advise sticking to a half avocado per day but these make a great addition to a sale or alongside a burger for dinner.

Water – Ok not actually food but still deserves to make the list. Staying hydrated is really important during pregnancy particularly if you’re pregnant during the summer months. I start the day with luke warm water and lemon and I always carry a nice Bobble bottle with me throughout the day.

Below are links to any websites I mentioned in the video:

NHS Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy

First 100 Days 

Safe Food Healthy Eating during Pregnancy

Hope you find this helpful. I have started a private pregnancy fitness group on Facebook. It’s an informal group and there’s no fee to join. If you’d like to join us please mail me brid@fitwithbrid.ie or you can contact me through Facebook and Instagram.

Bríd

Pregnancy Video Week 18 – General Update

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Hi Everyone,

I’m excited to share my first pregnancy video post. In this video I’m talking about:

  • why i felt the need to do pregnancy fitness videos
  • the private pregnancy fitness Facebook group that I’m going to be starting
  • my own pregnancy so far
  • what to expect in the coming weeks

When I do these updates I’ll also do a little profile of where I’m at so here’s this week’s:

No. of weeks pregnant: 18

Currently feeling: Very good. I’ve been a lot more tired in general this pregnancy but really starting to feel my energy levels improve this week. I’ve had a problem with my lower back since before I got pregnant but thankfully that doesn’t seem to be getting any worse yet.

Exercise: Managing to do most of my usual stuff. Walking/running 5km about three times per week and doing my intervals, resistance exercises, Pilates and stretches at home. I had started to do Yoga before getting pregnant but with all that I’ve had going on in the last few months I’ve let it slide. Definitely want to get back into it soon. I did the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on bank holiday Monday and had a great day. I ran 2km and walked 1km three times and then ran the last 1km. I finished in just under 1 hour so I was delighted with that.

Food: Eating fairly well. I’ve been out and about a lot so have been trying to be as good as possible when making choices but I’ve also been allowing myself some treats too. I love desserts SOOO much but can’t blame that on pregnancy I’m afraid! 

Bump is: starting to move a little. I can definitely feel the movements a lot more strongly this time and if I put my hand on the lower part of my abs I can feel it from the outside too. The size changes every day. Some days it’s really out there and then others you’d barely notice it at all. Definitely gets bigger as the day goes on.

Anything else: I told Frankie that there was a baby in my belly and he’s now obsessed with it. He goes ‘knock knock knock baby’ on my stomach. At 22 months he obviously doesn’t really get it though because he also thinks there’s a baby in his belly now too!! Also when I ask him if he’s going to share his blankey and dody with the baby he shouts a very definite ‘NO!’. Oh well plenty of time to get him used to the idea yet.

We’re off on holidays to Portugal next week. Really looking forward to getting a bit of sun. I’ll have to do a small bit of work while over there but otherwise I’m going to chill with the family and spend loads of time with Frankie. I hope to get some workouts in when I’m over there and will take plenty of bump shots!

My Measurements 

My scales have been broken for about 2 months now and I’m not going to bother getting a new one. Outside of pregnancy I’ve never really cared much about my weight. Once I’m feeling good that’s my guide. If my clothes are telling me I’m putting it on I will usually do my measurements to see what’s happening. During pregnancy I just find it interesting to see how much my body is changing and it also gives me something to compare to afterwards when I’m trying to lose any excess body fat gained.

 Week 32This Week
Arm9.5"10"
Boobs35"35"
Waist31.532.5"
Bellybutton35"36.5"
Hips38"38"
Thigh21"21.5"

 

The following are links for the pregnancy blog posts I mentioned about having written previously:

Here are the links for the guidelines I referred to in the video:

Excuse the change of background, my first take decided to skip and I lost loads of what I had said! Hope you enjoy and feel free to mail me if you have any questions. 

If you’d like to join my private pregnancy fitness group head over to my Facebook page Fit with Bríd and send me a message.

Brídx

Introduction to my Summer of Vlogging

Here’s a short introductory post telling you a little bit about what I hope to vlog about over the coming months (but as explained in this video I’m just going to call them videos because I HATE the word VLOG!!). I’m also telling a little about what’s in store for the online courses over the summer too.

To add your name to the mailing list for more information about the online courses go here.

Brídx

Fit Mind – Gratitude When I Most Needed It

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Practicing gratitude has been the big buzz topic over the past few months. I’ll be honest and say that even though I recognised the merit in it, it didn’t quite click for me. While I understood that you need to be grateful for all that you have in your life in order to appreciate all that you want or think you want it just wasn’t a very helpful tool for me in my day-to-day life. I tried practising it by writing down what I was grateful for each day (as advised by all the gratitude gurus) but that lasted a week and then of course I beat myself up for not sticking with it. I had sort of put myself down as just not a spiritual enough person to really be able to grasp gratitude.

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That was until we lost our lovely Lady a few weeks ago. Anyone who knows us knows that she was our first baby and we loved her so much. If you’re not an animal lover you just can’t comprehend how much it is possible to love the life out of your pet but we really did. We got her 8 years ago as a puppy and when she was about a year old we broke up. For the next year we shared her, himself having her Monday to Friday because he had the bigger garden and me having her at the weekends. No joke, we did the half way point drop off and everything. Then one day when she was staying with me she ran out in front of a car. For 24 hours we didn’t know if she was going to make it because she had tyre marks on her stomach and the vet feared that she was bleeding internally. Thankfully she only had a broken leg but it was an awful time and in nursing her back to health we managed to get our shit together and here we are now almost 3 years married with Frankie.

So you’re probably thinking what has gratitude got to do with this? Didn’t the dog die?

I used always cry at the very thought of losing Lady and when it did happen those feelings of sadness were ready to overwhem me but something clicked in me when I saw her for the last time and instead of wallowing in the grief and self-pity I started thinking of all the things I could be grateful for. The lovely times we had with her, obviously, but also the fact that she didn’t suffer from a long illness which is something we had always said we’d have hated for her. The fact that we had Frankie before she died was a massive help emotionally as if we hadn’t had him to focus on it would have been harder. Getting to say goodbye to her was also on the list along with lots of other things too.

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Since that gratitude came to me it seems to be sticking around. I’m finding I’m able to turn my thought process around a lot over the past few weeks and I really hope it lasts because it makes for a much happier mind, a fitter mind I suppose. I know it’s not easy for everyone to really get on board with the concept of gratitude but now that I have I’d love to be able to spread it around. It certainly doesn’t make every minute of every day perfect but it does help. So I just thought I’d share that little insight with you all and hopefully it helps someone else even in a small way.

Brídx

Pregnancy Posture & Stretches

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Growing and carrying a new little person is hard work and often results in musclar imbalances within the body which can cause soreness, stiffness and general discomfort. As if a pregnant woman hasn’t enough to worry about with feeling tired and a little anxious too. The weight of a pregnant woman’s bump causes a shift in posture and the following can often happen:

  • Hips tilt forward as the bump grows outwards
  • An increased curve in the lower back, known as Lordosis, happens as a result
  • The hip flexor muscles (joining the front of your thighs to your hip area) can then feel tight and the glutes (bum) become weak and stretched
  • If there is an increase in the size and weight of the breasts the shoulders can become rounded, known as Kyphosis
  • Head tilts forward as a result

Pregnancy Pilates and Yoga classes can help to address these imbalances and alleviate the discomfort felt. Pregnant women who sit a lot for work should ensure that they have an ergonomic workstation (set up correctly and specifically for their needs) and that they take regular breaks to stand up, walk around and stretch.

I’ve put together a short video clip of stretches that can help. Practice as often as possible, holding each stretch for 20-30 seconds while taking deep breaths. Be careful not to push too deeply into each stretch as the hormone Relaxin is present in a pregnant woman’s body and can result in soften ligaments and joints. These stretches can also be helpful post pregnancy when these areas are still feeling the effects.

Hope you find this helpful,

Brídx

5 Tips for Making or Breaking Habits in 2016

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As the New Year looms and the excess of Christmas starts to set it many of us are thinking of ways to improve ourselves and our lives in the coming year. Whether it’s quitting an unhealthy habit like smoking or starting a new one like exercising there are certain things you can do to help break or make a habit that lasts. I gave up drinking in 2015 and here are some of my top tips:

Get Rid

This might sound obvious but if you are trying to break a habit then get whatever it is you are trying to quit out of the house. Completely. You might have to put up with protests from others in the house (particularly if you’re trying to get rid of junk food and the kids catch you!) but explain to them why you’re doing what you’re doing and how much you’d appreciate their help. This could be your chance to change everyone’s habits for the better.

Write It Down

Sit down and make a list of the reasons why you want to break a bad habit. It’s also helpful to ask yourself honest questions about why you think you developed your particular habit. What addition has it been to your life? Most likely none but it’s best not to ignore your fears about giving it up. For example many people believe that they won’t be able to relax without a cigarette or drink. If that’s you then dig deep and question how true your beliefs about your habit really are.

Put this list, as well as a little declaration about what you want to make or break, and stick them up somewhere that you have to pass every single day.

 

Treat Yourself

Often the habits we wish to break are those we consider to be a way of rewarding ourselves. If so then you should decide how you might do this in a healthier or more positive way. For example if you decide that you’re going to eat more healthily in 2016 but food was always your way of treating yourself then replace it with clothes, music, a beauty product etc that you’d like instead. Your new treat doesn’t have to be expensive but it does have to feel like a treat to you.

Support

Finding support when breaking a habit is so important. You may find that some of your friends are making similar decisions about their own habits for the New Year. If you’re going to get fit and your best friend wants to do also then why not pair up and keep each other motivated? But if you don’t have someone else in the same boat then you may need to look a bit further afield. That’s where the internet can help because there are chatrooms, message boards and private facebook groups for just about everything these days. Connect with people on the same journey as you and you may well find you make some new friends too.

Just Keep Swimming

Keep it up. Even when you don’t want to. Even when something happens that upsets you and all you want to do is run back to your habit that comforted you so well in the past. The feeling will pass eventually and when you’ve made it through and changed your default response you will feel really great about yourself. You will. I promise.

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Good Luck!

Brídx

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