Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Week 8 of Pregnancy


According to research of the Googleness, my baby is now the size of a kidney bean and apparently tossing and turning like a circus act while trying to finish growing her eyelids...oh my gee.

I think for me, these next few weeks will be the hardest in the first trimester. I feel so uncomfortable in the "awkward" belly stage; the stage where people glance at my belly and ask themselves: "Is she fat or pregnant?!" 

The stage where when I bend over, I feel an extra "cushion" keeping me from going over as far as I can...or used to go....

I have to leave my top button undone on my ACU's. *sigh* 

I swear I have felt her doing flips twice now. I remember what it feels like when a baby moves and I don't know if it's possible to feel it this early, but I swear I have. 

Right now, I'm focused on moisturizing everyday, sometimes twice a day, taking my vitamins, drinking lots of water and trying to keep my diet under control and balanced. I must admit, I was skimping on carbs because my normal "lose/maintain weight" diet is low carb high protein. And I paid for this!! I had an off and on headache for 3 DAYS and felt like straight crap. Now that I've increased this, I do feel better. 

I will be buying VitaNatal vitamins from Whole Foods this weekend. I tried Baby & Me but I just don't feel like I remember with the other ones. We'll see if it's just this pregnancy or after using the other ones, they just kick ass! 

Fit N Fancy for Life,

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Here's What I Do When I Find Out I'm Pregnant

I'm Pregnant Now What??

The second I find out I'm pregnant, here's what I do:

1. Get online and buy some amazing prenatal vitamins! My favorite is Prenatal VitaNatal Vitamins. MUST start taking a good prenatal vitamin right away before signs of morning sickness kick in. Currently I'm trying out MegaFood Baby & Me Herb Free vitamins. I'll post a reveiw on those here shortly, but as of now I'll be going back to VitaNatal. Click the links provided to buy either of these.

2. Quit smoking or drinking. Yes, alas, I must lay my party girl aside for a time and focus on healthy, healthy, healthy....

3. Cut down on coffee to 1 cup a day if that. This spikes my heart rate and makes it hard to breath, plus coffee dehydrates! Counter productive. However, I usually have just 1 cup. 

4. Go HERE for a due date calendar. It's been pretty accurate for my other babies. Plug in and contemplate your life for the next 9 months. It's okay. Get excited about the end! But do enjoy the journey, no matter how crazy.

5. Buy Fish Oil. Not at Wal*Mart though. I go for Natural Factors Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil or Fresh Catch Fish Oil that specifically says it's free of mercury, lead etc. This is for the Omega's that help with baby brain and organ development.

6. Start drinking lots of water. I drink about a gallon a day. This will help flush any toxins out from habits had previously, and also give ample fluids in the uterus. Plus, staying hydrated will help with energy levels, swelling, as well as prevent UTI's, which are easier to get during pregnancy.

7. Begin cleaning up my diet. This one should in theory be happening on a daily basis any way, but if I have any bad eating habits, like excess junk food, a soda a day, I start right away on cutting this down and replacing with healthier options. More detail on nutrition to come.

8. Start looking for a health care provider for prenatal care as well as begin research on labor and delivery. I will write a post on which books to study as well as some great websites. Read, read, read. The more you know, the more empowered you will be! And the less afraid of labor and delivery you'll be as well. People think I'm brave for having my 3 babies at home; reality is, I'm just educated. And I don't like hospitals!

9. Buy a moisturizer, a GOOD moisturizer. I DO NOT buy a lotion/cream/oil that has petroleum or mineral oil in it. Period. EVER. Thus I do not buy Palmer's. This is a popular brand that I did use with my first baby, and since then have been educated. I got most of the few faint stretch marks I have now from my first birth. Not blaming it on Palmer's...but I have used other things since then and had 2 babies with VERY little to no extra marks. INSTEAD, I use a few different things: Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Whipped Natural Shea Butter or RAW Cocoa Butter.

Here is How I Prevent Stretch Marks during pregnancy.

10. Don't panic.

11. Thank God for the blessings of a baby!

12. Get plenty of sleep.

I'll also be writing about how to avoid morning sickness in a post to follow.

Fit N Fancy for Life,

Week 7 of Pregnancy


It's too early!! It seems like it's way too early to be hungry all the time! But alas, I AM. 

This is where it gets frustrating and I fight to find balance. Over eating in pregnancy is a BIG concern, no pun intended, so I'm trying to figure out what my body is looking for so I can fuel it efficiently but OMG how this fine line is hard to find....

Here are a few rules I follow:

1. MUST have at least 90 grams of protein a day. This helps a lot to avoid morning sickness while pregnant. Having too many calories that are "empty" or full of unhealthy carbs will only make me sick. Why? My body is searching for nutrients to grow some of my baby's most vital body parts, like ummm brain, eyes, heart...other important organs...etc. If I don't feed my body what it needs, it will start taking it from other places (like my bones) leaving me feeling sick. Basically, the baby is a leech sucking my life force. Yeah. Just like that.

2. Veggies and fruit are a must during pregnancy! I have to include these, obviously. These hold essential vitamins and've heard this before...but especially now, I need all the help I can get. Plus it'll help with a smooth transition in the poop shoot department. 

3. Take my prenatal pills every day...even when I don't feel like swallowing HORSE pills. The chewy, gummy shit doesn't cut it, sorry. That's not doing anything for you or your baby, especially if you don't have a well rounded diet to begin with, BUT even with one, those are puny for the job your body is taking on,

4. Lots of water! The body can sometimes interpret thirst as hunger. I shoot for about a gallon a day. Gotta keep the fetal pool full. 

These are the biggest items I follow. I'll be posting pictures of what I eat during pregnancy as well as other kewl things on my twitter: @CaroleenaKay1, so follow me!

I am starting to feel "fuller" around the midsection already...ugh.... but I'm still working out, will share what I'm doing in a later post!

Fit N Fancy for Life,

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Pictures of My Photo Shoot 8 Months Postpartum

Here are a couple pictures from my photo shoot after having my 3rd baby. I took care of myself during pregnancy and then hit it hard after having the baby. Four months later, I was feeling great and working it for the camera! I'm posting this to show ya'll, it is possible!! Plus it'll help inspire me to stick to my goals and prove to myself I can do it again!

Don't worry, you'll get to see me get all round and swollen and large and preggo lol! Then I'll whip myself back into shape, all before your very eyes....

Fit N Fancy for Life,
~Caroleena Kay

Pregnancy and Weight Gain


This morning I did what no pregnant lady wants to do...I stepped on the scale. 

Whether I like it or not, keeping track of my weight during this amazing journey of growing another human being is important. The more I monitor it now and stay in the healthy range of weight gain, the easier it will be to bounce back, as well as the healthier my pregnancy, labor and delivery will be.

Since I started at an average weight, actually a little more than I wanted to because my life was stressful and I said F**k it and enjoyed eating carbs, I'm looking at keeping my weight gain to 25-35 pounds. Preferably only 30 since I started out 5 pounds heavier than normal! 

Now, I know some of you might be saying "Ugh! Quit worrying so much about weight and just eat and be pregnant!" Buuuut, the fact of the matter is, staying on track is VERY important for labor and delivery, AND to decrease complications all the way around. Too much weight, and you have the risk of an overweight baby which can lead to C-section, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. If underweight, you run the risk of a premature baby which can cause health problems for the baby or worse, be fatal. Here is a weight tracker to give you an idea of where you're at, and how you should monitor for your pregnancy.

SO. If I want to have a home birth, possibly with just myself and my family, then I need to pay extra attention to the "little" things like pregnancy weight. It's not me being vain, it's taking responsibility for my health and my baby's, while setting both of us up for success.

As of today, I'm sitting at 142(Yes! I'm sharing my weight, ahh!). My goal is not to weigh more than 145 by about 15-16 weeks. For the majority of the first trimester, the whole myth of "eating for two" does not exist(actually, it really doesn't exist at all). Right now, it's too early to be increasing calories all that much. Instead, the goal is to increase nutrition for the calories I'm already consuming, which I'll talk more about in my nutrition posts.

I will be setting up my Twitter account and posting pictures of what I eat as well as writing several blog posts about what I do for nutrition while pregnant.

Please feel free to leave comments and ask questions! I've spent many many hours researching pregnancy, nutrition and labor & delivery, as well as successfully having 3 natural, unassisted home births. I'm excited to share my knowledge and experience in the weeks to come!

Until next time ya'll.

Fit N Fancy for Life,
~Caroleena Kay

*****Please NOTE: I am not a healthcare professional, nor have I had any expensive, official college education on my blog's subject matter. I have had 3 children naturally, at home, unassisted. I was able to feel comfortable doing so because of my extensive research. I have spent many hours reading books (most written by officially educated healthcare professionals), studying websites, picking the brains of those who have had multiple children at home, as well as watching at home birthing videos. I am sharing my knowledge and experience for inspiration purposes! Please be responsible and do your own due diligence before deciding if a home birth is right for you.********

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Journey Begins: My Introduction

My fellow internet friends:

It is with mild hesitation and a little fear that I embark on this mission to bring you on my journey toward a healthy and natural childbirth at home, unassisted, while on Active Duty, while experiencing my 4th birth, and afterwards getting back in shape for a (hopefully) published photo shoot.

I am using this blog to motivate me as well as share all the tips, tricks and things I do to stay in shape during pregnancy, get ready for an unassisted home birth, and then get back in pre-pregnancy shape after it's all said and done!

I have had 3 children (boys) naturally at home, no "licensed" provider there to help. For my first 2 births, I had my mother and a good friend of the family for help and support. For my 3rd, I had a good friend (shout out to her!!) to encourage me as I gave birth. I was Active Duty with my 3rd baby.

Since my 3rd son's birth, I whipped myself back into shape with a lot of hard work and little helpful tricks! Four month's postpartum, I did a photo shoot which ended up getting published (I will post the pictures at a later time)!

I'm not a celebrity, I don't have endless amounts of money to spend on a personal chef, or weight watchers, or fancy pills from Brazil, or lipo, or tapeworms from the Netherlands...I just have dedication, hard work and faith that I will see results. I'm also NOT afraid to try new things!

So please join me as I tackle this! I'm excited to share what I do and how I've done it before. Things might get a little RAW at times...I'll be keeping it 100.

Youtube videos soon to follow as well....

Fit N Fancy for Life,
~Caroleena Kay