Kavita's Pregnancy Blog: Week 21

I am 21 Weeks Pregnant!
My fitness this week:
I was able to do one of my old favorite workout modalities this week, HIIT! HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. People often confuse this mode of exercise with CrossFit, but they are actually very different. HIIT focuses on timed intervals where full effort is exerted with an exercise, but the exercise can be a simple plank or squat. My entire workout was void of any jumping, as that tends to aggravate some of pregnancy symptoms. Jumping is also not ideal for high risk pregnancies as they can cause elevated blood pressure or a detached placenta, which all can be dangerous for the baby. Women with growing mid-sections also tend to be a little off balance, so keeping our feet planted firmly on the ground helps ensure safety.
My workout consisted of a variety of lunges, shoulder presses, planks, and deadlifts. I had a timer set for 45 seconds for each exercise with a 15 second rest in between. Moving quickly from one exercise to the next actually gives your body the benefit of a cardio workout while you are focusing on strength training! It's a great double whammy. Total Woman has a few group fitness classes that train similarly to this mode, so make sure to check your club's group fitness schedule to find out what is available to you.
My beauty this week:
This week I had to deal with acne and dryness returning. I have begun to use my Skin Authority ultra-rich moisturizer twice a day, rather than just the evening to combat this. The ultra-rich Moisturizer does not have sunscreen in it, so if you choose to use this moisturizer through the day make sure you are also including something with an SFP to protect your skin from the sun.
One of the best beauty tips I have ever received or given is to drink water! Surprisingly, this has been more difficult to do while pregnant. Plain water seems to be the hardest thing for me to keep down, and as a result drinking it seems to trigger my gag reflex simply because my body knows what is about to happen. My solution? I started flavoring my water with products like Mio or Crystal Light, and sometimes even just some lemon juice. This has helped keep me hydrated throughout the day, so I definitely recommend trying out flavor enhancers if you have trouble getting your 8 cups a day.  When it comes to your skincare, water doesn't just keep you hydrated, it keeps your skin supple, helps flush toxins from your body, it can aid in constipation (a common affliction in pregnancy,) and can actually keep the uterus from contracting prematurely. Many pregnant women who have trouble keeping water down will actually end up visiting the hospital to get an IV hydration drip.
To help me stay on top of my water intake, I keep my Trimr water bottle at my desk every day. The bottles actually have a built in shaker which is great for anyone who utilizes protein powders and hates losing tiny pieces of shaker bottles in the dishwasher. They come in two sizes, so grab yours today!
How I'm feeling:
This week has brought a resurgence of pregnancy symptoms that I had believed I was finished with. I have a theory that pregnancy symptoms act the same way as adult onset chicken pox in that the later you get them, the more severe they present themselves. I find that while before I had more bad days, they weren't nearly as severe as the bad days I have now. Luckily, they are coming less frequently.
I find myself facing many of the same issues I dealt with in my first trimester. Trouble keeping down healthy foods and fluids, extreme exhaustion, and nausea and acid reflux. It's a good thing that I amped myself up in my last blog post, because I have needed the motivational words this week!
I am having a difficult time grasping the concept of being past the halfway point of my pregnancy. I am officially a week over the hump! My little boy is moving around like crazy, especially in the early morning hours and late at night. His movements are strong enough that now people on the outside can feel those kicks I have been selfishly enjoying myself! So while I am still suffering from these harsh pregnancy symptoms, the development of my baby is keeping the enthusiasm strong.