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We made it to 28 weeks!

It was about this time during my last pregnancy that my water bag slightly begin to tear, leaking amniotic fluid, aka PROM (Premature Rupture of the Membrane). When it first happened, I had just put my little one down for the evening and I was cleaning up around the house. The hubby was working nights and I was alone. I bent over to pick up some dirty laundry on the floor and when I stood up I felt the slight bit of trickle between my legs.

My initial reaction was that I must have lost control of my bladder, although I didn't feel the need to go. I was so confused. There was no gush, just a trickle. I went to the bathroom and sat upon the toilet and it continued. Was I really going nuts? Was I really peeing my pants and not feeling it? It was a sporadic trickle but just seemed to keep coming. My gut told me this was not good and so I got on the phone and called my husband.

We went into labor and delivery that evening to only be told that it was not amniotic fluid and I must have just lost control of that area. I just couldn't believe it as I got back in the car and sat on the already soaked bath towel. Finally after a week of this awkward problem and wearing poise pads, I had a regular visit with my Doctor, where it was indeed confirmed that my water bag had torn. So at 29 weeks pregnant and a week after leaking I was admitted into the hospital on full bed rest. Three weeks later I delivered our little girl, luckily with minimal complications.

Bed rested in the hospital

When you have one complicated pregnancy it basically dooms the joys and happiness of any pregnancy that might fall after. Given that my first baby was born with multiple heart defects and my second was premature, this third pregnancy has been more about avoidance than joy. You hold strong through the nausea of the progesterone shots.They put you on the high risk list, add extra anxiety inducing tests and tell you this one will be different. It doesn't help when they say “now you are at a greater risk for (this or that)”. Usually it is different but you never entirely escape from that unsettling feeling that something else might go wrong.

Week 28 is an eerie week for this pregnancy. Almost like a Friday the 13

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 It doesn't help that this one has been the hardest for me physically and emotionally. One more day and I will be at week 29!

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Staying Healthy in the Winter Months

I've never really gotten the flu shot as an adult. I know many people that swear by it. The one year my family (excluding me) by accident got the flu shot (the hubby was in charge of this) they all ended up getting dreadfully sick. I however, despite taking care of each one of them, did not get sick. Now, I'm no doctor and there is always a risk but I think I've done pretty well without it.

Staying healthy is especially important in the winter months. Now that I am pregnant, I want to be extra careful. It's said that in pregnancy your immune system is not at its fullest. So here are my tips and tricks on staying healthy when everyone else around you is getting caught up in the flu season.

Go Green

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For the extra healthy boost and vitamins, add a green juice to your routine. I like to drink mine in the morning about a half hour before I eat breakfast. Don't forget to chew your juice:) Here is a great go to recipe...

Juice the following...

2 cups of pineapple

2 oranges

2 cucumbers

5 leafs of kale

1/2 inch of peeled fresh ginger root (a little goes a long way)

*Stir in a teaspoon of turmeric after you have juiced for an added punch and extra immune boost!

For more healthy recipes check out 

https://aloha.com/shop/recipes

. They have some amazing ideas!!

De-Stress with Yoga

Exercise and de-stressing are important in keeping your body and your immune system intact. Stress has been linked to illnesses and increases the likelihood of you getting sick so keep that stress level down by a regular yoga routine.

You don't need to go to a yoga class at your gym to accomplish this. Buy a Yoga video and do it at home anytime!

When I first started out I used this beginners yoga video and I highly recommend it! The video I used was

Beginning Yoga with Chrissy Carter

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How do you keep healthy in the winter? Do you have a special remedy or routine?

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Posted on January 7, 2015 and filed under Wellness, Food.

Our next round of The Fast Metabolism Diet: Day 1: Phase 1

Yesterday was the start of our next round of the Fast Metabolism Diet. I weighed myself in the morning... 204.2 Yikes!

I'm kind of dreading it but at the same time hopeful because I saw results the last time I tried this plan. I don't want to call this thing a diet because those words automatically make me want to turn and run! It's a lifestyle change. The changes I'm making today will be permanent and not reincorporated when the two months are up, with the exception of coffee.. maybe.

Here is a picture of me last night. I'm kinda cringing right now. I made this small for a reason:) I'm actually very shocked that I've even allowed myself to put this up but it's time to be honest.

The way The Fast Metabolism diet works is in 3 phases. There is the list of things you cant eat at all and then each phase has it's own set of requirements. It's actually pretty easy and I love that I don't have to limit calorie or food intake.

Phase one

 (usually starts on Monday) lasts two days and consists of good carbs and fruits. You can't just eat any ol' carbs and fruit though. It has to be on the list. I recommend buying the

The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight

 or purchasing the app. Since the entire diet is to cut out wheat, flour and pretty much anything with gluten, you might be wonder what is left on the carbs list? Brown and wild rice which comes in all sorts of forms including pastas and tortillas.

This plan is not something that you can just start. It takes research and preparation.

Sunday we did our preparation for Phase 1. It's helpful to shop 2-3 times a week according to which phase you are in. At first, this may seem like extra work but to only shop for one phase at a times is actually way less stressful and more focused. You also spend less because you're not buying too much food and wasting on stuff that goes bad. It's always fresh!

Today's Menu

Breakfast

Rolled oats oatmeal with frozen mango chunks

Lunch

Wild Rice w/ lemon and cilantro and chipotle seasoned grilled chicken

Dinner

Brown rice pasta with marinara sauce (you need to read the labels on the sauce and make sure there is not added sugar or sweetener or any oils).

Snacks

Watermelon, homemade spicy pickles and pineapple.

Tonight I have a date with my stationary bike. Should be a good time!

This diet is intense but it's "go big or go home". Small changes don't really work because we are so tempted to just go back to our old ways. I've been doing small changes for the past 10 years and I'm currently at my heaviest.

What about you? Are you currently on a journey to get healthy and make some lifestyle changes? Tell me what is working for you or what is not. Let's connect!

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