Second Pregnancy: 32 Weeks

by laury on July 14, 2014 · 6 comments


My Second Pregnancy: 32 Weeks

I am starting to feel large and in charge!

My acid reflux has gotten a bit better. Still not perfect but whatever I am doing is helping. Or maybe it’s just going away on its own? This was my last week of PIT classes. I was hoping to last until 36 weeks but it just doesn’t feel right anymore, and noticed all of the up and down with burpees, walk-outs, etc were affecting the reflux and heartburn more. Not to mention I just started feeling like I couldn’t keep up as much, and wasn’t getting out of it what I was a few weeks ago. There were lots of things I had to skip completely too (like heavy tire flips just feel so wrong anymore, but I will miss those sledge hammer swings!). So right now for my workouts I am sticking with power yoga 3-4 times a week, some hill walking when it’s not unbearably humid out,  and my new love-hate twice a week….BARRE!


Um. Holy Hell.

A studio opened close to home last month and I tried out a class for free. I am used to more power, dynamic, functional movements, and not all these little tiny hold your arms up for 15 minutes and want to crawl out of your skin and feel like a weakling because 1 pound weights are too much moves. It’s the girliest thing ever…but IT’S SO HARD! I love it during pregnancy because it is very low impact, and my belly really doesn’t get in the way. I feel it will help me to continue to get stronger, and keep my core strong, without having to modify too much. I get really sore from it, love that it’s different, the instructors are really great, and I feel confident I can continue to do this comfortably until the end of my pregnancy! And they have classes that work with my schedule for once! Win!

My family and I went to the shore for a Wed-Sunday type deal. Our official summer vacation before the new baby arrives (although we will sneak in another weekend trip soon!)

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Mike’s family was down and my mom came down for the weekend. We could not have asked for more perfect weather. I did yoga on the beach, we took a long walk on the boardwalk, got some early morning workouts in at the hotel gym, ate great food, took Weez to Ocean City for pizza and rides (the ride art didn’t go over too well though). She had such a great time hanging with her cousin.

And of course…there were handstands….


I wonder how this will all play out next summer with two little ones!


The yoga on the beach class was relaxing (photos above were not from it…I wore more clothes than that!), but also challenging as far as being worried about alignment the whole time. I was making more holes in the sand around me, and it was a bit distracting. Handstands on the beach were almost impossible, but once I flowed through a few crescent lunges I was able to get up long enough for a pic I may never get to take again. 8 months pregnant, on the beach, doing handstands. Fun times.

My little cutie was in her glory, a total beach babe! Loved playing in the sand, running through the little waves, and collecting sea shells!

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Other baby news: We started the nursery! It’s painted, the crib is put together, and I started decorating a little. There’s still a bunch to do, but at least that room is no longer a dump-site for all the things we didn’t know what to do with when we moved in! Progress! I have a total visual of what I want to do. The space is small, but great. I will share some photos when we are through!

Talk soon! Have a great day!



Second Pregnancy: 30 Weeks

by laury on July 1, 2014 · 5 comments

10 (or 12) more to go!

Handstands all day, every day.


My Second Pregnancy: 30 Weeks

I am DEFINITELY starting to slow down a bit. The humid days don’t help but I really can’t complain. I have overall felt so much stronger during this pregnancy than my last.

We got the results to my gestational diabetes test. My doctor said my number was around 70-75 (I can’t remember which) but you need to be under 130 and I was well under. Good stuff. Very relieved.

Since I have felt so awesome, I have struggled these past couple of weeks mentally with the slow down. Much more modifying is needed when I practice yoga (my body just physically isn’t going certain places and my alignment feels really off at times), and  PIT classes have become much more difficult. Again, I CAN NOT complain at all but just expressing the reality that is I am 7 1/2 months pregnant. Last weekend the studio I teach at celebrated the summer Solstice (highlights below) with 108 Sun Salutations. I practiced for 75 minutes in class that morning like I regularly do (and did last year before the Solstice), then that evening practiced the Sun A’s with the studio. Each instructor rotated teaching, and I ended up teaching twice (and skipping a bunch of chaturangas while I practiced) but regardless it was still pretty tough on my body. Many people, including myself, said that they didn’t remember it being as tough last year! The practice is more meditative, and that’s what I remembered from last year. It’s just a LOT of push-ups, and practicing on the grass like that also took it’s toll on my wrists and shoulders. Anyway, how exhausted, dehydrated and worn out I felt the 3 days following was a major reality check for me that I just can’t do what I have been doing anymore (even though that was an extreme day). Sometimes I forget how far along I am.

Other pregnancy news: Braxton Hicks contractions have started. They get really noticeable when I go for long walks in the neighborhood. My prenatal appointments are now every other week (which is crazy to me that I am at this point). Weight gain is coming on rapidly, just like it did at the end with Ella (baby is growing fast and so am I!). I am ALWAYS thirsty and just can not with the dry throat. I constantly feel dehydrated even though I drink so much water, coconut water and electrolyte water. This wasn’t an issue my last pregnancy. And the heartburn and acid reflux has gotten BAD. One night I was up vomiting and could not lye in my bed, only sit up in my bathroom until 5am when it subsided (and I had to go teach a class early that morning…luckily I was ok and the class was not a disaster!)

I learned that I have do do 3 things:

1. Avoid eating heavy/normal sized meals at night (I just eat a lot during the day, frequently and eat a small dinner early). This is REALLY hard when I am hungry and doesn’t always happen.

2. Drink peppermint tea religiously. And right before bed. The downfall of that is I am up peeing at 3am again and it really disrupts my sleep.

3.Sleep with pillows propped up. I have had to learn to fall asleep this way. Not easy and not always comfortable but it works! I eventually end up on my side lower down, but anything to help my slowed digestion out to prevent the episode I had a few weeks ago.

Overall, not bad stuff, all very minor. I can deal with ALL of it. I am still enjoying my pregnancy and am happy with this little boy cooking a while longer to grow healthy and strong!

Okay, back to the Summer Solstice highlights….

What’s the significance of the 108 Sun Salutes (Surya Namaskar A)? 108 has long been a sacred number in Hinduism. Traditional mala beads come in strings of 108, and the number is even connected to the sun, moon and earth. This number has a lot of significance, and there is a lot of information surrounding it that you can find! One simple explanation is:

1 – We are all one and part of the same existence
0 – Emptiness. We are all nothing.
8 – We are everything, infinite

Here are some photos from the night:


(photo credit: Kingston Ko Photography)

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(check out the pointy belly in the middle, I am barely hanging up there between 2 of Sol’s handstand gurus!)

(photo credit: Kingston Ko Photography)

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(photo credit: Kingston Ko Photography)

You can see the rest of the photos on Kingston’s facebook page. He is AMAZING!

here are some of the awesome Sol instructors:

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It was a blast, and I can’t wait to do it again next year!


I have an awesome new recipe in my freezer right now for you guys! I can’t wait to post it this week. I know, something other than a pregnancy update for once! That and highlights from our “babymoon” beach trip this past week will be up soon.

Have a great day!




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