Greetings, FitnessRx For Women readers! I hope your week is going well, and thanks for stopping back in to check up on me.
As I write this, I’m about five weeks away from my due date! The end of pregnancy is often the time when moms report feeling like time has slowed to a crawl. I am wondering when that is going to kick in, because I feel like this pregnancy is FLYING by! Today when I was walking down the hallway at work from one building to another (it’s a quarter mile underground tunnel that connects two campuses), I was passing slow walkers. One lady said to me, “You’re walking too fast for a pregnant girl!” LOL! All I could think was— what does being eight months pregnant have to do with it? I’m not waddling yet (though my feet could use a break)! Today I walked the tunnel four times for a total of a mile on my lunch hour. It feels so good to get up and get moving. (Here’s a pic of me enjoying an impromptu pedicure with my friend this weekend. Definitely something pregnant women like… painting our own toes is not easy or fun when we have a baby in the way!)
Cloth Diapers, and Packing the Hospital Bag
I’ve been busying around getting as ready as I can for baby. All the laundry is done, and that includes the cloth diapers and inserts we have chosen to use. I know, I know… what are we thinking, right? There are a number of reasons we’ve chosen to do cloth, I just hope we aren’t regretting it in a couple of months! :) Who would have ever thought that Tim and I would become such crunchy parents? A natural birth plan, cloth diapers, and no plans to use formula? Guess things really can change when you become a parent!
Tonight I am packing my bag for the hospital, just to be on the safe side. I could go into labor tomorrow, (hopefully not) you never know. I comprised my list personal items friends who have had babies said they wish they would have known, combined with a list from the Internet I found on a baby website.
What does that list contain, you ask? Here’s what I’ve got so far:
• Purse/ID/insurance cards
• Pillow from home (many moms say the smell and comfort of their own pillow helps them sleep at night when nurses are coming in every hour)
• Toiletries/make-up (yes, make-up!)
• Yoga pants— several pairs. As glamorous as this may be to hear, it needs a mention: Some women experience issues with incontinence right after delivering, some even longer than that. You may have moments when you need a change of pants, and you’re in the hospital for typically two days or so on average… so pack a few pairs. That tip was from a friend, not the Internet ;)
• Button down shirt or large shirt for easy access if you are breast feeding
• Comfy clothes/PJs (you may not like wearing that hospital gown around, especially if you leave your room!)
• Nursing bra/nursing pads
• Camera and camera charger
• Phone/phone charger
• Slippers or warm/thick socks, a couple pairs
• Birthing CD or calming music for during labor
• Going home outfit for baby
• Baby socks and baby mittens
• One of dad’s worn shirts. This is so the baby can smell and bond with dad if he is unable to be there as much as you would like. Tim will be there during the birth of course, but there will be times when he might need to go home to rest, or take care of the dogs and what not, and I can swaddle baby in one of his clean (but worn) shirts.
The last time I consulted a packing list like this, it was for Nationals in Miami! Not many items on the list are the same these days— PJs, toiletries and a camera, that’s about it LOL!
Peanut Butter and Hot Sauce Broccoli!
Earlier this week I posted a picture to my Facebook and mentioned I was eating peanut butter and hot sauce on my broccoli. It got some interesting responses! A couple friends thought it was totally wacky, but many have actually tried it before. This is something I stumbled upon during a pre-contest diet a few years ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Since hot sauce is virtually calorie free (depends on the brand, but we love Frank’s Red Hot, original) it’s a guilt-free way to add some flavor to your food. Natural peanut butter is calorie dense, but full of healthy fats and a little touch of protein, too. You would be hard pressed to mess up making this sauce.
Now, Frank’s Red Hot DOES have some sodium in it—190 mg per teaspoon, so keep that in mind as you sauce it up. That’s about 8 percent of the recommended daily allowance, especially because you will need a few teaspoons to make the sauce. I’ve never been one to watch or manipulate sodium, but if you have high blood pressure or are trying to limit sodium, take note.
To make the sauce, I simply do one tbsp of natural peanut butter (this is important! It won’t blend if you’re using a PB with hydrogenated oils, it won’t work!) and then I dump sauce in it and stir till it’s a consistency I like. You could add a little water too, I suppose. I would say I typically use three or four teaspoons of sauce, but I’ve never measured. It tastes like Thai food! You will be pleasantly surprised by the familiar taste. It also works with almond butter, cashew butter and tahini. So give it a try and let me know how you like it, won’t ya? I actually just had some for dinner with my chicken and rice!
Alright! Off to pack my bag. Working through some Braxton Hicks contractions tonight too. This ought to be interesting ;)
Have a great day everyone!