My Pregnancy @ 21 Weeks + Belly Shot

It’s week 21, and Mama is coping with blazing summer heat, making food plans, feeling the baby move, and wanting to get extra fit after this baby comes (which is silly because that’s like a year away). Also, I’m continuing to love Supernatural Childbirth, a great book that’s boosting my faith.

Were you pregnant during the summer? How did you cope?

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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23 Comments

  1. E.C.MAMA July 19, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I had been “without” alcohol since I was 17.. a whole 8 years ago- did all my drinking before I was legal up until a really stressful first day in a new work place to which my response was very unusual for myself I went straight to the first licensed place and bought myself 3 alcoholic beverages.. and cried into them until people looked at me weird. Then was kicking myself as I had to pump and dump several times and feed my one year old expressed milk before I was comfortable nursing him again.. Not to mention the headache I got after. Y’know drinking generally just ISN’T worth it nursing or not. Still it didn’t stop me that day or the next 4 days.. it was my coping strategy unfortunately. But then after that first weeks worth of wigging out I found the more acceptable coping strategy of net surfing and nail biting.

  2. Caitlin July 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    I’m 30 weeks pregnant, and I’m looking forward to getting my strength back after our baby is born. I feel like such a wuss sometimes!
    I know what you mean about ‘going without’ for years because of pregnancy and breastfeeding. I’m taking Baby&Me from Megafood, and I was trying to figure out how much I should stock up on… it could be a ton of bottles to get me through 2 or 3 kids at 3 years of breastfeeding them each!
    I go back and forth between ‘splurging’ on cake at a party, and then doing a raw liver/milk/berries/omegas shake for breakfast; but in the end, I think what we manage to do for our children nutritionally is pretty amazing, and worth giving ourselves grace when we do ‘splurge’. :)

    • Genevieve July 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

      Indeed! We do as best as we can. Congrats on baby! I agree about getting stronger. Pregnancy seems to weaken things :) It’s all worth it though. XO

  3. Brandi B July 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I am 40 weeks and man, I am so excited to get back out there and move. I’m so looking forward to not feeling drained of energy just getting up off the couch, or carrying my 2-year-old from the house to the car. I only put on 20 lbs for this pregnancy, but I was still holding on to 20 or so from my last one, so I really have a good 40-50 pounds to lose and I can’t wait! :-) I just look forward to having energy and comfort of movement again! :-)

    • Genevieve July 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Amen! You’ll get there before you know it. Congrats on baby!!!! Hope you have a beautiful delivery :)

  4. stephanie July 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    yup I know – I jut got back to my “fighting weight” lol… with mountain biking, swimming, etc. but now that we are trying to have baby #4, I realize, mountain biking probably wont be the best as I jostle all around the bumpy hills, and I also really tone down all exercising when pregnant… maybe walk a bit, but that’s it. And then I also have to think about breastfeeding, where I really do better when I am a bit heavier than my usual weight. and you are right, it’ll take about two years just to feel normal again :)

    • Genevieve July 19, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Baby number 4! You go, mama!

  5. Shannon July 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Summer here in Maine has been hot and sticky.
    Having just moved back here from dry Colorado, it is an adjustment.
    My other 2 kiddos and I just stay wet intentionally, rather than
    Just sweating, by swimming and dipping every where we can!
    Almost 8 months along and the heat mostly exhausts me, so exercising is harder. But not to worry, I have melted the weight off before with walking, jogging and nursing! I will do it again!

    • Genevieve July 19, 2013 at 8:20 am

      AMEN! At 8 months, you’re almost there and I wouldn’t be working it myself. In fact, it’s been so hot here in Chicago, I haven’t been taking my walks. It seems almost dangerous. LOL! It’s supposed to cool off so thankful for that :) I used to live in Colorado and it was the BEST climate. No humidity! Good luck with delivery! XO

      • Shannon July 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

        Yes, dangerous. Worried about passing out! And it is hard to carry a gallon of water in the mama bag:)

  6. Brandi July 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I just left you a comment on FB too about getting in shape, but I wanted to chime in about another point you mentioned. I JUST told my husband a couple weeks ago “between carrying and birthing both of YOUR [:)] babies, then nursing them both for 2 years each, I will have gone 6 years without caffeine or alcohol!!” Now, I very rarely if ever drink caffeine or alcohol even when I’m not pregnant or nursing but I felt the need to make sure he knew. ;)

    • Genevieve July 19, 2013 at 8:19 am

      LOL! Wow, that IS a long time. So crazy if we think about it, isn’t it?! Yes, it’s good to remind the husband every once in awhile :)

  7. Julie @ Homegrown Paleo July 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Great update! I’m going to get the book you recommended here. Having a hard time connecting to this baby (10 weeks) and I need to start praying more specifically for baby.

    I’d love to learn more about your fitness/exercises that you do during pregnancy and what you’d recommend.

    • Caitlin July 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      I don’t think I ‘connected’ with my baby until about week 16. Either you’ll start feeling that good 2nd trimester groove, or you’ll hear the baby’s heartbeat, or feel the baby press a tiny foot against your stomach, or maybe it won’t be until the baby is in your arms or several weeks later – but at some point you will fall in love with your baby, I promise!

    • Genevieve July 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

      I did too during early weeks… it’s hard when you’re not feeling the best and you aren’t showing at all. The book will help!

  8. Andrea Gardner July 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    You are so adorable! I was always a house by the time I hit 21 weeks ;) LOL You look great.

    I just had baby #5 and although I am almost back to pre-baby weight I am jiggly. I have never been a runner, I am more of a yoga girl, but I got a double jogging stroller this time around and my husband and I have a workout plan so that next year we can run 5Ks and even 10Ks together. Hopefully that will help with my jiggle ;)

    • Genevieve July 19, 2013 at 8:18 am

      You go girl! Runny ain’t easy and YES it certainly firms you up :) XOXO

  9. Jessica July 18, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I ended up losing 95 lbs after the birth of my third (combo of healthy eating and exercise). I am very excited to be at a very healthy weight when we plan our next baby and I really hope to continue exercising throughout the next pregnancy. Check out my video of my transformation. http://blog.guidetohealthyweightloss.org/2013/07/transformation-montagevideo.html I’d have to say that your web site and information I learned helped me a great deal in finding my health in addition to my weight loss. I’m currently building a healthy weight loss website http://www.guidetohealthyweightloss.org I should have info regarding post partum weight loss and exercise by the time you deliver, I’d love for you to check it out :)

    • Genevieve July 19, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Good for you, Jessica! Wow, your video was so inspiring. WOO HOO! Look forward to seeing how your site evolves :) XO

      • Jessica July 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

        Thank you so much for watching !!

  10. AllisonG July 18, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I hear you with the “get back into shape.” I’m in relatively good shape, and I’m carrying the pregnancy well, but I can’t wait to really hit the gym after I give birth!

    P.S. I would love to see a post about how you’re preparing for post-partum care, now that you have some experience. I feel like that’s something I’m in the dark about! :)

    • Genevieve July 19, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Good idea! I’ll have to do a video on. Thanks for suggestion :)

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