Round 2: Here we go again! (Ashley)

Previous entries here and here.

~Age: 28
~Number of pregnancies and births: 2 pregnancies, 1 birth (currently 15 weeks pregnant)
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: My daughter is 26 months.

So here we go again. I’m 15 weeks pregnant with baby number 2! I’m a little worried about weight gain as I don’t want to gain 60lbs again this time! I would be VERY happy if I could keep it under 40lbs this time but I’m not off to the best start. I’ve already gained about 12lbs, my waist line is long gone but I don’t look pregnant yet, my favorite (sarcasm) stage! I might just have to accept that my body knows something that I don’t and that I might actually NEED to gain 60lbs.

I am working out pretty consistently through this pregnancy unlike my last one and I’m trying to eat reasonably so hopefully it won’t be too bad. At least I know I can lose it! As fast as I lose the weight last time I have wondered if maybe I actually needed to gain that much to be able to breastfeed my daughter?

I guess what I’m saying is that I’m going to try to stay fit throughout this pregnancy but if I can’t keep the weight gain down I’m going to try not to beat myself up over it.

I’m working out at least 3 days a week lifting and walking a lot whenever it’s nice. Now that the 1st trimester is over I’m starting to get some energy back so hopefully I’ll be able to start going a little more again. I also played ice hockey until 11 weeks this time. I found plenty of info about contact sports while pregnant and my Dr. okay’d it as well. Contact and collision sports are generally considered safe during the 1st trimester as long as the mother is healthy and the pregnancy in not high risk and as long as your body temperature doesn’t go over 100. I felt a little weird but I actually took a thermometer to my games and took my temp between shifts lol. My temp never even got close to 101 :) I’m still lifting pretty “heavy” and will continue to as long as it still feels comfortable. I have cut back a little but still lift more than most women at the gym.

So while I’m gaining a good amount already I’m definitely doing better in the exercise department than I did with my 1st! I pretty much didn’t work out at all that time!

Aside from the weight gain struggle I’ve been struggling with HOW to have this baby. I had an emergency cesarean with my last and I really don’t want to have another c-section. But I’m also a little worried about the risk of a uterine scar rupture. I know it’s only about 1% and that doesn’t sound like much, but that’s 1 in 100 and if that were the odds of winning the lottery you better believe I’d be buying a ticket! So I keep going back and forth between another c-section and a VBAC. My OB will let me try a VBAC but she doesn’t seem to think I’d be the best candidate for it because of the circumstances with the last birth. I’m also pretty sure that if I try a VBAC I want to do it at a birthing center because I don’t think I could comfortably have a natural birth in a hospital after my last experience which has left me a little traumatized! I’m going to at least go to the birthing center for a consult and see what they have to say and how I feel about it.

I’ll probably update at the end of my pregnancy or some time postpartum.


9 thoughts on “Round 2: Here we go again! (Ashley)

  • Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Cool, my entry showed up on my 5th wedding anniversary :)

  • Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    It sounds like you have the right attitude about your weight gain. As cheesy as it sounds it really is true, every body is different. You just may need to gain the ole sixty pounds. At least this time you’ll know that you tend to lose weight quickly as well. Good luck with your birthing decision and keep us posted with more updates as the time comes!

  • Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    yes i personally was so precious with my first pregnancy that i also put an allot of weight , i think with the second one you relax a bit and tend not to put on so much weight ( which is a good thing ) not only for your body but your general motivation and mind. breast milk needs loads of nutritious food not bulk !! congrats with the second baby and good luck with the natural labour , ( its not as daunting as it can seem ) .. its inspiring to hear your story , i will defiantly be swimming and going to the gym next time i have a baby , i was so scared that i was going to loose the baby , which in hind site is ridiculous !! thank-you and enjoy your pregnancy :) and of course sneak in some yummy treats :)

  • Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Well done to you! you sound very positive and balanced… for sure, your body does tend to know what it needs to do better than any observer would.
    So glad to hear you are looking into going to a birthing center! there are so many great VBAC stories on the net that might help you feel more secure in your choice, Im in awe of these women!
    Such a gorgeous family pic by the way : )

  • Monday, July 5, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Wow! You look great! I had the same type of experience with my only pregnancy and am scared to get pregnant again because I don’t want to have to struggle with the weight again. Can you email me and give me the details of what you did to get your body back? I’ve done work outs here and there and am starting Billy Blanks again today, but you look amazing! I’d really love some advice! My email is Good luck with this pregnancy! And dont be scared about delivery :) Im sure you can have a safe and sound Vbac!

  • Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Hey Ashley you posted on my sublission the other day, 22 and 2 kids later. You had mentioned some toning creams. What is it you are using? Also i read your first submission and i would just like to say WOW!!! Your body is so hot. I’ve been working out a little but not seeing any results yet. What exactly is it you have been doing? I would like to try it myself. Thanks

  • Friday, February 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Sounds like your getting off to a good start. Good job!

  • Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Thank you for responding. I’m always buying creams and lotions so I will try those out. I’ve never been one to lift weights but my boyfriend has alot so I will give it a try. If you dont mind, how much weight were you lifting? And if you used a pilates video, which one did you use? Also how did you get your stomach like that??? Whatever you did, is what I want to do. My stomach is the only thing that bothers me. Sorry for the 20 questions, I just relly think you look great and I can’t seem to figure out what to do for myself lol. Thanks

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I basically lift as heavy a weight as I can for 3-4 sets of 6-12 reps… I start my 1st set with a weight that I think I can get ~12 reps with and then increase the weight the next set for 10 reps, then up it for 8 reps, and then 6… Heavy enough that you couldn’t do even 1 more rep without help. When ever it starts getting easier lift heavier!

    For abs I did Pilate’s once a week and different weighted ab exercises once a week… the biggest thing though is just getting you body fat down low enough to see them!

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