Hey loves! Thank you so much for all your advice, support, and love during my pregnancy so far. It’s incredible to know we’re on this journey together and I can always turn to my iShine Yoga mamas and mamas-to-be! Every stage and every change is SO beautiful and I’m grateful we can experience it as a community. 💗
Today I’m so excited to share this new bit I filmed answering your questions about pregnancy. Comment below with some of your own pregnancy moments and any more questions for me!
I’ll be filming more videos for you!
Genevieve & Baby B
You can also watch on YouTube HERE!
My Second Trimester workouts
In my first trimester, I focused on walking & yoga at the studio when I could and giving my body the rest it needed. This trimester, I’ve been feeling more energized and stronger so I’ve been working out longer and my walks are getting brisker.
I’m not doing all the things in class, revolved cheetah (any intense twists) and headstands are out. Stretch, Flow & even Power have felt amazing for me. And this iShine Prenatal Yoga Class is everythinggggg!
How i am staying healthy
While we were trying to get pregnant toward the end of last year my body was trying to communicate what I already knew - I needed to take better care of myself. Teaching 12-15 classes per week + photographing was just too much. Chronic low-back pain was making me miserable and depressed. I spent 3 months in PT putting my body back together and eventually my mind came around too. My recovery experience was humbling as the exercise seemed geriatric. Here is how I have come to combat SI Joint Pain~ Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. I had heard this a lot from prenatal mammas over the years. “It hurts in the back of my hip” pointing to their SI Joint. T
THE CAUSE: weak glutes 😠
THE REMEDY: work your 🍑!!!
My Must Have For Pregnancy
Train yourself to access relaxation at any time during pregnancy & labor. This is a life-skill that helps me cultivate peace and alleviate fearful thoughts. I recommend 1x per week to calm the mind and center yourself throughout your pregnancy.
What AM I Reading?
Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin’s Guide To Breastfeeding
I’ve made it a ritual to enjoy a bubble bath each night & read these books, sometimes out loud to Andrew as we both educate ourselves in something so new. Your body is not a 🍋& creating new life is nature’s way.
(do yourself & 👶🏼 a favor and GET THESE BOOKS!)
Cravings…Gimme Allllll The Ice Cream & Almond Butter!
What else am I eating?
I’m eating lots of wild-caught salmon + brown rice + stir-fry veggies from our local farm co-op, Mother Earth Produce. (Use code ISHINE20 for $20 Off your first order)
I am just upping my portions and when I’m hungry~ I’m eating :) I’m incorporating a lot of healthy fats in avocado, trail mix, nut butters, coconut, and oils. I’ve been eating a ton of fruit too! Gimme all the apples and bananas!
My Skincare and Makeup Faves right now!
Stretchmark oil - I love Badger Belly Oil ~ it smells ahhmazing and feels super soft
For make up, I’ve been obsessed with the below:
Comfy maxi dress everything~
Restore & Revitalize Dress in Pima Cotton from Lululemon. It is not maternity, so I just size up. I was a 4 (pre-pregnancy) and currently wear an 8 in this dress.
Free People floral printed dress (in black) with adjustable straps. I’ve seriously worn it 25 times to all the things.
For workout clothes, Lululemon & Avocado are still my fave
I love the Lululemon align pant and I’ve sized up a couple times throughout my pregnancy! Plus I know I can wear them after pregnancy :)
Avocado: I size up or they have maternity pants
Oh! And this bra has been the best thing I ever purchased! It’s Calvin Klein and I’m so happy I got it, because I wear it allll the time!
Body Positivity & Pregnancy
Helloooo growing hips, leg cramps and curves for dayyyys! If you follow my stories on IG I asked y’all to send me questions about how pregnancy has been & the majority of the questions were about dealing with a changing body, advice to stay positive, yoga poses & body image. Let’s just start with- YOU are freaking beautiful! I know every woman’s journey is different, so before I share this information please remember not to compare it to your own bc we’re all on our own path with special circumstances that are unique to us. A lot of you asked how much weight I’ve gained. I’ve gone from 114 to 138, so just over 20 pounds & I feel great & strong. The added weight has been hard on my feet at work, but I’ll be sharing some great prenatal yoga flows you can do at home. Everyday I am embracing all these changes by keeping things in perspective it’s for such a beautiful miracle. I know we all go through tough days & I want you to know that if you’re discovering these things (pregnant or not), they don’t define you or make you any less gorgeous. You’re so beautiful. I don’t want you to go a day without appreciating how incredibly awesome the female body is. And yes of course- I have my tough mornings where nothing fits and I’m late to work or moments where I wonder if my butt will ever stop growing. I want you to do something for me. If you’re feeling down - wrap your arms around your own body (literally do this!) and tell it “thank you for being so remarkable”. Tell your body that you’re only going to speak love to it - through everything! No matter what, always remember that there is no such thing as “imperfect” the word itself spells “I’m perfect”. Wherever you are in your journey, whatever you’re feeling remind yourself each day how worthy your body is of unconditional love.
A lot you have reached out to me asking how long I tried, advice on fertility or who you can talk to. I want you all to know that whatever your journey is or whatever it is that you’re going through right now, we’re here for you. If you’re having a hard time with fertility or even during your pregnancy, you’re allowed to feel exactly how you do. I know that there’s nothing anyone can say that will actually make it better but maybe it can help lift your spirits and help make you see how strong you truly are. Just know that there are thousands of women in the community that understand and can help validate your feelings and all that you are experiencing. We all go through so much individually that makes our journey unique and our own…and at the end of the day none of it is easy. For me and Andrew, our journey of wanting to start a family for the past 4+ years has always been a struggle in our own way (we were so consumed with building iShine and serving other responsibilities that it seemed selfish to even think of bringing a baby into this world if both of us were working 10+ hour days every day and every weekend) but now we’re in a really good place where our schedules are more flexible. It’s hard to explain and we know it’s never the perfect time, but I’m so grateful for our own path that led us here. A lot of you have asked if we’ll have another baby after Baby B and we really hope we will be blessed with another. We’ve always wanted a full house with a big family. Since I’m 34, I’m of course open to the idea of any way of making that happen whether it be adoption, or whatever we can do. I know every option brings different challenges, so having a support system is so important. A lot of my friends have been great resources for me that have gone through every option, so I feel lucky I’ve been able to talk openly with them. It’s almost a taboo topic among women, which is understandable, but I wish it weren’t so it could be easier and women didn’t feel so alone in it. If you’re looking to reach out to someone, I’d like to start a hashtag that you can add to your pics so other women can reach out to you for advice or connect. Let’s use #ishinewomentogether If you add this hashtag to your pics or you find someone else who has (you can follow hashtags now on IG), let’s call it an open invitation to connect about our own journeys and fertility. If you DM someone who doesn’t follow you yet, just let them know in a comment that you sent them a DM, so they can check their requested inbox (in the righthand corner of the inbox). Would you also like a FB group? Let me know and I can organize a private group. If you’re looking to connect with other iShine women, comment on this post too with your IG handle!