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PCOS, Preggo, Soul

My E-Book Launch!

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I am so excited to announce that I am launching my new e-book, This Side of Faith: How to Heal from PCOS, Get Your Miracle Baby, and Change Your Life! It has been on my heart to write this book for some years now and it feel like a dream to actually have written it and about my natural health journey with PCOS but, now that my little miracle baby will be here next month I have even more motivation to put my testimony and experience out there sooner.

After announcing my pregnancy on social media about six months ago, I have been humbled by the number of emails, texts, and messages from women who said that I had given them hope to be able to overcome their own fertility and health issues. I had no idea that me telling my story would have such an impact. It was during this time that I knew I had to start writing about my experience to show many more women what was possible.

I decided not to overthink it, stop second guessing myself, and to just write. A few months later, This Side of Faith was born. Find out the steps that can lead you to the healing, miracle baby and the life you have been wanting!

Now available on Amazon for pre-order here.  Thank you for all of your support through the years as I have shared bits and pieces of my life here on Simplistic Chic.  I hope you will be inspired by my book to take charge of your life and always know that there is a purpose to the challenges you are going through right now.

Feel free to email me with any questions at: candice.selby@gmail.com


Eats

Preggo Fitness Motivation

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Hey loves! I’m 25 weeks today and I’m just now starting to workout a little more consistently.  By workout I mean, walking briskly for 20 minutes and exercises with light weights (squats, lunges, etc.).  Nausea still lingers throughout the day but, it is not as bad as it was in the early weeks and I’m not throwing up anymore.  I wish it would go away altogether but, that does not seem to be the case right now so I’m sucking it up and learning new ways to deal with it.

Finding the motivation to workout has been really tough but, I know that it is important to my body and mind, my baby, delivery, and that snapback that I so desperately want.  I’ve been turning to Instagram and Youtube  to help me out since I don’t have a trainer right now.

There are a few fit, fly mamas on Instagram that encourage me to get myself up and workout.  They all have effective workout videos that are preggo-safe and can be done in the comfort of my own home while still giving me the results I need.

A little tidbit of advice from experience though– use other people’s journey as encouragement but, do not compare yourself to them.

I used to find myself looking at some of these women who had the energy to workout every single day and I would get so down about myself because I was still too sick to workout like I wanted to.  Also, their bellies at 30 weeks looked smaller than what I saw when I looked in the mirror at 16 weeks and it was discouraging.

Every woman carried differently and everyone’s body is different.  Enjoy your own journey through this miracle of carrying life!

If you’re with child and looking for some fitness motivation, check these ladies out on Instagram (and remember to always check with your doctor first before beginning any type of workout regimen, especially while pregnant) :

@healthcoachhj

@loveazja

@ashleywade_fit

 

My current YouTube pregnancy workout video and channel rotation include:

  1. 6 minute pregnancy workout with Blogilates
  2. Prenatal cardio dance workout with @KeairaLashae
  3. 5 minute Maternity workout
  4. Exercises to relieve back pain during pregnancy

What are your favorite exercises during pregnancy and postpartum?

 


Preggo

My Top 5 Baby Products Wish List

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I’m a first-time mom-to-be so I have no idea as to what products work better than others yet but, I do have a list of things that I really do want for my little pumpkin.

  1. Honest diapers– ever since hearing about these super cute, eco-friendly diapers  made without chlorine or latex a few years ago, I knew my baby would have to have them.  Check out more of the Honest diaper prints here!
  2. Nook Niche feeding pillow- this pillow totally replaced the  Boppy pillow I put on my registry.  It is made completely with organic materials down to the removable cover that is made of organic cotton and eucalyptus.
  3. Magic Baby Bullet-  this powerful little system can help you create delicious, healthy foods for your baby.
  4. Modern Burlap– I fell in love with these stylish black and white baby sheets and blankets when I saw them on Instagram a few months ago.  I especially love the ones with the printed scriptures.
  5. Bailey’z bibs and burp cloths– these luxury bibs and burp cloths made with organic cotton are my favorite! I can’t wait to put a few of them on my sweet pea.

I have other products on my must-have list but, I’m trying not to go overboard.

Moms, what were the essential baby products you used with your little ones?

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Hair, Preggo

Hair 101: Pregnancy Effects

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Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I noticed something– my hair was different, and not in a good way.  When I had my hair pressed for my wedding day, I was 9 weeks pregnant and I could just tell it was limp and not as full as it used to be at all.

I thought it was heat damage at first but, when I washed my hair it would revert right back perfectly to its natural curl pattern so I knew that was not it.  I realized that this little human was causing more changes than I knew so, I would have to switch some things up with my hair.

What I do differently:

  1. I used to wash and condition my hair by myself most of the time but now I get my hair shampooed, conditioned, trimmed, and blowdried every two weeks by my hairdresser (I do not have the energy to deal with it myself right now).
  2. I started using Design Essentials Therapeutics Anti-Itch Scalp treatment on my scalp and it is heavenly!  My scalp has been drier than usual and when my hairdresser introduced me to this product, I was hooked.  It makes my head feel amazing!
  3. Less is more.  I’ve never been real fussy with my hair but, now I do a lot more low-maintenance styles.  A high bun for a week, a low bun the next week, a twistout for a few days after that, and then back to a high bun.

My hair seems to be doing a little better now that I have been using very little heat on it and my appetite has picked up somewhat so maybe there are more nutrients available for hair growth.  This whole journey helps me to see that I will learn something new every day, every week, and every month, and to just adjust as I go.

As long as my little pumpkin is growing and doing okay, everything else is minor stuff.

What changes did pregnancy bring to your hair?