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Advice I’ve Gotten As a Pregnant Woman

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I’ve been pregnant for all of 18 weeks now and I get all sorts of tips and advice from women almost everyday.  Some I will actually incorporate and others…..I’m not so sure about yet.

Here are the top three tips I have heard so far:

1. Let’s talk about SEX.

Okay, so I was told by more than one person to keep your sex life up all 9 months. Yes, all nine! It may involve some improvising towards the latter months but, I was told it will be well worth it. Some people think it helps prevent tearing during delivery by keeping blood fully circulating to those tissues down there making them would be more resilient and more elastic.   I suppose it couldn’t hurt to try it out!

2. Stay as calm and stress-free as much as possible.

Everything you feel, your baby feels!  

Now this one is probably the one I’ve heard the most from women, specifically older women like my grandmothers. They have all said your baby feeds off of your energy so, it is so important that you try to stay as calm as possible during this time. For anyone, stress management should be a part of their daily lifestyle but, especially for those of us carrying and nurturing a new life.

With hormonal changes, morning sickness, a growing to-do list, and the regular, day-to-day life responsibilities, this is something I struggled with a lot (and still deal with) in the very beginning of my pregnancy.  I am much more aware of my emotions now though and I am constantly finding new ways of getting things done while still making sure to take care of myself and my baby emotionally and physically.  
3. Exercise.

I’ve read this countless times and heard from other women just how important exercising while pregnant is. Long before getting pregnant, I always said that I would workout throughout my pregnancy.  That was before I knew that I would be one of the lucky ones to have extreme all-day nausea, vomiting, and unable to eat hardly anything so mustering up the energy to go workout was not about to happen.

I am 17 weeks pregnant now and feeling slightly better some days so I’ve started to doing some walking on the treadmill, light weight training videos, and great pregnancy workout videos I have seen online like those from knockedupfitness.com.  I’m easing my way up to 20 minutes a day, three days a week.  

Staying physically active can help to keep your body toned, give you more energy (pregnancy fatigue is real!), make your labor and delivery easier, and help you get that “snapback” after baby is born.  Of course, you should always, always, ALWAYS check with your doctor first before exercising while pregnant because every woman’s situation is different and may call for certain precautions.    

Moms, what is some advice you would give on pregnancy? 


PCOS, Preggo

Morning Sickness Chronicles

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My everyday reminder to myself these days : Lord, for this child I prayed.

Let me just say, I am so grateful to have gotten pregnant naturally despite what doctors have said and to have a healthy pregnancy so far at age 36.  No charting, no temperature-taking, ovulation predictor kits, and no fertility meds.  Thank you , Lord!

This morning sickness (or afternoon and night sickness, in my case) though has really thrown me for a loop. I do not want to complain by any means, a sista just needs some relief!READ MORE


Fit Life, PCOS

Happy Holidays + Great Life Updates

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Hey loves! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah!  Whatever you celebrate I hope that each one of you are finding a way to be thankful, find peace, and realize how important you are.  No matter what you may be going through, know that this WILL pass and there is so much more for you on the other side of any curveball that life throws at you.  I promise!

I’ve been ghost for a minute but, for a few great reasons.
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Fit Life, PCOS

It’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

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Hey loves! September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and it is one of the cancers that can be the most deadly because of the vague symptoms and the fact that many women are diagnosed when they are already in the advanced stages.

This is not a “get-scared” post but, more about becoming educated and aware.  Simplistic Chic is all about learning and making changes instead of living in constant worry and fear.

Lower Your Risks

Too often we wait for something to be wrong with us, and then go scrambling to find a cure or solution when sometimes it is too late. There are a few things that every woman can do to to lower their risks for ovarian cancer

  1. Use non-conventional feminine hygiene products. Many of the products on the market are full of chemicals and toxins that can wreak havoc on your reproductive system.   Check out this previous post with some of my favorite feminine hygiene products right now.
  2.  Eat clean.  For me this means I do not eat a lot of meat (when I do I try to eat organic meats), I limit my dairy intake (no cow’s milk/very little cheese), and very little refined sugar (on most weeks!)
  3. Exercise.  Get up and get moving!  Get that blood pumping and sweat those toxins out.  Find what works for you.  Exercise should not feel like a chore all of the time.  Dance, run outside, take a pole class, or go for a bike ride.
  4.  De-stress.  Stress, worry, fear, anxiety, unforgiveness, and bitterness can all have a negative physical effect on your body.  For the love of your body and mind,  find a way to deal with these emotions and effectively manage them!  I recently learned just how important this was.  Like seriously.  Read more here.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include:

 • Bloating

• Pelvic or Abdominal pain

• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly

• Urinary urgency or frequency

Other symptoms may include:

 • Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea

• Extreme fatigue

• Shortness of breath

• Backaches

• Weight Gain

 Currently, pap tests do not detect ovarian cancer and there is no screening test of ovarian cancer at this time which is one of the reasons that this cancer is often discovered in later stages.

If you are having any of the above symptoms or you just “feel off”  for two weeks or more, please go see a doctor.

Take care of your body and mind ladies!  Change something today that will impact your life for years to come.