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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?


PCOS, Preggo

The Three Women Who Helped Me Get Pregnant

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Hey loves!

I’m just a few days away from hitting the 20-week mark.  Ahhhhh! Yep, halfway through this miraculous journey.

Current symptoms/updates:

  • nausea throughout the day off and on….still (at least the vomiting has ceased)
  • my appetite has picked up a little bit- all I want is vegetable lo mein, fruit, and red snapper
  • I’ve gained a total of 7 lbs, after losing 4 lbs. in my first trimester
  • leg cramps at night- probably from dehydration since water still makes me gag
  • neck and upper back aches like crazy!  There’s a prenatal massage in my near future.

My body has been going through some serious changes.  Most of them have been amazing while others have been more difficult to go through but, I thank God every day for this blessing of being able to carry a life.  I will never take this miracle for granted.

It has truly been a journey to even get to this point and it is still ongoing.  I have to especially thank God for helping me to come across three women who do not even know the role they played in helping me to prepare my body (and mind) for pregnancy and overcoming PCOS.

  1. Alissa Vitti- she is an integrative nutritionist, author of Woman Code, and founder of FloLiving.  I was listening to a podcast last summer that she did with Jess C. Lively and I had to find out more about this lady.  She too, had PCOS and talked about how diet can really change your body.  Alissa was able to get pregnant naturally at the age of 37 after doctors told her that she might not ever be able to conceive.  I wrote down all of the suggestions she gave for dietary changes and I put it into action right away!  I also stalked her FloLiving site almost daily and read all of her tips.
  2. Tierra Goes Green– I love her ‘straight up, no chaser’ approach to giving the facts on living a holistic lifestyle! I have learned so much from reading her website and Instagram posts.  She also gives one-on-one consultations about what to do for your situation and help you meet your health goals.
  3. Gessie Thompson-  I was so inspired when I read about how this beautiful lady fought against fibroids for ten years and won!  Her faith and belief that she would have a baby despite all of the health problems she experienced was truly phenomenal.  She is now a fertility coach and co-founder of the 90-day Hope Beyond Fibroids elimination program, helping other women to take charge of their health and fertility.

I want to thank these ladies for allowing God to use them to help others, like myself to be encouraged and more informed about how our bodies works! I am forever grateful.

To those of you who are praying, wishing, and hoping for better health and/or healthy, natural pregnancies ask God to show you what to do next, and stay in a place of love.  When I changed my outlook on my situation and made up my mind to let go resentment, anger, and jealousy EVERYTHING changed.

“With God, all things are possible”. – Matthew 19:26


Fit Life, PCOS, Preggo

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? 


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Come on In, 2017!

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This past year was full of ups, down, tears, laughter, frustration, and miracles! I am still amazed that  I got engaged, married, and pregnant naturally despite what doctors were telling me for the past few years due to my PCOS diagnosis.  I am really humbled when I think about how God has answered my prayers even during the times when I like He wasn’t hearing me.

I am wishing the very best 2017 for all you.  Thank you for all of your support of Simplistic Chic through the years and for going on this journey with me!

Never give up on your dreams and never stop believing that God can take you through whatever you are facing.