Finding clothes that fit, look good AND make you feel good during pregnancy is not easy. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it’s one of my least favorite things to do! And I am someone that loves curating the perfect ensemble. There’s something about feeling put together that makes you feel confident and ready to take on the day / meeting / grocery trip 😉 / whatever it may be!
When I was 8 years old, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. My mom has a significant curvature in her spine and my dad has a minor one, so it was no surprise that the genetics didn’t fall far from the tree. In 8th, 9thand 10thgrade, I had to wear the dreaded plastic backbrace. I resorted to buying clothes that were far too big in an attempt to hide it. I also feared that I would be made fun of for it.
Why am I sharing these intimate details of my youth? Just to tell you that I spent my whole life avoiding any exercise that could potentially “hurt” my back. As a result, I ended up with an extremely weak core. I didn’t understand until much later in life that I actually needed to strengthen the muscles in my core [my back, stomach, pelvic floor, glutes, etc.] to reduce potential back pain.
We recently travelled to Chatham, Cape Cod for a week long vacation with the family. Chatham is a picturesque New England town with the most charming downtown area full of shops and restaurants. My hubby and I also got to sneak away to Provincetown for a day and a half to celebrate my birthday. ☺️
Here’s what I recommend checking out if you are traveling here:
I can’t believe that over half of the year has gone by and my baby is now one. Hopefully my experience over the last year can help any of the new mamas-to-be as you create your baby registry and prepare the nursery. I currently have four pregnant girlfriends and their journeys have inspired this post. I am also expecting my second baby later this fall [surprise!!], so stocking up on essentials is on my mind. 🙂
Are you terrified of public speaking or do you enjoy getting up in front of a crowd? If you happen to identify with the former, you’re in good company. It has been stated that ‘Glossophobia,’ or the fear of public speaking, is one of the top phobias that individuals experience.
I have done my fair share of public speaking over the last 10+ years and I know how debilitating it can be if you are anxious about the process. I am an IT / Oil & Gas consulting executive and my job is to give sales presentations, software demos, execute the proposal response process, manage our client relationships and lead our team in the delivery of projects and client support. There are a lot of opportunities to speak publicly to both my superiors and my team. I am probably one of the few/weird humans who actually enjoys speaking in public. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m still nervous every time I do it. My heartbeat quickens, I worry that I’ll forget everything I prepared to say and I fear that I’ll be judged. But oddly enough, presenting gives me a rush and I always feel energized after doing it. [Now, I will say that while I like to give presentations, speak at conferences and lead meetings in a professional setting, I can completely clam up in a social setting. I think that with my work, I feel like I have a script to fall back on and that gives me the courage and confidence I need. However, socially I can get nervous and let the fear of people’s judgement shake me. Interesting dichotomy, huh? But that’s a topic for another day. 😉 ]