10 Frequently Asked Questions {Baby Edition II}

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I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Hello!

I’ve received a whole bunch of questions from you guys about various things related to my pregnancy and our little peanut, so I wanted to reply in a blog post to the most frequently asked ones. (If you missed the first edition of this series, you can find it here. I answer 10 more pregnancy/baby questions in it.) If you have any other questions, just let me know, and I will do my best to reply!

When did you start running with Quinn in the stroller?

With his doctor’s blessing (she actually said stroller bootcamp sounded “fun”), I started taking Quinn on runs and to bootcamps around 10 weeks old. He was in his car seat in the jogging stroller, so his head was supported. Obviously, I am not a doctor, so please talk to yours about what is best for you and your baby.

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I was wondering if you kept your heart rate at a certain range during pregnancy?

No, I didn’t pay attention to it. From what my doctor told me, a lot of the exercise/heart rate recommendations for pregnant women are out-of-date. I actually worked out pretty hard during my pregnancy. Of course, I didn’t do anything crazy, but I still challenged myself within reason. I had a very normal, straight-forward pregnancy, so, with regard to exercise, my doctor said: “If it feels uncomfortable, stop,” so that’s exactly what I did and it worked out great for me and Quinn. I actually exercised right up until the day he was born. Again, I am not a doctor, so be sure to talk to yours about what it right for you and your baby.

Do you have any advice for losing the last 5 pounds?

What worked for me was high-intensity workouts with heavy weight and (mostly) healthy eating. Here is a recap of how I lost the baby weight in about 4 months.

Did you gain weight when you stopped breastfeeding?

I think so? When I officially stopped breastfeeding (here’s why), I put on about 6-7 pounds. I remember when I did the Discover Your Fitness Age assessment at Canyon Ranch, I was surprised to see my weight, but, of course, the number on the scale isn’t the whole story.

Did you have protein powder when you were pregnant and if so which one did you use?

I didn’t use it a ton when I was pregnant, but when I did, I used SFH Recovery. But, of course, talk to your doctor before choosing a protein powder.

How old was Quinn when he started crawling and walking?

He didn’t crawl on his hands and knees until he was almost 10 months (he “army crawled” and “ninja rolled” for awhile), but he took his first steps shortly after that. He was full on walking (like all the time) before his first birthday. Now, he’s RUNNING, and I follow him around the house having mini heart attacks all day long.

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Do you have any books you would recommend for pregnancy and after?

Mal and I went to a baby education class and toured the hospital where I planned to deliver, but, honestly, we didn’t really read any books before Quinn was born. There was just so much information out there, Mal and I didn’t want to worry about every little thing that could possibly go wrong with our baby/pregnancy/labor (and we both knew I would have because I’m a total stress-case). We talked to my doctor and asked her lots of questions, but that was pretty much it. And after Quinn was born, we were lucky to have a wealth of baby knowledge around us. My mother-in-law was a pediatric nurse for 30+ years and Quinn’s doctor/nurses were absolutely amazing, so anytime we had a question or concern, we would contact one of them. Basically, our thinking was: Every kid is different, so let’s do what’s best for our kid based on what we know about him, the situation at hand, and the recommendations from experienced professionals who know him too. We also “researched” all sorts of baby stuff online. Some favorite websites: KellyMom, Lucie’s List, and Scary Mommy. I also really liked the Wonder Weeks app. The one book we did read, however, was Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems, which was really helpful for us.

Did you do Baby Led Weaning with Quinn?

Yes and no. Here’s a quick summary how we fed Quinn at 9 months old. We did a mix of spoon-feeding and letting him feed himself. As he got older, we let him feed himself more and more and eventually gave him a spoon, which he does quite well with now””although, he still prefers his hands.

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I am so overwhelmed by choosing a stroller! At first I envisioned being able to use a jogger (I’m a runner) as an all in one but after seeing them in person realized they are a bit too big for everyday use. I’m mainly stuck between the benefit of ample storage versus rugged wheels for lots of walking.

I wish I knew about the Chicco Tre Jogging Stroller when we first had Quinn because it would have been the ONLY stroller we got. It’s basically 3 strollers in one: For newborns (the car seat clicks right in) + a jogging stroller (rugged wheels), but it isn’t as big as other joggers, so it’s also a regular, forward-facing stroller, so you could totally take it grocery shopping. It’s awesome. Be sure to watch the video on the Chicco website to see all the cool stuff it does. It is really helpful!

One of the midwives in a practice I see recently told me to lay off abdominal work except for that done in prenatal yoga. This is primarily to avoid diastasis recti. What are your thoughts?

Honestly, I’m not sure. I’ve heard so many different things. My doctor told me not to worry about it, but then I ended up with a small case of it. (I still have about a 1-finger gap, which isn’t a huge deal, but it’s weird!) Jessie Mundell actually has a great post about this on her website, so I will refer you guys there: Does Everyone Get Diastasis Recti in Pregnancy?

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  1. Your blog has been so helpful through my pregnancy- mainly realizing we are all different (and so are our babes!). But I love hearing about Q and all of your adventures. And I always get great tips and advice- love the Chico stroller!

  2. “I follow him around the house having mini heart attacks all day long.”
    I just LOL on my commuter bus while reading this – it’s oh so very true! My son is crawling and walking assisted along furniture or with his walker toy (same as Quinn’s!). I turned my back for a moment and caught him at the top of our stepstool trying to figure out how to get down. I have never run so fast toward him – he probably thought I was a tornado!

      1. Just want to say I read your back post about why you chose to stop breastfeeding and I want to say BRAVO! I went through something similar and it was so hard. It must have been even harder for you because you are in the spotlight so much. But I found your post on that to be on point and honest. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Man, I wish I’d have known about that stroller, too. We have had three, all for different things. :-/

  4. Great advice and information! Thank you for addressing how to lose those last 5 pounds! I think I’m going to incorporate some interval running into my cardio!

    My 7 month old just started crawling, I told my husband “now we really have to be parents!” haha The other day I heard silence (rare when Bryce is awake) and wondered what B was up to, I look down on the floor he had a fistful of doggy kibble in his hands and some in his mouth! Oy

      1. @Tina:
        I remember seeing posts of Quinn playing in Murphy’s water bowl! You’ve actually inspired me as a parent to let Bryce explore more and play with things other than just baby toys (within reason) Typically I’d be like “nnnnnoooo” because of water getting everywhere but at the end of the day, water can be wiped up. Lets just have fun!

    1. We had the Chicco KeyFit Caddy and the Chicco Activ3 jogger. Both were great and we still use them sometimes, but the Tre is everything in one!

  5. This is so helpful, Tina. I am pregnant and definitely borderline getting “too caught up in the weeds” with all the info there is out there on pregnancy, baby products, what you should/shouldn’t do. This is my first and I am a natural researcher so I can’t help myself! I love that you guys decided to only listen to your doctor while pregnant, very smart! I also love that you guys took such a realistic approach to raising Quinn, making decisions based off what you know about your baby and the situation at the time. Very down to earth and makes total sense.

  6. I love reading this stuff even though I’m YEARS away from having a kid!

    Unrelated: I’ve been having a hard time getting your blog to load lately. It often makes my computer freeze and generally goes really slowly–not sure if it’s all the images or if something else changed? I thought it might just be my computer getting older but then it happened on my work computer too. Wondering if anyone else is having this same issue? (Not sure there’s much you can do about it but figured I’d give you a heads up!)

    1. @Yael: Yep, I’ve been having the same problems! It doesn’t keep me from reading but it is a pain … it’s like the page never loads fully.

  7. I try to lay off ab exercises now that Im 19 weeks along, I’m scared of getting diastis recti… I have a friend who was a fitness instructor who got it, and it took her a long time to recover.

    I also gained weight after breastfeeding was over! It took me a few months to get my eating back on track.

  8. Oh my. I wish I could have stayed that active during my pregnancy. And, I’m with you on not wanting more information that necessary. We took a birth class and a safety class, deciding, like you, that we would just wait for our little one to see what they needed. And, so far, so good! Glad you’re enjoying mommy hood!!!

  9. “I’m not a doctor…” Not sure why I would seek you for advice anyways instead of going straight to my doctor first!

    1. Some people (myself included) like to hear about other people’s experiences, so I wanted to share mine since I’ve received so many questions from readers lately. I’m glad you have such a great relationship with your doctor and it’s working for you!

  10. Just curious on what pediatrician you guys chose? And do you guys have plans to have another baby in the future?

  11. Hey Tina,

    I love the color of those orange shorts you’re wearing! Do you mind telling me where you got them? I searched online but couldn’t find any as nice =( lol

  12. We don’t have a little one of our own quite yet, but when we do, I am going to be sure to check out the stroller you recommend above! My husband and I are really into exercise and fitness like you and Mal and I hope to remain just as active with a little one of our own to show him/her how much fun and important exercise is.

  13. Hee Tina and Girls!
    I am expecting my first child in September so I am trying to get ready. Since you are all experienced mothers… I am now shopping to be fully prepared and on my list is a thermometer. Any advice on what type of thermometer would be the best? There are so many options our there that I am getting confused e.g. Ear, Forehead, Stick ……..etc. HELP what shall I do

  14. Loosing weight post pregnancy is so frustrating. The weight just seems so much more stubborn than normal. I might have to try your high intensity work outs as my regular weights and walking is not making any difference.

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