Meet one of our glowing Mamas-to-be, Lauren Holt!
Tell us about yourself and your family.
My husband and I are both transplants to the Pacific Northwest. I’m from Alabama. He’s from Ohio, and yet somehow, we managed to meet out here the old-fashioned way…at a bar. I work in operations for Slalom Consulting and my husband works at Alaska Airlines. We moved to West Seattle two years ago with our super mutt, Lula and have been enjoying every second of it.
We love to travel and have definitely been taking advantage of those flight benefits while we can! We went to Portugal for our babymoon and are already planning where we’re going to take this little one for our first trip as a family.
We are super excited to meet this little guy or gal in October. We made the decision to keep the sex of the baby a surprise until D-Day although it’s killing our parents. John and I are both really looking forward to being surprised; the grandparents just want to shop.
What surprised you the most once you became pregnant?
The peeing…. Sweet Lord, all of the peeing. I mean obviously, I knew that pregnant women have to go to the bathroom a lot, but it’s a totally different thing to experience it firsthand. Never before have I had to plan shopping trips around where the public restrooms are.
Why did you join FIT4MOM? Why do you love it?
I’m a fairly active individual but my first trimester really kicked my butt. By the time the nausea and extreme fatigue backed off, I felt like a total slob. I know that I need to stay as fit as possible both for labor and delivery but also for after the baby comes. I saw the sign for FIT4MOM at the studio on California and immediately looked it up.
I came for the fitness, but I love it for the community. I don’t have that many friends with kids, so this gives me a way to meet other moms and talk about all that fun stuff that no one really tells you about pregnancy.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? If you didn't have any obstacles, what dream would you pursue?
I’d love to have baby #2 in 5 years… or less. My husband and I are both on the older side of when we wanted to be having children, so bring on the Irish twins! If we could suspend reality for a minute, I would love to write a novel within the next 5 years. That’s something that I’ve always been interested in but have never been able to make the time for. As we’re about to add a baby to the mix, I’m sure I’ll have loads of time to write (insert extreme sarcasm here)!
What is your favorite go to piece of prenatal gear (clothing, pillow, water
bottle, massage etc?)
Sleeping with a pillow between my legs has been a lifesaver. I don’t have a fancy pillow or anything, but it keeps those hips happy. I’m sure I’ll be adding additional pillows to my repertoire (for my lower back and belly) as I head into the third trimester much to my husband’s dismay. Our Queen size bed is getting smaller by the minute.
Any advice for new moms-to-be?
Don’t Google everything. Just step away from the computer. Every pregnancy is different and reading all of the message boards is just going to drive you up the wall. Stay calm and maintain an open and honest line of communication with your provider.
Try to enjoy the ride! This pregnancy thing is a completely awesome challenge and accomplishment. You get the chance to grow life! Remember to take the time to enjoy this time because, even though sometimes we feel like we’ve been pregnant forever, it really goes by so quickly.