Childbirth prep class, good food and my weekly workouts from 34 weeks pregnant

Hi, friends! I don’t really know what kind of news we’ll be waking up to today from Florida. It was fairly intense all weekend with the changing storm projections, but appeared to lighten up a bit as yesterday went on. I’m glad to say that my parents were able to safely evacuate their coastal home in Southwest Florida to a more inland location and hotel in Orlando. That’s where they are right now.

Also, I’m happy that Facebook comes in handy during times like this, so I could see how my friends were holding up in the storm. As you guys know from my story on Friday, I’ve been through a hurricane, and I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone. Sending LOTS of love and prayers to my Florida people for continued safety and then a fast recovery.

However, I know that a good portion of the country and world went on with life as usual this weekend, maybe not even knowing much about Hurricane Irma, if you don’t have a connection to Florida or if you stayed away from the national news. In fact, being a slightly bi-coastal gal, when I scrolled through my social feeds throughout the weekend, I saw an extreme dichotomy — the Californians — in Napa drinking wine, chatting about sports, attending weddings, sharing their weekend shenanigans and carrying on with their fun times. Then the Floridians — asking where to buy plywood, gas and water, reporting traffic conditions on the highways while trying to evacuate and saying whether or not they had power where they were. What a contrast. But I guess that’s life. We each handle what comes at us and hopefully have compassion for those who are going through tough things.

Nonetheless, a regular weekend took place over here, outside of the worry, so let’s do a quick recap and then get to the workouts …

My weekend recap


I had a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon, which went well (I go once a week now throughout the remainder of the pregnancy). Once that was over, I swung by Safeway for groceries and decided to treat myself to a kombucha, because, yum.

Ashley with a kombucha by A Lady Goes West

Later that evening, Dave and I had burgers and ice cream at home (let’s be honest, I had the ice cream, Dave did not). We also watched “Narcos” on Netflix — the usual. Didn’t I just say last week that I wanted to switch to a feel-good show? Well, because Dave and I really enjoyed the first two seasons of “Narcos” and the third was just released, we decided to start it, even though it doesn’t quite fit with what I was looking for.


I woke up super early to check the news of what was going on in Florida and was not pleased to see that evacuations had been suggested for where my parents live over the course of the night. I texted my Mom, and then spent a lot of time asking friends around the state what their plans were and what they were hearing. After all that texting, Dave and I spent much of the day in a childbirth preparation class in Walnut Creek, put on by our hospital, along with another 15 or so other expectant couples.

I kept an eye on my phone to check on the updates from my parents as they traversed the state, while also trying to pay attention to the real-life birth videos and discussions that were taking place in front of me. Quite fun! Those birth videos … did we really have to see that?

Dave and I loved the instructor of our class, who was a retired labor and delivery nurse, and she definitely told us everything we need to know about how babies are born and what to expect in labor and in the hospital. She was actually pretty entertaining too, and kept us engaged for the more than six-hour class with some dry jokes and total realness. But seriously, I got so uncomfortable physically sitting in that chair for so long. I moved around every couple of minutes, propping my feet up and stretching, and nothing helped. I’m officially in that uncomfortable stage of pregnancy.

We had a lunch break during the session, and I had a craving for a bagel sandwich. The good news is that we were in an outpatient office-type center right near downtown Walnut Creek, so we were able to walk just a few blocks away to House of Bagels to get just what I needed. Yum (see below)! I actually couldn’t tell you the last time I had a bagel sandwich, and it was quite satisfying. (And I have to thank the person who commented on Friday’s pancake mix giveaway post about her bagel sandwich, because I think that’s how it got in my head. Speaking of that post, did you enter the giveaway yet? It closes tomorrow.)

House of Bagels sandwich by A Lady Goes West

Ashley eating a bagel sandwich by A Lady Goes West

(Digging into my sammie and wearing one of my comfiest maternity tees.)

Our class ended shortly after 4 p.m., and we swung by our friends’ house to pick up Rudy (he spent the day with them, because we were going to be gone, and they love Rudy time), and then I took a much-needed nap. I take naps almost all weekend days now, in spite of my many hours of sleep at night, basically because I know my sleep is going to change very soon.

That evening, we met some friends (the same friends who watched Rudy during the day) for dinner at MoMo’s in downtown Walnut Creek. And right before we left was the perfect time for my latest bump pic …

Ashley at 35 weeks pregnant by A Lady Goes West

(Shown at 35 weeks pregnant in this maternity dress, which I think I’ll be able to wear post pregnancy as well. And as far as the bump? I swear it gets bigger each day.)

Dave and I had been to MoMo’s a few times in San Francisco, and a location just opened near us out here in the Creek. While the restaurant is big and nice inside, the service was so-so, and the food was just average, but the company was very good — so we had a nice time overall. After dinner, we all walked over to the Creamery for some ice cream, which was the perfect sweet note to end the night. I love that place!


Not a lot to report on Sunday. I woke up well rested and decided to make us waffles for breakfast. Then, when Dave went off to the gym, I elected to take Rudy for a 30-minute walk and do some prenatal yoga in the living room instead of joining him for a more formal workout. It felt right.

Waffle breakfast by A Lady Goes West

After some work on the computer for me and a bath for Rudy, Dave and I went out to lunch at Tender Greens, which has some new items on the menu (and a new logo too apparently), and I got a hot plate with the new salmon, seasonal veggies and kale salad. So good! Dave tried the new shrimp bowl, and he was a fan of that too. Here’s our spread, along with some fruity beverages …

Tender Greens lunch by A Lady Goes West

The rest of the day included some errands, another nap, talking with my Mom about the storm situation and hanging out at home. Like I said, not a lot to report, but it was a fine day. And that was the weekend!

My latest weekly workout recap

Here’s how I’ve been moving lately …

Weekly Workouts by A Lady Goes West

At 34 weeks pregnant …

  • Monday: Took a 1-hour barre class, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Did a 30-minute full-body weights workout, 11 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Took a 1.5-hour walk, 9:15 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: Did 35 minutes of a Bootybarre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: Did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11 a.m., did 45 minutes of a BODYPUMP class, 12 p.m.
  • Saturday: Rest day
  • Sunday: Took a 30-minute walk, 10:30 a.m., did 25 minutes of prenatal yoga at home, 11 a.m.

Overview of the week of workouts

Woohoo! I made it through another week of pregnancy and managed to exercise most of the days of the week. I kept it balanced with four at-home sessions of yoga, two walks, two barre classes, a BODYPUMP class and some weights. Not bad!

It felt good to return to BODYPUMP as a student after a couple of weeks away, and also, I ended up slightly sore from my solo full-body weights workout earlier in the week too, which hasn’t happened in forever, so at least I know I worked my muscles to fatigue.

My big tummy is in the way, and I’m constantly out of breath, but I keep reminding myself that movement is very important for me right now, so I’m making it happen as best as I can, while I can.

Hope you have a great day, my friends! My Florida peeps: I’m sending you all sorts of good thoughts! And for everyone not affected, if you’re feeling generous, here’s where you can donate to the disaster relief efforts — they will need it.

One more thing: This post is going live on September 11, which is a majorly tragic day in U.S. history. A moment of silence for the heroes and everyday people who lost their lives on that day.

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  1. We kept CNN on pretty much all weekend and it felt so weird because the temps were cooler and it was sunny in our area. I almost felt guilty saying it was so nice out knowing what everyone in FL is going through. And DANG you got some good workouts in this week, you’re such an inspiration to stay moving when pregnant! Happy Monday!

    1. Hi Patricia! I watched The Weather Channel or Today show ALLL weekend long — they even brought out Matt Lauer for a Sunday, so you know it was a big deal hehehe. Glad you stayed up to date, and it’s good that you guys had nice weather! No need to feel bad about that hahah! Thanks for the love on my workout situation — it’s NOT easy! You will see one day! Happy Monday, gal!

    1. Hi Emily! Thanks! Yes, my parents and friends all seem to be okay — just a little shaken up. But most of them don’t know the status of their homes, because they evacuated. Scary stuff! I hope you had a good weekend, lady!

  2. I felt out of touch with Harvey, but Irma hits much closer to home (Georgia), so I’m a bit more tuned in to it.
    Our OB basically told us to be careful with going overboard on prep classes and books so that we don’t create plans or scare ourselves… so I’m going with that! I’m more concerned with that to do after the kid is alive (and I’m in charge!). LOL!

    1. Hi Susie! Oh totally — a birth plan can easily go out the window — but we wanted to know everything we need to know about the process — so I’m glad we took this class. And I would suggest infant choking/CPR for you — because I’ve been told by friends that they use that one a lot when their littles get something stuck in their throat, I’m sure Alex is a pro with that, but you may find yourself alone sometimes with baby. Anyways! Hope your Georgia peeps are okay today with the storm!

  3. It’s great everyone you know in Florida is safe! Social media definitely makes things like this easier to keep track of the storm and our loved ones. I love a good bagel sandwich for breakfast, you’re making me want one now. Have a great day girl!

    1. Hi Maureen! Totally — social media was quite helpful over the weekend and this morning with updates from friends — love to see that. I hope you had a nice weekend lady, with no wind and no stress! 🙂 Get yourself a bagel sammie this week some time!

  4. Sending your parents and friends some love. I’ve been watching the news and staying up to date. Crazy and horrible— what’s really scary is how we can’t control it. The weather is very powerful and we can’t stop it.

    Your bump is so big! I’ve loved seeing it grow. Still so crazy how you’re creating a human in there!

    1. Hi Carrie! Thank you for the kind thoughts! My parents are fine! They had a rough night with a lot of damage around their hotel, but they are okay. As far as the bump – seriously – it just keeps growing! ahhh! hahahah Hope your weekend we nice, lady!

    1. Hi Bridget, no way! Me too! I do feel MUCH more prepared, and I’m glad you felt that way too. It’s way better to be informed, for sure. Hope you are feeling well!

  5. You look great!
    Although the videos were horrible!, a fun part of my childbirth class was they had all the dads take turns wearing a pregnancy belly. They do anything fun like that in yours? We got to go with another couple we’re friends with so that also made it more fun.

    1. Hi Delia! No — I was hoping they would make the dads do something, but all we did was a “holding ice” exercise to practice breathing like you would during a contraction, but we all had to do it, not just the guys. Too bad! hehehe Glad yours was more fun!

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