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Pregnancy Q&A - Baby #2

This pregnancy has been completely different than my first one with Ruby! At least the first trimester so far. Now that I’m in my second, I’m feeling perfectly fine with just a few little weird things popping up here and there but overall feeling okay. As far as fashion goes, I want to try my best to dress like I normally do and find the right pieces that work for pregnancy but can also be worn afterwards so it’s not a waste! I’m here to answer all questions I’ve been getting from you guys recently and will definitely do another one later down the line!

Q. How do you change what you’re eating when you are pregnant? What is a typical diet per day?

A. Well you have to change a few of the obvious things like alcohol, sushi, deli meat, and cheeses but other than that I haven’t really changed too much. I add a little more calcium to my diet like yogurts and milk but I’m basically eating what I’ve always eaten. I do want to try to be a little healthier this time around but I find myself just going after what I want. For breakfast, no matter what, I always have chocolate chip pancakes. I did this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. with Ruby. I don’t know what it is but it’s the only thing I want to eat in the morning. I add a little wheatgerm to my pancake mix and have it with a glass of orange juice. Within two hours, I’m already hungry again and all I really want are carbs. I have a scooped out toasted bagel with cream cheese. Then for lunch I usually like to get a salad with chicken. From there I snack on fruits or a Siggi’s yogurt. Dinner is usually chicken with rice from Perayli, shrimp tempura roll with a snow pea salad from Seki, Spaghetti and meatballs and the artichoke, corn, cucumber salad from Antonucci’s, sometimes I crave pizza and garlic knots. Then I always have an apple in bed, followed by an ice pop or ice cream. It’s all so fattening and so unhealthy I’m probably the worst person to go by when pregnant but during this time I figure, enjoy eating what you want because I won’t have the opportunity to eat like this again post baby. Since I know I can lose the weight like I did the first time, I feel a little better with how much I’m eating this time around.

Q. Have you found it harder to wear heels? What have been your go to shoes?

A. So far, I’m OK with wearing heels but I didn’t really find it hard until later on towards the third trimester. I’ve definitely opted for a lower heel recently though rather than my super high ones. I also love my cozy winter boots for right now. I have a few pairs, some from Moncler, some from Barneys New York brand and also the Row. A new pair I recently got are from Bandier. I’m sure once the weather gets warmer and I’m nearing my due date I’ll be living in all of my sneakers.

Q. Did you stop taking your vitamins once Ruby was born? Or did you continue to take them every day?

A. I kept taking the prenatal vitamins through breastfeeding and continued on for a few months after because I was terrified of my hair falling out (still happened anyway). I stopped at around 6 months post baby but wound up re taking them again a few months later because I just felt better when taking vitamins.

Q. Do you get morning sickness? How do you handle taking care of a toddler and feeling pregnancy symptoms at the same time?

A. I’m one of the lucky ones when it comes to morning sickness. Fortunately, I don’t throw up or anything like that but this first trimester I was super nauseous on and off (manageable) but still a terrible feeling. I also really needed a nap every single day. I felt so guilty, I would cry to my mom constantly because I didn’t want Ruby to remember me as a mom who just lays in her bed all day. I was so tired and overall just had this icky feeling and didn’t want to do anything. I napped while she did and would bring activities into my bed so we could spend time together. I really struggled with being in my apartment all together because of smells. I couldn’t take any cleaning supply smells and I couldn’t take the smell of the cooking for Ruby’s meals.

Q. What are your favorite maternity jeans and leggings? Do they run true to size?

A. So far, I’ve been loving the new Rag&Bone maternity jeans. They keep the styles basically looking the same but with a band at the top. I love brands that do that. I also love Citizens of Humanity and another brand is DL1961 but I suggest going down a size because they tend to run big. As far as leggings go, I’ve never given up my American Apparel leggings. I love their faux leather ones too but I’m on the hunt for new ones. I also love all my leggings from Bandier (the simple solid colored ones are great to wear every day).

Q. What was your post workout exercise to get your stomach back in shape? How long did you wait to start working on your stomach after pregnancy? How long did it take to get your abs back?

A. Tracy Anderson. I always hated cardio and so that’s why I felt cardio would be the best way to go post baby. I knew I hated it because it was hard but it gets the job done. I limited cardio after 6 months because it started to build too much muscle and I didn’t like how that looked. I did 30 minutes of cardio and then 30 minutes of toning when I hired a trainer. I incorporated ab work outs slowly post birth. We did ab sets that were helpful in bringing my abs back together.

Q. Are there certain foods you normally eat that you can’t anymore or that you all of a sudden crave now?

A. SUSHI!!! I want a spicy tuna roll with crunchies on top more than anything. My mouth even waters when I see Brandon eat Omakase and I normally am not an omakase girl. I just want it all. I also crave BRIE. Like gooey, melted brie with crackers. There was a special one we used to get in the Hamptons that I die for but can’t have. I just keep telling myself since the baby will be here this Summer I’ll be able to have it again during the Summer.

Q. Given that your families are so close, did you wait a little bit to tell them or did you and Brandon tell everyone as soon as you guys knew?

A. We are too close to our families that it would be impossible for us to keep it to ourselves. I am so close with my parents and Brandon’s parents – I speak to both of them at LEAST once a day so they were my first calls. I first called my mom immediately and then Nancy.

Q. Did you start showing earlier with your second pregnancy?

A. Oh my god, yes. I swear the second the stick said PREGNANT I noticed a belly. I couldn’t believe it. I asked my doctor if it was normal and she said it was. I look now how I looked at 25 weeks. It has been difficult for me to try and hide it from my followers.

Q. Best cream to prevent stretch marks?

A. I got stretch marks from Ruby around my belly button. I’m trying to be more adamant on applying this time around. I am also noticing them already on the sides of my butt cheeks. I put so much on now and I use MAMA MIO tummy oil and tummy butter.

Q. How about working out while pregnant?

A. With Ruby I didn’t work out but I’m changing that this pregnancy. I miss it so much. I’m actually starting with my new trainer, Megan, tomorrow! She has been studying and coming up with great exercises for me to do while I’m pregnant and I can’t wait to start sharing that journey with you guys.

Q. Best websites to shop for maternity clothes?

A. I love Shopbop for Maternity but at the end of the day, I never really shop MATERNITY unless it’s for denim. I like tight clothing that shows off the belly and I just go up a size.

Q. Do you have any anxieties this pregnancy? How do you handle it if you do?

A. Since getting sick and being in the hospital a couple of weeks ago, I have serious anxiety about germs and under cooked food/food poisoning. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I had food poisoning or the stomach flu. No one else in my family caught what I had which makes me believe it was food poisoning. I kept thinking what I had that day but nothing was that out of the ordinary. But, when I was in Florida, I was having dinner with my friend and she was talking to me about how her husband a few months ago got SO incredibly ill, was in the hospital, same symptoms as me and she’s never seen him so sick in his life and it turned out it was food poisoning. I said, wow that’s so scary – where did he eat? And she goes “La Esquina”. My mouth dropped because that is literally where I ordered lunch from THAT SAME DAY I got sick and it was the last thing I ate before I started feeling nauseous 3 hours later. I then googled their restaurant and found that there were tons of reports of people getting severe food poisoning from their food. I’m not trying to bash their restaurant or their food but I never EVER want what happened to me to happen to anyone else so here is your heads up.

Q. Best places to get cute baby clothes?

A. Zara, Bonpoint, Department Stores, there are a few cute shops in SOHO and 1212.

Q. What is your Starbucks order pregnant?

A. Hot chocolate and occasionally an iced latte DECAF.

Q. When did you decide on baby number #2?

A. I knew I wanted to get pregnant in the Fall so I went off my birth control right after the Revolve House in the Hamptons this Summer to cleanse my body and prepare.

Q. Any tips on morning sickness that actually occurs all day?

A. My best friend gets severe morning sickness. She always carries something with her, food wise, to snack on, she also used these certain lollipops that help with nausea and orders ginger-ale to sip on. My acupuncturist told me while I was nauseous to have hot water with lemon or with ginger. Unfortunately, I don’t think there is much that can be done except to constantly snack with whatever you can keep down.

Q. Skincare and haircare during pregnancy?

A. Normally, I don’t focus that much on changing my skincare during pregnancy but this pregnancy so many weird things have been happening to my skin. I stopped using anything that is thick in texture or has a scent. ELTA MD has a great lotion, I use Pores No More Dr. Brandt face wash and sometimes I switch on and off with KIEHLS moisturizer and the Elta one. For my hair I was using the NEXXUS keraphix to get my hair back to life but a good every day shampoo and conditioner is VERB. During my first trimester I was occasionally using the KERASTASE hair mask as conditioner which I normally love but the scent was making me so incredibly sick (I have no clue why)! so I had to stop using it.

Q. I’m scared of giving birth. Is it really that bad? Any tips for anxiety and worries?

A. It’s really not bad. The first time around I didn’t know what to expect so I really had no anxieties but this time around it’s kind of weird but also comforting knowing how it happens. Although each time I’m sure is different. I had an epidural so that pain was totally manageable. The hardest part for me was pushing but that’s only because it’s so exhausting not because you’re in pain. A tip, everyone does it, if every single woman can do it, then so can you. There are so many things you can do to help with pain – there really isn’t much to fear if you have a wonderful doctor and are in a good hospital.

Q. Do you crave anything while you’re pregnant? Have your cravings changed with your second baby?

A. I crave Siggi’s coconut yogurt, my GOODPOP strawberry lemonade ice pops, chocolate, and pizza. It’s a little but different than Ruby but not too much. With Ruby, I always had to have a glass of ice cold milk in the mornings but now I can’t even look at milk. It tastes like an actual cow to me!!! It’s so gross. Other than that, everything is pretty much the same as far as cravings go.

Q. How long did you have to try this time around?

A. I went off the pill in July and I started trying in August. I got pregnant in October.

Q. Do you already have an idea for the name?

A. We actually pretty much have our name already. It’s wild since it took us forever to figure out Ruby’s. We love the name we have so far, hopefully it doesn’t change!

Q. Are you planning to breastfeed?

A. I am planning to breastfeed, yes!

Q. How did you tell Brandon you were pregnant?

A. I just got back from Vegas where I had no clue I was pregnant. I was supposed to get my period and didn’t but figured I’d just pee on a stick and see. I didn’t want to though because I had been trying for two months before and kept seeing negatives so I kept telling myself it’s probably a negative again. It felt surreal, it didn’t feel real. I didn’t want to go to sleep because I kept thinking I’d wake up and it would be a dream. He was laying in bed and I just got out of the shower and was getting ready for bed when I saw. I ran out and told him right away.

Q. What method did you use to try to get pregnant? Was there an app you used to help with ovulation predictions or something else?

A. So for the first two months, I immediately started using the CLEARBLUE ovulation kits. Because I had just gone of the pill, my ovulation was so off that I had no clue really when I was ovulating. After two months of not getting pregnant, my acupuncturist said PLEASE stop using the kits. They are giving you false ovulation times and you are having sex on the wrong days, it’s getting in your head and messing you all up. So the following month, I just decided to have sex when we wanted to, not think about the kit or when I was ovulating and hope for the best. It worked.

Q. Are Ruby and the new baby going to share a room?

A. No, we are turning the playroom into a nursery. Eventually though, if I ever decide to have a third, I would love to put Ruby and baby #2 in a room together in bunk beds. Me and my sister Danielle did that growing up and I loved it.

Q. How would you describe your pregnancy style with Ruby and how it has changed with baby #2?

A. I think I’ve just grown up so much as a person since being pregnant with Ruby. My style has overall changed but also changed so much since becoming a mother in general. I think this time around I’m going to be a little more practical and a little more classic. I’m still the same person so I’ll just dress based on how I feel at the end of the day but my wardrobe has totally changed.

Comment below if there is any other questions I missed, I’ll add them in as I read them!


By Arielle Charnas

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