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The Power of Yoga

In Uncategorized on May 8, 2013 at 12:07 am
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Hi my name is Heather Jenson. Wife of 10 years to my best friend, mother of 2 beautiful children (plus a cute little dog) and baby #3 on the way!  I am currently 7 months pregnant and in my 3rd trimester (30 Weeks). I am a certified AFAA Fitness Instructor, Marathon Runner, Triathlete and love to teach a variety of Group Exercise classes like Yoga, Pilates, Body Pump, Turbo kick and Boot camp classes to name a few. I am a firm believer in trying to eat healthy and exercise daily to look and feel your best! I like the saying “Train like a Beast, Look Like a Beauty” 🙂


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I have had a different experience with each pregnancy so far. I have always been an active person, but it wasn’t until I had my first child, a girl, that I wanted to get back into shape better than ever. I had a decently healthy pregnancy with my first which I maintained with walking and yoga. But since I have a small frame and was not working out everyday I gained 50 pounds! If you are underweight at the time of getting pregnant, most doctors won’t worry too much if you gain a little over the required amount, but I gained probably more than I should have. As soon as I got the ok to exercise from the Doc, I signed myself up for my first Half marathon. I was so scared! But I did it and lost all of the baby weight by eating healthy and putting in the required running miles with cross training in my routine as well. You need to be strong to finish a half marathon! I became addicted to running and loved how it made me feel and wanted more. Then I took the plunge of something I had always wanted to do and signed up for my first full marathon! My daughter was 18 months old and a great training buddy in our jogging stroller 🙂


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I got pregnant a year later with our second child, a boy, and was busy teaching 7 group exercise classes a week and maintaining my marathon training regiment. I continued to do so while cutting back a little each month as my pregnancy progressed. I taught my last class about a week before my son was born. I delivered a healthy baby boy and only gained about 35 pounds this time around. It was so much easier to bounce back after him because I had maintained a healthy pregnancy the entire 9 months. So much so that I ran another marathon when my son was just 4 months old. I was nursing exclusively and trained my body right by slowly increasing my miles and making sure I took in enough healthy calories to nourish me and my baby. I was able to lose all 35 pounds by about the 4 month mark. I also had a healthy strong body that helped me keep up with 2 kids!


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This being my 3rd Pregnancy, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was incredibly sick the first trimester and beyond, until about 20 weeks. I was never this sick with my other two pregnancies so it was a complete curve ball for me. I remember many days laying in bed praying for the nausea and vomiting to end. I was able to go on some medicine which helped take the edge off but never really had full relief. I continued to bike and do yoga and ran when I could. It was a struggle everyday but I knew it would get better eventually. As long as I didn’t get dehydrated and planned to exercise when I felt good enough too, it really helped me escape from the sickness. Finally I started to feel a little better and was grateful I had kept exercising though it. I ran a Half Marathon at 20 weeks with a good friend who has the same due date as me. We wanted to run a “Half Marathon, Halfway to baby”. We even made shirts that said “Baby On Board”. It was such an accomplishment for me at my half way point through the rocky first part of the pregnancy. I am happy to say I feel better than ever with this pregnancy and am still running and teaching fitness classes 7 months along. I am grateful for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby so far and I know it is greatly attributed to exercising regularly.


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Now don’t, get me wrong…. I have my days when exercising is the last thing I want to do and the pregnancy craving simply scream at me when I am trying to be good! As far as nutrition, never limit your calories while pregnant if you are running or training for anything! And of course, talk to your doctor and make sure you have the green light to participate in that 5k or take that Pilates class you want to take. At any stage in your pregnancy there are certain do’s and don’ts. Always abide by them and remember its better to be safe than sorry. For example, I am a triathlete and competed in my first Half Ironman last summer before I got pregnant and like to cycle now. When you’re pregnant your balance is off and it is not advised to be on busy roads with cars and lose gravel on a road bike if you are carrying a baby inside you! So I have been riding the stationary bike alot and going to spin class. Both great exercises for pregnancy and completely safe! I also like the emails I get each week from and love reading the Fit Pregnancy magazine and blog.


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I had the amazing opportunity of going to Hawaii with my Husband 2 weeks ago for his companies work retreat. We had a wonderful “Baby Moon” and stayed active by snorkeling, running and swimming while there. I also had the amazing opportunity to take a Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Class (SUP YOGA). I have taught yoga for about 6 Years now and had never had the opportunity to do anything like that. So I went for it! It was incredibly challenging and so fun! It was really hard to balance on the board with a 7 months pregnant belly, but I was so glad I did it! I only fell in the water once too! I surprised myself with what I could do. It is something that I will remember forever and hope to get the opportunity again while not pregnant 🙂


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Yoga is something that I have always loved in my training regiment with running and triathlon training, and it is something that most any pregnant woman can do. I am currently still teaching Power yoga and it still makes me feel so good when I finish teaching a class. I would encourage all pregnant women to look into a local yoga class and get started! No matter what stage you are in, yoga is fabulous for Pregnant bodies and Pregnant minds. There are many yoga DVD’s on the market right now as well that are inexpensive and can be practiced in the privacy of your own home. You can try anything from Prenatal Yoga, to relaxation yoga to Power Yoga depending on you fitness level and goals for your pregnancy. I know I need my yoga at least once a week to help stretch my muscles, calm my mind, and get a little break from my 2 sweet, crazy kids before the next one comes!
You also, always need to stay hydrated! Hydration during pregnancy is more precious than usual. Your body needs water to form amniotic fluid, produce extra blood volume, build new tissue, carry nutrients, help indigestion, and flush out your wastes and toxins from you and baby! Drinking lots of fluids during pregnancy helps, ease constipation and hemorrhoids, softens skin, and decreases risk of urinary tract infections and preterm labor. It’s a good idea to get eight cups each day, and if it’s hot or if you’ve been exercising, you probably need even more. I always keep a water bottle with me while in the car or running errands. That way I always have some to sip on and its always ready when I hit the gym. At home I fill up a big glass of ice water and leave it out visible in whatever room I’m in. That way I see it and make sure I drink throughout the day.


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I have learned more than anything with this pregnancy to enjoy the ride and be grateful for the way my body is changing to make way for the little miracle that is coming soon. Every mom needs some pampering too, so try to find something that will relax you and make you feel beautiful! Take a bubble bath, paint your toes (Um, maybe not with that belly! Have someone else paint them for you or splurge and go get a pedicure 🙂 indulge in that craving you have, and take pictures of your bump! I had some maternity pictures taken of me last month and was so glad I did them. I struggled with pictures of me pregnant my first 2 times and wanted to change that with this pregnancy. I really am glad I did and I really feel beautiful in them. (Maternity pictures by the talented Brittany of


Good luck to all you expectant moms out there and remember to enjoy your bump!


Written by Heather Jenson
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For class instructions with this babe, (Utah residents only).


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Emma Magazine Feature

In Features, Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on May 2, 2013 at 3:33 am

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Oh my heavens! We can’t believe it’s finally here! Our spread on the Emma Magazine May ’13 Issue is now live. A special thanks to our amazing photographer Jess of By Jess Photography, who aside from being so incredibly talented she is so fun to work with and probably one of the sweetest people we’ve ever met!  To read our feature article click here (Find us on page 52).

Thank you EmmaMag!

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Isabella Oliver Maternity Favorites and Promo Code

In Giveaway, Maternity chic, Outfits on May 1, 2013 at 11:26 am

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To celebrate all of our beautiful mamas out there,  Isabella Oliver and the gals from Mychicbump are bringing you yet another amazing treat. (Check our ongoing IO Ruched Maternity T-shirt dress giveaway).  From May 1st – May 12th (Mother’s day), you can purchase your favorite Isabella Oliver pieces from their new Spring Summer 2013 collection at 15% off!  Just use our exclusive promo code: ‘ChicBump15’  at checkout and stock up on classy maternity wardrobe pieces for that effortless, chic look.  Here are a couple of my favorites:

Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress (Check ongoing giveaway!)

Betty Stripe Maternity Dress

Vivien Print Maternity Dress

Sateen Cargo Maternity Pants

Ruth Crop Maternity Cardigan

Mae Drape Maternity Trench

Una Maternity Summer Dress

The Everyday Maternity Blazer

The Ruched Maternity Wrap Dress

Eva Knit Maternity Cardigan

Tie Front Maternity Blouse

Lucille Maternity Dress


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Keeping Fit and Feeling Fab During Pregnancy

In Fitness, Maternity chic, Supermoms on April 30, 2013 at 1:06 am
Hi I’m Amy from Absolute Amy.  I’m a wife and mum to a gorgeous 2 year old daughter with another baby on the way, living in sunny Perth, Western Australia.  I love coffee and cupcakes and I adore fashion and style.  I’m also passionate about health and well-being and today I’m talking about how to stay fit and feel fabulous during your pregnancy.  If you do have a baby on the way – congratulations! This is one of the most wonderful and beautiful times of your life and I hope this post helps you on your pregnancy journey.
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 With my daughter Ava – 16 weeks pregnant
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 21 weeks pregnant with my daughter Ava

A health professional once told me that in an ideal world, you should be at your fittest when you fall pregnant as you are about to complete a baby growing marathon and after having my first child two years ago, I couldn’t agree more.

I’m not suggesting that in preparation to have a baby you should be spending hours in the gym or running 5 miles each day, but it is a good idea to be paying attention to your health and well-being in whatever form of exercise suits your lifestyle best – walking, yoga, Zumba, the gym, Pilates – some form of exercise is better than nothing!
For me, I’ve never been a massive fan of exercise, but in the middle of last year I discovered my kind of exercise – clinical Pilates. If you don’t know much about Pilates, it’s a controlled and precise form of exercise which involves a wide range of exercises and stretches, focusing on toning and sculpting your body while strengthening your core. It’s perfect for anyone who has an injury as clinical Pilates classes are run by an Exercise Physiologist who can ensure movements are being done correctly.
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 17 weeks pregnant on the trapeze at Pilates
I also enjoy walking and getting fresh air.  We live close to some local stores, and if I need to run errands I’ll put my daughter in the pram and we’ll go for a walk together.  This way we both get out of the house, get some fresh air and I get some gentle exercise. It’s only takes me about 30 minutes, and it’ a fantastic way to stay fit while getting a few jobs done.
It’s also really important to eat eat fresh and healthy food while you’re pregnant, after all – you’re nourishing a tiny person growing inside you and giving them the very best possible start in life!  Like many pregnant women, my appetite has increased dramatically during my pregnancy, and my cravings are for sweet, sugary things like cakes and cookies.  I try to limit this as much as possible by doing the following;
  • If you don’t have it in the house, you can’t eat it! I intentionally don’t buy cookies and cakes because if they’re in the house, there’s a good chance I’ll eat them.  So leave them out of your shopping cart and fill it with fresh fruit, veggies, cereals, lean meats and low fat yogurt instead.
  • Fill up a fruit bowl at the beginning of each week and have it on your kitchen counter or on your work desk.  You’re more likely to snack on food if you can see it, so put any naughty food out of sight and reach for a piece of fruit instead.  Apples, pears, bananas and berries are the best fruit to eat as they are high in vitamins and fiber and not too high in sugar
  • Don’t skip breakfast! A lot of people make the mistake of not eating breakfast and as a result become so hungry by mid morning that they reach for the first thing they can get, which is often high in sugar.  Instead, opt for a low GI breakfast of porridge topped with blueberries or eggs on toast.
  • Don’t drink your calories! Cut out all sugary drinks and drink water or green tea instead. If you prefer flavored water, fill up a jug with water and add orange or lemon slices, or even some cucumber and mint.  If you like fizzy drinks, stock your fridge with sparkling water, it’s so refreshing and it’s good for you!
  • Carry snacks with you at all times. I get really hungry very quickly, so it’s best for me if I always have some snacks on hand. Bananas are a great option as they already have their very own packaging and I also carry muesli bars which are low in sugar, crackers and little packets of almonds with me.
  • Everything in moderation – including moderation! If you enjoy chocolate or cookies or ice cream, then allow yourself one small slice or a few squares or a small bowl each evening.  This way you have a special treat to look forward to every day and don’t feel like you’re missing out, but you avoid overindulging.
I recently had a healthy eating series on my blog Absolute Amy, you can take a look at healthy breakfastlunchdinner and snack ideas, just click on the links.
And finally, it’s so important to have time for YOU when you’re pregnant.  This can be tricky if you already have other children, but it’s really important for your mental health to have some time out.  Whether that’s going for a quick 10 minute walk around the block to breathe and think, running a big bubble bath (but only with warm water – a hot bath isn’t advisable for pregnant woman) or catching up with friends for coffee or dinner, make sure you take time out for you.
Good luck on your pregnancy journey lovely ladies.  Relax and enjoy this truly incredible time in your life.


Amy xxxx


You can follow Amy’s pregnancy journey on her blog Absolute Amy, say hi to her on Facebook or follow her on TwitterInstagram or Pinterest.
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Isabella Oliver Giveaway

In Giveaway, Maternity chic, Outfits on April 29, 2013 at 12:34 am

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Hello ladies! Mother’s Day is just around the corner! So we thought this would be the perfect time for a giveaway from one of our favorite brands. We’ve teamed up with Isabella Oliver to treat you to one of their most popular items! The lucky winner will receive the Isabella Oliver Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress in their preferred size and color. This contest is open to all residents of the UK, US, EU, and CAN. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative.

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!. Pick your favorite color of the Ruched Maternity T-shirt Dress, and share it on Instagram. 

Tag @karenzaro #mychicbump #isabellaoliver. (If you have a private account, please let us know)

2. Share link of the giveaway on your Facebook wall.

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Contest ends Monday, May 6th at Midnight. Winner will be announced the following day.

Best of luck, ladies!


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Maternity Style Inspiration: Baby Blues

In Maternity chic, Outfits on April 23, 2013 at 12:50 am
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hatch dinner party dress
isabella oliver blue belt
classic pave link bracelet
Valentino Garavani Leather Pumps
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Recherché Jewelry Giveaway (CLOSED)

In Giveaway, Outfits on April 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

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Blazer: Forever21, similar style here  |   Top: Similar style here   |   Skirt: Banana Republic    |    Necklace: Recherché   |   Shoes: Similar style here

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Ours was filled with family outings, an award banquet with the hubby and Naomi’s hair adventure (See Instagram @Karenzaro for pics). And to start this week off right, we are collaborating with Always Recherché Jewelry today to give away this gorgeous mint statement necklace!



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Contest ends Friday,  April 26th at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced the following Monday.

** And the winner is …

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Congratulations, Vanesa! To know where to send your prize, please send me an email to

Karen at Mychicbump dot com

Thank you everyone for participating! And now the exciting news ….

Recherché has kindly offered an exclusive 20% discount for all Mychicbump readers using code “CHIC.”

A big thanks to Recherché again for teaming up with us and for creating this fabulous code for all our loyal readers!

And for a good morning laugh … here is the new Evian ad, guaranteed to have you smiling today!

Win Your Dream Nursery Makeover

In Giveaway on April 19, 2013 at 12:24 am

Boy, do I have some exciting news for you!! After months of preparation and hard work, the BIG REVEAL is finally here! Mom’s Best Network is launching their newest addition, Destination Nursery, where every month one lucky mom will get to win a dream package (worth over $10,000) to give her little one the perfect nursery space! After being the home for baby for 9 months, can you imagine having a beautiful space like this ready for them!

 The winner of their first dream nursery make over will be given all of these items to help them get started:


1-4. Pouf, Mirror, Curtains, and Origami light, from Serena & Lily

5. Caravan Crib from Kalon

6. Glider/Rocker from Best Chairs

7. Custom Wall Decals from Pop and Lolli  designed by Joanna from Waterfall Creative

8. Frames and Wooden letters from Twelve Timbers

9. Dana Console/Changer from Young America

10. Capel Rug from Gatehouse

11. Koo roo Animal Bank

12. Mattress and Changing Pad from Nook Sleep

13. Wooden Zebra Rocker from Cool Kids Company

14. Wooden toy camera from Twig Creative

15. Let them be little print from Maypole

Will you be their next destination?  Click here to Enter contest.

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A Berry Sweet and Filling Breakfast

In Fitness, Mom Appetit on April 16, 2013 at 11:29 pm



We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but as busy moms it’s still tough to squeeze it in.  But remember it will give you the energy you need to accomplish all the things you have to get done during the day, as well as give your baby many of the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong! Take advantage of new seasons and the new varieties of fresh fruits that come with them.

Did you know that berries are full of nutrients and antioxidants?  I am a true lover of blueberries, after all it is consider “super food” by doctors and nutritionist. I know what you’re thinking though, “I just don’t have time!” That’s why our BerrySweet parfait is so great for busy moms. It can be made the night before so when you wake up in the morning it’s all ready for you to eat.  Or, you can eat it is as a snack in between meals like I do 🙂

BerrySweet Parfait Layers

  • Almond Cranberry Granola
  • Greek Yogurt (Nonfat plain), mixed with blueberries
  • Almond Cranberry Granola
  • Strawberries
  • Greek Yogurt (Nonfat plain)




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Maternity Style: Spring Color Trends

In Go-to Look, Maternity chic, Outfits, Trends on April 15, 2013 at 3:28 am

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1. Asos Maternity Shift Dress    |    2. Ruth Crop Maternity Cardigan    |    3. HATCH The Tie Front Dress    |    4.  GAP  Maternity Jeans

Citrus Orange

Orange Maternity Collage

5. Sateen Cargo Maternity Pants    |    6. Eva Knit Maternity Cardigan    |    7. Coral Front Knot Dress    |    8. Olian Tie Front Maternity Top

Hues of Green

Green Maternity Collage

9. Double Scallop Top    |    10. Seraphine Maternity Maxi Knot Dress     |    11. Secret Fit Belly Maternity Pants     |    12. Asos Maternity Maxi Dress

Flower Power

Floral Prints Maternity Collage

13. Vivient Print Maternity Dress    |    14. GAP Floral Legging Skimmer Jeans     |    15. Silk Printed Tunic     |    16. Summer Bloom Print Maxi Dress

Cobalt Blue on Blast

Cobalt Blue Maternity Collage

17. The Everyday Maternity Blazer    |    18. The Ruched Maternity Wrap Dress    |    19. Asos Maternity Skinny Jeans    |    20. Gathered Detail Maternity Maxi Dress

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