Body Image During Pregnancy: How I Really Feel

Being pregnant is hard. Even when you have a relatively easy pregnancy, as mine as been so far, it is still a huge change, and can take a toll on both your body and your mind.

One big thing that I, like a lot of other women, have struggled with throughout my pregnancy so far is body image. There’s no question that a woman’s body goes through some major changes during pregnancy, and even though some women handle the changes better than others, I think almost every woman struggles with their body image at some point during their pregnancy.

June 2016

As someone who considers health and fitness a big part of my life, seeing the changes that are happening in my body is hard. In addition to my belly growing, my arms and thighs are bigger, my boobs are bigger, my hips are wider, my butt is flatter, I’ve lost a lot of muscle, and I honestly just don’t even recognize the body that I’m currently in. I have continued to work out throughout my pregnancy, (not so much in the first trimester, but pretty consistently through the second so far) but workouts are definitely not as long or as hard or intense as they were pre-pregnancy. As far as weight gain goes, I’m doing really well. At just over half way (23 weeks tomorrow) I have gained about 13 pounds, putting me right on track to stay within the recommended 25 to 30 pound range.

21 weeks pregnant

Even with all of that though, some days I really struggle to wrap my mind around the fact that I am currently the heaviest, and most out of shape I have ever been. And I still have 17 more weeks to go for things to keep growing! That honestly freaks me out a little.

April 2016

I cannot tell you how many times I have either said out loud to my husband or thought in my head, “I can’t wait to get this baby out of me and get back in shape!” Now don’t get me wrong here, I am SO grateful to be pregnant. I am so grateful that I was able to get pregnant so easily. I am so grateful that my pregnancy stuck. I am so grateful that up until this point, (and hopefully through the rest of it) I have had a complication free pregnancy. But right along with that gratefulness, I can’t help but feel a little down about the way my body currently looks.

April 2016

Negative body image, whether pregnant or not, is not something you can just get over. It takes time and it takes a positive mind set, and for me, it takes remembering WHY I’m going through this. When this pregnancy is over, I will have my sweet little baby in my arms, and I know that all of the negative thoughts I had about my body will mean nothing, because that little boy will mean everything.

I have good days and I have bad days, but honestly, as I get further along, and ironically, as I get bigger, it’s getting easier for me to accept the changes that are happening in my body. I’m slowly learning to look at pregnancy as the amazing miracle that it is, instead of focusing on all of the negative that I see in myself. I’m literally growing a human that is half me and half my husband, and that is absolutely incredible.

22 weeks pregnant

So, pregnant mamas, new mamas, mamas who maybe aren’t new but are still struggling with their post baby body, or even those of you who aren’t moms but are just having a hard time with your body image, this one is for you. You are beautiful just the way you are, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself. So I’m going to try my hardest to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy and be thankful for what this body is doing, but I cannot wait to see what else my body can do once my little man is born!

Amazon Holiday Gift Guide – Something for Everyone on your List

You guys, Christmas is in two weeks. Two. Weeks. 

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably sitting here wondering how the heck that’s even possible. And because you’re in disbelief that Christmas is already here, you’ve probably also been putting off your shopping, which means that now you’re down to the last minute and you’re trying to figure out what to get everyone on your list. 

If that’s not you, and you’re on top of your Christmas game, with all of your gifts purchased, wrapped, and already under the tree, props to you! Please teach me your ways. But for you procrastinators out there, I’m here to help, and Amazon is about to become your best friend!

There are a couple of reasons that I prefer to do all of my Christmas shopping on Amazon, with the top one being that you can literally find anything on Amazon. It really makes it so easy to do all of your shopping in one stop, all while sitting on your couch in your pajamas! Also, I hate dealing with the traffic and the crowds in actual stores, so shopping on Amazon lets me avoid all of that! 

Buying for the kids is usually pretty easy, but the adult family and friends can be a little more difficult, so I’ve put together this list of items (all from Amazon) that is sure to have something for everyone on your list. From your fashionista best friend, to your sister that travels all the time, to the man in your life, and several more, this guide will help you find something for them all! 

Everything is linked below! 

The Techie

KiiPix Smartphone Picture Printer – This is the perfect gift for someone that is picture obsessed! This little picture printer lets you print them directly from your phone, so they don’t have to run to Walgreens every time they want to print a new picture! Comes in three different colors.

Wireless, Solar, Bluetooth Speaker & Phone Charger by Reveal – This is the perfect portable, wireless speaker. It is solar powered, so no need to plug it in to charge it, and it is made out of bamboo, so it’s eco-friendly. Plus, it doubles as a portable charger, so you can charge your phone right from the speaker while you’re using it!

Belkin PowerHouse Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone – Includes a built-in magnetic charging module for your Apple Watch and a lightning connector for your iPhone. Perfect for charging both devices at the same time!

AmazonBasics Backpack for SLR/DSLR Cameras and Accessories – This is a great gift for your photographer or vlogger friend!   Backpack holds and protects 2 smaller SLR/DSLR camera bodies, 3-4 lenses, and additional small accessories.    

Bluetooth Beanie Hat – This beanie would make a great gift for anyone that wants to stay warm and listen to music, without any dangling wires getting in the way! Perfect for someone that enjoys outdoor winter activities such as hiking or skiing! 

The Fashionista

Womens Oversize Fluffy Fleece Pullover – This fleece pullover makes it easy to stay warm while still looking cute! Comes in nine colors.

Rebecca Minkoff Watch – Have a fashion-loving friend who’s always late? Help them stay on time with this super cute pink and gold watch!

Calvin Klein Women’s Revel Ankle Boot – What fashionista wouldn’t love these classic black boots?! Comes in black, white, and tan.

Michael Kors Logo Tote Bag – Every girl loves a Michael Kors bag, and this simple design is a classic! Comes in ten colors!

Faux Leather Backpack – This stylish backpack is perfect for everyone! It could easily be used as a school bag, a diaper bag, a carry on, or even just a purse! Comes in black, brown, and navy. 

The Beauty Addict

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set in Nude Attitude – Who doesn’t love a good nude lip? This set offers three options, making it perfect for the friend that loves some variety in her makeup routine! 

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Women’s Perfume Set – This perfume set will make a great gift set for any beauty lover on your list. Includes a full sized perfume, lotion, and a small spritzer, perfect for traveling.

The Weekender Face Eye and Cheek Palettes by Laura Geller – This palette set is perfect for the beauty addict that loves a good weekend getaway! Each palette includes four eye shadows, a blush, and a highlighter, making makeup a breeze on a weekend away. 

Drunk Elephant Full Sized Night Bright Duo – Know someone that loves Drunk Elephant products? They will love this Night Bright Duo, which is designed to refine skin texture and tone, as well as hydrate and nourish, all while you sleep! Also available in travel sizes.

Gold Pattern Cosmetic Bag – Every beauty lover needs a good place to store their makeup, and this cosmetic bag is the perfect solution! The gold cutout design is so cute, and the size is just right to fit everything you need! Available in black or white. 

The Frequent Flyer

AmazonBasics Portable Security Case – This security case is great for someone who travels a lot and needs somewhere to easily store things like jewelry or a wallet!     

TravelWise Packing Cube System – Know someone who loves to travel but is terrible at packing? These packing cubes would be perfect to help them keep their suitcase organized! Comes in several colors.

Travel Wallet and Family Passport Holder – Staying organized while traveling with the whole family can be difficult, but this travel wallet can help make it easier! Includes outside and inside pockets, space for up to four passports, space for cards, coins, and more! Seven color options available. 

Eccolo World Traveler Luggage Tags, Box Set of 3  – These travel tags are so cute and a great way to help you identify your luggage quickly – perfect for the frequent flyer! Come in nine different style options! 

Canvas Weekender Carry On Bag – Everyone needs a good carry on bag for traveling, and this one is perfect! Has a strap on the back making it easy to slip over the handle of a piece of rolling luggage, and comes in 11 different prints! 

The Man in your Life

Carhartt Legacy Deluxe Work Backpack – This backpack is perfect for the hard-working man in your life! It has space for everything he needs, including a laptop, and comes in brown or black. 

Beard Care Kit – If you have a bearded man in your life, he’s going to love this beard care kit. It includes a brush, a comb, beard balm, beard oil, and a pair of beard and mustache scissors – everything he needs to keep his beard looking sharp! 

Carry on Cocktail Kit – This is a fun and unique gift for a man that likes to enjoy a cocktail on a long flight! The kit contains everything he needs to make a drink, so all he’ll have to do is order the alcohol! Cocktail options include an old fashioned, a bloody mary, a margarita, and more. 

Kenneth Cole Desert Sun Chukka Boot – If there’s a man in your life that enjoys fashion, he’s going to love these boots. Perfect for dressing up, or dressing down, he can wear them with literally anything. They come in a variety of colors in both leather and suede. 

Yeti Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Koozie – Every man wants to keep his drink cold, and this Yeti koozie is sure to do the trick! 

The Home Decor Lover


Faux Fur Throw Blanket – Who doesn’t love a big cozy faux fur throw blanket?! Every home decor lover you know will love this blanket, and you’ll probably want to order one for yourself too! 

Bohemian Multicolored Distressed Area Rug – This beautiful rug will look great in any house, with any design style!

Gallery Wall Kit, Set of 10 with Assorted Size Frames – If you know someone who loves to display pictures of their family in their home, they will absolutely love this frame set. This matching set, with frames in a variety of sizes, makes it easy to create the perfect gallery wall!   

Home Sweet Home Wood Sign – This sign will look great in anyone’s home! It’s simple and easy to style, and any home decor lover will love working it into their decor!

Set of 3 Wood Floating Shelves – Floating shelves are a great way to display decor items, and these wood ones will look beautiful in anyone’s home!

The Fitness Junkie

24 oz. Inspirational Water Bottle with Funny Fitness Quotes – Sometimes you just need a little extra motivation, and these funny and inspirational water bottles are sure to do the trick! Available with three different quotes. 

365-Day Inspirational Desk Calendar – This inspirational desk calendar isn’t just a great gift for a fitness lover, it’s really a great gift for anyone! Give this fun little calendar to anyone who could use a little daily inspiration! 

Workout Log Book & Fitness Journal – This workout log book is perfect for the fitness junkies in your life! They’ll be able to track their goals, their weight, their workouts, and more! Plus the book includes a list of exercises that will work each body part. 

7-Piece Yoga Set – This set contains all the essentials that your favorite yogi needs, all in an easy carrying case! Perfect for practicing at home or in the studio!

Vooray Small Gym Duffel Bag – This gym bag is cute and functional! What more could you ask for?!

Welcome to The Boho Beach Blog!

Hello and welcome to The Boho Beach Blog! I’m so excited to be taking on this new adventure and I’m happy to have you here with me! I just want to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about why I decided to start this blog, and what you can expect to see here.

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Let’s start with the WHY.

About two months ago when we moved to Florida, I started a home decor Instagram page to document the process of turning our new house into our home. Home decor is something I really enjoy, and I wanted to share what I was doing with people who actually cared to see it. But, as it often is with Instagram, I felt as if I could only share certain things that “fit” my page. I love home decor, but there is so much more to me than that, and I wanted to be able to share more than just pictures of my living room.

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So when I started thinking about changing up my Instagram, I also decided that I wanted to start a blog. I’ve always enjoyed social media and blogging, (both were actually a big part of my last job) so I figured, why not? I chose to go from just home decor to full on lifestyle, because I truly enjoy all of those things. Travel, fashion, beauty, fitness…they’re all a big part of my life. And so, The Boho Beach Blog was born.

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Now for the WHAT. 

Honestly, you can expect a little bit of everything. I’ll be sharing stories and tips from our travels, fashion finds and tips, some of my favorite things, beauty finds, fitness tips, bits of our life here in Florida, and of course, plenty of home decor.

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This blog is really just going to be a combination of all of the things that make me who I am. You’ll get a lot of personality, a little bit of humor, a ton of fun, and probably quite a few dog pictures.

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Thank you so much for joining me here, and I can’t wait to share some more with you!

-xo

Leandra