Pregnancy: What I Loved, Regret, and Learned

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Hey fam, today I wanted to share my intimate maternity photos and a little letter in the mix. As my photographer/friend Jon and I were taking these pictures (literally down the street from my house!), I found myself feeling so many mixed emotions. It really hit me in that hour that I’m going be a mom very soon. I think now that I’m at the finish line of pregnancy, I can look back and openly share some things I’ve loved and learned – and a couple of regrets?
 
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LOVED: So many things! Being a first-time preggo, I am so happy that I didn’t experience morning sickness! Most of my girlfriends who were pregnant all got hit with it in some way so I feel like I won the lottery in that department! I definitely felt fatigue but nothing too extreme. Another thing – I love that I never used my pregnancy as an excuse to be lazy! Being pregnant actually challenged me to continue life as I normally would (with a few healthy modifications) I never tried avoiding my workouts. Getting in some level of fitness has always been important to me (even if it was just a 20 minute walk some days when I was fatigue.) In the end, I think this helped me experience less aches and pains (and hopefully it paid off in labor too!)
 
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Don’t get me wrong though – I’ve also loved the amazing amount of REST I’ve been blessed with this season. Sleep yes! But also a spiritual rest from God that I’ve been praying about for YEARS. I’ve been living in a hustle and bustle busy lifestyle world for as long as I can remember and have struggled with taking time for me. I feel like this pregnancy has given me the healthy excuse to find balance and conquer it. Being successful and hard working is important, but I’ve learned that also having sanity, friends and doing normal things that don’t need to become an “instagram moment” is just as important to me in the end. For once, I’m really glad that this pregnancy forced me to say No to fun trips and a lot of work opportunities I had to decline. I’m okay not doing it all and enjoying time at home. 🙂
 
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REGRETTED: At the end of the day, I have no REAL regrets but just for fun I’ll share a few things I’ll work on for my next pregnancy. One of the biggest regrets I’ve had is not eating that extra slice of cake at dinner. (JK I totally ate it.)  Besides wishing I took more photos of my bump, I will say this pregnancy has allowed me to look back on pre-pregnancy photos of myself and think “holy cow girl, YOU WERE SO SKINNY.” And NOT in a cute way. It’s kind of embarrassing to talk about myself in this way, but before I got pregnant, I was healthy but also addicted to working out. I think at some point I wasn’t taking in as many calories as I was burning in those fun cycling classes and Kayla Itsines BBG workouts. I wasn’t keeping a close eye on my appearance because I was having so much fun with how far I could push myself in my workouts. LOL. So imagine when I started this pregnancy out at 98 pounds 5’2” height. My BMI was totally underweight and my doctor encouraged me to take it easy and EAT. I’ve gained a healthy 50 pounds now and my body and baby needed it. Safe to say – I’ll never not workout again because I love it, but after this baby arrives I’m going to get back in shape but do it right this time. My goal is to pay close attention to my diet but not be so strict like I was before (esp since I’m nursing and NEED healthy calories!) However, I do not want to be back at my pre-pregnancy weight, ideally 110 would be great! 🙂
 
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LEARNED: I feel like I can write a book about all the things I’ve learned about pregnancy, babies, and coping with all the changes it brings to the body. lol! It’s been an incredible journey seeing what the female body can do and getting to know this little nugget growing inside of me. It’s made me appreciate myself more and respect the process. It probably took me somewhere at the end of my second trimester to finally just let go and trust that my body GOT THIS. I learned stress marks are inevitable so don’t drown yourself in cocoa butter. I learned it’s okay to eat the hot cheetos AND ice cream if you’re craving it. I learned on some days it’s okay to cry, laugh, fart, and  scream (even if it’s at the same time LOL). And lastly, I learned that you’re only pregnant for the first time once so embrace the highs, lows, flaws, itchy boobs and everything in between. Most importantly, don’t compare yourself and your pregnancy to anyone else’s. Just like that sweet bundle of joy growing inside you, we are all on a separate journey growing in different ways. Oh and whenever hormones got the best of me, I learned to stop and breathe, count my blessings, and focus on the life growing inside of me. Enjoy the fluttery kicks and hiccups because It’s the closest you will ever be to your child. Don’t blink too fast because they will be here before you know it. 🙂
 
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Before I go, I just want to give you an idea of what my “maternity leave” is going to look like. I decided like any normal person that I want to take time off to tackle the new responsibilities of being a mom and enjoying the precious moments with my newborn baby. I work from home so I don’t have a set date for when I’ll return in full-swing. Knowing myself, I’m not the type to leave my loving readers (you!) and followers hanging in the dust. I won’t be going completely dark thanks to a little strategy move. I’ve worked over-time these past few months to create an extra stash of content that my team can publish on my behalf. The goal is for me to stay off the computer as much as I can and focus on my girl! Depending how I feel postpartum, I will try my best to give little updates here and there (most likely through social media and our new family account The Hendrix’s.) I also want to take my time off as an opportunity to open my eyes and ears to this this new chapter in life and all that I’m going to learn/experience. When I come back to my digital life, I’m excited that I’ll probably have so much to share. I’ll also be more re-charged and inspired than ever before!
 
Thank you for supporting me every step of this pregnancy. Stevie and I were talking the other night about how lucky we are to have such an incredible support system. You guys are a blessing in our lives and we do not take that for granted! We are excited to know that this sweet bundle of joy already has so much love and attention! I know I say this a lot, but you guys really are the best.
 
I’ll be 39 weeks on Monday and my doctor said she can come any day now! (fun fact: I lost my mucus plus the other morning – dare you to Google it if you aren’t sure hahahaha ) and I’m over 1 centimeter dilated! My body is definitely getting ready to do its thing so I’m soaking up these final moments of freedom (hehe). I want it to happen how it naturally would, but are there any remedies or tricks to speed things up? If you can recommend something comment below! 🙂
 
Prayer request: Right now, I’m feeling so anxious/excited/nervous/a little scared! All to be expected before labor and contractions, right? If you’d like to keep me and baby Hendrix in your prayers, my request is to pray that our labor/delivery is smooth with minimal discomfort and ZERO complications. Pray that she comes fast and is healthy, healthy, healthy! Thank you so much!
 
Photography: Jon Volk / Dress: Ingrid & Isabel


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  1. You look so stunning, girl! I’m so excited for you and Stevie and Sweetie to have this new baby in your lives 🙂

    Briana | youngsophisticate.com

  2. Ahhh so excited for this new chapter youre embarking on! love that as readers and fans, we’ve been able to somewhat go on this journey with you, as you have been so candid with your pregnancy. as for speeding up the labor process, i have an aunt that has 7 kids, and for each child, she ate a spoonfull of castor oil and it really got things going. cant wait for your angel to be here! may god bless you always 😍

  3. Looove Following your journey. Thanks for sharing with all your followers! Best of luck to you both, cant wait to see the litTle one!

    Karen

  4. Oh sazan i am so excited and happy for you! I cannot Wait to see your beautiful baby girl! I loved This post so much! Your photos look beautiful and i pray your baby is healthy and everything goes smoothly with your labor! Xoxo

  5. I give out my best wishes for you and the new blessing in youR faMily. You will be amazing parents ❤️

  6. The best (and probably the Safest) methods of going into labor arE: walKs, steps, sex. In my case neither of it worked, but all oF these
    Are pretty nice, so why not to try? 😉

    PraYing for your little family and Especially for baby hendrix. I’m sure
    Everything will be juat dine ❤️

    1. praying for your family sazan! You guys are an inspiration to my life. I am getting marry next year and I love to learn from other couples. God bless your beautiful little family.

  7. I absolutely loving following you, I love your heart you have for your husband, Sweetie and this baby girl! Most importantly the Lord!! you keep it real, that is my favorite thing about you! you are stunning and your light shines!! praying for a healthy delivery for you and sweet girl! you are going to rock this mother thing!! xoxo

  8. I didnt even Believe it myself but i Was weirdky craving it anyway, but pineapple! I was 1cm dilated after My 38 week dr appt and was so excited like you! My doctor Told me to calm down 😒 and baby wouldnt be coming anytime soon…. i ate some pineapple that night, and gave birth 2 days later! I was 10 days early! First baby, and Very healthy happy baby! I also drank raspberry leaf tea. . You got this girl! Ps. Bring your own pillows and blankeys to hospital for you amd hubs, I loved having them to snuggle up for comfort. Sending good vibes abd love to your family.

  9. you are truly inspiring! I have waTched your journey since the begin and am so excited the time is finally here! I am a new mom as well to a 2 month old boy! I had raspberry leaf tEa and i feel that helped speed Things up. Could be a cOincidence, but i went into labour On my due daTe! I had a natural Birth, no epIdural. From experience, just breathe and thr excitement of meeting your baBy girl will Give you the strength and

  10. you are truly inspiring! I have waTched your journey since the begin and am so excited the time is finally here! I am a new mom as well to a 2 month old boy! I had raspberry leaf tEa and i feel that helped speed Things up. Could be a cOincidence, but i went into labour On my due daTe! I had a natural Birth, no epIdural. From experience, just breathe and thr excitement of meeting your baBy girl will Give you the strengtH you need to get through it!

  11. I started taking EVENING primrose oil – orally At week 36… but then at 39 weeks in used it vaginally tWo nights in a row, the second night i went into labor 2 hours later. I had already STARTED dilatIng over the weekend – so i only think it works if YOUR body has already STARTED moving along or youre in early labor

  12. I gave biRth to my first child 2 months ago. and just wanted to let you know it is not as paInFul and scary as people make it out to be. It is ActuAlly a RatHer beautiful Experience. You got this, don’t think too much. ❤️

  13. Hi sazan im from Philippines and i really adore you aNd your Little family. Stay positiVe and god will make everything good, smooth and minimal pain as Requested through our prayers together. Healthy baby hendrix too. GoD bless on your delivery! Il be including you in my prayers! Love you! 😘

  14. Drink some raspberry leaf tea, Power Walk a little bit more than you’re used to, eat spicy foods, and have sex!!!! I Study maternal and child health and have read up on natural ways to induce labor so i’ll be ready when it happens for me Lord WILLING! Excited for you.

  15. CONGRATULATIONS on your baby girl. I did some yoga at 39 weeks and few days and Had my baby the next day So i would give that a try. Wishing for a smooth easy delivery. Best wishEs

  16. You will be an amazing mOm! And i am now trying to become pregnant and it hasn’t happened. Your bLogs make me happy and i know it will Happen for me too. Anyway i am sending posiTive vibes! Your Baby girl is gonna be gorgeous and healthy!

  17. It sounds like you are growing inwardly so well! I will be praying for you and your family. A few RECOMMENDATIONS:
    Consider contractions as thougH they are “waves” with a beginnIng, peak and end…know that you will get a break from the pain after it peaks, so if you can find a way to work through it then you can do it, naturally. Watch the Ted talk bu Ina May Gaskin…Write down calming Bible verses and encouraging phrases to help you through the delivery. Walk, walk, walk. Drink red raspberry leaf tea…There is eveN a delivery drink made of the tea…just google it

  18. Sazan, what a Refreshing and honest look into the life of a woman on the verge Of motherhood. You are a successful buisness owner, EntRepreneur, and social media influencer. Amd from what i can tell, you are also an incredibly humbLe and down to earth person at that! You are going to make such a great mama, and be such an amaZing role model for your little girl. Thank you for sharing about Your lives and giving us a little glimpse of this beautiful family you have. You are truly blessed, aNd it is evident that God has some really great things in store for you and yoUr family. ❤️

  19. This is probably my faVourite post now 🙂 sending prayers to you and baby hendrix for a healthy Delivery and labour and recovery and 100% health! I recently gave birth to my baBy girl – all nAtural & no epridural. I had the shortest labour and fastest delivery & here are some tips for you to exPerience the same:

    1. Breathe breathe breathe
    2. Eat dates – they sPeed up labour & help you not feel any pain
    3. Hot showers help speed up the process
    4. Eat pIneapples

    Excited fo the family and enjoy every moment!

  20. Why Do i feel this lump in mY throat as i read This? I was literaLly one of your first followers and now to see you at this stage of your life makes me teary. I feel like youre My little girl that has all grown up hehe. Like Everyone out there i follow loads of people on social media But ive only ever Felt so emoTional about someone iVe never met this once. Its because youre so genuine saz (and stevie too). I will DEFINITELY be Including you in my Prayers because you deserve it ❤️❤️❤️ Lots of love from kuwait xxx

  21. Hey loVe,
    Excuse my eNglish, i‘m from germany but haD to comment since i followed your Pregnancy and had all the feels. My little baby girl turns 1 Next week so i totally get Your feelings and it feels likE looking Back to my last days before baby girl arrived. The doctors always told me she would comeEarly but in the end it took 4 more days to go. Xou will lAugh out loud but what helped me the most was to relax eat hot and spicy FOod and…belly dance 😂 Some hours before labour started i did belly dancing and I am convinced that this helped and pushed things further. You should trY it. I can totallY see you and stevie rock the belly dance 👍🏻 Lots of love, you will do just fine.

  22. Aw I’m so excited for your family. you’re going to be an amazing mama. i will keep you and baby girl in my prayers, as well as stevie CAUSe if he is anything like my hubby he will feel all the feels 😂. i personally advise to never try castor oil unless your 42 weeks pregnant and very hydrated ! it can cause complications. also remember she will come when shes READY! i OBSESSED over THINGS to try but in the end they come when they want lol but for fun, sex works really WELL if you feel up to it! ESPECIALLY IF YOU “O”. also drink red raspberry leaf tea and do stretches to help position her well, like sitting on an exercise ball! you got this !

  23. What a BEAUTIFUL BLOG. CongratuLations to both yoUrself and stevie. (Dont know why its in caPs) I lost my mucus plug and about 5days later i had my baby girl, shes not 3 months and yes time absOlutely flies. Its hard at the beginning and extremely challenging but god makes it easy in our minds and we get through it as mothers, its amazing. Also, to speed Up the process get stevie to give you a foot massaGe i got One from my hubby and then 1am the next day My waters broke 🙂 goodluck on tHis journey ❤️

  24. Hey girl you look amazing! so excited for the arrival of your baby =) If youre trying to get this going walking a lot and squatting especially helps prepare for labor. check out the website spinningbabies.com to get some other tricks and tips. Good luck!

  25. As a labor and delivery nurse we try to help with dilation by using the peanut ball or a normal workout ball. Walking also helps. We have MOMS walking the halls where I work! God bless you and your family. Can’t wait to see her!!

  26. Ahhh lost my mucus plug a week before my first baby and the day before my seCond! So exciting!!!! Both my kiddos came 10 days eArly and were nice and heaLthy. to induce labor NaturallY i drank rasberry leaf tea with cinnAmon sticks bOIled in 3 times Day, drank tons of water, and my husband and i had sex! It works! Resesrch the Prostaglandins in their SPerm And hoW it helpS to Induce labor

  27. Get out your breast pUmp – mY dr confirmed thaT the Only proven method is nipple stimulatIon 😳 i tried it out at 39 weeks, 3 days and went into laBor the very next mOrning! Your bOdy naturally starts contracting When you PUmp and you may even produce some colostrom- but dont worry tHats all positive things! Sending yoj PRAYERS and

    1. For some reason, that posted By accident. What i was going to say was i am sending You prayers for aN amazing (& Quick) delivery! It really is the most incrediBle experience that life has to Offer! Xo

  28. Hey, Girl.
    I just told my husband, “My girl, Sazan, wants some birthing advice from the mama’s.” So, yeah, your a household name here. I love your Christian testimony, your marriage, that your husband was homeschooled like yours truly and my hubby… heck, this photo shoot just reminds me how you have a beautiful modesty. And of course, I love your style.

    I just had my third kid at 27, so I wanted to weigh in here, though I have not had experience with your situation. Like you, I had good pregnancies, though during the first I had a major kidney infection. But, no repercussions to speak of. 🙂 Thank God! Three surprisingly fast, natural births later (first two arrived at the hospital in time for them to catch the baby, third time, unintentionally we didn’t make it and had the baby at home… A OK!), I have this advice for all moms in our culture:

    First of all, [whether or not you go ahead with Monday night medical induction] go read this about naturally inducing yourself. These methods are gentler than conventional methods. You can spend your weekend on it, and maybe have the baby on Stevie’s chosen day:

    https://avivaromm.com/labor-induction-low-natural-approaches-midwife-md/

    By the way, this doctor/midwife is one of the foremost in the ob. field. The credentials don’t get better than OB, Midwife, and herbalist. Wow.

    Also, near the end of my third pregnancy, I finally read just the second half of this book: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
    (by the premier midwife of the US).

    I couldn’t believe how much I learned. And I wasn’t an ignoramus about birth, having grown up surrounded by midwifery knowledgeabe moms of lots of kids, and about to birth my third! Ina May’s book is a must-read in our day, where much of the gentler methods of assisting mothers and babies in this natural process have been lost in the technological rush and emphasis to discover the best intervention methods in case of pathology.

    If I were in your shoes, I would wait until there was a sure need for medical induction. The likely risks outweigh the possible benefits for both. I appreciate conventional medical knowledge. It saves many, and at the end of the day, in their hands, odds are you and your baby will be well. But, if you delve into pregnancy and birthing books and tap into alternative medicine, you will find a wealth of gentler, time tested techniques and helpful tips that bridge that gap between just waiting and invasive medical intervention, so you don’t just have two options.
    Whatever you decide, just rest in God’s blessing of how far you’ve come, giving your sweet girl a wonderful start. And, it sounds like you are getting very honest and well-explained opinions. I learned by living both in the Tampa area and Northern Virginia how much of a disparity there can be in obstetric care depending on your doctor. Any doctor that goes at length to explain the faultiness of sonographic measurements is a good one. Praying for you and yours, sweet Sister! *muah*

  29. Shalom Stevie, Sazan & Sweetie,

    You all have been in my daily prayers esp. now as you’ve entered your third and final trimester. I pray that she’s healthy, full of energy and is all you both hope she’ll be. I always wanted children of my own but it wasn’t god’s will. that’s okay because he uses me in other ways. I congratulate you both as soon-to-be parents and that sweetie will be protective of her as well. by the way, have you thought of a name for her? I’m praying your delivery will not be too painful, that you don’t have a long time in labor and that god almighty himself is smiling down on you. give sweetie a pat for me and be blessed!

  30. Stevie, Sazan & Sweetie,

    congratulations on the birth of your beautiful daughter, valentina grace Hendrix. she’s beautiful just like her parents. as the owner of a busy real estate investment company, I don’t have any free time to sign up for an Instagram account. when will you be posting pictures of her on sazan.me? thanks in advance.

  31. “Most importantly, don’t compare yourself and your pregnancy to anyone else’s. Just like that sweet bundle of joy growing inside you, we are all on a separate journey growing in different ways.”

    This! So spot on! COngrats on your new bundle of joy! What a wonderful blessing!

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