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question.  for those of you who have used or are going to use Caribe Photo... which package are you choosing?  Most of them are so short.. only like an hour or so.  Is that enough time at all?  Doesn't sound like it.  Please let me know.  It's getting close~

I booked Caribe for 5 hours.   They will start at 3pm.  Our wedding is at 5pm.  I hope this will work out!....I really have no idea!

 

Originally, I thought that I only wanted 1-2 hours of photography but then realized I might be disappointed when it's all said and done if I didn't have enough photos.

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Congratulations tkuzma!!  It's really nice to hear about your wonderful wedding week.  It makes me excited too!   

 

I didn't even think about asking for 2 separate flavours for the two tier wedding cake. I'll have to steal that idea. I had just asked for strawberry.

 

We are also going to El Dorado Maroma for our second week because I knew we would need some honeymoon time.  Thanks for confirming that! 

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Originally Posted by JennyBenz View Post

 

Hey girl!

Same here, I feel like I'm doing so much, but then there's still so much to do! I'm making headway with all of the DIY projects but the most tedious task is getting all of our guests to book their rooms by March 1st deadline! I hear this is the most common issue with DW, so I'm trying not to stress but I am sending reminders all the time now =) I'd love to see how the chapstik labels came out!!  I finished all the painting this weekend, it didn't take long at all! Thankfully =)

 

Originally Posted by ElanaB82 View Post

 

Mk0386,

 

I live the Chapstick label idea! Do you mind me asking where you found the materials to do this?

 

Originally Posted by LilPumpkin View Post

 

 

MK0386 I would love to see how the chapstick labels turned out. Do you have a picture? I am planning the same thing :)

Hi ladies! I decided to create my very first thread in order to show you the chapstick! You can check it out here: http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/84966/my-diy-chapstick-labels-for-oot-bag-with-pics-and-template

 

Good luck!! Let me know what you think/how yours turn out :)

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Originally Posted by AmyandNolan2013 View Post

 

Love the Chapstick I think I am going to use that idea!

Anyother ideas for gift arrival bags?

Just use the search bar to find numerous threads on ideas for OOT bags. Depending on your group and budget there are so many things you can do! The one thing I would make sure to include though...a thank you note and a wedding timeline to let your guests know when and where things are.

 

Our OOT bags had a welcome booklet, first aid/survival kit, chapstick, local Mexican treats. And the OOT bags where reusable beach bags. Many girls include playing cards, can coozies, t-shirts, flipflops, towels, sunscreen, bugspray, etc.

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Welcome back MRS! cheers.gif  So glad to hear it was an amazing wedding, and reading your review brings back such fond memories of my own. Best wishes, and look forward to seeing some pictures.

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question.  for those of you who have used or are going to use Caribe Photo... which package are you choosing?  Most of them are so short.. only like an hour or so.  Is that enough time at all?  Doesn't sound like it.  Please let me know.  It's getting close~

I got the Mango package...and I HIGHLY recommend Vucko R. to do your pictures!  He was amazing!!!!  Can send you pics if you want to see his work :)

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I got the Mango package...and I HIGHLY recommend Vucko R. to do your pictures!  He was amazing!!!!  Can send you pics if you want to see his work :)

thank you Rachel.  I saw some of your pics last week and have requested him as well. They were great!  Was the 3 hours enough?  Did he shoot you getting ready etc. The ceremony and the reception?  Do you feel it was enough?

 

Thanks.

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Hello again ladies!!! I am back after an amazing wedding week at the Azul Sensatori and a second incredible honeymoon week at El Dorado Maroma! I didn't want to ever leavecheesy.gif

 

As other brides before me always said, I now reiterate, none of you have anything to worry about! I was a bit of a skeptic before because I'm an obsessive compulsive perfectionist, but now I'm a believer that this resort has weddings down to a science, and they will do anything in their power to make your day an absolutely fantastic one!

 

So now for a bit of a review...

 

 

Saturday February 2 - Arrival

Most of us (30 guests + bride & groom) arrived at the resort around 9 pm. The check-in process was a breeze.  We were all greeted with cold towels & champagne, and they directed us to one of the ballrooms for paperwork, which was full of sweets and more drinks. My groom & I were upgraded without asking to the honeyroom suite- OMG I hope some of you are able to experience this suite (to die for panoramic views of the beach & ocean!

After a quick bite to eat at Spoon, we all gathered at the Mojito Lounge to hand out our welcome cards and beach bags. Our group took over the terrace of the lounge, and we had our own little private party. Make sure to try the mango & kiwi mojitos!

 

 

Sunday February 3

This was a beach day for our guests. Chris & I ran around (a bit with our heads cut off) trying to greet the remainder of our guests and making sure everyone was happy. We visited his dad at Azul Beach, which was a nice little walk- again a reminder you have to walk past the nudist resort to get here.

We ate the beach bbq for lunch (actually, most days we ate lunch here!) and it is fab- a great selection and great service as well.  Make sure to try the ribs.

Dinner was at Zocalo (Mexican restaurant)- I think overall this one was my favourite (take into account that unfortunately due to commitments and time constraints, we never actually ate at either Tapaz or Le Chique). (Zocalo has fantastic tortilla soup & fish tacos at lunch).

In the evening we had a crafting party with both of our families and wedding party back at our suite- we ordered in room service dessert, yummy!

 

 

Monday February 4

Chris & I had to go into Cancun to meet with the priest that would be officiating our ceremony- this was a bit of a gongshow (we got dropped off at the wrong church, which in fairness, had almost an identical name to the one we needed to get to); however, the resort was very helpful in arranging for a private car with a driver for a return trip.  My aunt joined us, and the driver took her around to several local markets.

Our meeting with the wedding coordinator team was at 3 pm.  Odette and her assistant Kristina were the ladies we met with.  Both were very professional, attentive and methodical.  We went over every item in our spreadsheets with them, and then reviewed the decorations that I had brought.  This process took almost 2 hours, but I was extremely pleased to know that they wanted to make sure they knew exactly what our vision was and wanted to know in great detail how things should be set up and how we wanted to day to run.  We had a ton of various decorations we brought, and the random amount we were charged for setup was $150.

Only slight disappointment was that I had bought several dozen of various sized Ikea candles with me, but I was not allowed to use them because I didn't have candle holders, and they had none I could rent, so they went unused, and we rented their votives at the ridiculous price of $3/candle.

We ordered room service dinner that evening as we were in a bit of a rush to get ready for our Smores Party which we had on the beach that evening from 7-9pm.  This event was a hit with our guests, and well worth the $15/person price tag.  The actual bonfire was puny, but that is the only slight complaint I had.  The selection and amount of treats was impressive.  We had our own personal bartender and about 4 servers and they did a great job.  It turned out that the fire dancer show started at 9 pm right next to our party, so that was an added entertainment bonus.

 

 

Tuesday February 5

This was Chris & my day to "relax" and to try to enjoy the beach.  Haha, we still managed to find ourselves some tasks to complete and to try entertain various guests.

As part of our wedding package, we were supposed to receive a 30 min sky massage.  Somehow, we ended up receiving a 60 min massage, even though it was inside.  Not sure how this happened, but no compaints from us :) Just a note to not expect an RMT equivalent massage like back home, but it's soothing nonetheless.

In the evening, our wedding party had arranged a separate girls' and guys' dinner as a start to our joint bachelorette and bachelor parties.  The boys had a great time at Zocalo- the restaurant printed them a special menu for the event (at no charge) and gave them a tequila testing.  The girls met up at Zavas for dinner & drinks- the service was great, and they sat us at two long tables.  This was actually the only meal I really did not like during my entire stay at the resort, but no big deal.  After dinner, we all headed to Coco Bongo, which we arranged through the SunWing reps- just a small side note: we assumed we were headed to the Coco Bongo in Cancun, but SunWing only deals with the club in Playa del Carmen; no big deal, just a little bit of confusion. Mini buses picked up our group at 9:20 at the resort, and we left the club at 1:30.  The experience was totally worth the $50/girl and $60/guy.

 

 

Wednesday February 6

I started the day off with my bridesmaids with a 60 min sky massage.  I ended up with the same masseuse as the day prior, and I asked him to apply a lot more pressure than previous, which was more of what I usually receive with my RMT.

From 1-5pm I spent at the spa. I had a manicure & pedicure from 1-3 pm.  I forget the esthetician's name, but she did really nice work.  I have really short nails, and most esthetician's won't do a French manicure for me in Canada, but this girl did not even hesitate.  The polish on both my hands and feet lasted with minimal chips until the end of our honeymoon!  She also did my trial makeup from 3-4 pm.  They use MAC products, and they have a ton of colours to choose from.  She did a wonderful job, and was very receptive to changes suggested by me.  At the end, they even took my picture on their IPad, so they could refer to it again the next day.

Zenaida did my trial hair from 4- ~5:15pm.  I showed her three different pictures, and she masterfully combined all 3 into a curly sideswept low updo, which I absolutely loved.  Again my picture was taken, so they could refer to it the following day.

We had arranged to do a walk through of the ceremony with Odette for $50 through Lomas prior to arrival as we weren't going to see the El Dorado chapel until the actual wedding day.  She spent half an hour with us even though she had to run back and forth between 2 different weddings that day.  It was a bit haphazard, but it worked.  We then went with our families and wedding party to Sienna for a rehearsal dinner.

 

 

Thursday February 7 - WEDDING DAY!

I started at the spa at 9 am for makeup and then had my hair around 10:15.  I was done around 11:30.  The girls recreated my hair and makeup from the trials perfectly.  I think you can be rest assured that the ladies with do a fabulous job for you even without a trial- like I mentioned before, I am OCD about details, so I needed the trials to calm my nerves.  We paid for my bridesmaids and moms to get their hair done as well, and everyone loved their styles.

My photographer, Dean Sanderson & his friend, Catherine O'Hara (who was visitng from Paris) arrived around 12:30 to start shooting details and us getting ready.  I could go on forever about how great Dean & Catherine were the entire day.  Their work is beautiful, and their attention to detail is impeccable!  I don't have any pictures to show with you yet, but the pictures we saw on his camera were so beautiful.  I would highly recommend Dean!!!

We had two mini buses pick up Chris, his groomsmen and all of our guests around 2:10 for transport to El Dorado chapel. My bridesmaids, my parents and I were picked up in a limo around 2:20.  The ceremony was at 3pm and was about 50 min.  The chapel is simple, but so beautiful.  We had minimal decorations, and anything more would have been overkill.  They have AC built into the chapel, but unfortunately it wasn't working properly, so it was HOT!

After the ceremony, we took pictures with family and guests until 4:50, when they were transferred back to AS. We stayed with our wedding party on Maroma beach until 5:50 taking more pictures.  If you have a chance to visit Maroma beach, go!!! It has been voted one of the world's top 10 beaches, and it is indeed spectacular!

Our cocktail hour was from 6-7pm on Zocalo beach- Chris & I didn't attend because of photos, but our guests said the food was great, and the resort did an amazing job with the signature cocktail we had requested, a pear martini.

Our reception was from 7-11 pm at Zocalo Al Fresco- the terrace outside of Zocalo restaurant.  I would highly recommend this location- it has a roof and blinds they can pull down if it gets too windy or rains, and it still has a wonderful view of the beach and ocean without actually being on the beach.  Only downside as with all outdoor locations, it can be quite hot!  I couldn't have asked for a better setup of the area and all of our decorations, if I had done it myself to be honest.  Odette and her team paid amazing attention to detail, and Chris & I couldn't have been happier.  Our wedding dinner was probably the best meal we had at the resort all week.  We had requested the Mexican guitar trio for entertainment during dinner, and they did a great job.  We also had a pinata, which was a huge hit.  We brought our own decorations for the cake; we really enjoyed the cake itself- 1 layer chocolate, and the other hazelnut.  The servers and bartenders were fantastic. We rented the amplifier system and played our own music off of playlists we created on our laptop, which worked out perfectly with our group size.

It's so true what past brides say, the day itself goes by in a flash! So much planning goes into it, but at the end of the day, it is only a 24 hour period, which you can not prolong, so make sure to enjoy it!!! There were mini blips that happened, but overall I thought the day was just perfect!

 

 

Friday, February 8

Breakfast in bed, which was part of our wedding package arrived at our room at 11 am. Food was plentiful, and it was presented in true gourmet style!

Our couples' dinner on the beach was at 6:30 pm this evening- it's a 4 course meal in a private cabana. Second best meal of the week after the wedding meal!

Not much else to say about this day- we were just so exhausted after running arround the entire week, that we slept for most of the day!

 

 

Saturday, February 9

We changed the dinner reservation at Spoon that came with the wedding package into a brunch for a Thank You and Farewell for our guests.  They booked us in at 10 am at Zavas.  The food was endless and super yummy.  Service again was exceptional.  It was nice to see our guests one last time prior to them leaving to go back home and us moving to El Dorado Maroma for the next week.

 

Well now, that is almost a novel!  If you have any questions, please let me know :)  I will post pictures as soon as I get them.  I am going to start working on my Wedding Planning Journal, but it might take awhile as I am back at work- I will let you know when it's done.

 

One final note- my groom was skeptical about a DW when we first started planning, but at the wedding reception he turned to me and said he couldn't have imagined doing it any other way.  You will not regret getting married at Azul Sensatori!  AS holds a lot of sentimental value to us, and we hope we can go back soon on one of our first couple of anniversaries.  Oh, and if you can at all manage, try to go down to Mexico for 2 weeks! That first week just went by in a blur- it was nice to visit and introduce family & friends, but it wasn't until our 2nd week that we really got to relax and just breathe!

What a wonderful wedding it sounds like you had!! I get goose bumps and butterflies just picturing it all and thinking about when it's my turn. Congrats and welcome home! I can't wait to read your planning journal! :) Thank you for the review.

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CONGRATULATIONS TKUZMA AND WELCOME BACK!!!!!

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I'm so happy to hear it all went so amazingly well for you =)

You almost had me in tears with your review, so over the moon to hear about it all!!

This just gives me more confidence in the resort & staff, and know it will all come together wonderfully!

Best wishes to you & your new hubby =)

XO

Jenny

Originally Posted by tkuzma View Post

Hello again ladies!!! I am back after an amazing wedding week at the Azul Sensatori and a second incredible honeymoon week at El Dorado Maroma! I didn't want to ever leavecheesy.gif

 

As other brides before me always said, I now reiterate, none of you have anything to worry about! I was a bit of a skeptic before because I'm an obsessive compulsive perfectionist, but now I'm a believer that this resort has weddings down to a science, and they will do anything in their power to make your day an absolutely fantastic one!

 

So now for a bit of a review...

 

 

Saturday February 2 - Arrival

Most of us (30 guests + bride & groom) arrived at the resort around 9 pm. The check-in process was a breeze.  We were all greeted with cold towels & champagne, and they directed us to one of the ballrooms for paperwork, which was full of sweets and more drinks. My groom & I were upgraded without asking to the honeyroom suite- OMG I hope some of you are able to experience this suite (to die for panoramic views of the beach & ocean!

After a quick bite to eat at Spoon, we all gathered at the Mojito Lounge to hand out our welcome cards and beach bags. Our group took over the terrace of the lounge, and we had our own little private party. Make sure to try the mango & kiwi mojitos!

 

 

Sunday February 3

This was a beach day for our guests. Chris & I ran around (a bit with our heads cut off) trying to greet the remainder of our guests and making sure everyone was happy. We visited his dad at Azul Beach, which was a nice little walk- again a reminder you have to walk past the nudist resort to get here.

We ate the beach bbq for lunch (actually, most days we ate lunch here!) and it is fab- a great selection and great service as well.  Make sure to try the ribs.

Dinner was at Zocalo (Mexican restaurant)- I think overall this one was my favourite (take into account that unfortunately due to commitments and time constraints, we never actually ate at either Tapaz or Le Chique). (Zocalo has fantastic tortilla soup & fish tacos at lunch).

In the evening we had a crafting party with both of our families and wedding party back at our suite- we ordered in room service dessert, yummy!

 

 

Monday February 4

Chris & I had to go into Cancun to meet with the priest that would be officiating our ceremony- this was a bit of a gongshow (we got dropped off at the wrong church, which in fairness, had almost an identical name to the one we needed to get to); however, the resort was very helpful in arranging for a private car with a driver for a return trip.  My aunt joined us, and the driver took her around to several local markets.

Our meeting with the wedding coordinator team was at 3 pm.  Odette and her assistant Kristina were the ladies we met with.  Both were very professional, attentive and methodical.  We went over every item in our spreadsheets with them, and then reviewed the decorations that I had brought.  This process took almost 2 hours, but I was extremely pleased to know that they wanted to make sure they knew exactly what our vision was and wanted to know in great detail how things should be set up and how we wanted to day to run.  We had a ton of various decorations we brought, and the random amount we were charged for setup was $150.

Only slight disappointment was that I had bought several dozen of various sized Ikea candles with me, but I was not allowed to use them because I didn't have candle holders, and they had none I could rent, so they went unused, and we rented their votives at the ridiculous price of $3/candle.

We ordered room service dinner that evening as we were in a bit of a rush to get ready for our Smores Party which we had on the beach that evening from 7-9pm.  This event was a hit with our guests, and well worth the $15/person price tag.  The actual bonfire was puny, but that is the only slight complaint I had.  The selection and amount of treats was impressive.  We had our own personal bartender and about 4 servers and they did a great job.  It turned out that the fire dancer show started at 9 pm right next to our party, so that was an added entertainment bonus.

 

 

Tuesday February 5

This was Chris & my day to "relax" and to try to enjoy the beach.  Haha, we still managed to find ourselves some tasks to complete and to try entertain various guests.

As part of our wedding package, we were supposed to receive a 30 min sky massage.  Somehow, we ended up receiving a 60 min massage, even though it was inside.  Not sure how this happened, but no compaints from us :) Just a note to not expect an RMT equivalent massage like back home, but it's soothing nonetheless.

In the evening, our wedding party had arranged a separate girls' and guys' dinner as a start to our joint bachelorette and bachelor parties.  The boys had a great time at Zocalo- the restaurant printed them a special menu for the event (at no charge) and gave them a tequila testing.  The girls met up at Zavas for dinner & drinks- the service was great, and they sat us at two long tables.  This was actually the only meal I really did not like during my entire stay at the resort, but no big deal.  After dinner, we all headed to Coco Bongo, which we arranged through the SunWing reps- just a small side note: we assumed we were headed to the Coco Bongo in Cancun, but SunWing only deals with the club in Playa del Carmen; no big deal, just a little bit of confusion. Mini buses picked up our group at 9:20 at the resort, and we left the club at 1:30.  The experience was totally worth the $50/girl and $60/guy.

 

 

Wednesday February 6

I started the day off with my bridesmaids with a 60 min sky massage.  I ended up with the same masseuse as the day prior, and I asked him to apply a lot more pressure than previous, which was more of what I usually receive with my RMT.

From 1-5pm I spent at the spa. I had a manicure & pedicure from 1-3 pm.  I forget the esthetician's name, but she did really nice work.  I have really short nails, and most esthetician's won't do a French manicure for me in Canada, but this girl did not even hesitate.  The polish on both my hands and feet lasted with minimal chips until the end of our honeymoon!  She also did my trial makeup from 3-4 pm.  They use MAC products, and they have a ton of colours to choose from.  She did a wonderful job, and was very receptive to changes suggested by me.  At the end, they even took my picture on their IPad, so they could refer to it again the next day.

Zenaida did my trial hair from 4- ~5:15pm.  I showed her three different pictures, and she masterfully combined all 3 into a curly sideswept low updo, which I absolutely loved.  Again my picture was taken, so they could refer to it the following day.

We had arranged to do a walk through of the ceremony with Odette for $50 through Lomas prior to arrival as we weren't going to see the El Dorado chapel until the actual wedding day.  She spent half an hour with us even though she had to run back and forth between 2 different weddings that day.  It was a bit haphazard, but it worked.  We then went with our families and wedding party to Sienna for a rehearsal dinner.

 

 

Thursday February 7 - WEDDING DAY!

I started at the spa at 9 am for makeup and then had my hair around 10:15.  I was done around 11:30.  The girls recreated my hair and makeup from the trials perfectly.  I think you can be rest assured that the ladies with do a fabulous job for you even without a trial- like I mentioned before, I am OCD about details, so I needed the trials to calm my nerves.  We paid for my bridesmaids and moms to get their hair done as well, and everyone loved their styles.

My photographer, Dean Sanderson & his friend, Catherine O'Hara (who was visitng from Paris) arrived around 12:30 to start shooting details and us getting ready.  I could go on forever about how great Dean & Catherine were the entire day.  Their work is beautiful, and their attention to detail is impeccable!  I don't have any pictures to show with you yet, but the pictures we saw on his camera were so beautiful.  I would highly recommend Dean!!!

We had two mini buses pick up Chris, his groomsmen and all of our guests around 2:10 for transport to El Dorado chapel. My bridesmaids, my parents and I were picked up in a limo around 2:20.  The ceremony was at 3pm and was about 50 min.  The chapel is simple, but so beautiful.  We had minimal decorations, and anything more would have been overkill.  They have AC built into the chapel, but unfortunately it wasn't working properly, so it was HOT!

After the ceremony, we took pictures with family and guests until 4:50, when they were transferred back to AS. We stayed with our wedding party on Maroma beach until 5:50 taking more pictures.  If you have a chance to visit Maroma beach, go!!! It has been voted one of the world's top 10 beaches, and it is indeed spectacular!

Our cocktail hour was from 6-7pm on Zocalo beach- Chris & I didn't attend because of photos, but our guests said the food was great, and the resort did an amazing job with the signature cocktail we had requested, a pear martini.

Our reception was from 7-11 pm at Zocalo Al Fresco- the terrace outside of Zocalo restaurant.  I would highly recommend this location- it has a roof and blinds they can pull down if it gets too windy or rains, and it still has a wonderful view of the beach and ocean without actually being on the beach.  Only downside as with all outdoor locations, it can be quite hot!  I couldn't have asked for a better setup of the area and all of our decorations, if I had done it myself to be honest.  Odette and her team paid amazing attention to detail, and Chris & I couldn't have been happier.  Our wedding dinner was probably the best meal we had at the resort all week.  We had requested the Mexican guitar trio for entertainment during dinner, and they did a great job.  We also had a pinata, which was a huge hit.  We brought our own decorations for the cake; we really enjoyed the cake itself- 1 layer chocolate, and the other hazelnut.  The servers and bartenders were fantastic. We rented the amplifier system and played our own music off of playlists we created on our laptop, which worked out perfectly with our group size.

It's so true what past brides say, the day itself goes by in a flash! So much planning goes into it, but at the end of the day, it is only a 24 hour period, which you can not prolong, so make sure to enjoy it!!! There were mini blips that happened, but overall I thought the day was just perfect!

 

 

Friday, February 8

Breakfast in bed, which was part of our wedding package arrived at our room at 11 am. Food was plentiful, and it was presented in true gourmet style!

Our couples' dinner on the beach was at 6:30 pm this evening- it's a 4 course meal in a private cabana. Second best meal of the week after the wedding meal!

Not much else to say about this day- we were just so exhausted after running arround the entire week, that we slept for most of the day!

 

 

Saturday, February 9

We changed the dinner reservation at Spoon that came with the wedding package into a brunch for a Thank You and Farewell for our guests.  They booked us in at 10 am at Zavas.  The food was endless and super yummy.  Service again was exceptional.  It was nice to see our guests one last time prior to them leaving to go back home and us moving to El Dorado Maroma for the next week.

 

Well now, that is almost a novel!  If you have any questions, please let me know :)  I will post pictures as soon as I get them.  I am going to start working on my Wedding Planning Journal, but it might take awhile as I am back at work- I will let you know when it's done.

 

One final note- my groom was skeptical about a DW when we first started planning, but at the wedding reception he turned to me and said he couldn't have imagined doing it any other way.  You will not regret getting married at Azul Sensatori!  AS holds a lot of sentimental value to us, and we hope we can go back soon on one of our first couple of anniversaries.  Oh, and if you can at all manage, try to go down to Mexico for 2 weeks! That first week just went by in a blur- it was nice to visit and introduce family & friends, but it wasn't until our 2nd week that we really got to relax and just breathe!

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There are many tips and instructions online as well as many books on the subject. You can learn it on your own or join a meditation class. Meditation is the art of emptying the mind to relax both the mind and the body. It is also very effective in regulating emotions, which can be hard to control when you're pregnant. If you have plenty of time to spare, join a yoga class. 4. Block the horror stories. Every woman who's been pregnant loves telling her pregnancy stories to non-pregnant or newly pregnant women. It's their way of saying "welcome to the club." While good advice is particularly helpful, most women tend to share horror stories, or stories of how stressful and emotional pregnancy was for them. You may also use subliminal messages to train your mind to block these negative stories, so you can focus on the positive things about your pregnancy. There are many positive things, too, the biggest of which is the new life inside you, so you won't run out of good thoughts to nurture in your mind.   Safe and Easy Workouts to Do During Your Pregnancy The main rule of thumb when exercising while pregnant is to modify your workouts to suit the trimester you are in and to honor what is happening to your body. What is deemed appropriate for your first trimester is certainly not for your third trimester. However, there are several exercises that you can perform right through to the end. Let's examine the first trimester. You are just beginning your nine-month journey. You may be feeling a bit more tired, perhaps queazy, but you may not even be showing a baby bump yet. At this time, if you have already had a workout program in place, you can continue with what you've been doing.  Some doctors may not advise any lying down exercises at any time during your pregnancy, but speak with your physician to determine if this modification is necessary. Appropriate exercise for the first trimester: • your normal routine (within limits) • walking • swimming • low impact aerobics (keeping heart rate low) • strength training • yoga As you move into your second trimester, you may be feeling a surge of energy but your body is showing the pregnancy more and certain workouts may not feel as good. Around this time, lying down is not totally recommended and keeping heart rate low and core body temperature low is important. The importance of abdominal and pelvic floor strength should be highlighted throughout your pregnancy, so if you haven't already started, Kegal exercises should be implemented in all workouts you do. What is a Kegal? The pelvic floor muscles are like a hammock of muscles located at the base of your torso and under your pelvis. To do a Kegal, simply engage the muscles that you would use to urinate. Keeping these muscles strong may make for an easier birth and less pregnancy related incontinence. Appropriate exercise for the second trimester: • Kegal exercises • pelvic tilts (with head elevated with pillows) • walking • swimming • easy yoga • strength training (lighter weights) As you move into your third trimester, you are now getting to the top of your pregnancy weight which may change the way you stand, how long you can sit, and your sense of balance. Aches and pains from your changing body are probably felt more now. Workouts now become about making you comfortable and making sure you simply maintain what you have. A safe abdominal exercise, which also makes your back feel great, is an all-fours cat stretch and contraction. To do: on a rug or sticky mat, go down onto hands and knees. Keeping back straight, simply pull your abdominals in towards your spine without altering the straight position of your back.. Repeat 10 times. From there, round your back up, like an angry cat, feeling a stretch over your shoulders and spine, then release. Repeat 5 times. Prenatal yoga is great for elevating your mood, may help you sleep better, and decreases pregnancy aches and pains. Just make sure you speak with your doctor first and remember to never start a new program while pregnant. Keeping up with what you're doing is super and will make for an easier birth and a faster recovery. Susanna Marchesa, FitOrbit Trainer  Created by legendary fitness legend Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake, having an online personal trainer is the all-in-one complete solution that eliminates the guesswork and guarantees results! At FitOrbit, you'll get one-click access to the world's best fitness and weight loss online personal trainers anytime, everywhere!  
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