Running during pregnancy isn’t much different than running normally – well, once you accept that whole much slower pace side effect. If you’re a distance runner but stick with short runs during pregnancy, you probably need fewer things when you’re pregnant. No need for Gu on an “easy” 4-miler, right?
Still, a few things have made my pregnant running experience more comfortable. Including the following:
1. Long tops.
Taken a couple of months ago, but the top still covers the bump very well.
Clothes that fit are a must for sure. I’ve never had a problem in the bottom department – thank you Nike tempo shorts for being so forgiving in the waistband. But since I have a long torso, I needed longer tops before the first trimester came to a close. I really try not to buy maternity-specific workout gear. I have a couple of tops from Motherhood Maternity that I wore last pregnancy and I hate them so much that I haven’t even dug them out of storage yet. I ordered an Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve top a few months ago, and loved it so much that I ordered another a few weeks later. It still fits my bump well at 21 weeks, and the material doesn’t get stretched out so I know I’ll be able to wear it postpartum, too.
2. Compression socks or sleeves.
Zensah sleeves FTW.
Normally, I am not a fan of compression socks. I hate socks period. I tried out Jeff’s compression socks for recovery a few times and never noticed a difference, so I just accepted that they’re not my thing. But I was having swelling problems after my long training runs. during pregnancy so I reconsidered them. I spent the day before the Wine and Dine Half in Running Skirts Compression Socks, and I ran the actual race in Zensah Compression Sleeves. I had zero swelling and my legs felt great, so both these products get credit.
I always run with water (or Gatorade) in the summer – even on short, easy runs. But during pregnancy, I need water constantly even when I’m running in 20 something degrees. I don’t have any cool hydration products to suggest. I’ve tried several, but my boring old water bottle is still my favorite. In the winter, I always fill my bottle up with room temperature water so my fingers don’t freeze.
4. Cell phone.
I usually don’t run with my cell phone. I tell someone where I’m going, but don’t find the need to run with my phone. During pregnancy, though, I am paranoid about falling in a ditch or getting run over and not having a way to call for help. This is pretty ridiculous since I don’t run by any ditches and I live in a fairly populated area. Nevertheless, my phone gives me peace of mind.
The paces are always different, but pattern the same. If you want to learn how to negative split, get pregnant.
Ah, this is the biggie. I’ve mentioned before that pregnancy is the perfect time to learn how to negative split. That’s because it takes so long to warm up. My first mile is rarely under 10 minutes. When I’m only a mile or two into a run, it can be really tempting to give up because I feel like I’m going so slowly. Luckily, most of the time, I feel great by mile 3.
What are your pregnancy running must-haves? I never ran with a support belt when I was pregnant with Wyatt, and I haven’t needed one yet this time either. But I’ve heard great things about them!
It’s week 21. It’s so crazy to think that I’m closer to the end than the beginning of my pregnancy. Actually I don’t want to think about that – I haven’t even thought about prepping for the actual baby yet, oops.
The belly is definitely still growing!
Weight gain: up close to 12 lbs. total.
I know I mentioned this a couple of months ago, but I’ve been way more emotional this pregnancy than I was with Wyatt. I was never weepy with him – I somehow even managed to bypass the baby blues which completely shocked me.
When this post publishes Jeff and I will be somewhere in the middle of the Bahamas… and Wyatt will be at home with grandma and grandpa. I’ve left him three times before and while it’s never been easy, I’ve always felt at peace with my decision because I left him with his daddy. This is the first time Jeff and I have left Wyatt – and last week I was a complete disaster just thinking about worst case scenarios. Heck even the great case scenarios got me choked up – it feels a little weird to know we’ll be having fun without him.
Still, this “babymoon” is a celebration. We had planned to go to California in August as our trip away between babies one and two, but we had to cancel because I was on bedrest. So as soon as we got the all clear after the NT scan, we booked a cruise. Right now I better be keeping my crazy emotions in check and enjoying every minute of our vacation.
The only other symptom is my terrible sleep seems to be getting worse. Jeff even left the room this week because he can’t take my tossing and turning. The bright side? When you’re up before 5 it’s easy to find time to work and exercise – I’m just completely worthless by 3 p.m. every day.
Another great week on the workout front, though nothing special to write home about. I didn’t make a spinning class but I was able to use a spinning bike at my gym for my biking workout this week. It was a much, much better workout than using the regular bike so I’m going to try to get on it from now on.
These week’s workouts:
- M: 4mi (treadmill) at 8:58 min/mi, upper body weights
- Tu: 5mi at 9:09 pace
- W: 40 min spinning bike
- Th: 1000m swim
- F: 3.25mi (treadmill) at 8:49 pace
- S: OFF
- S: 4mi at 9:25 pace
After Wyatt’s two-year checkup, I was eager to do another munchkin meals post. I know his eating habits aren’t great – albeit typical for his age. Still, since my little boy is now a whopping 26 lbs., I thought he must be doing something right in the eating department. Plus, his doctor said his eating habits are actually some of the best he’s seen!
I tracked his eats this past Tuesday. And, well, it wasn’t great. I thought about scrapping the post, but once again, days (and sometimes weeks) like this are totally typical for toddlers.
So here’s a day of what my son didn’t eat.
Defrosted blueberries, 1/3 banana, vitamin, scoop of peanut butter, 1/2 kashi frozen waffle, 1/3 piece turkey bacon.
On school days, I’m all about serving variety in the mornings. Wyatt needs to eat something before school, so I give him a mish-mash of stuff hoping some things will make it in his mouth. This morning I failed though – for some reason I thawed the blueberries. Normally he downs them frozen, but wouldn’t touch the defrosted version today. He ate 1/2 his waffle, banana, and vitamin.
Snack and lunch
Sunflower butter and berry jam bites, HappyTot pouch, grapes, wheat thins, cubed cheddar cheese.
Wyatt’s school has pretty strict food restrictions because of food allergies. Most foods have to be in their original packages, save for fruits, veggies, cheese, or Wheat Thins or Ritz crackers. Today, Wyatt’s snack was a pack of sunflower butter and berry jam bites (his teacher said he ate most of these). For lunch, he ate the pouch and grapes but didn’t touch the cheese and crackers.
When we got home, I tried to feed him his lunch leftovers before naptime but he wanted nothing to do with them.
After nap, he woke up saying “hungry, hungry” – what a shock, right? I offered him a heavier snack than usual because of his light lunch. A 2% Chobani plus cucumbers. We split the yogurt and he downed the cucumbers.
Orzo with parmesan cheese, broccoli, and frozen peas.
Dinner was a fail and it was my fault. I made a new lemon rosemary orzo dish with chicken. I thought for sure that Wyatt would eat it (after I removed the chicken from his portion and covered it in Parmesan cheese), but no go. The little guy tried it several times and made the most pathetic “yuck” face. He ate all of his peas and one bite of broccoli – the broccoli was in the same seasoning as the orzo. Then I tried the orzo dish and felt the same way Wyatt did – it was way too flavorful and salty. I only ate mine because I hate wasting food. It was pretty bad.
After I ate, Wyatt still hadn’t swallowed anything but his peas and water – but I could tell he was hungry. I’m really torn in these situations. I want him to eat what we eat, and don’t want him to think he can have something else if he dislikes his meal. But I also can’t send my child to bed hungry. I cleaned him up and he immediately darted for the pantry screaming “apple pouchy, apple pouchy”. I didn’t give in, but right before bed, I offered him some cheese. He inhaled it and then pulled a load of bread off the counter. So, I gave him a slice – no peanut butter, no butter – and expected him to give it back to me – he rarely eats bread and usually just licks the peanut butter off it. But he gobbled down the entire piece! It was completely shocking.
So, parents, what do you do in these situations? Normally, I’d save the rest of his dinner for later and offer it to him again, but he tried it several times and really didn’t like it. Argh, feeding a little person is so hard.
Thanks so much to my friend Brittany for hosting munchkin meals!