This Runner's Trials
31Aug/1138

Week 25 pregnancy update

Posted by runnerstrials

Another week down. I'm now 25 weeks into my pregnancy. It's hard to believe that in about 15 weeks- give or take- my little guy will be outside of my body.

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The belly

Keeps growing and growing. It also keeps getting in the way. It's nearly impossible for me to tie my shoes and shave my legs. But that's OK by me. I love my belly :)

Look what's happened in 10 short weeks:

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Week 15 vs. 25

Weight gain

After the insane amount of weight I gained last week, I'm shocked to report I lost a 1/2 pound this week.

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I don't understand weight gain during pregnancy at all. Once again, I didn't change my exercise or eating habits- and I may have indulged in an entire bag of my favorite Fall treat.

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Yet, I still lost weight. I guess I just need to trust that my body knows what it's doing.

Symptoms

My headaches are getting worse. They happen every afternoon and evening now. Sometimes they're so bad and accompanied by nausea that I'm literally unable to move because I know I'll get sick. My doctor suspects they might be migraines since light and sound also bother me.

I've tried everything- naps, massage, caffeine, adjustments, ice- and nothing helps. Clearly, they're hormonal. My doctor said I could take a migraine medication, but I don't feel comfortable taking any drugs at this point. I just hope they magically go away somehow.

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Workouts

Luckily, my headaches only happen in the afternoon and I exercise in the mornings. I've had some awesome workouts this week!

I tried prenatal yoga for the second time (the first time was in the first trimester). Unfortunately, prenatal yoga is not for me :( I fell in love with yoga because it gave me an awesome workout, challenged my body in new ways, but left me feeling relaxed, elated, and super sore the next day.

The prenatal classes I've taken are very gentle. Since I'm still able to push myself during my workouts, it was kind of lost on me. It's also pricey. I'd rather save my yoga dollars until post-pregnancy when I can get a killer workout from my favorite instructor.

  • W: 1200m pool swim; 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • Th: 4 mi run (outside) at 9:22 pace
  • F: 35 min elliptical; upper body weight machines
  • S: 4 mi run (outside) at 9:12 pace
  • S: 30 min lake swim
  • M: 4 mi run (outside) at 9:01 pace; upper body weight machines
  • Tu: 1200m pool swim

Mileage: 12 mi

Meterage: 2400m + 30 min lake swim

Mood

I'm feeling much better this week. I've felt the baby move a bit more which has been incredibly reassuring. I also figured out a sure way to get your baby moving: walk into something (like your bed), stub your toe, hop around like an idiot, and then your baby will flip out, too. I did feel guilty for sending all of that adrenaline to him, and I pray he doesn't inherit my clumsiness.

Random

I'm realizing the days are ticking by quickly. I can't believe our maternity center tour is already behind us. Other events are coming up fast, too!

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Days left of being employed: 2 :(

Days until we escape the hot south for a cool weekend up north: 3

Days until babymoon: 21

Days until first shower: 32

Days until childbirth education class: 44

Days until second shower: 52

(Approximate) days left of pregnancy: 102 <---- aaah!

 

29Aug/1119

The other side

Posted by runnerstrials

Yesterday, we toured the maternity center where we'll deliver.

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It was a surreal experience. I'm not going to lie; sometimes it's hard for me to go into the nursery to see the baby's crib. And I've been extra careful to keep track of the receipts to all of our baby purchases. A huge part of me still believes I won't get to take home a healthy baby in a few months. But touring the maternity center yesterday made this all finally seem real.

I loved the center. The rooms felt more like a hotel than a hospital. Thus, I kept thinking of the experience as a vacation my husband will take in December. It will be like a destination race; I'll work really hard but then I'll get the most awesome souvenir ever :)

Needless to say, I left the maternity center on a high. 

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Then I went to the grocery store where I noticed a woman staring me down with the dirtiest look. I didn't recognize her from my neighborhood or the gym, so I was fairly certain I'd never met her before. Did I grab the last package of yummy looking strawberries? Did I remind her of someone she disliked? Is she a blog reader who hates me?

I couldn't figure it out, so I tried to forget about it. Then the light bulb went off.

She was giving my belly a dirty look because it's something she wants, but can't have. At least, that's my best guess. Seeing how I used to do that to others.

I hate that something that I love- my pregnant body- reminds other women of their failures. Seriously, I hate this. Looking pregnant makes me feel reassured and confident, but it likely does the opposite to so many people.

Obviously, I can't fix this conundrum. I'm going to get bigger, and there's no way for me to hide it.

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Situations like this remind me that even if I get my miracle in 15 weeks, I'll never forget the pain of infertility. Likewise, I'll never stop thinking about and praying for my infertile friends.

Once I got pregnant, some people told me I could leave infertility behind now. (Which was very premature since you don't become an infertility success story until you give birth to a healthy baby.)

I don't know how I could ever forget what I went through. The inability to get my period even with fertility drugs, the awkwardness of waiting in the dark for the fertility clinic to open with a dozen other women, the dwindling bank account, the jealously, guilt, and the fear that I'd never be a mom.

Infertility will always be a part of me no matter how many children I have. I know my growing belly and things I say will continue to hurt people, even though that's not my intention. The bottom line is, infertility sucks and I hate that anyone has to go through this.

24Aug/1145

Week 24 pregnancy update

Posted by runnerstrials

It's week 24! This week is a big milestone because it means if baby were to be born now, he'd have the slightest chance of surviving. His odds go up significantly after week 28, but it's still exciting. Of course, I'd rather him stay nice and comfy in my uterus for at least 13 more weeks.

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The belly

Is huge. I saw my midwife yesterday and I'm still measuring ahead.

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Weight gain

Ok guys, I'm keeping it real: I gained THREE pounds this week. Bringing the total to 16-17 lbs. If you add that to the weight I had to gain the month before I got pregnant, I weigh a good 20 lbs. more than my normal weight. Wow.

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Gaining 3 lbs. in one week is not healthy (I should only gain 1 lb. each week). I haven't changed my eating or exercise habits so I have no clue what happened. A huge weekly gain occurs in a lot of pregnancies, so I'm trying not to worry. If it happens again, I'll definitely take a closer look at my nutrition.

Symptoms

Maybe baby is going through a growth spurt because I had a bunch of symptoms this week. I woke up before 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings dry heaving, I've been extra tired, and my headaches are getting worse.

I've also noticed two new symptoms:

  • Sore feet. My feet hurt constantly now. When I'm running, standing, sitting, laying down, etc. They're not swelling yet. Thankfully, my husband has been giving me foot rubs :)
  • Hot boobs. No, not like "yay, my boobs are finally growing and they look hot." Of course that's not the case. My boobs feel like they're on fire. They're way hotter than the rest of my body. Not sure if this is normal…

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Workouts

I felt really heavy on my run yesterday and had to walk up all the hills in my neighborhood. Clearly, my weight has something to do with it. I'll likely be slowing down now and gradually transitioning to more of a run/ walk. Which is fine by me. I'm just happy to be exercising.

  • W: 1200m pool swim
  • Th: 4 mi run (outside) at 9:28 pace
  • F: OFF
  • S: 1200m pool swim
  • S: 4 mi run (outside) at 9:31 pace
  • M: 1200m pool swim
  • Tu: 4 mi run (outside) at 10:00 pace; upper body weight machines

Mileage: 12 mi

Meterage: 3600m

Mood

Over the past week, I haven't felt the baby move that much. I tried to stay calm, but called my midwife yesterday. She had me come in ASAP for a fetal non-stress test (NST). We heard the baby move a lot and his heartbeat held steady at 160 bpm, but I still couldn't feel him. My midwife and the tech put their hands on my stomach and couldn't feel a thing either. They were pretty shocked since we heard him moving so much. Her guess is he's just in a new position, and I'll be feeling him frequently again in no time. So I feel much better.

Random

Check out some of the cuteness that's arrived this week.

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Our house is slowly being taken over by baby stuff. In addition to doing our nursery, my parents very generously bought us a ton of things for baby. Items I didn't even realize we need, such as a second car seat base for my husband's car. Umm, duh Jen. I am so lucky to have such wonderful parents!