This Runner's Trials
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!