This Runner's Trials

Week 32 pregnancy update

Another week down. And my baby to-do list isn't getting any shorter. I've accepted that nesting is probably not going to happen to me. I need to buckle down and get stuff done now.


The belly

I've gotten to the point where I'm wondering how much bigger I can really get. Of course, I know that answer is much, much bigger.


Baby seems to always hang out on the right side of my stomach which makes doing things on the left- tying my left shoe, attempting to shave my left leg- quite the challenge.

Weight gain

I've gained another pound. This brings my total weight gain to 25-26 lbs. I'm up a good 30 lbs. from my normal weight since I gained a bit the month before I got pregnant.



Lots of stuff has been going on lately. All of these pregnancy complaints are so minor though. They are bothersome, but I know how lucky I am to going through this experience.

  • Stomach pains: I get shooting pains somewhere in my stomach a few times each day. They only last about 10-20 minutes but they hurt a lot. My midwife told me this was likely a virus, but seeing how it's been a week and I feel fine otherwise, I kind of doubt it. Perhaps they're growing pains? Could they be Braxton Hicks? I'm not sure.
  • Nausea. When I wake up, I always feel full and nauseated- no matter how early I ate dinner the night before. I have to wait at least an hour or two before eating in the mornings which is so unlike me.
  • Itchy skin. My skin itches all the time, and no amount of moisturizer is helping. Most of the day, I hang around the house in my husband's oversized sweats because tight, clingy clothes are so irritating.
  • Burning, throbbing feet. This is the reason why my runs have gone downhill. When I stand or take a step, my feet kill. I prefer not to wear shoes and sit with my feet elevated at all times. I've been looking for ice packs that go on like booties and wrap around your feet. But most icing contraptions I've found like that are for injured ankles.


I've accepted that my runs have slowed down and I require more walk breaks. And I may have broken up with swimming. I have no problem trying to run or elliptical with stomach pains or nausea, but I don't feel comfortable getting in the pool with those issues. It's a shame because that's likely the only exercise that would be good for my feet.

  • W: 40 min elliptical, upper body weight machines
  • Th: 3.25 mi run (outside) at 10:09 pace
  • F: 45 min elliptical, upper body weight machines
  • S: 3.75 mi run (outside) at 10:11 pace
  • S: 3.25 mi run (outside) at 9:54 pace
  • M: 30 min elliptical
  • Tu: 4 mi run (outside) at 9:08 pace <--- yay, for one good run!

Mileage: 14.25 mi


My worries have shifted from wondering about my baby's health to being concerned about how the heck I'm going to get him out.


I saw a doctor at my practice yesterday instead of my midwife. She looked back through my chart and told me that at the last ultrasound, baby boy was in the 90th percentile for size. Yikes! When you go by stomach size, I'm still measuring 1-2 weeks behind. But then she felt my belly and agreed that my baby is quite big.

Delivering a large baby can be risky (source). While I would love a natural childbirth, it's more important to me to avoid a C-section. Of course, it doesn't matter how my baby enters this world but I prefer he comes through the birth canal. So, I may be induced about a week early if he's still big and if my cervix is favorable. Of course, I'm praying he comes a week or two early on his own! I just cannot wait to meet him. :)


I have another baby shower this weekend. I'm so excited! It was always my goal to have the nursery done by the shower, but sadly that won't be happening. My adjusted goal is to make my nursery presentable by Saturday. Hopefully the finished product will be ready soon!


PS: Emily is currently in labor! Go wish her luck.

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  1. I’ve always wondered how pregnant women shaved their legs! Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday!

  2. Looking fab, as usual! The elliptical worked great for me when when fast walks and jogs got too uncomfortable. I can’t wait to see the nursery!

  3. I am so glad to hear you are doing well, aside from those irritating symptoms. You look great and I can tell you are so happy :) Thanks for the update on Emily, that was a shock since yesterday she didn’t seem to think it was going to happen anytime soon, hehe!

  4. You look fantastic!! Sorry for the discomforts :/ I’ve been having Braxton Hicks and to me they feel more like a clenching that doesn’t let go, not so much pain. Whatever it is, I hope it stops soon! That glimpse of your nursery makes me want to see mooore- it looks adorable!

  5. I, too, have been wondering how much bigger I can get. I feel like I’m at capacity now and I’m only 30.5 weeks! Yowsa! Where else is he going to go.

    It looks we are both doing the sage green and monkey theme — love it!

    My baby shower is this weekend and I’m so excited!

  6. Yay for another shower! Wow I csnt believe he is so big. I hope he comes early!

  7. You look amazing! All baby, for sure! WTG on the runs, too! I don’t think I had that “nesting” instinct, either. It’s amazing that things even got done. LOL

  8. Coconut oil for itchy skin. Yes, the same as the kind you would cook with – organic, cold pressed, etc. It rubs in real nice (i.e. I never feel greasy after) and a little bit goes a long way.

    You are literally in the home stretch.

    Oh, and yes, you can get a lot bigger :)

  9. Sorry for all the symptoms you’ve been having. I hope some of them ease up soon. You still look great and are doing a great job of running despite everything! And the little piece of nursery you showed looks so cute! I want to see more :)

  10. Looking good, girlfriend! :) I cannot WAIT for your shower this weekend. It is going to be so much fun!

    So exciting about Emily. I’ll need to check Twitter for updates. :)

  11. Looking great and still running as usual, I see!

    Sorry to hear about some of the discomforts. I’ve been experiencing some of the same (especially the itchy skin – it drives me insane!), but I suppose we should appreciate that these are only minor worries. I agree that there’s a bigger challenge on the horizon – delivery, eek!

  12. I was PETRIFIED about the whole get the baby out of me process. But after going through it (with an epidural) I will say it’s amazing what our bodies are designed to do. It wasn’t scary, I was able to feel my contractions and I felt the baby as she emerged (but no pain, again, because of the epidural). I loved the experience of giving birth and I’m sure you will too–I sound crazy, I know :-)

    I don’t know how I did it, but I shaved my legs throughout my pregnancy including the day we went to the hospital–and I gained 34 pounds! I guess it’s all in how you carry??

    You look fantastic and are doing a great job of growing a healthy baby boy. Keep it up, Jen :-)

  13. I hope this doesn’t come across badly, I mean it only from a good place :) I just wanted to say to make sure and do your research on early inductions due to “large” babies. Ultrasounds and Dr’s feeling your belly can be VERY off, up or down, and the risks of an induction just because a big baby is predicted is a little scary to me. I’ve heard so many stories of a mom being predicted to have a large baby and he/she comes out at a healthy 7.5-8lbs (many of which were induced early and ended in long pushing periods and/or c-sections). Even if you DO have a “large” baby (and I think the definition of “large” has gone down in weight, which can cause worry for a pregnant woman), most womens bodies are able to handle them coming out! I was able to push out my 9lb 2oz son within two contractions, no problem. Granted, not every mother’s body is formed the same way, but it’s something to consider when deciding to “ask” baby to come out early.
    Again, I hope this came across as helpful advice. I LOVE to hear of women getting the birthing experience they want and get upset and frustrated when a women is given not so accurate advice from their Dr.’s that drastically changes the way things play out.
    I hope you don’t have to deal with the subject of inductions. It’s a stressful thing to have to consider and it’s always more enjoyable when baby decides to come on their own :)

    • I completely agree with you- and so does my doctor. That’s why I’ll only be induced if my cervix is favorable. If there’s nothing going on down there, I won’t be induced.

      My husband and I were both big babies so he probably will be big. Though it would be ironic if he came out weighing 7lbs. :)

  14. Continually amazed by your running/exercise routine! I hear ya on the itchy skin. My stomach has been itchy lately and it’s so embarrassing to scratch it at work.

  15. Jen, I know I say this every time I comment on your blog, but you look amazing. You are just glowing. I am also so inspired by your ability to keep up the workouts while pregnant. Love the sweet little monkey blanket!

  16. My dr told me my baby was close to 9 pounds. He only ended up weighing 6.2 pounds.

  17. Hi Jen, you inspire me with your activity level at this point in pregnancy! Thank you for keeping it real at the same time:)

    I want to tell you that if you want to avoid a C-section than do your best to avoid pain relievers, and DO natural child birth. Trust in yourself and your body. You have run marathons! You can do this! Our bodies are designed to complete this birthing process. I hope this is not preachy, just my experiences coming out. My first I took a pain cocktail via IV at 7 centimeters that lasted for an hour. It just made me tired and out of it. It only lasted an hour and I was so happy when it wore off. The second I did naturally and it was a much more positive experience. I wish you the best. I know however the baby comes out it will be the right way:)

    Also, my first was predicted to be a large baby and she came out at 6 lbs. 13 oz. My doctor was totally off.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog!

  18. I hope you have another wonderful shower this weekend!!!! I love the monkey quilt on your baby boy’s crib, it’s adorable. You will do great in the birthing process, this is what our body’s are made for. I was a huge baby (over 9lbs) and my mom managed to get me out :). Makes me wonder if my baby is going to be big like I was..yikes :)

  19. You’re finally entering my running pace bracket…at 32 weeks. ;) I can’t believe you only have a few weeks more to go!

  20. As a mama who naturally delivered her 10lb baby boy 1 week past due date (5 months ago), I want to encourage you to trust your body and your baby. You were made for this job, and whether your baby is “big” or “small,” you CAN do this. The best way to avoid unnecessary interventions (epidural, c-sections) is to just trust your body and avoid ALL interventions (induction, pitocin) if possible. You were made to do this!

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