Week 22 is HERE! The bump feels like it is growing bigger each day (probably because it is;).
A few things from this last week!
*“Please bless the baby will eat well and that she won’t be picky.” -We always know what Brooke’s concerns are about the baby through her prayers;)
*My love for mangos is quite strong right about now! Basically I just want to eat fruit and carbohydrates right now. A hamburger/steak/large amount of meat sounds pretty awful and so does candy/ice cream but everything else is great. If I could live off of fruit and carbs right now (which I kind of do), I 100% would! Cereal has also made another big appearance in my life.
*Andrew has felt the baby kick around now! I love this because it feels like for so long it has just been me that has been able to feel her but I love that he can now feel her!
*42 miles of running last week, one strength training session and 4 other times I attempted to strength train but went and took a shower instead. I’m still not using a belly band while I run and with Brooke I started using one at around 30 weeks pregnant but my stomach is growing faster than it did with Brooke so I expect to be using one soon!
*I like to read my baby updates when I was pregnant with Brooke and I came across this memory. In just a few weeks I’m sure my belly button (I have a little hernia right where my belly button is so the hernia really sticks out when pregnant) will be sticking out like crazy again and the bandaids will be saving me!
*Our 21 week ultrasound was really great. I loved being able to see her on the monitor for 45 minutes and to see that everything is going well so far. Daily Andrew says, ‘Can’t she just be here already?!?’ I feel the same way!
*Brooke now wants the baby to be named Jewelry.
*My life explained perfectly each night:
*Andrew and I might have a chance to go on a little baby moon in September:) We found a weekend where both kids might be with their other parents and I am so looking forward to a fun weekend together!
This is one of those topics that is SO SPECIFIC to each woman and each pregnancy. Knowing what is best for YOU and your baby is always the best decision (and what your doctor said) but I just wanted to share my personal experience with running and pregnancy.
I’ve probably told you this a million times already but getting out the door to start my run is close to impossible right now. It always takes a little self-discipline and some days are easier/harder than others normally but during pregnancy, each day is hard for me to get out and go. I feel EXTREMELY lucky (and I know it is just not possible for a lot of people to do so… like my sister when she was pregnant) that I am able to run during pregnancy and once I can’t anymore, I’ll definitely switch over to walking/spin bike etc. But for now I wanted to share 10 of the reasons that get me out the door when a pancake and another nap (yes, I could take a nap within 30 minutes of waking up in the morning) sound like a much better idea;)
I was reading an article from Pregnancy & Newborn and loved this part about exercise and pregnancy.
From that same article, ‘Regular exercise during pregnancy may decrease your risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and cesarean delivery, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.’
1. I’m always one for ALL OF THE FEELINGS but during pregnancy they are exaggerated times a million. I worry more, I feel more anxious, I have days that I feel much more sad than I normally do and I cry (a lot). I really and truly love running while pregnant because it helps me so much with these strong emotions. I come back from a run feeling so much better and a lot happier. The anxiety lowers with each mile and I feel more peaceful after a run. The article above also talks all about the physical bonuses too that I LOVE from running.
2. I run now because I know the entire rest of the day will go so much better. I’ll have more patience, I’ll feel more energy and I’ll have a more positive perspective.
3. I do think that exercise helps with delivery and recovery and I will GLADLY take those benefits in a heartbeat:)
4. Running makes me feel kind of normal again. Pregnancy brings about ALL of the changes and hearing my footsteps on the pavement and moving my arms back and forth brings me some normalcy. It helps me to feel a bit more confident and ‘sexy’ (yes, I did just say that ha… because pregnancy normally doesn’t make me feel that way;).
5. ME TIME x a million. This is a constant reason while I run but I need it during pregnancy just as much if not more:)
Things that help me to run while pregnant:
1. During the first trimester I knew that a run was one of the few things that would help me to feel somewhat better and less nauseated. Between the fresh air, hormones released during exercise and movement… I knew that by getting out the door, I would feel a little bit better during and/or after. For the first trimester I really focused on more run/walking. I would run for .75 miles and then walk .25 miles or something like that. Breaking the run up with plenty of walking made the whole experience much more doable for me. I stayed in the mile that I was in and definitely cut back my mileage overall. I decided I was going to cheer myself on for each mile that I did get rather than think about the miles I wasn’t doing anymore. Drinking some ginger tea before leaving on my run always helped calm down the nausea a bit too so the run felt a little bit better.
2. SUPPORT in all of the right places. Soon the belly band and bandaids over my belly button are going to be my biggest helps but a good sports bra IN THE RIGHT SIZE has changed my life lately… I’m loving the Fiona and I definitely sized up a bunch of sizes right away so getting the correct size has helped.
3. KNOWING that in order to run, I have to be exact with getting (more than) enough food and water each day. During that first trimester when NOTHING sounded good, I knew that if I was going to run… it didn’t matter if nothing sounded good. I had to make sure I was eating and drinking more than enough. It’s no longer about me… it’s about the baby so eating enough has been a top priority.
4. The treadmill is becoming more and more handy for me now. It allows me to jump off and use the restroom whenever I need and to have 5 fans pointed directly at me at all times. I did the same thing with Brooke and as this pregnancy progresses, I don’t want to be 5 miles away from home if something happens… it is nice to be at home and if I start feeling a cramp or something strange I can just go straight to my couch rather than have to run home. When I run outside I always have my cell phone with me!
5. I bring water with me on EVERY run. I drink constantly and stay far away from anything resembling dehydration.
6. I stretch more than ever after each run because my body just needs it more now. I also have done glute work at least once a week because I feel so much weakening in my glutes and make sure to get in at least a little something to help them to continue to help me to run.
7. While our form HAS to change a bit while running pregnant, I still try to make sure I tuck my tailbone under, stand tall, keep my gaze forward, shoulders relaxed and lift my knees a bit.
8. People stare at you a lot more when you are out and running pregnant:) Most of the time they are usually wondering what the heck I am doing but I like to think of an old man that one time was staring at me when I was running while pregnant with Brooke. He gave me a high-five as I went by and told me, ‘GREAT JOB.’ So now I just assume that anyone that is staring at me is thinking the same thing as that man… I will not let them make me feel self-conscious or weird.
9. At each appointment I talk to my doctor all about it. He said I am gaining plenty of weight and measuring fine (this last appointment he actually told me I am measuring big on the outside but he was more than okay with that) so I can keep the running going. He said he doesn’t recommend marathons (because it is hard to stay hydrated) for his patients but if I want to do more halves then to do them.
10. Enjoy it the most that you can. Pray, talk to your little one, soak in the fact that you can go whatever pace you want and the fact that it’s awesome that you are just out there DOING IT. Don’t do more or faster than you are comfortable with and listen to your body with your ears WIDE open. Running will always be there for you when your body is ready again if you do have to stop running but if you are able to run—> Enjoy the me time and stare at the shadow of your cute belly bump as much as possible:)
Pregnancy and exercise… I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences!! What worked for you? What were some of the benefits? Did you have different experiences with different pregnancies?
Did you get to go on a little babymoon before any of your kids were born?
Anyone pregnant reading… what are some of your biggest cravings and aversions lately?