I’m getting closer to that 3rd trimester!
*5 out of 7 nights each week I am getting up for a snack in the middle of the night. The baby is growing like crazy right now and my hunger is reminding me of that all day/night.
*I CANNOT WAIT FOR COOLER TEMPERATURES. I feel like a I am going to explode when I am outside in the middle of the day right now.
*Knox figured out a way to help me to stand up ha. He steps on my toes and can get me up this way and I’m very thankful because the belly is already making it hard to stand up.
*The baby is about 13 inches long and 1.5 lbs now!
*I am still pretty convinced that we are having a boy and we made it through another doctor’s appointment without finding out.
*I am very excited to feel like I sleep in a toaster again haha… It takes me approximately 30 minutes longer to get out of bed when I am pregnant compared to when I am not pregnant.
*I love that with my doctor I get to see the baby at every appointment because she has a handheld ultrasound device she just brings around with her. I have no idea how much weight I’ve gained (I just step on the scale backwards) but they say I am right on track and I am measuring where I should be.
*I received the famous glucose drink at my last appointment so I’ll be getting ready for drinking that in a few weeks.
Let’s talk about my pregnant running tips!
First and most importantly, pregnant running isn’t for everybody. I know way more women that are not able to run through their pregnancies than women that can. I do not experience any pains or problems during my pregnancy that prevents me from running and I always work closely with my doctor on what I am doing with my running. So, if running feels good to you during pregnancy and your doctor says yes to it… Here are my tips for running through the 40 weeks!
*Run-walk-run-walk. I do this the most during the first trimester and then also anytime that it is really hot outside or I just don’t feel super great. It is an awesome way to get in some running while giving your body any breaks that you need.
*Stay close to home. When I am not running with my sister, I usually run close to home the whole time. Sometimes that is up and down streets in our area or loops close by because I like being close to home (and my bathroom) when I am pregnant. If I am with someone else then I always feel better about being farther away from home in case something happens but on my own, I am close to home.
*Utilize a treadmill. With Brooke and Skye I used the treadmill more and more as my pregnancy went on because it’s really nice to be a few steps away from your bathroom when the baby gets bigger and it feels like your bladder shrinks. You get to control the temperature and have as many fans as you want pointed at you!
*BRING WATER WITH YOU ON EVERY RUN.
*I just love knowing the benefits that can come from movement while pregnant and knowing these things helps me to MOVE (source):
*Another thing that helps me to be active during this time—> The hormones during pregnancy are rough and between anxiety and feeling down often, running helps me so much. Knowing that I get the mental health benefits from each run gets me out the door to move. It is a big motivator for me!
*If you are down on yourself about slowing down throughout pregnancy—> Ditch the watch, get off of strava, stop comparing yourself to what you used to do and remember YOU ARE CREATING A HUMAN in your body. Of course that is going to slow you down… way down. At this point there is no way I could run a half mile at my marathon pace from last year but I refuse to let that take away my running joy! My focus right now is to bring a healthy baby to the world and so I celebrate each mile/step I get along the way because paces sure do not matter right now!
*When I am pregnant, I feel like I have to stretch way more than I do when I am not pregnant in order to keep running… If that means I shorten my runs so I have time to run then that’s what I do! I didn’t do this during my previous pregnancies but for this one I have been doing a lot of pelvic floor exercises!
*Remember that the first trimester is most likely going to be the worst. Every time I remind myself of this so that I continue to keep moving… if I knew that each trimester was going to feel like the first one (because of the nausea!!!) then I probably wouldn’t keep up my running. I just know that if I can keep up with some fitness during the first trimester, then I get to enjoy running through the second and third trimester (if my body lets me:).
*For me personally, running is something that actually helps me to feel better as far as the nausea goes. I have told this to my doctors before and they say that they have heard that many times before from other women. It’s hard to get out the door but moving may in fact help you a little with the nausea! I hope this is the same for any of you reading!
*I make the rule that if I’m not able to eat enough or drink enough (because of nausea/throwing up) then I am not going to run the next day. During that first trimester it is especially hard for me to find things that sound good but no matter what, I will not be running if I can’t get in enough food and water!
*Run in the shade!
*While your 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.
*Invest in a good sports bra, clothing that makes you feel comfortable and a belly band if you need one (my recommendations for these are in this post)! If you can find the right pieces you will be a million times more comfortable which will make your running experience so much better.
*If something doesn’t feel right or hurts.. STOP right away.
*Have fun! 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:)
Have any pregnant running tips to share? How did running go during your pregnancy?
Anybody else wake up in the middle of the night to eat during pregnancy?
-I have done this with all three and it’s probably because I go to bed so early ha.
Glucose drink… what were your thoughts? Not a big deal, gross, not terrible?