Happy Hump Day!!!
I’ve been asked a lot recently to do an update on my pregnancy…I don’t want my whole blog to be focused on my pregnancy, so I have decided to update you on my bump on hump day every other week! =)
I just started my 18th week of pregnancy!?!? I don’t know where the time is going. It’s both scary and exciting to think that in just a couple of weeks, I will be halfway through pregnancy #2.
Since this is my first official pregnancy update, it’ll be more of an overview of my pregnancy so far…
I started getting nauseous early in my 7th week (that’s when the lightbulb went off that I was pregnant) and it got progressively worse until the 12th week. It was so bad at times that I spent large portions of the day lying down on the floor next to my son while he played. I had major lulls in blogging/reading blogs/tweeting during this time because doing anything upright was a struggle for me.
My diet was awful – I alternated between wanting to eat only fried food (umm, hello Wendys!) with having no appetite at all to not being able to even smell food. There were countless nights where my son and husband ate dinner while I laid on the couch or in bed with my nose covered to prevent the smell of food from reaching me. On top of the really unhealthy eating, I wasn’t running much. Energy-wise, I felt okay, but the nausea totally consumed me and I actually felt worse when I tried to run. I spent about 6 weeks eating poorly, not running, and just feeling terrible!!
Thankfully, the nausea completely disappeared just before the end of the 1st trimester and I’m happily enjoying all of my runs. As I mentioned on Monday, other than my belly starting to show, I don’t feel pregnant. I’m slowly increasing my mileage (and the distance of my long run since I hope to do the Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 19 – about 5 weeks away). My runs are fun again – the pace isn’t too different from my pre-pregnancy pace (about 15-20 seconds/mile slower). And, I have begun incorporating some basic speed work back into my routine. Running at a steady pace day-after-day gets old. So it’s great to change things up! Below are my last two weeks of running –
Pumpkin is extremely active. At our 12 week appointment, he/she was moving non-stop during the appointment and less than 2 weeks later, I felt him/her for the first time. Want to guess where I was?? In the RRCA Coaching Certification Class!!! Should I take it as a sign that pumpkin likes running? Or wants me to stop and will kick me until I do?
Despite not running nearly as much as I had in the 1st trimester during pregnancy #1, I have gained much less weight. I’m fairly certain that it’s due to my son’s non-stop activity throughout the day. I am constantly moving whereas I was able to relax and rest as much as I wanted/needed during my first pregnancy. I am outside with my son 2-3 times/day – and spend 30-90 min at a time walking, playing in the park, blowing bubbles…Even on the days I felt nauseous, I still forced myself outside with him – he is my #1 priority and keeping him cooped up in the house all day is hard on him. So although I wasn’t running nearly as much, I was still walking at least 60 min a day.
I have more energy then I expected to have. I’m extremely thankful that (on most days) my son takes two naps because I’ve been making the most out of both of them! If I feel up to it, I run on the treadmill during his first and will rest, put my feet up, read, or occasionally doze off during his second nap.
Hope everyone has a wonderful hump day – check back in two weeks for another update!!! xoxo