Hump Bump Day!
Today marks the start of Week 20 of pregnancy – I’m already halfway through with this pregnancy (assuming Pumpkin decides to make a punctual appearance)!
The last two weeks have seen their share of good and bad days. The good days have been amazing – no aches or pains and lots of running miles. But I’ve also had a handful of days where I felt achy and just wanted to stay in bed and lounge around all day. I guess it’s a blessing, in a way, to have AJ around – he forces me to be active even on days when I would prefer to sit on the couch and veg.
Cravings – Lately I have been craving dairy like it’s nobody’s business – so lots of chocolate milk, pepper jack cheese, and mozzarella. I also am constantly in the mood for steak or creamy pasta (think unhealthy) most nights for dinner. Surprisingly, I’m not craving ice cream this pregnancy – with my son, we were making almost nightly visits to the local ice cream shop.
Running – Last week wasn’t the best week for running. I’m finding that my body is not responding well to running during AJ’s first nap (sometime between 9-10am). I get on the treadmill and feel tired and out of breath. A few days I walked or just got off the treadmill. Thankfully, the warmer weather coupled with the earlier sunrise time means I can start running before my husband goes to work in the morning. I ran early in the morning one day last week (5am on the treadmill) and found that I felt better throughout the entire day (although I took an afternoon nap when my son napped) and had more energy than usual. I was out the door at 6am this morning and enjoyed a beautiful 6 mile run. The last two weeks weren’t all bad – I still managed to run 30-35 miles each week and had my longest and best run since I became pregnant this past weekend – a beautiful 14 mile run.
Belly – Sometime over the last week, I felt like my stomach started to pop. I actually didn’t even notice it until I saw pictures of me from the NYC Marathon Opening Day Event that I participated in and realized I saw my belly through my shirt! (Note: I’m going to try to wear the same outfit each time I do these photos so you can see the change in my bell size)
Clothes – I am still wearing my regular clothes although I did purchase some summer maternity clothes from the Gap and Old Navy (30% off your entire order) thanks to a heads up from Nicole (she is 15 weeks pregnant with her first!). My shirts are all still fitting, but it’s hit or miss with my jeans/pants. Some are no longer fitting but it’s mostly because my thighs, hips, and butt have grown (the joys of pregnancy!). I’m actually excited to be pregnant during the summer – I wasn’t a fan of being 9 months pregnant in the middle of winter because there were so many layers of clothes I had to wear. I much prefer wearing a sundress and flip flops and plan to spend the majority of the summer in this attire.
Baby Movement – Lots of movement the last two weeks! Not only has my husband been able to feel Pumpkin moving around when he puts his hand on my belly, but I started seeing my belly move with his/her kicks. I don’t remember AJ being this active or feeling him move this early on. I don’t know if there is a better feeling in the world than lying down to read or watch TV and feeling the movement of your unborn child in your belly. It’s both calming and exciting at the same time.
Hope you all have a wonderful HUMP day!! And Happy May! xoxo