Holy Moly. I have one week left until I am in the 3rd trimester – the home stretch!!
Overall, I feel great. There are definitely those days where I really feel like I’m pregnant, but for the most part, I am able to do most things I was doing prior to pregnancy.
Running – Running has continued to be one of the highlights of my day (on the days I run!). I’ve had some absolutely amazing runs the last couple of weeks and am still maintaining an 8:30-8:45 pace on the majority of them. My weekly mileage is ranging anywhere from 20-35 miles/week with runs between 4-10 miles. I ran 10 this past Saturday and felt that I could easily have run further. But I’m really trying to not overdo it with high mileage since I have my son to return home to and take care of. I had the luxury of only worrying about myself during pregnancy #1 and so if I was exhausted from a long run, I could kick my feet up and nap for the rest of the afternoon. Having a 17 month old toddler makes that difficult!! So the mileage is not as high as I would have wanted but I’m beyond ecstatic with my pace. I ran the Mini 10k (6.2 miles) at a 7:51 pace at 25 weeks and the 10 miler at an 8:33 pace (26 weeks pregnant).
Belly - Lately it seems that every morning when I wake up, my belly has grown even more and is starting to get in the way of doing things. For example, last Saturday, my hubby and I were dancing at the wedding we were attending. We’d occasionally forget about leaving a little extra room and he’d bump into my belly.
Clothes – I’m almost completely in maternity clothes (with the exception of running clothes). There are still dresses and tops I can wear and one pain of skinny jeans that I can fit into (they are my favorite!). I was bummed because I had to buy a formal maternity dress for my sister’s wedding. I had put off purchasing a maternity dress because was hoping I would be able to fit into a few of my pre-pregnancy dresses. I waited until the weekend before to try them on and it was clear that I needed a maternity dress. My belly just required too much material in the front which caused buckling, pulling, and too-short hemlines!
Movement - Lately, I have been feeling him/her NONSTOP throughout the day – the only time I don’t feel any sort of movement is on my runs! This is very new to me because despite being super active after birth, my son was pretty calm in my belly. I really only felt him when I would lay down to nap or at night. My absolute favorite thing right now is that I get to feel Pumpkin kick and move when I’m putting AJ down for bed or for his nap – being able to feel BOTH of my children at the same time is pretty darn amazing.
Appetite / Weight Gain / Cravings – There are some days where I am a bottomless pit and other days where I have very little appetite. However, the chocolate craving is back with a vengeance! I have been trying to eat trail mix instead of straight chocolate so at least it is semi-healthy. I had gained 12 pounds at my last doctor’s appointment (4 weeks ago) so am likely closer to 15-16 pounds by this point.
Hope you all have a great HUMP day!! =)