Happy Bump Day (39 weeks)!!

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I have entered the two week window of my due date – did you know that 80% of babies are born within two weeks of their due dates?!? Appointments: I have weekly appointments with my midwife and my OB-GYN specialist (for my gestational diabetes) from now until I deliver.  Definitely thankful that I have tons of family around to help watch AJ so I don’t have to lug him to numerous appointments each week!  This afternoon is with the midwife and I’m hoping to find out if there is any news (dilated, effaced, what station the baby is at).  Yesterday was the weekly appointment with the specialist.  The lab tech confirmed what I had suspected – pumpkin has dropped and is in place for delivery!!!  Although this is great news because he/she is no longer sitting on top of my rib cage (yay!!), it is not necessary a sign that L&D is imminent. Energy Level: Has been through the roof the last two weeks. Despite not getting great sleep at night, I feel fantastic throughout the day and do not feel it necessary to nap with my son when he does.  The “nesting” instinct is in full effect lately – Continue Reading →

Happy Bump Day! (35 weeks)

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Another two weeks have come and gone and with it comes lots of updates regarding Pumpkin and I. Glucose test – First the bad news.  I have developed gestational diabetes (GD).  I feel somewhat embarrassed saying it aloud.  I’ve had this preconceived notion that you develop GD if you are unhealthy, overweight, and/or inactive (because that is typically who is affected).   I won’t go into detail about GD in this post (check back tomorrow), but suffice to say I’m bummed. Running – I was hoping to have better news to share with you here.  I went for a run on Saturday. The first mile was pain-free – I was so happy I was fighting back the tears.  It felt SO good to be out running again, to be sweating again…but then the pain returned.  It wasn’t excruciating – but it was a lot like the last time I had run (when I stupidly pushed through the pain and ended up not being able to walk for weeks), so I stopped.  I continued to feel a bit of pain for 3-4 days afterwards.  I’m at the point now where I’ve all but resigned myself to not running til after Pumpkin is born.  I’m Continue Reading →

Happy Bump Day! (27 weeks)

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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 Continue Reading →

Happy Bump Day! (22 weeks)

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Happy Hump Bump Day! Well another two weeks have come and gone…I am now in my 22nd week of pregnancy.  I have my fetal anatomy ultrasound later today…despite being able to feel the baby kick and move pretty frequently these days, I always get nervous in the hours leading up to an appointment.  Did/does anyone else experience this?  Today would be the day that we could find out the sex of the baby – if we wanted to…I have to say, there is a small part of me that would love to know – simply for the logistics of painting Pumpkin’s room before we move in a few weeks…But, in the end, I know the surprise is what we want.  I’ve learned that it’s easier to not find out if you are proactive and just tell the technician / nurse as soon as you walk in the room that you don’t want to know.  Otherwise, he/she will ask you midway through the appointment while you are excited and happy to be seeing the baby in 3D/4D. I’m really starting to feel exhausted by the end of each day.  My calves, ankles, and feet are a little swollen at night if I don’t make a concerted effort Continue Reading →

Happy Bump Day! (20 weeks)

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Happy 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. read more

Running through Pregnancy – Part 2 – the 1st Trimester

In case you missed it, Part 1 can be found here. The first trimester started off great. I was running 6x days/wk, anywhere from 4-10 mi/day and 45-50 mi/wk.   But by week 8, I started to feel extremely tired, out of breath, and achy when I was running.  I constantly felt like I needed to stop and walk – so despite not wanting to, this is what I did.  I began doing a run/walk interval (running 1-2 miles, then walking 1/2 mile). I’ve never been a walker so I was surprised to find I actually enjoyed it! However, I was extremely discouraged – I really missed being able to run for more than 10-15 at a time and was worried that my plans to run throughout pregnancy were lost.  Looking back, I think I was overly cautious with my running and exercise in the first few months.  Any time I was out of breath, I stopped and walked.  I never wanted to come close to being winded or tired. I didn’t want to do anything that I might regret down the road.  It was hard to convince myself that my baby was okay with all the jostling and movement he was experiencing…at Continue Reading →

Running through Pregnancy – Part 1

This is the first in a series that I am writing dedicated to running during pregnancy.  They will discuss what I experienced and learned from my successful “run” through pregnancy, some tips and advice as you and your baby continue to grow, and clothing options (if you are like me and don’t want to spend a lot of $$ on running clothes you will only wear for a couple off months). =&0=& a medical professional, nor do I have “expertise” when it comes to running during pregnancy.  So what am I basing these posts on?  =&1=&for everyone.  If you weren’t a runner before you got pregnant, now may not be the time to pick it up.  Stick with what you were doing and comfortable with prior to pregnancy.  And, if you decide you want to give it a try, definitely discuss your intentions with your obstetrician early on in your pregnancy.=&2=&=&3=&