Running…rather walking while pregnant – 33 weeks

 

It’s been a while since I’ve updated on my pregnancy. It’s fiscal year end and things always get CRAZY around this time. Anyhoo…we hit 33 weeks on Saturday. EEP! It’s getting real folks! Only 6 and a half weeks to go now and I’ve still barely prepared for this guy. I do have some new clothes purchased but really we saved everything from Little Z. We (ehhmmm…My husband) need to get up in the attic, pull everything down, and start putting it together for Baby Z-peat.

1408292484586

How I’m Feeling:

Good days and bad days, but shockingly mostly good days now. I don’t know if he’s dropped some or what but I do seem to be feeling better. It was really rough there those last few weeks. I was completely miserable. Now I still get tired quickly and I’m still having hip pain but I can actually eat something without feeling nauseated and like a bloated tick about to explode. I can feel the belly weight pulling on my belly and back when I’m sleeping. I have to use a pillow to support the belly to get a good night’s sleep. And there are lots and lots and lots of kicks to the ribs. Oy!

Weight gain:

Up to 18 pounds now.  I’m almost to the point where my running shorts don’t fit anymore and I’m determined not to buy any.  I have a drawer full of running shorts. I do not need to support that addiction by buying more. But I LIVE in running shorts. 😦 ACK! I may just steal some of Mr. Z’s shorts until this baby comes…tee-hee.

Cravings:

No crazy cravings right now. It’s so hot outside that I’m loving popsicles and sno-balls and ice cream but I think that’s nothing outside of my August norm.

Running:

I officially said “buh-bye” to running a couple weeks ago. It’s just too hot and too uncomfortable and painful right now. I’m still walking and moving and hitting the gym as much as I can. I miss running though. I miss the excitement of gearing up for fall race season. It’s so hard to sit on the sidelines watching everyone’s mileage go up. I know this is temporary and I know I’ll be back out there soon. I really need to find a good come-back race to focus on for post baby. Still searching for the right one. If you have any suggestions please let me know! I’m thinking February to April time frame.

Advertisements

Running While Pregnant – 24 weeks

I meant to do an update last week but I was in El Paso all week for work. It was hotter than hades there in the afternoons and after walking and inspecting buildings all day I had very little energy to get a run in. I took some solace in knowing I was walking at least 2 to 3 miles during the building inspections each day. That’s something, right? I also forced myself to get in a short 3 mile jog one day in the hotel.

El Paso 2

I am happy to say I was able to consume mass quantities of delicious Mexican food while I was there. The Mexican food here in New Orleans is good, but it’s just not the same as the Mexican food in west Texas. I think it’s the green and red chiles they use. SOOOO yummy.

So we hit 24 weeks this weekend. Eep! Here’s an update.

10405270_257451367779905_5678687235264805981_n

How I’m feeling:

To be completely honest I’ve been struggling these last couple of weeks. Stomach issues are still plaguing me. I eat and then a little while later I’m miserably full. I really have to make a concentrated effort to eat SMALL portions. That’s difficult for me. I love to eat. I’m not the best at portion control (one of the many reasons I run!). Our hotel was REALLY bad last week and I didn’t get a whole lot of sleep either. I probably averaged 5 hours a night. So that equated to no energy as well. Now I’ve been sleeping like a baby since I got home and I’ve felt much, much better.

Weight gain:

Between 9 and 10 pounds depending on what day I step on the scale (and how much Mexican food I consumed the night before).

Cravings:

Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon with a little cantaloupe thrown in for good measure. Also chips and salsa and guacamole. Can’t get enough.

Running:

It’s getting more and more difficult. I’ve completely thrown pace and mileage out the window at this point. With the warm weather, extra weight and baby belly pulling on my back I just run (jog/shuffle/schlog) as long as I can and take walk breaks until I recover. I try and get 3 miles in a few times a week and do some cross training at the gym with weights and the elliptical. I still don’t quite need a support band but my FlipBelt is almost acting like one! It provides enough support around my hips and lower belly right now to actually be comforting. Dual use! If you haven’t checked them out, I recommend one. I love my FlipBelt and have used it for several half marathons as well as daily runs. They’re wonderful for holding all your stuff in one place without it flopping all around.

 

Running While Pregnant – 21 weeks

We hit 21 weeks!! Over the halfway mark now! Here’s a quick update.

Running and exercise:

It was a tough running week. The pregnancy insomnia kicked my butt last week. Three nights of waking up at 3:00 a.m. and not getting back to sleep until 5:00ish completely zapped my energy. I only managed to get two runs in but I’m OK with that. The heat is getting rough too. I really prefer to run outside, but it’s already 80 degrees first thing in the morning. If I don’t get it done early, I just have to take it to the gym and do what I can. I’m still loving the Old Navy flowy tops I bought. I’m pretty much living in those right now. Soooo comfy! I don’t need the support belt for my belly yet, but I might in a few more weeks. I can definitely feel the baby weight pulling down on me as I run.

PhotoGrid_1401143743810

Memorial Day run, sno-ball and splash park fun!

10365972_247173898807652_6250353183126671717_n

Early morning 6 miler. The radar made me giggle…and no, I wasn’t speeding. 😉

How I’m feeling:

I’m still feeling really good. The insomnia has been the worst of it. I’m so fortunate that I get to work from home several days a week. It has been a god-send to sneak in a quick 30 minute power nap over lunch. I’m having to eat a bunch of small meals. He is pressing on my stomach which means I fill up fast. And then 2 hours later, I’m starving again. Baby Z Part Deaux has been a wiggly, wiggly little dude! I can feel him swimming all around in there!

Weight gain:

Depending on when and what scale = 8 pounds. I can still fit into my regular pants but have to use a belly band to hold them up now. Buh-bye buttoning for a while. 🙂 But I seriously feel like my rear end has gotten HUGE!!

Cravings:

Again… WATERMELON!! I’m stocking the refrigerator with fruit as that seems to be my go-to snack. But pretty much I want anything cold right now. We’ve been making a few sno-ball and frozen custard runs lately. Heee.

Have a great week everyone!

Running while pregnant – 19 weeks

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. It’s been a busy week. I had to take Baby Z to a new dentist this week. I’m so happy to report he did GREAT! The only tears were when he had to sit by himself for a quick x-ray on his front teeth. He fell down a few weeks ago and chipped his front teeth. They sadly saw some root deterioration on one tooth. We’re just going to wait and watch and see what happens. If it keeps getting worse they may have to extract that tooth. 😦 But he was such a trooper for the rest of the exam. He opened wide and just smiled and waved at everyone and NO cavities or other issues. Yay!

We also had our anatomy ultrasound scan this week. Also a bit nerve wracking. But we received a great report! Everything is right where it needs to be and the doctor has no concerns. We also confirmed that we are indeed having another boy. We saw the boy parts. Ha!

19 weeks

We are now between 19 and 20 weeks along. I cannot believe we’re already half way! Eep! I thought I’d do a pregnancy update and discuss my running while pregnant.

Running and exercise:

The doctor said my uterus is sitting pretty low with this baby. Not a medical concern, but it would explain the bladder discomfort. I have to empty by bladder right before walking out the door and even after about 2 miles I feel like I have to pee again. I’ve been running near the house, at the gym, or close to a public bathroom in case I need to dart in for a quick pit stop. Some other things I’m noticing:

  • My heart rate shoots up quickly during my runs. I have to take more walk breaks because of this. I’ve adopted the 80/20 philosophy right now. I run 80% of a mile and walk 20% of the mile. It’s working really well for me so far.
  • That first mile is TOUGH. The first mile always sucks while my body and joints are warming up, but it seems to REALLY be tough now. It’s taking a lot longer for my joints and breathing and heart-rate to stabilize after that first mile. So, I’m just taking it really, really slow and easy to allow my body to warm up adequately.
  • I’m slowing down…a lot. But I’m ok with that. I’m trying to not even be concerned with pace right now. I just want to get out there and keep moving.
  • I don’t tolerate the rising heat well…at all. As the summer gets hotter and hotter I know I’ll have to take my workout to the gym more and re-embrace the “dread”mill. I’m not a fan of the treadmill at all but a gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do. Right now, running early is working for my outside runs.
  • Splitting my runs up is working for days I want more mileage. I may do 3 outside in the morning and then take it to the gym at lunch for 3 more. I only do this one day a week because it really wears me out, but the big sweat session feels really good.
  • I had to buy some new running clothes to accommodate my expanding belly. Right now I’m LOVING the bubble mesh tops from Old Navy! They are so thin and comfy and I think they will be a good fit through my entire pregnancy since the bottom is very loose. You can adjust the tie at the bottom to allow for more or less room. I bought it in five different colors!

ON bubble topHow I’m feeling:

I’m actually feeling pretty great right now. I have that second trimester energy burst and feel really good. I do get tired quickly though. It hits me like a brick. BAM! All of a sudden I am exhausted, usually in late afternoon. I try and take a quick power nap when I can. Usually 30 minutes to an hour and I’m recharged. I feel best in the mornings so I try and get my workouts done before noon.

Weight gain:

I’ve gained 6 pounds so far. I started this pregnancy 5 lbs over where I like to be, so I’m feeling a little heavy and bloated but I’m not obsessing over the scale. I’m just trying to eat healthy and keep moving. I know the weight will come on and the weight will come off.

Cravings:

This baby is really similar to Baby Z in that respect. I’m actually craving healthy foods! I cannot get enough watermelon and cantaloupe and peaches and grapes and…I want ALL the fruit! Ha! I’m also loving raw veggies with hummus or guacamole or ranch dressing (I know, not super healthy). I’m using the little individual ranch dressing packs to keep my serving size in check. I’m tearing through bags of mini carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and cucumber. On the bad side, I’m craving salt a lot too. Salted mixed nuts and Lays potato chips are my vices right now.

Stayed tuned for further updates as this pregnancy progresses!