I wasn’t planning to do weekly pregnancy updates but have decided that I’ve changed my mind. It’s an exciting time for me and like a child who keeps a journal, will be happy that I remember the little things. I’ve gotten worse about taking pictures lately however! My friend Julie from PBFingers did a great job at documenting her own pregnancy so I’m going to base my updates on her format – Thanks Julie 🙂
I use three apps. They all say different food items this week. Apparently Little Fit is between 8-11.8 inches! One says it is the size of spaghetti squash, one says a papaya and yet another an ear of corn. They do agree that the baby finally weighs around one whole pound!
I’ve gained 12 lbs to date. Technically I’m 22 weeks plus 4 days.
Last week was tough with traveling to Aruba and Curacao. We took this bump picture one week ago today – pre breakfast in Curacao! We shot a relaxing and energizing workout. I went for a 5 mile run afterwards which was HOT.
Friday was all travel and a rest day. I ran 30 minutes on Saturday to shake out my legs – no bathroom breaks. On Sunday, I had an 8-mile long run scheduled. I average a 10:30 min/mile pace and only stopped to use a bathroom twice. A lot of women told me they had to stop because it was uncomfortable. I’m finding the pee situation to be my first nemesis. I just try to take walk breaks when I need to and stay hydrated. My joints and back have felt fine running so far though – it’s just the sensation to have to pee constantly.
On Monday, I went to my first prenatal yoga class at Coolidge Corner Yoga using ClassPass. The first 5 minutes were spent going around the room introducing ourselves and what week we were on. The room and the conversations just made me happy! The noon class had about 10 of us, two were post-natal. The class was very gentle. It was more like an hour of different exercises, stretching and strengthening than an actual yoga class. I didn’t mind this at all. It was quite nice but I was hoping for a little more of a stretch. I’m planning to go back for sure.
Tuesday I went for an easy 45 minute run around the Charles River that included 3 bathroom stops and yesterday I was a bit crazy. I took class at BTone at 10:30AM and then realized I was supposed to have a speed training day. At 6:30PM, I went for a 5.5 mile run alternating between 3 minutes at an 8 min/mile pace and a 3 minute walk. This is my strategy for race day more or less.
I’ve been feeling really energetic and don’t have many symptoms to be honest. Up until last Monday in Aruba, I had yet to feel any movement. Now, I feel Little Fit all the time! It’s really amazing.
I have found myself to be a little short tempered/emotional. One comment on my Instagram made me extra ragey. Someone posted that I didn’t need to gain any weight while pregnant which set me off. I tried to write a nice reply but it totally didn’t work. To each her own. I read Expecting Better by Emily Oster in my first trimester and loved it. She basically pools together all the data from studies available and gives you an honest read on their findings. As for weight gain, studies have shown that women who gain too little have children with more complications than women who gain too much. Obviously you want to gain the right amount but if I’m going to over or under – I hope it’s over for the sake of my child’s health. I’m planning to gain between 25-35 lbs but if I’m over, I won’t stress.
Also, we finished season 4 of Homeland and I could not handle it. My heart rate was in the 90s sitting on the couch. Hormones or really intense show???
Foods Aversions + Cravings
Before pregnancy I used to LOVE ginger chews. I haven’t had the desire to have a single one since finding out. I also haven’t wanted sweet potatoes.
I have been craving ice cream and milk shakes along with burgers. Finally, I gave in to my vanilla shake craving at Shake Shack on Sunday. The burger was OK but the shake and fries were amazing! Worth every calorie – which was posted on the menu unfortunately…
First trimester, I always woke up early! Now, I’m back to a normal sleep schedule with the exception of having to get up 2 or 3 times in the night to pee. This is because I get really thirsty at night and drink too much water before bed. I notice I wake up on my back a lot too. I try not to stress and just roll to a side when I do.
Looking forward to…
Looking pregnant! I feel like I am in the awkward stage where I just look fat. I’m excited for the bump to finally pop. In the photo above, I’m sticking it out a bit.
Baby/Pregnancy Related Purchases
We’ve bought a few onesies when traveling but I finally bought some maternity tops at H&M. I don’t need them yet, but some days I just can’t find anything to wear and it felt good to put on clothes that actually fit. I’m wearing the black T-shirt I bought above. I haven’t bought any pants yet but planning to hit up Old Navy some time soon. I like their jeans and I’m not investing more than $40 on preggo pants I’ll wear for 4 months.
Belly Button In or Out?
Excited! My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl the Monday I took off for Aruba. I got to finally meet her on Friday and OH MY GOODNESS she was so small and cute. Nick and I both were in love holding the little peanut. He had never held a child so young. I was a little freaked out at the thought of something smaller and similar in my uterus but it made us both quite impatient for January to come!
Also overwhelmed. Reading how much other moms have done who are also due in January is so stressful. I haven’t had any time to do any sort of planning! I tried to start my registry and had to stop 2 products in. There is too much! I’m going to go with my sister next week.
Yes! Lot’s of little movements. The kicks feel like little air bubbles in my stomach almost. After my 18 week ultrasound, we found out I have a low lying placenta which is also located in the front. This kept me from feeling the baby until 21 weeks. Because of my placenta position, I’m at risk for a C-section. It needs to move up a centimeter which they said usually does happen, but if it doesn’t, then the placenta blocks the path of the baby to get out. I do NOT want a C-section so I hope it fixes itself.
One More Note…
On a separate note, there is another 5 minute SFit HIIT workout for free on YouTube. In the club, there is another full length video going live today! There are over 10 videos now available to kick your butt. Visit SFitGym.com and sign up today. I shot this video at 18 weeks pregnant 🙂
Liz Morris says
A few days ago I spent way too much time on your blog and youtube, and loved it so much. Huge congratulations with Little Fit! Excited to follow along in this journey. You look beautiful! Such an exciting time -- please you’re documenting it.
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen says
Love the recap!! So fun to follow along 🙂
Haters gonna hate and don’t even bother with jerks on social media! Everyone knows EVERYTHING about babies on social media and how you should raise your kid, how much weight you should gain, etc. Don’t listen. Sometimes people even think they’re being helpful, but it’s just all noise. Do what is best for your, the baby and your guy, and the rest of life will sort itself out. (Oh yeah, and your sister’s baby is super cute!)
Don’t worry about feeling overwhelmed -- if I believed what everyone else said and did, I’d be the worst parent in the world. Fortunately I’m not (even according to my kids). Other than the medical check-ups nothing else has to be done on an overly aggressive timescale. Just compile a list and start working through it. Once you’ve got a few behind you, the anxiety will dissipate. This is a really fun time -- enjoy the sleep while you can!
Have you tried one of those full-length body pillows yet? Your roomie may not like it, but that’s what helped me stay in the right position while sleeping. And I second enjoying all the sleep you can now! FWIW I gained like 60 lbs and gave birth 5 weeks early--those things were not connected, but I was stressing about how much more I’d gain in that last month…yikes. I lost it all pretty easily but things have “shifted” and my body is a different shape than it was before my little man came along. Just give yourself grace about those things, because I always try to remember that it’s about what our bodies can do, not what they look like that is important.
Interesting! Would you say you have a different body type now? I tried to buy one at Kohl’s online and it said they were sold out after the order went through… I haven’t attempted to buy one since but I think Nick might want to buy his own haha -- I showed him what they were and I think he wants one too. Will two fit in our bed??? haha
Glad you decided to post weekly updates! I love it when we share information without being judgmental … and I feel like that’s exactly what you’re doing.
Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner says
I am glad you decided to post updates. I loved reading Julie’s weekly updates. Such a wonderful time for you. You should enjoy every second of it!
In addition to yoga, do you plan on enrolling in any hypnobirthing classes? Please don’t let the internet trolls get to you. You’re at your happiest and it makes them crazy. BTW, I love your pregnancy updates. Do you think you’ll still be teaching classes at 9 months?
Teaching classes at 9 months… no 🙂 I think I’m going to stop teaching after Thanksgiving. I’ll be 36 weeks then. I plan to workout but not teach too up until 9 months (or technically 10 months). Hynobirthing -- I’m down for anything. Haven’t thought that far in advance but would be willing to give it a try if there is a class locally
registry: get the book Baby Bargains!!
Congratulations! I gave birth to my handsome little guy in July and I also had a low lying placenta. I “popped” late at like 22-24 weeks, which could have been the culprit of the low lying placenta at my 18 week scan. I had an ultrasound at 30 weeks and placenta was right where it needed to be and no csection was needed! Don’t be alarmed! Enjoy every second of it, it’s a beautiful time in your life and I’m looking forward to your updates!
Thank you Lauren for leaving this comment! I too hadn’t yet popped so hopefully this helps me too!!
Well, if there’s one real benefit to the pregnancy process, it’s definitely the food haha! YUM!
Love the pregnancy updates! Try maternity pants at Target, they’re affordable and fit well. I also saw a maternity section hidden in the back of gap baby at the natick mall. Good luck with the registry!
Rachel Bartley says
I absolutely cannot get over how someone could comment that you don’t need to gain any weight during your pregnancy… I’m baffled. How rude. How obnoxious. How utterly offensive.
My heart actually hurts for you.
I remember when I was pregnant with my son, the awkward feeling during those first 4-5 months during pregnancy was rough. I honestly just looked so chubby. My bump didn’t POP until about 6.5 months. It was rough for me. I cried a lot. And the little things actually set me off, more often than not. Nothing fit or looked right. I absolutely understand what you are going through and I can tell you, it gets better!! I promise! I wasn’t a big craver during my pregnancy. I wanted things but I didn’t become a ravenous beast if I couldn’t have them lol. Some women are crazy!!! My cravings were peanut butter twix and an ice cream cone from McDonald’s. Horrible, I know but whatever. I didn’t cave every day. Oh and I also craved meat. Meat, meat, meat!! I’m so glad you are doing bump updates. I think these are just so much fun!!
Rachel Bartley says
Oh. I wanted to add something else in here. My obgyn is very fit. She loves to be active. She eats super clean and age totally makes a difference with how you gain. She said that all 3 of her pregnancies were very different. She controlled her eating, Barely indulged and yet, she gained under 25lbs with her first. Right at 25lbs with her second and third she gained around 37lbs. She continued to workout with every single one of her pregnancies and she ate the exact same with every single pregnancy. But still gained more with each one. No explanation needed. Age is a factor. Metabolism is a factor. It’s all a factor. Your body will let you know how much you will gain. Period. I don’t think people realize that. Now if you eat Big Macs and eat Oreos every single day, you can expect to gain quite a few lbs. anywho!! Enough with my rant. Some people just need to educate themselves.
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing Rachel!