Healthy Pregnancy – 18 Weeks


How far along? 18 Weeks

Baby Size: A sweet potato; about 5.6 inches, 6.7 ounces (The Bump app).

Weight gain: I am hanging steady at no net gain. My body composition is very different than it was pre-pregnancy, regardless of my weight.

Same Weight, Different Body
Same Weight, Different Body

Maternity clothes? Depends on the day. Some days my next size up, or stretch pants fit fine, other days I am not sure if sweat pants will stay on. I am not fully submerged in the maternity clothes zone yet, but I am dipping my toe.

Belly Button in or out? Halfie.

Best moment this week: Feeling my first real movement!

Miss Anything? Lifting for strength!

Movement: Beginning Thursday, there have been a few movements!

Food cravings: A grilled cheese sandwich with white American cheese. I have not made one yet, but I see it in my near future.

Gender: Only one more week until we find out!

Looking forward to: Finding out the sex of our baby next week! Any predictions?



Change In Perspective

My whole life, I have been someone who is very competitive in everything I do. I am one of those people who is comically easy to rile up over something as simple as a game of Uno. Competitive sports have been my jam since I was young. Even when I was not on a team I loved playing pick-up games, and over the last few years have been running in races. Training and competing is something off of which I feed. I love to run faster, set new personal bests with weights, and know that I am working hard toward a goal.

Now that I have been restricted from running or lifting heavy, sometimes it can feel pointless to workout. During those times, when I am wondering if it is even worth doing another set of light weight exercises I remind myself: I am still training. I am training for labor and delivery. I am training for years of carrying our child around and being able to play with him or her. I am training for years of chasing him or her around. Most importantly, I am training to teach our child how to live a healthy lifestyle, even when the circumstances are not the perfect circumstances we are used to.

It can be difficult sometimes to remind myself how important my health now is for our child in the future. Difficult training has always been the best kind. It is simply time for a change in perspective for me. Training is still important to and for me, even if it is a different type of training than I am used to.

Actually Looked Pregnant For a Day
Actually Looked Pregnant For a Day!

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