How far along? 27 Weeks
Baby Size: A head of lettuce
Weight gain: 22.5
Maternity clothes? Yes! I refuse to stretch out my pre-pregnancy clothes. I’ll also be rocking lots of leggings this week + my workout shorts.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Best moment this week: Big brother pointing to my belly and saying “baby”. He’s been doing it for a while now but he mostly would scream no. Now he smiles!
Miss Anything? I really miss putting my little guy in his crib without all of the oxygen being knocked out of my lungs.
Movement: Very active, especially after big brother goes to bed. He likes to flip and twist as I lay in bed winding down.
Food cravings: Oranges. I also made some blueberry muffins yesterday that I’m pretty obsessed with.
Gender: Boy number 2!
Looking forward to: I’m starting to get anxious about finding a doctor in Monterey and figuring out where we will be living. I want to visualize where he will be sleeping and playing. Right now I am picturing our house in Ventura, which is not where we will be!
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I was going to take a hiatus from running. I only run for the joy of it, and it was brining me no joy. I was feeling sluggish and dreading my runs. Since I am definitely not training for a race right now, I decided I would take a break. This typically happens to me in the summer as I truly despise running in heat. I took two weeks off and now I am back to it.
Last week I went out for my second run and my pubis bone was really hurting. This isn’t uncommon, and I remember it happening with my son. I had asked my doctor about it during that pregnancy and he said it was normal and that I would have no long term damage if I continued running. It appears he was right as I continued to run through that pregnancy and had no issues afterward. In my first pregnancy though, I was able to spend more time recovering. I cannot really afford to have a day of pain that makes walking difficult when I have a toddler to chase after, a business to run, and a house I attempt to keep presentable. When I went on that run, not only did my pubis bone feel uncomfortable, but also I began to have Braxton hicks contractions. Again, this is not uncommon. I stopped to walk, but I could still feel the tightness. I was not too far from home, but since walking was not alleviating the contractions, I called my husband to come pick me up as I knew I needed to hydrate.
Since then I have been sticking to the treadmill. I am happy to be back running, but the combination of the pavement and the Braxton hicks contractions makes us both feel more comfortable with me at the house. If I get any discomfort again, I am right at home and can pop inside to hydrate and rest as needed. So far I have not had any more incidents and I have been focusing on my hydration. My number one priority is always my baby, so I would never put him at risk. My number two priority is me. I am not going to risk long term damage just to say I ran a few extra weeks in my pregnancy. I say it all the time, and I try hard to practice what I preach: listen to your body. This pregnancy has been much different than my first pregnancy. That means that just because I ran 37 weeks into my first pregnancy, does not mean I expect to do that this time. If I can, wonderful, but I will not be pushing my body to do something it does not feel right doing. I would rather take a few months off and have years of future running.
If I do have to stop running altogether during this pregnancy, I will stick to my walks and my Fitness With Kristen workouts. I have been getting stronger through this pregnancy, and though I will likely need to decrease weight at some point, I am still feeling strong! Pregnancy is a great time to stay active (with the green light from your doctor), even if that means changing how you stay active. If I can only walk or swim by the end of my pregnancy, I will be happy to have been healthy enough to remain active during pregnancy.