Healthy Pregnancy 2 – 38 Weeks

How far along? 38 Weeks

Baby Size: A winter melon

Weight gain: 35.5lbs

Maternity clothes? I have one pair of maternity jeans that I wear pretty much all the time, and about four shirts I circulate. Most of my maternity shirts are too short on me!

Belly Button in or out? Out

Best moment this week: Seeing big brother walk around and sleeping with his baby. Hopefully this is a sign that he will tolerate baby brother…

Miss Anything? Quality sleep. This week has been a rough week of sleep between 34932 pee breaks every night and thinking about all of the stuff I want to get done.

Movement: He seems to be especially active when I am driving. Seems safe.

Food cravings: All the fruit. Continued. Nectarines, pineapple, oranges, strawberries, and mangos.

Gender: Boy #2!

Looking forward to: Feeling somewhat organized for the baby. He will eventually bunk with big brother, but to begin with he will be in our room. Right now is dresser is in the guest room and we don’t have a crib for when he does eventually bunk with big brother (probably not for a few months). I look forward to getting his stuff as organized as possible.

Still Running!

At this point in my pregnancy with our first I had to hang up my running shoes. I was still able to get out for some walks, but my pubis bone simply could not handle running. I remember taking two weeks off and trying again at 39 weeks and it burned so bad I was positive his head was coming out of me!

While this is an entirely different pregnancy, I am speculating that part of the reason I can still run is because I have been keeping everything outside of running low impact. I started lower impact in the first trimester, simply because my round ligaments were so uncomfortable. By the second trimester, my weight had shifted enough that I did not want to do long-term damage to my pelvic floor, so I continued taking the impact out of my workouts (i.e. squats in place of squat jumps, low impact burpees, etc.). My speculation is that since I have been kinder to my pelvic floor this time, and even worked on keeping it strong, that I am able to run longer into my pregnancy than I was able to with my first.

I will have no qualms about hanging up my running shoes this time whenever it seems necessary. In fact, I had a few times where I thought I might have to. So far though, especially now that we are back at sea level, my running feels comfortable. I even got a stroller run in this week (which I haven’t done at all during pregnancy) and it felt comfortable. I am enjoying the endorphin rush I get from running, and how accomplished I feel after getting my run in. I am hoping, no matter what, that I can continue to engage in some form of activity until baby is ready to arrive.

 

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