Cheese Baby: 25 & 26 Weeks
|September 17, 2013||Posted by Lauren under Pregnancy|
As of today, I’m 26 weeks and 3 days pregnant — halfway through my last week of the 2nd trimester! I know that 3rd trimester is going to come with its own set of difficulties, but I am more than excited to be heading into the home stretch.
Body: Feeling large and in charge. On the one hand I know this is ridiculous, since I still have almost 14 more weeks of growth left. But then I think – how the heck am I going to keep growing for 14 more weeks!? Where is she going to fit? Am I going to topple over from the weight of my stomach? As you can see, all super rational concerns.
Weight gain: 20 pounds (whoop! there it is…!), all of which have been gained within the last 13 weeks. I must just have a very muscular baby (and hefty placenta) because I’m clearly only gaining weight in my belly.
Obviously this is more than the standard “1 pound per week” guideline, but I tend to be an overachiever in life and I figure pregnancy weight gain should be no exception.
In all seriousness, I can’t pretend I wasn’t a little shocked to see the scale, BUT my OB/midwife aren’t worried. They say women gain weight differently, some gain the majority in the 2nd trimester and I’ll probably slow down by the third. I don’t really believe that, seeing as Cheese Baby will be packing on the pounds over the next 14 weeks, but I’ll just pretend for now. I’m still running and I really don’t think I’m eating any more than I did before I was pregnant (though, in all fairness, am exercising way less), so I figure my body is gonna do what it’s gonna do.
…even if it means gaining a huge amount of weight. Hey, if Jessica Simpson can rock it, so can I.
Exciting moment of the week: Passing my gestational diabetes test!
I actually didn’t even know I was going to be getting one the morning that I took it….otherwise I may not have had that piece of apple pie the night before and a bowl of cereal for breakfast (see comment above re: eating super healthy). But at my regular OB exam, she handed me the paperwork and said that they’d like me to have it done before my next appointment. Since we travel an hour to get to appointments, I really didn’t want to take an extra trip out there in the next few weeks…so we just went over and had it done. Apparently my body is still a pro at processing sugar. So relieved that’s over and done with.
Clothes: All of my tech tees for running are officially too small. Thankfully, temperatures are starting to cool down a bit (after a crazy heat wave earlier last week), so I’ve been putting the old cotton race tees back into the rotation. So professional of me.
One week apart…and so much growth!
Symptoms: I’ve read that some women get a respite from their allergies during pregnancy while seem to get worse. Guess which camp I’ve been lucky enough to fall into? Running/stuffy nose, itchy throat and eyes — the last couple weeks have been rough. It’s also not helping that whole sleep thing. I’m lucky enough to not be waking up all the time to go to the bathroom (yet — once per night has been the norm for awhile), but now I’m waking up because of the nose. And with the lovely, sporadic pregnancy insomnia, that means sometimes I’m up around 3 or 4 and just can’t get back to sleep.
Also – after the 3 super hot and humid days we had earlier last week, I just have to say that I’m so thankful I’m not finishing up this pregnancy in the heat of the summer. So far I haven’t really had to deal with any major swelling issues (besides some minor calf/foot swelling after long days on my feet)…until last week. On Wednesday it was 95+, sunny, and incredibly humid. Our house doesn’t have AC. I spent the entire evening on the couch with my feet on a bag of ice, miserable. It made me so excited for fall, cool temperatures and squeezing this basketball into hoodies.
Food: I’m sort of ashamed to admit that coffee has made its way back into my life. Evan was making some the other day and I suddenly couldn’t get over how good it smelled. Since then I’ve had the occasional half a cup in the morning. It’s not like caffeine and I have been strangers during pregnancy, but until a couple of weeks ago I’ve only had it in the form of iced tea or caffeinated Nuun. Not the same. Coffee makes the world seem so bright…so new…so wonderful. Please forgive me Cheese Baby….
I think it may be time to retire these shorts…
Baby: I think I’m feeling hiccups!! I don’t really know what I’m looking for, but I realized that some of the “kicks” I thought I was feeling seemed a little too rhythmic. My belly will sort of pulse in the same place at regular intervals for a short period of time. So my only conclusion is that she’s either hiccuping or she’s practicing to be a professional dancer.
Running: Running with 20 extra pounds is no joke! But at this point, I’m just looking at it as adaptive training…I’m planning to gain as much weight as possible so that by the time I start running again after baby I’ll feel light as a feather (kidding, obviously).
I’m still running straight through on all my runs, but I seem to get a little slower by the week. In large part because I’ve accepted that running “fast” = dealing with groin/pelvic pain. I was in quite a bit of discomfort after the 5K I ran at 25 weeks pregnant, so from here on out, the focus is on just taking it nice and easy.
I’m also starting to come around to the maternity belt (I have the Gabrialla medium support). We’re not quite at the in LOVE stage yet, but I’m finally figuring out the best way to wear/adjust it, and have noticed a big difference in terms of support. It also seems to help take some of the pressure off of my lower legs. I’m not sure if this is related or if my legs are just finally getting used to the weight, but since last week my calves have felt so much better while running. No more feeling like they’re going to snap under the pressure.
Mileage-wise, things can be pretty inconsistent from week to week — two weeks ago I only managed 17, this past week I got close to 30. But at this point, I’m just going with whatever feels good. I’ve held onto the goal of not run/walking until the 3rd trimester…less than one more week and I’ve made it!
Tuesday: 4.2 miles @ 8:55
Wednesday: 50 minutes prenatal pilates + 20 minutes prenatal yoga
Thursday: 5 miles @ 8:47
Friday: 3.5 miles, untimed
Saturday: 4.5 miles total –> 1.5 mile w/up + 5K in 25:18 (7:55)
Sunday: walk + 30 min ST
Total: 17.2 miles
Monday: 4 miles @ 9:30 + 30 min ST
Tuesday: walk + prenatal yoga
Wednesday: 4.5 miles @ 9:30
Thursday: 5 miles @ 9:19 + 30 min ST
Friday: 3.5 miles @ 9:04
Saturday: 5 mile progression run @ 9:12
Sunday: 7 miles @ 9:12
Total: 29 miles