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A Pregnant Pause

Well, you guys, this is it. I had fully intended to write up a post on my daily eats, documenting the play-by-plays it took for me to keep up 60-70 mile weeks while growing a baby but alas, this little boy of mine had his own agenda, which, you know, isn’t surprising. At all. My life is pretty much one giant non-surprise that there are so many surprises. Nothing phases me anymore.

I think I had mentioned that I was measuring small at my last OBGYN appointment, right? At 30 weeks I was supposed to measure 30cm (from the pubic something or other bone to the top of my uterus) but I only measured 28cm. This week’s appointment at 32 weeks, I measured…28cm. Not good news. So my doctor booked me an ultrasound for next Friday where they’ll check everything and make sure the baby and his surroundings are ship shape.

I measured small in all of my pregnancies except Freddy’s, but only this small when I was pregnant with Katie. She was 6 lb 3 oz at birth but she was 3 weeks early so that’s not really too shabby of a weight. I measured 2 cm small with Jake, with Callum, and Callum was nearly 8lb at over 3 weeks early! So honestly, I have a very good feeling that this baby is a good size and the amniotic fluid levels are strong, but that my body just carries my babies small.

However.

I stopped running. Until we get the results from next week’s ultrasound when hopefully everything will come back normal, I’m only going to ride the stationary bike for a bit each day and keep up my strength work. If the results come back normal that I’ll probably add some runs back in, but NOWHERE NEAR 70 mile weeks.

My diet is staying the same but I’m adding in even more water and more healthy fats and more protein. I’m cutting out my second cup of coffee (I have half a cup in the morning now and that’s it) and really getting in as many calories as possible without waiting until I’m actually hungry.

I’ll still do a food post, but I’ll save it for next week because this is getting too long. For now, it’s time to hang the running shoes.

If you miss my mileage and running talk, feel free to catch up by listening to my latest podcast interview! I had such a fun time talking with Rylee from the Man Bun Run podcast on episode 32. Here is the link!

 

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  • Helly July 13, 2017, 9:21 pm

    You are the best model pregnant runner ♡

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 13, 2017, 9:33 pm

      How do I retain my badassery, though?! I’m appearing all soft and shit. Totally losing my edge. 😉

      • J@n July 13, 2017, 10:08 pm

        I’m sure your ass is still wonderfully bad.

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 8:17 am

          😛

  • J@n July 13, 2017, 10:07 pm

    OBGYNs can be a PITA with their stats and norms. With just 4 weeks to go before the birth of our first child, our OBGYN panicked us (who had been trying for this child for 4 years) by saying that our unborn child’s head was too small. So every week they made my wife have another ultrasound, each time with a more senior medic, and each time the head was still “too small.” Of course, when our daughter was born, her head was a perfectly normal size. And only then did we remember that her father – that would be me, I hope – had a small head (I have to wear women’s or children’s size caps)! But did those dumb docs bother asking us before panicking anxious first-time parents? The f*** they did!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 8:17 am

      Okay, YES! SO TRUE! It goes back to that saying about how ignorance is bliss. But then, sometimes knowledge is power. WHERE IS THE MF HAPPY MIDDLE GROUND?!?!?!?!

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile July 14, 2017, 1:54 am

    You made it a long way with keeping up your running and mileage! Sounds like a smart decision to wait until next week and then reevaluate the running situation.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 8:16 am

      You’re the person I’m really looking up to and following in regards to how to handle taking a break from running!

  • Allie Capo-Burdick July 14, 2017, 3:51 am

    I’m sure this is VERY hard for you (and I love the picture) but obviously you’re almost at the baby finish line and only have a few more weeks to care for the human you’re creating while also caring for your own body. Obviously you’re doing everything right because you are a genius. Stay the course and give us an update soon!! xoxoxo

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 8:15 am

      Thank you for the props and support, Allie! Smoooooooch xoxoxo

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe July 14, 2017, 4:50 am

    Love you, darling. I know that this will be a bit of a test, but remember–keep your routine. I’m here for you.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 8:15 am

      Your words of wisdom have been burning in my mind since yesterday! Routine is SO HELPFUL. How are you so self-aware and so intuitive and wise at such a young age?!?! Kinda blows my mind.

  • Gretchen July 14, 2017, 5:04 am

    So many numbers and they all kind went over my head (blame it on being so early and working on my first cup of coffee). No matter what size you’ve always done what’s best for your self and your baby (and your family) which I really respect you for. You are seriously my role model for how to handle life. You rock!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 8:14 am

      I’m obsessive about numbers so it makes sense that this would be a trigger for me as far as anxiety goes. I’m managing it though. Keeping my head on straight. Thanks Gretch! Love you to bits. xo

  • meredith @ cookie chrunicles July 14, 2017, 5:48 am

    wishing you and the baby well! I am sure all will be fine : )

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 8:13 am

      Yeah! For sure! Thank you Meredith!

  • Ana July 14, 2017, 8:47 am

    I read your instagram yesterday, and I think you have your priorities exactly where they need to be. the road and sneakers will be there when you are ready again.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 2:12 pm

      ThassssssRIGHT!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes July 14, 2017, 9:33 am

    I can imagine this isn’t easy, but you have done an amazing job at growing your sweet boy and running through so much of pregnancy! You do so well at listening to your body and this is no exception. Wishing you and your boy well and keep us all updated! xoxo

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 2:12 pm

      Thank you Laura! It’s reassuring to me that I had no trouble dropping my running like a hot potato when it really came down to it. It’s kind of relieving, actually, to know that although I DO struggle with balancing running and life, that I am able to be mature about it and let it go when it’s time.

      Ask me in a week how I feel about it though and it’ll be a different story LOL

  • Amy Lauren July 14, 2017, 12:46 pm

    Hey, you did an amazing job with running through the pregnancy. Be proud of all you did and don’t feel bad AT ALL for stopping. You made it really far and the baby is worth it. I bet when you can run again, you will be that much better off. Plus chances are you can still be physically active, at least you won’t be on bed rest or anything, and you’re doing something healthy for you and the baby. Good luck with the future appointments and I love all your posts about this even though I’m not pregnant or planning to be. It’s just really interesting to read!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 2:10 pm

      Thanks for telling me that! I tend to worry that I’m boring the people who aren’t parents with my pregnancy posts. I like your take on my non-running too–I’m hoping you’re right, that this break will make me stronger and more rested!

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 14, 2017, 5:34 pm

    Sounds like you’re playing it safe. Running will be there for you when you’re ready. You sure made it farther than anyone I know!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 14, 2017, 8:52 pm

      Thank you doctor Wendy! <3

  • jade July 14, 2017, 10:26 pm

    I ‘measured small’ with both of my babies and the doctor was very concerned and it scared the crap out of me. My daughter was born 3 weeks early at 5lbs 6 ounces, and my son was one week early at 7 lbs. I was told I would have small babies as I am a small person, and I too carry my babies ‘small’, also I ran through both pregnancies but slowly and low mileage . I think you’re smart to forgo the running until you have the results but I am sure everything is totally fine. P.S. Your posts are never boring 🙂 <3.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 15, 2017, 6:35 am

      Jade! Thanks for telling me your story! Totally helps me. Yeah! So I measured small with most of mine except really small with my pregnancy with my daughter and they monitored me with ultrasounds and stuff and she was born 2-3 weeks early and weighed 6 lb 3 oz. I remember when she came out I kinda freaked out and asked the nurses if she’s too small and they laughed at me and said no, she’s perfect and healthy! I was just so used to how big Freddy was when he was born (he was 2 weeks early an 8 lb 7 oz). So Callum was born nearly 4 weeks early and he was 7 lb 12 oz, and I measured a bit small with him but not this small, so I have a hunch that this baby is just a tiny bit smaller than Callum. Like maybe when he’s born he will be 6-something rather than in the sevens. FINE BY ME!!! Lololol!

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run July 15, 2017, 12:22 pm

    You got this, Suzy. Just like you get shit done when you need to, you made a good decision to play it safe. Running is always there for us, that’s the best part. Give your body some TLC.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 15, 2017, 3:42 pm

      Thank you, Megan!!! Awe, you’re so nice!

  • RunnerGirl July 15, 2017, 3:45 pm

    You are SO doing the right thing…even it’s hard AF! I have 2 kids…well one adult, and one almost adult…and w/child #2 I went from working out fairly intensely daily to…bed rest…2x during the pregnancy, and he was still 4 weeks early (baby 1 was 5.5 weeks early 😐) Very difficult to give that part of our identity up, but it’s temporary and you’ll be right back at it, stronger than ever!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 15, 2017, 5:28 pm

      Thanks for the support! It’s so reassuring for me to hear other people’s stories. Thankfully it helps to know that it’s super short lived and totally worth it!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets July 16, 2017, 6:20 am

    Love you. You got this.

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