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Pregnant and Running: 16 Week Update

I’m starting to feel pregnant! I’ve got that heavy pressure feeling in my bottom (the bottom refers to that whole general area down there: pelvic floor, vajayjay, bum, womb, etc), and when I run, I can feel the extra weight on my bones. I gained 2lb last week so I’m up to 127lb with a 7lb total weight gain so far. The recommended weight gain for someone with a healthy BMI is 25-35 lb. However, I’ve seen tiny women only gain 20lb and be stuck with an extra 8 lb for months, and other women gain 65 lb and lose it all within a few weeks after delivery. Typically, the first trimester weight gain should hover around the 5lb mark, with 1lb per week in the second trimester, and 0.5lb per week in the third. But, everybody is different. I’m working hard at meeting the weight gain requirements so that I can keep running.

Running is still going really well! Here is my Mileage Monday post that documents last week’s mileage and workouts. I’m really happy with how my running is going. It’s so important to go into prenatal running with a super open mind because anything can happen. There are so many side effects and every woman’s body handles pregnancy differently. My goal is to get to full-term with a healthy baby and a healthy me with an even loftier goal of running right through my entire pregnancy. Wouldn’t that be wicked?

I’ve been averaging 60-plus miles per week so far, which blows my mind. I’ve never really given a shit about food but I do know that if I don’t gain enough weight, that my family and doctors will tell me to stop running and I don’t want that, so I make sure to eat as much and as often as possible. My meals mainly consist of carbs: bread and peanut butter, wraps, avocado rolls, crackers and cheese, veggie soups, tonnes of cereal, chocolate, oatmeal, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I drink a lot of 1% white milk and chocolate milk. I also down quite a bit of hot lemon water and sparkling orange flavoured water. I figured out how to curb my middle of the night feeding sessions: I down a bowl of cereal each night right before I go to bed, around 10pm. That way I can sleep all night long without waking up starving at 2am.

I still don’t look pregnant when I wake up in the morning but by the end of the day, my belly poofs out like I’m 6 months along.

I love being pregnant. I love feeling the baby move, I love my boobies, I love my curves. I feel SO SEXY. Like a queen.

It’s so funny when I get out of the shower. After I towel off, I apply Burt’s Bees baby oil everywhere and then I proceed to wrestle my body parts into layers of lycra. I feel like I’m tethering down my wild bits with each piece of clothing from my leggings (I live in LuluLemon leggings) to my big girl bras (I’m already wearing nursing bras because I had to buy a couple sizes up and I may as well invest in some that will work for breastfeeding). Then on goes the long tank-top (it needs to cover the coochie and my bum) and by then, I’m exhausted. But all I have left to do is throw on a hoodie, or if I want to look decent I’ll put on a cardigan and a necklace. My nails are strong, and my hair is huger than ever, thick, wiry, unruly and everywhere, as it should be.

Have I covered everything? There’s so much information I could drown you with! Is there anything specific you’d like me to talk about?






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  • Helly on the Run March 21, 2017, 11:04 am

    just keep on telling us *everything*!!! <3!!!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 2:20 pm

      I will leave out NOTHING! 😛

  • Tami Griffiths March 21, 2017, 11:29 am

    I agree! I love reading updates! I was not “a runner” yet when I was having babies so this is absolutely fascinating to me!!! I love that it’s going so well for you! Keep it up girlfriend!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 2:18 pm

      Thanks so much! I ran my first marathon when I was 20 and then got pregnant with Jake when I was 21, so I tried to run through that pregnancy but back then it just wasn’t as accepted as it is now. It’s still tough to find a whole lot of information out there especially for runners who run…a lot…like me. Heh heh.

  • Michelle March 21, 2017, 12:44 pm

    I love this!!! I was so excited when you announced your pregnancy as I am about 4 days behind you! It’s been so fun to read how much you love being pregnant, it makes me appreciate it more too!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 2:12 pm

      Michelle!!!! I love it when I can find someone with the same due date! THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!!!

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run March 21, 2017, 1:53 pm

    Why does your belly get bigger as the day goes on but flatter in the morning?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 2:09 pm

      Because as I fill up my actual stomach with food and liquid, my belly sticks out because while there used to be room for it to go, now my uterus is taking up all the space. My 16 week uterus only comes up to just below my belly button (it hits belly button level at 20 weeks) but women start showing earlier and higher because the uterus will push up and out all our insides that are usually tucked in deep. Also, digestion slows to barely nothing so as to get as many nutrients to the fetus as possible, which is why we get indigestion and bloating and farts! And some women (most women) get constipated, but I’ve always had rip-roaring poops, so I’m lucky to be able to bypass that whole issue.

      • Megan @ Meg Go Run March 21, 2017, 3:19 pm

        I love rip roaring poops! Good for you! Remember that salad I posted on my blog the other day? It had 3 hard boiled eggs on it and the next morning… was EPIC.

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 3:54 pm

          Something about hard boiled eggs, eh? Whenever I’m grumpy with Andrew I make sure to eat a couple during the day.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe March 21, 2017, 3:05 pm

    Your body is still better than mine without a baby in it! NOT FAIR you are so hot 😀

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 3:55 pm

      Your boobs are better. Way.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes March 21, 2017, 3:46 pm

    You are seriously such an adorable pregnant lady. The look on your face in the photo of you looking at your stomach captures so many happy emotions – and I’m so happy for you!
    Also since you mentioned them, I want oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I’m not much of one for sweets but chocolate chip cookies are my weakness.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 3:53 pm

      I’ve never been called a lady before. My mom would be so proud! She’d always beg me to “act like a lady.” Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and coffee make the best breakfast!

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile March 21, 2017, 4:09 pm

    You are so inspiring! I really hope you can run through your entire pregnancy.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 4:39 pm

      I give myself about 50/50 odds, and that’s being positive. 😉

  • Sheila March 21, 2017, 4:46 pm

    You just make me smile and feel alive. Thank you my Little Idol!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 5:51 pm

      You have no idea how much your comment made me feel so happy. Thank you, Sheila!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 21, 2017, 5:34 pm

    When it comes to exercise and pregnancy, they say you can and should keep doing the activity you were doing pre-pregnancy so run away my friend. But not away, away. You know what I mean. Also I think the benefits of running (stress reduction) are good for the baby. Like the occasional nip of wine.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 21, 2017, 5:52 pm

      If I ever had to stop running, I’d need to find a way to work up a sweat every day. I was on bed rest when I was pregnant with Jake and it was AWFUL.

  • Allie Capo-Burdick March 22, 2017, 2:49 am

    I have completely forgotten what it feels like to be pregnant! Thanks for the beautiful reminder. You look gorgeous and I love reading these updates. Keep eating mama!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 22, 2017, 7:27 am

      Thanks Allie! It’s weird how we forget how it feels, eh? It’s like after we run a marathon we’re like oh we will NEVER do that again. And then we forget, and do it all over again. Well, some of us do. 😛

  • Gretchen March 22, 2017, 5:00 am

    This is so fascinating to me so please keep sharing. I’m just in awe of you..you are such a goddess.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 22, 2017, 7:26 am

      I was worried that these updates would be boring for non-pregnant people!

  • Ana March 22, 2017, 8:36 am

    Wait… I want to know why you eat eggs when you are grumpy with Andrew?

    I used to eat chocolate milkshakes, my doctors would get mad at me because I wasn’t putting on a ton of weight!

    Do you get any headaches? I used to get awful headaches in my second trimester, once a headache was so nasty, that I forgot where I was going.

    Are you drinking tons of water too? Do you have people constantly asking you things you don’t want to answer? like me…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 22, 2017, 9:34 am

      Eggs give me super stinky farts.

      I don’t like chocolate ice cream, but I put vanilla ice cream in my oatmeal to beef it up a little!

      No, I don’t get headaches very often–only when I’m sick! Thank goodness!! All my issues are in my stomach. I don’t normally drink a lot of water (although I should!) but I do drink more when I’m pregnant, for sure.

      I love questions!!! Ask away!

  • Amy Lauren March 22, 2017, 11:11 am

    I really like reading about your pregnancy and am so impressed with how you’ve been able to run SO MUCH! So many ladies are sick and just can’t run at all. I know that yeah, you’ll have to decrease distance and slow down eventually but so glad you haven’t yet. Glad your weight gain is going well too (sometimes it really can be hard to gain when you’re running a lot). It sounds like you’re eating the right foods to do it with lots of healthy fats and 1% milk instead of skim, etc.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 22, 2017, 1:42 pm

      Yeah! I feel really good! I’m super thankful, and a bit surprised. ha ha!

  • Una March 22, 2017, 7:28 pm



    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 23, 2017, 7:33 am

      Awe, thanks Una!!!

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