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Pregnant and Running: 19 Week Update

Well, the gods in charge of hormones decided to kick it up a notch this week because I’ve been blessed with indigestion and hemorrhoids. At least, I’m pretty sure I have hemorrhoids. Let me tell you a story:

Just about 17 years ago, I gave birth to my first child, Jake. And when we came home from the hospital, after we settled in for a day or two, a couple of nurses popped by to make sure we were doing alright. After they checked in on the breastfeeding, and once they weighed Jake and made sure we were on the mend, one of the nurses whispered to me to go upstairs and undress from the waist down so that she could check on my vajayjay (I had a couple of stitches thrown in for good measure). Once she was down there, she mentioned that there was a note in my file stating that I had developed “very large hemorrhoids during delivery” and I was like, say whaaaaat? I didn’t even know what they were, or how to spell them, or what they felt like. Quite frankly, if I even had them, I never noticed. But, apparently I had them and apparently they were “internal hemorrhoids.” Super. Let me tell you another story:

I got them during each and every subsequent pregnancy and delivery, and I can only remember one time that they ever bothered me–after Callum was born and during a tough 12 mile run. The details of which are disturbing, and resulted in a colonoscopy, so let’s just leave it at that for now.

Needless to say, now I’m freaked right out about hemorrhoids. Not because they’re itchy (they’re supposed to be?!?! GROSS!!!) or hurt (they don’t bother me at all) but because I would hate to have to have people come to my funeral knowing that I died from a hemorrhoid invasion. And if you have them, and if they’re itchy and they hurt, you’re not gross. I love you. Get a prescription for Proctofoam, and your life will be forever changed.

I’ve also developed indigestion, which is nbd. A little barf in the mouth never hurt anyone. My belly pooched out to epic proportions and I started getting Braxton Hicks contractions but they’re normal, especially for me, and they’re nothing I can’t manage. I drink lots of water, and they die down a little.

I weigh 129lb this morning which I think puts me at a 3lb weight gain in 8 days which I just think is fabulous. The human body is beautiful and amazing. I’m the idiot that stuck it under the Arizona sun and burned the tops of my feet to blistering, and gave my blossoming belly a heat rash. I’m out-growing the 32C bras I just bought 3 weeks ago, and obviously, as you might imagine from my dramatic monologue above, I have graduated to granny panties.

Because we were away, I had to fit in a 10 mile treadmill run at 10:30 pm last night and at the last second, grabbed a baby belly shot for my 19th week:

Here’s another 19 week shot in the regular spot:

Here’s my Mileage Monday post if you’d like to check out my running mileage and workouts for my 19th week of pregnancy.

Even though we had such a great time in Arizona, I’m looking forward to getting back into the regular routine of life. As Juno says, “I never really realized how much I like being home unless I’ve been somewhere really different for a while.”

Have you seen the movie Juno?

Have you ever had hemorrhoids? Can you spell it correctly on the first try?

Did I teach you something new today? Are you going to go stand over top of a hand mirror to have a boo at your arse?

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  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home April 12, 2017, 4:59 am

    I don’t have to look back there–thanks to this alien invasion of my body, my hemorrhoids have flared too. They especially bother me when I run and I’ll spare you the details of that. It’s a gift that both my boys gave me.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 12, 2017, 8:14 am

      Yeah, I can see how hemorrhoids are pretty much side effects of every sort of ailment and life circumstance. Some people get headaches, some people get hemorrhoids. BOOOOOO.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run April 12, 2017, 5:39 am

    So once someone has hemorrhoids, do they have them forever, they just flare up?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 12, 2017, 8:11 am

      All they are are veins in the butthole that puff out. Like when people get varicose veins (which are super common in pregnancy) in their legs, except these are in the anus. They go down, and then puff out if people get constipated (never me!) or get pregnant (hormones, and just overall pressure in the bottom) or give birth (pushing hard through the bottom). And then they die down again, but sometimes they need some cortisone cream to settle them. My neighbour from a few years ago had hers surgically removed because hers were causing her so much pain. The surgery is incredibly painful but sometimes necessary. She was this tiny, cute little thing. You’d never guess what people have going on behind closed doors by just looking at their appearance!

  • Amy Lauren April 12, 2017, 7:36 am

    Yuck to hemorrhoids. I wouldn’t be able to spell it either but I saw where you did so that made it easy with this comment. I loved the movie Juno and my husband and I saw it together. He said I reminded him of Juno and I’m pretty sure had I gotten pregnant in college, I would’ve looked just like that. Love that quote from the movie though and it makes me want to watch the movie again!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 12, 2017, 8:08 am

      Oh yeah! I can see a resemblance between you and Juno! I also love it when she says to her stepmom about how she collects photos of dogs: “dream big!” and when she barfs blue slurpee into her vase.

  • meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles April 12, 2017, 7:52 am

    omg I remember when they “checked me” after childbirth. I was afraid to have anyone look down there after how it felt/what I went through! even 6 weeks later at my check up, I was like – take a look and tell me things went back to normal! I could not look myself lol. it was scary. so many stitches!! but I’m all healed now. ha. I don’t think I had hemorrhoids but I do remember how much it hurt to sit for so long, especially to go use the bathroom.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 12, 2017, 8:05 am

      Ah yes. It’s nice to forget about these things. I remember them giving me a water bottle to take into the bathroom and I was like what? I’m thirsty, but I’d rather drink it out here and she was like no, it’s for your bottom while you pee. SIGH

  • Ana April 12, 2017, 8:40 am

    Oh the beautiful joys of pregnancy! itchy pimples on your bumby hole! Do you get to sit on a donut now? I know somebody (My ex-husband) who had to have surgery for a bad hemorrhoid, and the treatment after was for him to sit in this air donut. My joke then, and now, is that he was so uptight, the had to have the stick surgically removed from his butt!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 12, 2017, 8:58 am

      HA HA HA!

  • Una April 12, 2017, 12:10 pm

    Hemorrhoids, yes. Sigh. Pre, during and post pregnancy. Never itchy or really painful, just annoying (and alarming the first time that you see blood).

    I never had heartburn through pregnancy, but I did have terrible constipation. I went from my regular once a day (10:30am!) to once every 4 days (agony!) which resulted in me clogging the toilet and then having to ask my husband to plunge said toilet because that is a skill that I have yet to master.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 13, 2017, 8:18 am

      Yes, just annoying, and they give a deep ache or pressure, or something, it’s hard to explain. I can’t even imagine not going poo for 4 days. I’ve heard of people not going for a full week, and that’s just mind-blowing to me. They must feel SO UNCOMFORTABLE. How AWFUL.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile April 13, 2017, 2:49 am

    I did learn a few new things in this post! I once heard a really gross story about someone I know who had hemorrhoids, so this wasn’t too alarming to me. Is there a reason people get them outside of pregnancy/childbirth?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 13, 2017, 8:16 am

      Yes, I think most people get them from being constipated, although I’m pretty sure they’re a genetic thing. People are either predisposed to getting them or they’re not.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe April 13, 2017, 4:00 am

    They itch because of the histamine response so taking something like a Benedryl might also help. But really, you just gon’ have itchy butt 😀 But if they are painful, obvs you might need something stronger.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 13, 2017, 8:16 am

      So far they’ve never been itchy, thank goodness.

  • Jamie@TheMomGene April 13, 2017, 6:18 pm

    Yep. Hemorroids. Both pregnancies. Even with the twins and they were c-section. That seems above and beyond unfair. Mine never itched…but really, you should never have to push a body part BACK IN. And Juno made me fall hard for Ellen Page and I’ve never looked back.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 13, 2017, 9:43 pm

      Okay, I laughed out loud really hard at your comment about pushing body parts back in. HILARIOUS. I should have written that in my post! Damn you for being so witty.

  • San April 15, 2017, 3:17 pm

    Ugh, hemorrhoids… I’ve heard they’re no fun, but glad you’re not too bothered by them (other than having them reoccur with each pregnancy).

    Cute belly, btw. 🙂

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 18, 2017, 4:14 pm

    I loved the movie Juno. I actually rewatched while nursing Ave when she was just a newborn. So good.

    Also, I was terrified of getting hemorrhoids, which are super common during and post pregnancy. Thankfully, I dodged that bullet. I’ll say a prayer for you though and send a shout out to the anal gods.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 18, 2017, 6:18 pm

      I got enough of them for the both of us.

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