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Pregnant and Running: 20 Week Update

When I was 20 weeks pregnant with Callum, I weighed 135 lb so I had gained 15lb since the start of my pregnancy. With this one, I have gained 10lb at the 20 week mark putting me at 130lb. I went back into my photos and found a picture of my belly at the 20 week mark with Callum and I notice that it’s much bigger, as are my boobs! Callum was nearly 8lb at birth and he was born at 36 weeks, so imagine how huge he would have been at 40 weeks! I’m wondering if this baby is going to be smaller. That’s my best guess. Here’s me at 20 weeks with Callum:

And here’s me at 20 weeks with this baby!

I don’t even feel flutters in my uterus–oh no no no. I feel full-on drop-kicks and punches. If I look down at my abdomen I can see its body parts move the outside of my belly with each kick and punch. It’s unreal. I remember being at the end with Callum and Andrew and I both saw the outline of one of Callum’s feet and we were able to run our fingertips along the ridges of each of his toes. HOW CRAZY IS THAT?!?! Feeling my babies inside of me, moving around and jarring me out of whatever I’m doing, never ceases to blow my mind, even the fifth time around.

If you’re interested, I wrote about some adaptations I’m making to my running in this post here. A natural progression that happens is the more that I feel the baby move within me, the more care I naturally take to keep him/her safe. It happens subconsciously, reflexively. Callum will be thrashing around having a temper tantrum and I recoil my body to protect my belly from any two-foot drop kicks he might send my way. As I run, I can feel the heaviness of the baby and so I reflexively clench my pelvic floor with each step. It’s a natural evolution, or backwards evolution, I should say, as the baby gets bigger and more developed, for the active pregnant woman to pull back a little, performing each movement and exercise with a little less aggression and intensity and with a little more gentleness and intention. Being in tune with our bodies is the best way to take care of our growing babies.

Here is my Mileage Monday post for week 20 of this pregnancy!

I will not stop telling you guys how thankful I am that I can still run. One day at a time, I lace up, head out there with my cell phone, toilet paper and an open mind, and what will be, will be. Isn’t that all any of us really needs in life though? Cell phone, toilet paper, and an open mind.

Amen.

Any questions for me?

I’ve got a whole lot of pregnancy/newborn posts coming up. Newborn essentials, to-do lists before the baby comes, signs and symptoms of early labour, shit like that. Any other suggestions?

 

 

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  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles April 18, 2017, 2:27 pm

    cell phone toilet paper and open mind. Lol love it although, I swear I could live without my phone lately. I didn’t like losing my phone but it was a nice excuse to be apart from the world for a bit! You look so cute pregnant!

  • Amy Lauren April 18, 2017, 2:32 pm

    I think it’s awesome you’re still running and think you look great! Keep heading out with your toilet paper and doing your thing no matter what people say. Glad everything seems to be going well so far with the pregnancy, too.

  • San April 18, 2017, 3:34 pm

    I say as long as you feel good, keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 18, 2017, 4:28 pm

    I need to start packing toilet paper in the diaper bag, although I suppose a baby wipe might be better.

    I’ve already told you, but the only part of pregnancy I liked was feeling Ave move around. She was always active; I should have known then. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 18, 2017, 6:16 pm

      Yeah, you had a rough time. 🙁 She’s such a little firecracker now though!

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe April 18, 2017, 10:25 pm

    Again, your running essentials are already covered over here.
    Fun story: my mom was 10 lbs and born on her due date. But 10. Pounds.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 19, 2017, 7:27 am

      HA HA HA! OH MY GOODNESS! Imagine if she passed the big baby gene down to you? Wheeeeee!

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home April 19, 2017, 6:10 am

    I would agree that you’ve pretty much summed up life with those 3 items!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 19, 2017, 7:26 am

      I felt like I had struck gold when I typed that sentence out. The heavens opened up.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes April 19, 2017, 9:58 am

    You summed up the three things perfectly! You look so healthy and strong – so glad you are able to still run and are having a good pregnancy!
    I was a giant 8 pound baby and was 2 weeks-ish late. My poor mom.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 19, 2017, 4:00 pm

      I need to copyright that line of mine. Definitely. It’s not every day that one finds the true meaning of life.

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