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.
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?