I don’t really feel like I have much to update you guys on for this week, other than just to say that I had another 76 mile week last week and the baby and I seem to be handling it just fine! We had our ultrasound appointment this morning (which I’ll include in the 22 week update next week) and the baby is doing so well, and is so strong and man oh man, do I ever feel those kicks and jabs! It’s pretty cool.
I have so many ideas about different posts to write and while I made sure to voice record them while I was running on the treadmill, I still need to actually take the ideas and put them down into writing. I want to write a post on pregnancy essentials, newborn essentials, exercise during pregnancy myths, things like that. And not the usual bullshit either; I want to write the REAL STUFF. Like you guys know I will.
So, here’s a couple of this week’s stats, alright? I know a lot of people don’t like putting down weight gain, either for their own privacy reasons or for the sake of avoiding weight obsession and disordered eating/exercising, and I respect that. But I want to document weight gain because my focus is debunking the myth that high mileage and endurance exercise is unhealthy during pregnancy and to do this, I need to make sure that I back it up with sound evidence. Because really, come on. Imagine if I were hammering out 70+ mile weeks and I wasn’t telling you guys how much weight I was gaining. I know if I were you, I’d be a little skeptical, and probably assume that I wasn’t gaining enough just because of how much endurance exercise burns energy, right? So, it’s important to include that stuff, and it’s important that I include ALL of the dirty details because I am not interested in romanticizing anything, really, but especially not the concept of growing a baby.
So, I started at around 120lb and at 21 weeks pregnant I now weigh 131lb which brings me to a 1lb gain from last week. During the second trimester, we’re “supposed” to gain 1-2lb per week so I’m hitting those numbers despite high mileage running. One week I may gain 2lb, or even 3lb, and the next I may not gain any, but on average, my numbers are climbing and all is ship-shape.
If you’d like to read about last week’s running mileage, you can find it here.
If you’re new to my blog and you’d like to catch up on the rest of my week-by-week pregnancy summaries, head on over to this page.
Other than that, indigestion is definitely present, but my hemorrhoid issues have dwindled. We had the detailed ultrasound today, but you’ll have to wait until the 22 week update next week! And yes, we found out the sex! What do you guys think it is? I’m hoping for a kitten.