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Pregnant and Running: 25 Week Update

I am a solid 133lb this week. I know I said I was 133 last week but I rounded up a bit–this week is 133lb on the dot. It would just feel a little weird and obsessive to be like, “I weigh 132.654378 lb after poo and coffee before shower after blowing my nose before clipping my toenails.” Know what I mean? Weight gain is just a super vague guideline that can give hints to the mother and baby’s well-being. I like keeping track of it because I run so damn much that I find it even more necessary to hone in on the hairy details in case anything comes up.

Moving along.

Running has still been going great! More than great. I am so incredibly tickled pink with how it’s going. Like I keep saying, I am taking this one day, one hour, one minute at a time and I am well aware of how fast things can change so I’m just staying thankful for each mile that I can cover. If you’re interested in last week’s Mileage Monday, here’s the link.

I hope you guys know that it’s not glamorous though. I mean, if you’re a runner than you already kinda know that the sport can leave a bit of a mark here and there, but pregnancy takes it up a notch. I was blessed with some vag chafing (I guess I pulled my underwear up wrong and it got folded over and well, yeah…) which changed up my gait a bit because I was trying to run in a way where it wasn’t so sore, so my knee ached a bit, but settled once the chafing went away.

The pee breaks are out of control. For example, I ran 10 miles today and I had to take 4 pee breaks. FOUR. One of which included a surprise poo, which always gets me a bit flustered.

I know that a lot of people would be annoyed and bothered by all the gross stuff and just throw in the towel, and I would too, if I were actually bothered enough. But, I’m not. Because I love my sport, and when you love something that much, you put up with the annoying stuff. It’s worth it. I don’t even really feel pregnant when I’m out there running. I feel it when I’m bending over to clean up toys or to load the dishwasher. I feel it when I hold Callum on my lap to read books together. I feel it when I’m trying to get into a comfortable position to sleep at night. But running? My body transcends that feeling of being weighed down. I mean, I notice the changes on the inside, like pressure on my bladder and bowel, or how my sciatic nerve flares up a bit and makes my left foot go numb. But man, when I’m out there on the roads it’s like I’ve got superpowers. My abdomen is taught and my core is solid. It feels great.

How often do you go poo during the day?

Do you know what I mean when I say “surprise poo?” Do you get those? Where you’re sitting down for a pee and all of a sudden you’re like, whoa. Poo is totally coming out now.

I wonder how many people I lose each time I talk about poo.



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  • Allie Capo-Burdick May 24, 2017, 2:46 am

    I wasn’t able to run with my twin pregnancy after three months. I cried a lot. I would have rather put up with all the peeing and poo and chafing. And, running NOT pregnant is pretty gross so… 🙂 I love how much you’re loving it and I really love all the belly pics!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 24, 2017, 7:44 am

      Yes, I think that old saying is SO TRUE: we don’t know what we have until it’s gone. And perspective really is everything.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe May 24, 2017, 4:44 am

    We won’t discuss how many times I go to the bathroom. on a good day, 1. On a bad day…; none and that is part of the problem! And a large part of why I miss running…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 24, 2017, 7:43 am

      Ah, yes, running definitely helps to encourage the poo. There’s nothing like a regular, predictable poo routine which is why I don’t totally care for surprise poos. Although if I wasn’t pooing at all then a surprise poo would be pleasant. I dunno. Poo can be annoying.

  • Marion Wine May 24, 2017, 5:29 am

    You look absolutely amazing! I know what you mean- by how when you’re running you don’t even feel pregnant. I’m on week 8 of my second baby, and through all of the morning sickness , NOT being able to go poo, headaches, constantly being hungry but everything making me want to throw up… running is my out and my peace. I feel like this time around I already have the look of “I ate too much” pretty early on. Sigh… but, anyways, your posts and talks about running keep me hopeful for this to all still be able to turnaround and still be enjoyable. Fingers crossed for second trimester bliss!!!! 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 24, 2017, 7:42 am

      Ooooooh Marion, 8 weeks pregnant is TOUGH. And yes, subsequent babies pop out with the positive pregnancy test! Ha ha! Muscle memory…or something. Keep up the running as much as you can because if you stop, it’ll be that much harder to get back into it. First trimester exhaustion and nausea is so awful, but of all the times I forced myself to get some miles in, only once did I actually feel sick enough to stop and all the other times I felt better once I ran. But, it’s hard. Totally.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home May 24, 2017, 6:32 am

    I think pregnancy prepares you for the grossness of getting older. All kinds of gross things happen to me on and off the road now. It’s lovely. :p

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 24, 2017, 7:38 am

      I know. I truly know. Between Andrew and I, we are “enjoying” a lot of new…experiences. Ha ha ha! It’s humbling.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets May 24, 2017, 7:35 am

    Surprise poos are my favorite. I’m all like, “whoa, hey there buddy. Where did you come from?”

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 24, 2017, 7:38 am

      I’m quite welcoming of a poo, most of the time, but I don’t much like surprises.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes May 24, 2017, 1:29 pm

    I know surprise poos all too well! My body alternates between not being able to go, routine normal function, and surprise poos – which is not uncommon in women with endometriosis. Running keeps it more on the normal side of things, thank goodness. I love how great this pregnancy is for you – you are so adorable in your bump pics!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 24, 2017, 4:23 pm

      YES! Running is a huge poo-promoting activity, for SURE.

  • Lindsey May 24, 2017, 1:55 pm

    Love surprise poos! Had one myself this morning and it really completed my great run and workout?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 24, 2017, 4:21 pm

      See, I *don’t* like them but only because I don’t like being caught off guard. My life is chaotic enough–I need my poos to be on schedule. 😛

  • Ana May 25, 2017, 11:24 am

    Surprise poo!!! ja ja ja!! I love that!!

    I’m sorry to hear about the Vag chaffing!! that is painful!! Do you wear underwear with your shorts? There is some type of lubricant out there, but I don’t remember what it’s called.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 25, 2017, 6:26 pm

      I always wear underwear. Something to do with the sweat, and the way I pulled my undies back up after I went pee, the elastic didn’t sit flush with my skin. So the chafing isn’t RIGHT on the cooch.. it’s right where the elastic goes BUT STILL. CLOSE ENOUGH.

  • Agness of Fit Travelling May 31, 2017, 5:40 am

    I love reading your updates, Suzy! Keep up the great work!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 31, 2017, 7:56 am

      Well thank youuuu so much! 🙂

  • Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com May 31, 2017, 8:13 am

    You mean how many people you GAIN when you talk about poo… I mean come on… if you don’t like talking about it and you’re a runner, you prob don’t want them around anyways 😉

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com May 31, 2017, 9:01 am

      I like you. A lot.

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