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Pregnant and Running: 33 Week Update

Hey guys! It’s getting real around here! I stopped running because my doctor is concerned about the growth of my uterus and so I only got to 29 miles last week before I had to throw in the towel. If you’d like to read more about what I’ve been doing instead, the link to my Mileage Monday can be found here.


I have to say though that about two days before my OBGYN told me to stop running, I had been feeling a pinched nerve shoot down my right leg starting in my groin and when I started feeling that, I had already been thinking that maybe this was the beginning of the end. My left leg has been numb for a long time, but zero pain. This was definitely different and very uncomfortable!

My body is also doing its thang as far as getting ready for labour and delivery. I’m one of those people who labour for weeks and then go into the hospital at 4cm dilated. If you don’t know what that means, I’ll explain. Gretchy, this is for you. In fact, I’ll call them Gretch notes instead of Coles notes.

Before I had kids, when I heard people talk about getting dilated, I totally assumed it was the vag that was actually getting big AF. It’s not. What’s actually being dilated is the cervix. The cervix is the thing that looks a bit like a donut hole and it’s at the end of the vagina hallway. It’s like a stop sign that says, “Hold up, homeboy.” Contractions are the muscular uterus flexing against the cervix, prying it open bit by bit until it’s open enough for the delivery of a baby. The rule is that a 10cm diameter is the magic measurement for the cervix to be at before the baby can pass through.

The contractions that cause the cervix to open from 0-4cm dilated is called early labour. Some women sprint through those 4cm like Bolt and some women work through it over the course of weeks. That’s me. What does that feel like? Lots of Braxton Hicks (my uterus is flexing but without the regularity of real labour), lightening crotch (it feels like bolts of lightening shooting up my vagina), and just general laboury symptoms (the feeling you get when you are about to have your period). I know by now that these things can go on for weeks, so I just need to hang tight <— I’m a comedian and take it day by day. I haven’t had a preterm baby and so the chances are low that I will the fifth time!

I gained half of a pound since last week which brings me to 139.5lb, a 16.5-19.5 total weight gain. My OBGYN is happy with my weight gain, which is nice. She’s just worried about my measurements, but I know that this baby is huge, and that I just don’t have the body that shows it.

Here’s an example. My friend Lora is 5’2, and I’m nearly 5’7, okay? So we stand side by side and our hip bones match up EXACTLY. A long torso much, Suzy? Yeah. My torso is nearly five inches longer than hers. No wonder I look weird when I run. I’m like a T-Rex. Because I don’t have a long torso, I don’t easily store fat on my belly–it ends up elsewhere. So if the doctor is measuring the outside of my abdomen, feeling my uterus at the top of my fundus or whatever it’s called, then the measurements are a lot closer to my actual uterus than probably most other women’s uteruses, so we’re going to lose some distance in there, folks. Am I right? Or am I crazy for analyzing this to death? Don’t answer.

The ultrasound is on Friday, and I promise you that the baby will not only be healthy but will probably be bigger than what’s expected for that gestation. I just know these things. And then hopefully I can get right back to running like a maniac, as long as my sciatic nerve behaves itself.


I can’t wait to kiss his sweet little face. I love him so much, you guys!

Do any of you have a long torso? Have you ever had to buy those one piece bathing suits for long torsos?

How tall are you?

If you were to gain weight, where does it go first?



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  • meredith @ cookie chrunicles July 18, 2017, 8:22 am

    omg the Braxton hicks. I remember one night they were so strong and I swear regular but I was so not ready to go into labor that prayed it wasn’t time and went to sleep lol. it wasn’t time but when my water broke, I was 2 cm. I was at 10 fairly quickly which wasn’t nice because they promised me a nap once I got the epidural and that nap still hasn’t happened. It’s been almost 14 years lol. I’m right under 5′ 4″ tall.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 18, 2017, 3:17 pm

      I have never understood the nap during the epidural thing. I would be WAY too excited about everything to nap. I can’t nap on a normal day–there’s no way I’d be able to nap when I’m about to meet the baby!!!! But I guess if someone had been through a long, grueling sleepless labour over the course of a few days then ya, I’d nap. That makes sense.

  • jade July 18, 2017, 10:13 am

    Interesting…I experienced strong Braxton Hicks which began at least 6 weeks before both of my babies were born. I also measured ‘small’, like you but my babies were a good size. I have a feeling your little guy will be bigger than anyone expected. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 18, 2017, 3:15 pm

      Thanks Jade, I think you’re right! I’m looking forward to seeing him in there on Friday!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes July 18, 2017, 11:02 am

    I’m 5’9 and have a long torso so I’m wondering if that will be me as well if I have kids. One piece swimsuits were out of the question once I hit puberty and started to get taller and taller.
    Your last sentences just warms my heart so much!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 18, 2017, 3:14 pm

      Oh, yeah Laura for SURE. You’re not going to start showing until you’re in the third trimester LOL. It sucks, because you’ll feel totally pregnant but nobody else will know. BUT… you’ll be way more comfy.

  • Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com July 18, 2017, 11:10 am

    I’m 5’6 and all my weight gain goes to my stomach. Thanks, mom. It’s annoying AF. I hope you’re able to start running again 🙂 I was 1 cm dilated for 2 months! Had to go on bed rest for a bit. My water broke at midnight with Kara and by the time I got to the hospital (1.5 hrs later- I had to shave my legs and eat a pb&j) I was 5 cm dilated. She came 3.5 weeks early and in 3:35 min… I call her my BQ baby <3

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 18, 2017, 3:13 pm

      Awe, she totally is! That’s awesome! 3:35, eh? HOLY SHIT that’s fast. If my water ever breaks on its own, we’re going to have to run red lights all the way to the hospital. Andrew and I have already taken YouTube lessons on home deliveries. K, now I’m freaking out.

      OMG I am so excited for this Friday! Like, I know it’s not ideal to have to get a scan for this reason and stuff but I’m sure everything is fine, and the bonus is we get to see him again! And his profile will be more detailed and his skin more filled out. YAY!

  • Taryn July 18, 2017, 11:30 am

    Suzy, we are the same height! Except I weigh 130 lbs not pregnant. My torso is especially long, as well, and I’ve always carried my pregnancies like a balloon on a toothpick. I’ve made it through essentially 5 pregnancies with no belly stretch marks, and my most recent pregnancy was 7 lb twins, as you know. I attribute lack of stretch marks in part to a ridiculously long torso. (I got plenty of varicose veins, though.) I will be curious to see how much weight I gain in the event that Ben and I have a baby, and where I gain it (usually I gain weight in that area where the thighs meet the butt, or the “thutt,” as I lovingly refer to it). I’d be starting off this pregnancy 10 years later and 15 lbs heavier than I was when I got pregnant with the twins.

    You look amazing, by the way. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 18, 2017, 3:10 pm

      Awe, I’d love it if you and Ben had a baby! How amazing would that be?!?! I can see how your torso might be longer, yeah, that makes sense. You’ve got a lot more muscle on your body than I do, from yoga. I really admire that and MAN I wish I had time to do that too. I just like running too much. But maybe one day!

  • Helly July 18, 2017, 12:41 pm

    I’m the same height as you except what you weigh 33 weeks pregnant is my regular weight…. Sigh……

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 18, 2017, 3:08 pm

      Hey–every weight looks different on each person. I remember when I got down to 115, my friend Lora was 110, and she is TINY. But super muscular, like SUPER muscular. Nobody would ever ever ever guess in a million years that we weighed 5lb apart.

  • Ana July 18, 2017, 1:45 pm

    Wow!! I learned more now about giving birth, then what I knew right before giving birth!

    This is funny, I am the tallest woman in my family at a whopping 5′ 3″. All my weight goes to my stomach, it’s disgusting!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 18, 2017, 3:06 pm

      It is NOT DISGUSTING. And you know it. <3

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home July 18, 2017, 6:27 pm

    I’m a short torso person, so I was miserable at the point you are at–those poor babies were just smooshed in. 4 more weeks! You are so close.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 18, 2017, 7:52 pm

      Watch–I’ll go to 42 weeks or something. Ha ha ha! I don’t mind–as long as I don’t have to get induced again. That was AWFUL.

  • Corry July 19, 2017, 6:07 am

    I’m a smidge under 5’9″. I didn’t get very big with my pregnancy, I actually lost fat, that baby sucked it all off of me. I gained 12-15 lbs and had an 8lb 12oz baby. I was nauseated for most of my pregnancy and under a lot of stress, this attributing to little weight gain. I guess the baby must have always measured right because I don’t remember anyone being concerned.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 19, 2017, 6:59 am

      That is a BIG BABY from a 12lb weight gain! That just goes to show you that babies will take what they need and leave us all the sloppy seconds!

  • Melissa C July 19, 2017, 7:56 am

    I’m 5’2 on a good day with shoes on!! I don’t have a long torso but I never showed during pregnancy until the last trimester. My 2nd baby I only made it to 36 weeks ,( only gained 18lbs so unless I was wearing firm fitting stuff I just looked like I ate too much.)and when I got to the hospital in the throes of active labor the nurse looked at me like I was crazy and I remember being a smart ass and lifting my sweatshirt up showing my pregnant belly off. “See I am pregnant! And I think I’m in labor”. I was 5cm dialated and 4 hours later I had a baby in my arms. Now my 4th baby?? He stayed in my belly for 40 weeks… and took his time (the epidural failed so 6 hours felt like a lifetime!!) anyways I do hope things go well this Friday at the scan. we’re you other babies good sized? Also I think you’ve done such a great job keeping your mileage during pregnancy. Even if you have to cut things back a bit before delivery you are going to bounce back into shape so quick!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 19, 2017, 8:40 pm

      Thank you Melissa! I love the story of how you showed off your belly in the hospital! You’re not giving me much hope of having an early fifth labour though–you went to 40 weeks with your fourth!?! You must have felt so frustrated by then, thinking you’d be going early!!!

      Jake was 7.1, Freddy was 8.7, Katie was 6.1 (3 weeks early) and Callum was 7.12 (3 weeks early). Good sizes. Katie was the one that I had scans for all the time because I measured so small and she was my smallest, but I wonder if Jake would have been the smallest if he had been born 3 weeks early rather than 1 week late. I can’t wait until Friday to see where this boy is at!

  • Felicia July 19, 2017, 10:12 pm

    You’re sooo tall!! I’m only 5’2″…rounded up. :/ Definitely don’t have a long torso but I do have disproportionately long arms. (Good thing I don’t need a special bathing suit for that, but then again, I never wear bathing suits!) When I gain weight, almost all of it goes to my face. The rest is pretty evenly distributed!

  • J@n July 21, 2017, 10:48 am

    I’m no expert – heck, I’m not even female – but I think you’re doing something wrong here: it’s not your uterus that should be growing, but your foetus.

    Do we guys have to mansplain EVERYTHING to you?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 21, 2017, 5:20 pm

      Ha ha ha! Well… the doctor can’t measure the fetus, but they *can* measure the uterus, so the size/growth of the uterus gives a good indication of the growth of the fetus! If the measurements don’t match up then they send the woman for an ultrasound to measure the baby.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run July 25, 2017, 10:28 pm

    I’m reading all your posrsbackwards due to missing a bunch while I was on vaycay. I’m glad your baby is huge! Good news! I am 5’5 and weigh around 125lbs… but thats only a guess because i dont weigh myself! Its about 7lbs more than I weighed before I started weight lifting but i wear a smaller size in clothes! I took a tiny bit of fat off my hips and gained some muscle. When I gain weight, it goes to my hips so pants feel tighter. I don’t have a long torso but I can see how that can be helpful for pregnancies!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 26, 2017, 9:48 am

      Muscle really does weigh more than fat. My friend Lora’s body composition has changed so much in the last couple of years since she started going to the gym and lifting weights. She’s heavier now but still wearing the same clothes (although maybe her shirts fit a bit tighter where her muscles are). Bodies are fascinating!

      • Megan @ Meg Go Run July 26, 2017, 5:32 pm

        Yeah I grew out of some of my cute dresses that are tight around my back because my Lats got bigger! I was sad to get rid of thrm but i gave thrm to a friend so at least they will get worn.

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com July 26, 2017, 8:12 pm

          Yes–her lats. Check out my story on Instagram because she’s in it and you can see how muscular she is!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 2, 2017, 9:39 am

    I labored for weeks beforehand and when they sent me to the hospital two and half weeks early, I was already 6 centimeters dilated. In fact, they were so shocked they pulled in another party for a second opinion. 🙂

    It’s so close now. I’m super excited for you, and I can’t wait to meet this little guy.

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