In case you missed it, Andrew and I are having a baby! It was SO HARD to keep it a secret for this long! We found out a few days before Christmas, and now I’m 15 weeks pregnant. We’ve had two ultrasounds, some blood tests and the baby (only one!) and I are as healthy as can be.
We don’t know if it’s a boy or a girl yet but we will hopefully find out in a few weeks.
I know from experience that although there is more than there used to be, there isn’t a whole lot of information out there geared toward pregnant runners so what I decided to do this time is document my pregnant running journey on my blog so that hopefully I can help other pregnant runners out there!
Here is a summary of the first part of this pregnancy. Since we didn’t make it public for a while, I kept a secret journal that I could publish once it came out. It’s a bit long because I had to cover so many weeks in one post, but that’s just how it worked out. From now on I’ll do once-a-week updates, probably just combining them with Mileage Monday posts.
Here it is! Feel free to skip this if you don’t give an F! No hurt feelings here. I’m too busy eating peanut butter cups.
Week 1 of pregnancy counts as the first week of the cycle (so, day 1 of week 1 would be the first day of my last period). Once the majority of women find out they’re pregnant, they’ve already got at least 3+ weeks of pregnancy under their belts. Make sense?
Weeks 1-4: I brought my mileage down to 50 miles per week, and I gained a few pounds (I went from 118 to 123). My period was due on Christmas Day and we found out 4 days before that so we had to trick everyone into thinking I was drinking! We were quite clever. Andrew would fill up my glass with wine and I’d raise my arm and take pretend sips when nobody was looking directly at me. Then when nobody was around, Andrew would toss the wine back. I’d also pour a beer into a glass and then fill up my beer can with water! And at one point, I poured myself a faux vodka and coke (I replaced the vodka with water). I think we fooled everyone! I had a tiny bit of implantation spotting which is something I’ve never had before.
Here is my weekly mileage recap for the week I found out I was pregnant (week 4).
Week 5– Still not nauseous but my boobs are so sore. They’re hot and throbbing and already spilling out of my tiny pushup bras. No other symptoms, really. I’m craving a hot whiskey and a shag, but that’s nothing new. I went back down to 121 lb because of a little stress happening here, but I’ve got loads of time to pack it on. My mileage snuck up to 57, and I’ve been doing a lot of strength work (bicep curls, push-ups, V-sits) and that feels good.
Here is my running recap for week 5.
Week 6– Maybe getting a little nauseous? Struggling to eat veggies. Yup. I threw up on January 8th. Just dry heave though, but I felt so much better afterwards! Arrowroot baby cookies are great. Anything carbs, and I get down a green smoothie which is much more palatable than a bowl of broccoli. Back up to 123 lb after my killer birthday dinner at the pub. Boobs went up a cup size.
Here is my running recap for week 6.
Week 7– I’ve dry-heaved twice since last week, usually in the afternoon/evening. I’m actually okay in the mornings! I’m down to 122 lb but I can feel my uterus aching and growing and by the evening, I have to unbutton my jeans. Pretty soon it will be leggings-only! My boobs are still full. I bought two nursing bras that really stretch out so hopefully I’ll be able to wear them once the baby is born.
Here is my running recap for week 7.
Week 8– I felt sick a couple of times but only dry-heaved once. For the most part I can mind-over matter it. I lost 3 lb so I’m back down to 120, which is stupid, and I swear my belly went away and so I was worried that I was going to miscarry. But we rented a doppler and lo and behold, I found the heartbeat on Monday January 23rd! 165 bpm! Cute little bugger. So, I guess the bloat was bloat, not baby. Go figure. I can’t eat broccoli for the life of me. I haven’t touched that stuff in weeks. Green smoothies and salad wraps all the way, and that is IT. NO COOKED VEGGIES. Please. Ever. Never. Thank you.
Here is my running recap for week 8.
Week 9– Up 1 1/2 lbs to make it 121.5 lb. I haven’t thrown up in a week! I haven’t even really been that nauseous either, actually, which normally would have freaked me out but I keep getting reassured the baby is okay each time I listen to its little heartbeat on the doppler. <3 I’m nervous that it’s twins, even though I’m not showing yet or anything. But still there’s that lingering what if in the back of my mind. My dad is a fraternal twin and my age (39) gives me a higher chance of having them. We will find out on Wednesday at the dating ultrasound. I’ve been fricking starving lately. Each night I wake up in the middle of the night to eat cereal.
Here is my running recap for week 9.
Week 10– We had our dating ultrasound this week! Our baby had a strong and healthy heartbeat and measured correctly according to dates. No more nausea at all, which is fantastic! I am feeling MUCH more tired though. Pregnancy exhaustion is not for the faint of heart. It’s skin-crawling tired that you feel in your soul. It lets up in the second trimester so it helps to know there’s an end in sight. I had cramping all day on Saturday but I knew it was from my expanding uterus and not anything to do with the baby itself. By the end of the week, at the end of the day, my belly button was starting to pooch out a little. I haven’t touched broccoli in weeks but I’m obsessed with smoothies. I throw everything in there: frozen fruit, an orange, a banana, swiss chard, spinach, kale, cauliflower, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and then I blend it for a long time until it’s super smooth; I like my smoothies to be ice cold but watery. I weigh around 122.5 lb despite an 8pm tummy pooch; I can spot my inside out belly button through my tee-shirts, so I’m hiding it with baggy hoodies and sweaters!
Here is my running recap from week 10.
Week 11– I’m up another 1.5 lb to make it 124 lb. I’ve been feeling FANTASTIC lately. I even had an epic 12 mile run and a couple of speed sessions this week! I’ve been able to eat broccoli again! I almost feel like my old self. I’ve got little pimples on my face and shoulders, but I remember this from last time too.
Here is my running recap from week 11.
Week 12– I barfed again! I could barely eat veggies this week. I ate so much chocolate and other crap. It was a nutritional write-off. Back down to 122 lb. SIGH. Also, I felt the baby move on Saturday night which would make me 11 weeks and 5 days pregnant. And no, that’s not normal. If you search it up, you will find the minimum weeks to feel the baby move is like 13 weeks for second-time moms, but I’ve done this 5 times now. I know what babies feel like. And, if you look up…wayyyyy up… you’ll see the title of my blog and it didn’t just get there because I run a lot. So what I’m saying is, I know what gas feels like. And this, party people, was the baby. YAY! So cute.
I ran 70 fricking miles in week 12. If you want to check it out, it’s here.
I forgot to take a belly picture this week, but it hasn’t really changed.
Week 13– I felt better. No nausea this week. Back up to 123 lb. We had the nuchal translucency ultrasound and the baby looks healthy and so cute!
I had another 70 mile week running. If you want to read about it, it’s here.
Week 14 (second trimester)– Okay, the belly is popping out now, and I’ve finally gained a couple of pounds (I’m up to 124lb). We’re getting close to telling everyone the news mostly because it’s getting harder and harder to hide the bump! It doesn’t look like much in this photo, but I promise you that you can see it in real life.
I ran 75 miles during this week! Check it out here.
And then we told everyone! So I will start doing weekly pregnancy updates from week 15 and on!
Did I fool you guys? I made sure to keep up with my wine references and stuff so nobody would get any ideas!