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Pregnant and Running: Weeks 1-14

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!



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  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles March 14, 2017, 2:18 pm

    I’m so excited for you guys! So very excited ? I’m glad you have been feeling well for the most part and wish you only the best! I totally had no idea so yes, you fooled me!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 2:45 pm

      Thank you Meredith! I’m a tricky McTrickster!

  • Ange // Cowgirl Runs March 14, 2017, 2:20 pm

    I like to think I have excellent pregnancy radar, but you totally had me fooled.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 2:45 pm

      Thanks Angela! I worked super hard at keeping it a secret!

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run March 14, 2017, 2:21 pm

    I was wondering about your wine references! (As I was reading this post.) You and Andrew sure committed to hiding it! Did anyone close to you guess at all? I don’t know if you read Kristen’s blog (http://glitteranddust.com/) but she is a triathlete and she documented her pregnancy through running. Not sure if it interests you to read about it because I know you LIVE IT but I really like her blog and thought maybe you would too! Glad you and the baby are healthy. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 2:45 pm

      I went back to her blog and yeah, I remember seeing it before but I’m going to bookmark it because it’s a really good reference for me for SURE. Thank you!

  • Amy Lauren March 14, 2017, 2:27 pm

    Congratulations!!! I am really happy for you but man, you had me FOOLED! I know I’m just a reader on the internet and it was probably a lot harder to fool your actual family but the fact that you ran so many miles in the early weeks of your pregnancy is pretty good at hiding your pregnancy ;). But you still don’t look pregnant… my stomach is bigger than that right now but it’s a burrito baby because that was lunch.

    Great idea about the diet coke and “water” vodka and the wine! You’re giving me ideas in case I ever have to hide a pregnancy for awhile but I’m so small I think I’d start showing ASAP.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 2:44 pm

      It was so tough to hide, especially with all the family gatherings at Christmas!

  • Helly March 14, 2017, 2:38 pm

    All of this makes me so incredibly happy. I’m SO happy for you guys!!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 2:44 pm

      Ha ha! Thanks Helly!!

  • steph March 14, 2017, 3:03 pm

    Congrats! You are a trickster. I think I even commented about my own pregnancy and you didn’t let on anything in your reply. I’m at 31 weeks now and I haven’t been able to run much (I am doing a lot of hiking and cross training tho) so I will live vicariously through you and your badass self 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 3:51 pm

      I didn’t say anything?!?!?! It rings a bell, and maybe I was nervous about even talking about pregnancy in case I let the secret out somehow! 31 weeks, eh? You’re almost there! This is the home stretch! I never ran right through ANY of my pregnancies, all for different reasons. The only ones I ran through the third trimester though was when I was pregnant with Katie and Callum. The biggest issue I have during the third trimester as far as running goes is trying not to crap my pants. The baby puts so much pressure on my bottom and pretty much just forces out a poo no matter what. I had to stop and poop in someone’s front yard once at the end of my pregnancy with Katie, and I had to drop one in the middle of a wide open trail along the dyke at the end of my pregnancy with Callum. My pregnancy running journey is sure to help the average pregnant runner feel better about her own journey. HA HA!

  • Gretchen March 14, 2017, 3:35 pm

    If you didn’t tell me I definitely wouldn’t have known. I was trying to find hints or clues or a slipup and NOTHING. You’re just a boss like that. Also- you have abs for days and I’m just so jealous.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 3:45 pm

      I’m not good at keeping secrets but I knew this one was an important one. Last time, my kids found out the day after I missed my period and it was a really wait for them!

  • Tami Griffiths March 14, 2017, 3:37 pm

    Totally fooled! Almost dropped my phone last night when I read it! I even said holy crap out loud! LOL I’m so very excited and I can’t wait to follow this baby along!!! ?? congrats!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 3:43 pm

      I’m still saying holy crap out loud too.

      • Tami Griffiths March 14, 2017, 3:54 pm

        LOL I love it!!

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home March 14, 2017, 3:51 pm

    Wow! Congrats! I was not expecting this, but I should learn expect the unexpected from you! 75 miles while pregnant? Wow.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 3:52 pm

      Yep, I have to admit that a 76 mile week is a bit weird for a pregnant woman. That’s why I am concentrating on weight gain so that I can stay on top of a healthy pregnancy. I won’t be hitting 70 mile weeks from now on, though. It was an exceptional week with extraordinary circumstances.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile March 14, 2017, 3:53 pm

    This is so exciting! I actually thought about it a little while back when you mentioned lowering your mileage to regulate your hormones or something (I don’t even remember when that was) But then I pretty much forgot about it and Im sure your wine references kept us all fooled:) You did a really good job of hiding it, and your drinking plan for the holidays sounds like it worked out well! Congrats!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 4:03 pm

      You’re right about the hormone regulation bit! For sure. I wondered if anyone was thinking the same thing you were! Thank you Lisa!

      • Megan @ Meg Go Run March 14, 2017, 6:40 pm

        Oh yeah thought about it back then too, but just fleeting.

        • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 7:48 pm

          All it takes is one fleeting moment…

  • Nikki March 14, 2017, 4:06 pm

    OMG I’m so excited for you guys!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 6:21 pm

      Thanks Nikki!!! I haven’t talked to you in a long time. I miss you!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes March 14, 2017, 4:09 pm

    CONGRATS!! I am so glad to hear that you are feeling good overall. So this is why you mentioned on my blog that you weren’t eating as many veggies! I thought it was a stomach thing. Like Lisa, I remember your comment about regulating hormones and wondered if that had anything to do with pregnancy or fertility, but you kept the secret so well!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 6:21 pm

      Ha ha! Yep, the veggies have just been a little too rough on this girl. I just started eating them again though, but I have to re-introduce them slowly so I don’t hurt myself.

  • San March 14, 2017, 4:28 pm

    70+ miles while pregnant and nauseous. Hat tip, woman!
    Oh, and congrats <3

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 6:20 pm

      I only felt sick while running once, maybe twice. Other than that, running helped to ease the nausea! I was always SO TIRED but when I forced myself to run it ALWAYS helped me feel better. Every time! Thank you San!

  • Ana March 14, 2017, 4:28 pm

    Congratulations !! This is amazing news! You did great at covering up!

    Are the kids excited ? Im very happy for
    All of you !!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 6:19 pm

      Freddy is the most excited, surprisingly. He wants it to be a girl, and his first question for me was “What are your strongest cravings?” Which I thought was very thoughtful and specific. He’s a quiet kid but when he speaks, it often takes me aback.

  • Kelly March 14, 2017, 4:56 pm

    Congratulations!!!! you are still tiny and fit, but i see the SLIGHTEST change starting around week 9. awesome!
    I actually don’t feel surprised…I obviously didn’t know you were pregnant, but when I read it, something in my mind was like, ‘oh yeah, that’s right/good.” like I knew it subconsciously or just figured you guys would have another but didn’t know when 🙂
    Very exciting! Looking forward to reading your running & pregnancy writing!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 6:17 pm

      Thank youuuuu Kel! And you’re right–it was right around week 9 that I started to feel that achy stretchy feeling in my womb. By 4pm each day I felt like 6 months pregnant.

  • Sheila March 14, 2017, 5:25 pm

    So many congratulations! I absolutely love that you are an amazing pregnant woman!!! By the way, it looks to be that your super cute baby is already eating diarrhea chips.

    Have a wonderfully active inspiring pregnancy!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 6:16 pm

      Ha ha thank you so much Sheila! Who doesn’t enjoy a good diarrhea chip?!?

  • Wendy Heath March 14, 2017, 7:29 pm

    Congrats Suzy!!!! So excited for you. What do you mean the fatigue goes away? Never did for me and I’m at week 33… 😉

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 14, 2017, 7:46 pm

      Okay, true, true true true. Week 33, eh? YAY!!! SO CLOSE!

  • Auntie Sharon March 14, 2017, 10:44 pm

    Suzy!!! How did you keep this a secret from us? You are crazy girl!! But you do have a lot of love to give. I will pray for you and for a safe delivery of this precious little bundle. Auntie Sharon

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 15, 2017, 8:03 am

      Aww THANK YOU AUNTIE SHARON!!!! <3 <3 <3

  • Allie Capo-Burdick March 15, 2017, 3:23 am

    My mouth hung open when I read this on FB so YES, totally surprised!! I absolutely love how you fooled everyone with your drinks on Christmas – LOL!! I’m so looking forward to reading your weekly updates!! YAY!!!!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 15, 2017, 8:03 am

      It was a tough secret to keep, that’s for sure! I hope I don’t bore too many non-pregnant people with my updates. I’ll have to make them entertaining somehow.

  • Susie @ Suzlyfe March 15, 2017, 3:34 am

    Your pregnant body is still better than my nonpregnant one. NOT FAIR

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 15, 2017, 8:02 am

      Oh I highly doubt that. Is this our first fight? Our hormones are most likely to blame.

  • Jenny March 15, 2017, 8:12 am

    AHA!!!!!! You may or may not recall a while ago I left a comment asking if you were trying to get pregnant because you had mentioned something about ovulating, and seemed to be having a lot of sex, ha ha! But after that I never would have guessed, mainly because most pregnant women don’t run 70 plus miles a week. Very excited for you and can’t wait to read all about it. Congratulations!!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 15, 2017, 2:33 pm

      Smartie pants, you! I remember your comment, don’t you worry. I read it out to Andrew because I was like, whoops!

  • Heather [is probably running] March 15, 2017, 9:52 am


    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 15, 2017, 2:33 pm

      Thank you, Heather!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets March 16, 2017, 8:38 am

    Even pregnant, you still look slamming and way more fit than most.

    Rock on with yo’ bad (yet lovely) self.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com March 16, 2017, 9:37 am


  • Agness of Fit Travelling April 4, 2017, 3:53 pm

    Great post, Suzy! Keep it up girl!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com April 4, 2017, 7:10 pm

      Thank you!!!

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