Good morning everyone! I've decided to make Thursday my "weekly check in" day, to give you guys a run down of what's going on with me and this gestating human.
Here is how things were looking at 13 weeks, 4 days (yesterday)…
It may not look like a huge change to the untrained eye. But it's a big one for me. I wish I had taken pictures from the previous weeks, but I didn't feel like much was going on.
For a frame of reference….you can see my hip bone on the lower side of my pelvis there. Normally (when not pregnant), my hip bones stick out further than my stomach and my giant rib cage sticks out further than my stomach. Basically everything is just sort of pushing it's way outward right now.
Here's a picture from a race a few months ago. It's a front pic, but you can get a little bit of an idea of the changes that are going on in my midsection.
This week I'm mostly on track. I did miss Tuesday morning's run. I must have gotten up 7 times Monday night, to use the bathroom, so I was exhausted Tuesday morning. I didn't wake up until 7:30am, which gave me enough time just to get ready and get to work. All was not lost though. It was only a 3 mile run, so I just tacked it onto Wednesdays workout. So Wednesday I did my swim and followed it up with the run.
If you remember…PJ and I did Paleo for a month. One of the big reasons we stopped was because at the end of that month nausea hit me hard. There were days where I couldn't stomach anything but plain crackers and lemon water. Additionally, I was having aversions to almost all meat and fish…and eggs. It got very difficult to maintain. So we eased up for a while.
This past week we've moved our way back into eating "Primal". Primal is basically the same premise as Paleo - natural foods, no grains, nothing processed. The big difference is dairy. My body has been craving dairy more than anything else. It's interesting because I'm actually lactose intolerant.
No, I'm not bathing in queso dip and pasteurized processed cheese food. I've been sticking to organic nonfat milk and a variety of cheeses.
The Hard Stuff -
Aside from the physical discomfort of weeks 5 - 10, the hardest part for me has actually was the initial changes in my body.
As an athlete, I'm very particular about what I put into my body and how it affects my body, to keep it performing at it's best. I'm also very particular about maintaining muscle, fitness and keeping it healthy. And since were being honest here, I am particular about how it looks.
Since becoming pregnant it feels like things are changing daily. My boobs, which didn't exist as of 14 weeks ago, are big, and my tummy sticks out more.
I also have tons of pregnancy hormones pumping through my body, so I can never tell if what I am feeling is a legitimate feeling or if it is crazy emotions.
When you get pregnant, for the first trimester, you somehow gain weight only in your lower belly area. So it basically looks like you have a beer gut, for a good 6 weeks. You aren't quite large enough for maternity clothes, and normal clothes don't fit so well anymore.
Just as I was getting used to the "Is she getting fatter, or is she pregnant" looks, this past week my belly has started to take more of a shape. I know it's not "the baby" yet, since it's still so small. It's more my guts moving outward and shifting around to accommodate my growing uterus. But, the change has really made me feel much more comfortable.
Rather than suffering through the growing, like I was a few weeks ago…I'm starting to like it.
Things I'm Looking Forward to:
Racing pregnant. I think it's going to be great to peel off my wetsuit in transition, to have a giant belly looking back at me. And toeing the start line with an additional racer in there.
I'm also really looking forward to proving people wrong (one of my favorite past times). I'm getting some flack here and there about my level of activity and being pregnant. My favorite are the looks of disapproval and comments "Just how far in to your pregnancy do you think you will be able to exercise? Trust me, not far" "You know, you're going to hurt the baby by shaking it around like that".
Yes, I've had to slow it down a bit, which I was happy to do. I listen to my body and give it what it needs. Guess what it needs to exercise.
I'm pregnant, not sick, people!
My doctor and midwife both approved all of my races, and my level of activity. They both said it's important for me to keep up my previous level of training, for myself and the baby.
Speaking of…it's time for me to head out for a run.
Have a great day everyone!
How far along: 13 weeks and 5 days
Pounds gained: 6
Cravings: All of the dairy! Chocolate milk, strawberry milk, regular milk, cottage cheese, oranges
Symptoms: I'm not needing naps anymore. But I am ready for bed by 8:30pm. Also, my emotions are getting a little out of hand. I cried watching Pit Bulls and Parolees the other day.
Gender: I still feel like it's a boy. I also feel like if it's a boy, he will be gigantic.
Fascinating Fact: I recently found out that your rib cage get's bigger when you are pregnant. It grows to accommodate the movement of all of your other organs. No wonder I've started looking like I was shoved into a sausage casing, in my normal sports bras.