It’s been a while since I have written about my pregnancy journey… So I will roll the past few weeks into one big update. I have been so swamped with the final edits to my masters thesis and thesis defense, that I haven’t really been keeping track of how my body (and emotions, and everything else…) has been changing! Here is the latest:
Baby: Size of a zucchini (19), belgian endive (20), baby bok choy (21), an ear of corn on the cob(22)
Fitness: I focused on incorporating cross training and strength in my workouts over the four weeks. I did a total of 7 21 Day Fix workouts, 5 swims, and a handful of nightly walks along with my running. I ended up skipping two 5Ks that I signed up for. I just wasn’t feeling it and I’ve decided that running without my husband is just not as fun while I’m pregnant. I’m more focused on completing the run rather than any sort of PR. And if that’s what I’m doing, I want my husband there with me (mostly to distract me from my own mental shaming of how FREAKING SLOW I AM).
Total miles for the week 19= 12.45, week 20= 15.27, week 21= 17.1, week 22= 17.97.
Weight Gain: Weight jumped up a bit, but has stabilized again over the past week. I’m officially up +26 pounds. The doctor isn’t concerned.. but I am. I have been doing everything that the interwebs, pregnancy books, etc tell me to do to stabilize weight. I eat (mostly) healthy, work out a ton… and still gaining weight.
Food Cravings: Definitely mexican food still. And donuts. But I practice restraint and only allow myself one donut a week.
Food Aversions: Not really anything. I will eat pretty much anything.
Symptoms: I might be getting diastasis recti… It feels like my stomach is literally being ripped apart. And I have some piriformis pain after a run. But other than that (and feeling HUGE), I am doing pretty well!
I had my monthly check up on the little one. It was the full anatomy scan and everything looked pretty good. There was a soft marker for down syndrome (Echogenic intracardiac focus (EIF)), but coupled with my negative blood test, the perinatologist did not elevate my risk any higher than the previous risk factor. I’m still a little nervous about it, but my baby is healthy, growing, and “has muscular calves” – (says my husband… not a doctor). I will have another ultrasound at my next checkup – likely around the 25-26 week mark because I will be moving shortly after to Detroit. Here’s my little bebe trying to eat his or her hand: