What is Baby K up to? He/she is the size of a avocado! Tiny bones in their ears are forming so they can now hear voices, their eyebrows and lashes are also starting to fill in.
How I am doing? Good for the most part I have had a rough go with the headaches, being that I get got them 4-6 days a week but for the most part I am still functional with them, they are not migraines like I have had in the past! I have had some round ligament pain and have realized to slow it down a bit. Last weekend after gardening for a couple hours I paid for it that night. I think some of my pain is due to sciatic pain (which I had before too) and my tailbone started hurting a few days ago. UPDATE on the headaches – I went to the Chiropractor for an adjustment and he brought up that I might not be drinking enough water…
Not enough water?!
In the past 3-4 years I have always been good about drinking water, especially when I ran & trained for races. My normal consumption with my activity now was 1.5L of water a day plus tea, and other beverages. However, when I told my Chiropractor this he told me with my level of activity still I should be drinking close to double that. He said its a easy fix and a common reason for headaches, pregnant or not, so I might as well try it. That day I embarked on this new mission, my goal was to drink at least 2.25L (3 of my Camelbaks) a day. Well 5 days have gone by and I have drank close to 2.5L of straight water a day and not a single headache! I think I solved my problem. Just in case any other people out there are having this problem, it might be a easier fix than you think!
Weight gained: 5lbs. I stalled out last week, which made me worry but then I realized some weeks that might happen, then other weeks it might be double!
Workouts: Further to the above comment I am realizing I might have to slow it down a bit. I still have been getting in 5 workouts a week in the form of gym trips (3x), prenatal yoga once a week (loving this lots!) and one outdoor run a week with Chad. Oh and about running…
Running when pregnant?
A couple years ago I truly pictured myself doing races up until 5 months – maybe even half marathons. Last weekend I sold my bib for a 10km bib – my mind set had changed. I realized a couple things – one I was not motivated to run a 10km race and knew it would be torture without that motivation. Two, while I knew I could do it I knew that it was not smart. I have not run 10km in a single run since last July and at 15 weeks pregnant it would not have been smart to do so. My running right now is about a total of 10km a week but that included walking. Typically at the gym I run 4km and that is walk breaks every 9-10 minutes for a minute. For our outdoor runs we do about the same for walk/run and try to keep a 5:45-6 min/km pace. I wear my Garmin to make sure I keep it here, if not I tend to speed up. I am finding its a huge mental thing for me right now. I feel like I should and can run farther before a walk break but something else screams “STOP, REST” – so that voice wins and should for now. I try not to beat myself up over this but it can get to me, and luckily Chad is there to tell me it is fine. I plan to run for as long as I can. If it starts to be uncomfortable I will slow my pace and reduce the weekly distance and if its still too much I will be done with running for now. Right now Baby K is #1 on our priority list so running can sit back for awhile
Movement: YES!! Well I am 99% sure. It only happens at night when I am lying and rested, then I get these little belly flutters, almost feels like my tummy is digestion or rolling. I have read that is the feeling you get around this time and am sure that is what it is. I have noted a couple times when the movement is the most apparent – after playing some music close to my stomach and after eating a mango popsicle. Noise and sugar gets the baby moving!
Food Aversions/Cravings: Food aversions are gone! I am so happy to be back to salads, fruit, smoothies and anything else I want. Cravings? I cannot say I have had any really strong ones, some days I might really crave something but I was like that pre-pregnancy too.
Sleep: Good, I am usually in bed around 10pm and sleep till 5:30-6am. I would love to sleep a bit longer but with the sun up that early I am too.
Stretch marks? Nothing yet. Still using coconut oil and live clean baby and mommy massage oil daily to keep them at bay!
Miss Anything? My belly button ring I took it out just after 16 weeks. I had a friend do it since I just could not. I am so attached to it, sounds silly I know but after 14 years of having it my poor belly button looks naked without it. I wanted to get it out before any stretching or pain occurred so told myself 16 weeks was the mark. And no it will not go back in after nor will I have it re-done.
Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week: How about a NON fun thing? I am a klutz and know it so on Saturday when I was decorating for the party I knew to be extra careful. I was up on a chair hanging a banner and was being careful to not fall but then thought I should jump off the chair. I guess I forgot I do have a few more inches to the front of me now and nailed my belly on the chair corner on my way down. It hurt bad! I hit it to the left and down from my belly button. After Googling it I realized baby is very protected in there but I need to be a little more cautious.
Baby Items Purchased: Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle Warmer, more cloth cloth diapers, and mirrors from Target for the nursery.
Looking Forward To: Only a few more weeks until the gender ultrasound!! I am also looking forward to more Baby K movements and finally looking more pregnant, that bump is a growing!