With all this half marathon talk, I forgot to share week 17! I am actually half way through it, but better late than never
Baby Brown is the size of an onion, or turnip, this week! He/she is growing steadily and weighs in at about 5 oz and is 5 inches long!
HERE’S WHAT ELSE BABY BROWN HAS BEEN UP TO THIS WEEK:
- Body Fat is beginning to form
- The baby’s heart rate is now controlled from the brain and is around 140-150 bpm.
- Baby Brown is learning to suck and swallow to prepare him/her for life outside of the womb
- Fingerprints are forming
- Our baby is now startled by noise!
AND HERE’S WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING WITH ME THIS PAST WEEK:
Weight gained: Unsure. Guess I’ll find out next week.
Workouts: Well, I did tackle that half marathon, haha. Besides that this past week I got in two strength workouts, and two runs besides the half.
Symptoms: Round ligament pain for sure. It’s not so fun. I can feel it when I go to get up off the couch and roll around in bed. Core work isn’t my favorite either. I can still do it, but I notice sometimes even just pulling in my core, I can feel more pressure. Honestly there have been quite a few days I don’t feel pregnant, other than a round ligament pain here and there. I’m really lucky to be feeling this good!
Movement: None yet but I can’t wait!
Food Aversions: After the half, I honestly didn’t want any food. It’s been weird how that affected me. There’s nothing in particular I am not a fan of. I still don’t drink tea often, but that’s about the only thing that’s changed.
Food Cravings: Cold food, and cold drinks. It’s been in the 70s and 80s this past week, so a refreshing drink just sounds amazing, as does food. I made pasta salad and it was so good. I think that might be a staple around here! I’ve been eating a lot of sherbet too. It’s just so good!
Sleep: It’s been good! I was up one night for a bit but other than that it’s been better. I’ve found I’m sleeping better slightly rolled onto my stomach, which still works for now. I am exhausted, though. Come 8 o clock, I just want to sleep. I feel like it’s the first trimester again with that!
Maternity clothes?: I can still wear my shirts, and am still wearing my dress pants. I did wear a few maternity shirts this week but nothing that I had to wear. I have two pairs of maternity jeans that I plan to use throughout pregnancy and hope I don’t need more than that. Yesterday I did purchase some capris and shorts from Kohls online. I hope they fit and I like some of them!
Stretch marks? Nope. I alternate rubbing coconut oil on and cocoa butter. I can only use Coconut Oil before bed because it’s already ruined my shirts.
Miss Anything? Running without peeing all the time, not peeing all the time in general, sitting outside with a glass of wine, enjoying some mimosas at parties. Honestly, though, nothing I can’t handle.
Fun & Weird Stuff From the Week: The best part was running the half! Baby Brown took on his/her first half marathon We made it through. I also loved getting the necklace from Aaron. It meant so much to me and I love wearing it every day.
Belly Button in or out? In but flattening out.
Wedding rings on/off? On but with this humidity, they have been bugging me. My fingers have just swelled up when I’m outside in the heat, but that’s not unusual.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, but I had a lot of nervous times last week with everything going on. I don’t remember being moody but stressed would be a good word.
Baby Items Purchased: Just the onesie at the Expo
Looking Forward To: Finding out boy or girl next week! I’m excited for our gender reveal party, too. I have been working away at little things, so I hope it turns out cute!
Switching gears here to talk about my changing body.
I have not dealt with an eating disorder, but that’s not to say I haven’t had insecurities. I was definitely bigger and out of shape, not to mention some extra jiggle here and there. I worked really hard at the gym to tone up, and I’ve maintained that. I don’t work out now to lose weight, but to stay fit.
I have to be honest and say I have had a few moments this week where I feel “fat.” I 100% know I am growing a body and I’m not fat, but this in between stage of a little bump and a full fledged bump is hard. I find I’ve gotten a bit bigger in other areas (boobs for sure), and it’s hard. I don’t think it’s bad to think that, though. I am not having any problem with growing, and I love knowing our baby is growing inside of me. It can just be a bit of a shock. It’s happened mostly when I have worn clothes that sort of fit, but not really. I’ve found in those moments, I just need to put away the clothes and forget about them. It is definitely strange to not be fitting into clothes I did a few months ago, or even a few weeks ago, but it’s ok. I know this is healthy and I know I am healthy.
Just wanted to share my thoughts. I am not sure I know of anyone who didn’t struggle with body image at some point in pregnancy, but these moments don’t last long. I change clothes, someone notices my little bump, I think of our baby, and it’s all good