I am now officially in my 9th month of pregnancy. Holy shi$. For the record, I am now calculating my month in pregnancy differently than I did before. Before, I just divided the number of weeks by 4, but that is not accurate. Four weeks is 28 days. Only one month a year is 28 days, and the rest are 30-31, so using that method will overestimate how far along you are in regards to the number of months. So, what I do now is multiply the number of weeks by 7, add on any additional days, and then divide by 30.5 (average number of days per month). I’m sure you were dying to know all those arithmetic details : )
Highlights of this past week:
*Have felt really great working out. A good workout can be so uplifting and empowering. There were a couple of months where work was busy, and it was just a struggle to get myself to workout at the end of the day, but the last few weeks, especially the last few workouts, have just been really enjoyable. I have felt really strong, which is kind of ironic given that I feel stronger now, in my 9th month, than I did over the last two months.
Tuesday I did a 5 mile progression run, where every mile was faster than the last. That wasn’t really my intent starting out, but as I got into a rhythm, I just felt stronger with each mile. Overall average was 9:15/mile, with my last mile completed in 8:27.
Quick snapshot from my run with my iphone. How could seeing this view NOT put you in a good mood? It never gets old to me.
Because running two days in a row does not work well with my pregnancy-hormone affected pelvis right now, I usually avoid running two days in a row, so yesterday I did 45 minutes on the elliptical, and then I followed each cardio workout with strength training…unless I’m really rushed with time, I always do at least one or two strength training exercises with each workout, which I know I’ve mentioned several times before. I just feel off if I only do cardio…kind of like lifting weights or stretching one leg but not the other.
When I do my elliptical workouts, I set the resistance and incline at intervals, so that I work different leg muscles, and then I also do upper body intervals, holding 5 pound weights for one minute and then putting them down for the next minute (but without holding onto the railing). I do this for two reasons:
a) I think holding onto the railings is not natural and promotes bad form.
b) You’re already working your legs out, so you might as well be useful with your time and workout your upper body at the same time! Anyone who tells me they can’t get a good workout in on the elliptical, try doing it with hand weights and exaggerating your arm movements. I guarantee you’ll get a good workout!!
*I got two boxes in the mail from my mom yesterday filled with baby gifts and a few birthday gifts (my birthday is in 4 days). It was so cute…she wrapped several gifts and then instructed me to open ~2/week over the next few weeks, so that I had something to look forward to each week. I decided to lay them all out under the crib…kind of like presents under the tree at Christmas. Thanks Mom : )
Gifts under the crib!
*I washed and blow dried my hair the other day. This is actually a really big accomplishment for me, as I’ve gotten really lazy with my hair and wear it up hidden behind a headband 90% of the time. In fact, I was so proud of myself that I had to send a picture do Dean to prove to him that my hair can actually look nice on occasion; )
Lowlights from the past week:
*Allergies and sinuses. Ugh. I have forgotten how incredibly draining allergy attacks and sinusitis can be. How did I deal with this 365 days of the year before my surgery?! I could’ve fallen asleep before 7 this past weekend I was so tired. Since the surgery, I have been instructed to use a sinus rinse, but I was so congested I couldn’t even get it into my sinuses and it instead went into my ears, which was NOT comfortable. After having this brew for the past several weeks, I finally went in to see my ENT doctor, who did some plumbing. Unfortunately, though, the only thing that truly helps the type of sinus flair ups I get is prednisone, which I’m obviously avoiding because of the baby. Hopefully things will improve a little once the baby is born (pregnancy hormones can cause mucosal swelling, which contributes to or worsens the allergy/sinus symptoms).
Misc. Pregnancy updates:
*35 week bump picture:
*Total weight gain thus far: Some people post their weight gain every week, but I have avoided this, because a) I only weight myself every other week or so and b) it can be sensitive topic for some, and I don’t want to promote people comparing themselves to others or focusing on numbers, because I think that is unhealthy. I wrote about this in another post, but of the 25-35 pounds of recommended weight gain during pregnancy, only 5-7 pounds of that is actually body fat. That means, the majority of the weight gain goes into producing the baby and amping up and growing the organs and physiologic processes involved in producing another human (uterus, placenta, amniotic fluid, circulating blood volume, the baby itself). With this in mind, again, my philosophy throughout this pregnancy has been to
1. eat healthy foods that provide the necessary building blocks for the baby and all the changing physiologic processes
2. eat when you’re hungry. Trust your body. Don’t deprive it, but don’t feed it empty calories (at least not the the majority of the time) given how much important growing is going on!
3. don’t focus on numbers, which is why I don’t weigh myself that often. Instead, focus on nutrition and what your body is telling you (although, obviously, if it’s telling you to eat fries and ice cream every single day, you may have to avoid giving in every single time ; )
I think if you do this, there’s a wide range of healthy weight gain for each person, since each body and person and their needs are different. I know of people who delivered healthy babies after having only gained 14-18 pounds and others who gained 40 pounds. Who cares. The weight will eventually come off. All that matters is doing the best you can to have a healthy baby.
Anyway, to answer the question, since I was recently asked, and it is something people tend to be curious about, I am up about 20 pounds right now at 35 weeks.
*Weird symptom: My uterus is compressing the iliac vessels going to my right leg. I’ve actually noticed this for the past 1.5-2 months. Whenever I get up and start walking after sitting for awhile or whenever I start a workout, my right leg burns like it would after doing a set of heavy weights (i.e. lactic acid burning type feeling). I notice it now when I work out: I guess whenever I get a Braxton Hicks contraction, my uterus must slightly move or contract against the vessels? Whatever the reason, when I’m working out (and thus when my leg muscles are in higher demand of increased blood supply/oxygen), I periodically (or frequently) will feel my right leg start to burn. Sure enough, every time that happens, I feel my stomach, and I’m having a contraction. The burning can actually be almost intense enough for me to have to tone down my intensity level for a few seconds until it subsides. Weird, huh?
*I started packing my hospital bag! I know of a few people who delivered at 36 weeks, so I figured I oughta be prepared just in case! So far I’ve packed it with a nursing nightgown and bra, a robe, slippers, flip flops for the shower, a comfortable, breathable sports bra for labor, essential travel size toiletries, tums (because I’m not about to let the hospital get away with charging me or my insurance company $20/tum or whatever ridiculous amount they charge) and snacks and gum for the husband, amongst some other things. Other things will be added later, like my camera, makeup, going home outfit, etc. I’m washing the baby clothes we’ve gotten today and will start on the baby bag shortly.
1. When did you pack your hospital bag? What items did you find essential?
2. Did you have a lot of congestion during your pregnancy?
3. Any weird pregnancy symptoms?
3. If you ran or remained active during your pregnancy, how far did you get in your pregnancy before you had to stop or tone it down?
For me with the running, the pelvic pain has definitely been the limiting factor. I cannot go over 5 miles without seriously regretting it later. So funny how this all came out of nowhere at 29-30 weeks. I bought a pelvic binder from my physical therapist, which really helps with the pelvic pain, but I still definitely need to keep my runs in the 3-5 mile range if I want to be able to move around later in the day without looking like an 85 year old. Peeing, ironically, has not been as big of an issue, maybe because my runs are shorter?
Some misc running pics from the past week:
A short run through the city with Dean before my shift on Saturday.
From Sunday’s run. Yes, I broke my rule and ran two days in a row. I paid for it later that day in terms of the pelvic pain, but it was still worth it to me, because it was sooooo beautiful out, and the thought of working out inside in our dreary basement apartment gym was just too depressing.
Took a different route with Dean through the city for some urban scenery, as opposed to my normal lakefront run. This place looked kinda cool, so I took a picture to remind myself that we needed to return to eat here sometime!
Baby on the run! haha, this and the pink shirt I do most of my “bump” pictures in are the only two workout shirts I wear anymore. This one is from Gap, and the pink one (which I have a couple of ) is from Costco.