Due date: February 1st by ultrasound, which puts me at 20 weeks Monday 9/14/15, January 25th by my dating (which would put me at 21 weeks)
Sex of the baby: Boy
Baby size: Mango (6.5 in, 10 oz)
Weight gain: 8 pounds. I do not weight myself more than once a week, but do so weekly to make sure I’m about on target. I use this website to assess recommended weight gain, which is based on your pre-pregnancy weight and height. Eight pounds is in the normal range for me at 20 weeks. In terms of eating, I really don’t eat that much differently when I’m pregnant. The only differences are that I never let myself go really hungry (I always carry snacks with me), and I try to avoid artificial/highly processed foods.
Bump: Funny how I felt like I showed so early, and now I feel like I’ve hardly changed at all bump-size-wise over the past several weeks.
Symptoms: Better this week from a physical standpoint, but really emotional/hormonal. Embarrassingly emotional..like on Thursday evening I went downstairs to look for the package I was expecting from Purple Carrot (like Blue Apron). It wasn’t there and the doorman said that it if it came during normal business hours, the management would’ve sent it back, because they don’t accept perishable food items. But I paid for that! I literally started tearing up. Right in front of him. Families and innocent children are dying trying to escape war torn countries like Syria and there I was crying because the boxed meal I had purchased to have delivered wasn’t there. Pathetic (turns out it came later that evening anyway). One of those days where I just needed to go to bed, reset my attitude and mindset, and start fresh the next day.
Pregnancy intensified Pet Peeve of the week: That song that goes something like, “oh I think that I found myself a cheerleader…” SO ANNOYING AND STUPID. RADIO STATIONS, STOP PLAYING THAT SONG!” Ok, that’s all : )
Cravings: Soup and cheese. At night before I go to bed I get REALLY thirsty and drink a ton of water, probably making up for not drinking enough during the day.
Baby Movement: He’s starting to get a little stronger, although it’s still pretty subtle…pretty much just feels like a few butterflies were let loose in my belly and flutter around from time to time.
Running: 21 miles total
Tuesday: 3 miles
Saturday: 14 miles
Sunday: 4 miles
I had a lot of stuff going on, so I didn’t have much time during the week to fit in a lot of running, but boy, I don’t know what got into me but the desire to run this week was INTENSE. Maybe because it’s my outlet for stress and there’s been a lot of stress (both good and bad) in general over the past few weeks? Who knows, but literally every day I have been dying to run. Finally this weekend I had time. Saturday morning I told myself I should run on the treadmill, because I really needed to get some studying in, but that just sounded repulsive. And it was in the 50s outside, with a little bit of rain. PERFECT for running. How could I possibly waste that kind of running weather by running inside?!
I set out to do 8-10, but the miles just flew by (minus that stretch between Ohio street beach and Oak street beach where I felt like I was running against a wall of strong headwinds), so I kept going. It was wonderful, peaceful, calming. I am 110% introverted, so to be out running by myself, not having to talk to anyone, not having to think about anything intensely…to just get lost in the rhythm of my run, the beat of my music, with the vast lake to my East…oh man it was wonderful and exactly what I needed. I didn’t want it to end. It was literally one of those days where I felt like I could run forever (and as I head into the second part of 2nd trimester, I’m not sure how many more of these kind of days I’m going to have!)
On a side note related to running, Boston Marathon registration for me is this Friday. I’ll be about 11-12 weeks postpartum at the time of the marathon. I qualified last year with a 3:29, 15 weeks (3.5 months) postpartum. A lot of improvement happened those last 3-4 weeks. I’m probably being totally irrational even considering signing up, but I am so tempted to. It’s been 10 months since my last marathon and that’s just too long for me! haha. I’ve been bit with the marathon running bug so badly. I’m leaning towards signing up, and if I run/walk it like I did the LA Marathon when pregnant, or if I don’t run it at all, I can at least hang out with my good friend Mel!
Job: Really enjoying it. I’m feeling more and more comfortable and confident with what I am doing, and I really love the variety. One day I’ll be doing breast and thyroid biopsies, screening mammograms, and reading general ultrasound (of any body part). Another day I’ll be reading diagnostic mammograms (patients who have a specific complaint or need additional imaging and may need a biopsy) and perhaps a breast MRI or additional screening mammograms, and then one day a week I read STAT CTs and other studies from the ER. Things are never boring!
I will say this: you learn A LOT as an attending. When your name is the final name on that report, you don’t leave anything to chance. I feel like I’m constantly looking up recommendations and data to support appropriate follow up and management of various findings (I feel pretty comfortable with breast imaging related findings but have had to refresh my memory a lot when it comes to general radiology). Constantly at the back of my mind is the question How would this image and how would the wording of your report hold up in court? Can you defend your decision to ______ (follow up, biopsy, not biopsy, call benign, etc.).
Board studying: Nothing to add to this is. As I said last week, it is what it is. I’m just continuing to plug away at the studying whenever I have free time. On the bright side, I feel like all the studying has really helped me feel more comfortable and confident with the studies I’m reading at my job.
Some misc. pictures from the week: