Now that the secret is out, I thought it was time to recap the first few months of my pregnancy. If we take it back to the begining it really all started with a broken toe. Cory and I knew we wanted to try for a second baby sometime soon given our advanced age. The original plan was to wait until at least my training cycle was over and to start thinking about it in the fall. After I broke my toe in July, Cory suggested we move up the timeline as I couldn’t train for an ultra at that time and Leadville was off the table. Getting pregnant can take a while so I was fine with moving the timeline up, I really assumed I would still have time to train in the fall. But as luck would have it, we found out early August that we would be expecting a baby.
Surprise! No fall ultra training for me, just growing a bebe.
Baby was the size of: Started off the size of a poppy seed and grew to a lemmon.
Sleep: Sleep started to get difficult around week 5, I am not sure if it’s the ranging hormones or what but I was so restless and didn’t sleep more than a few hours at a time. Also the multiple trips to the bathroom a night didn’t help! Clearly this led to being S000000000 tired. Once I hit week 12 sleep started to get better, once in a while I actually sleep through the night.
Maternity clothes / preferred attire: No maternity clothes yet, but the early bloat was real, I felt like I was 5 months pregnant. I did gravitate to my looser, more comfortable clothes. I would wear my high waisted yoga pants all the time if I could.
Symptoms: Symptoms could be described as UGH, around week 5 the usual first trimester symptoms started to set in. My complaints this time around are very similar to how I felt when I was pregnant with Cannon. I had mild nausea all day, that intensified if I tried to do to much or got tired. I had some dizziness and shortness of breath.
I also had intense tiredness, especially in the late afternoons. There were days that I longed for the days when I was pregnant with Cannon. Back then I could just come home and crash on the couch for the rest of the evening. But I know my days of Cannon being my only baby are numbered and I am trying to soak up as much time with him as I can.
Cravings, aversions and favorite foods: GIVE ME ALL THE SIMPLE CARBS! for weeks 5-11 all I could really stomach were really plain foods mostly in the form of carbs. I tried my best to eat a healthy balanced diet but the thought of certain foods (fish, most vegetables, anything with a strong taste, etc) would have me turning green and wanting to die. I really craved sandwiches, granola, cheese and fruit. The though of eating was never fun but I needed to eat fairly often or I would feel even worse. Around week 12, I started to feel a little better and could start to stomach normal foods again. There are still moments of strong aversions and nausea but so much better.
Exercise: When I was pregnant with Cannon I was diagnosed with Placenta Previa, my doctor ordered me modified rest. I could go to work, but I was supposed to stay chained to my desk, stay off my feet as much as possible. I was also ordered not to exercise at all, not even walking more than needed to get around. Luckily this time (so far) I haven’t had any issues and have been able to continue to exercise. Nothing to intense, the furthest I have run was a 10k in September and I am just fine with that. I am focusing on staying healthy and keeping this little baby healthy as well. I have also been focusing. on strength training by going to Body Pump a few times a week. I lost a lot of strength last time with my restrictions, I think that made my recovery extra difficult, I am doing everything I can to change that this time.
Mood: My mood has been nothing but a roller coaster. The first emotions were nothing but excitement, I was thrilled to think about adding another little one to our family and especially for Cannon to have a sibling. But the first trimester is a scary time, I feel like all you can do is wait and hope. Getting past week 12 is a huge relief, things can still happen but it feels a lot less scary.
Missing: Running long distances, feeling normal, sleep and wine. I don’t drink much normally but when I can’t have something at all, it always makes me want it more.
Best moments: Hands down the best three moments so far were the moment the pregnancy test turned positive. The first time we got to see our little baby on the ultrasound at 8 weeks and getting to see the little heart beating away.
And seeing the baby again at week 12 ( we paid to have a private ultrasound so I could see our little babe again. Cannon LOVED hearing the baby’s heartbeat.
Worst moments: Around week 11 I got some scary test results, I had to see a specialists and get more tests. Those tests also came back marginal and concerning, so that led to more test that eventually came back all clear. No one can explain why the original tests came back abnormal. It was a very stressful couple of weeks. These concerning tests with no explanation was the reason we went in for the private ultrasound at 12 weeks, my OB doesn’t do an ultrasound at 12 weeks and I really needed to see my sweet babe after such scary weeks.
Buying: Normally I wouldn’t make too many big purchases so early in a pregnancy but a crib that I had my eye on went on sale so we snapped it up. I am very excited to set up the nursery. I already have a Pinterest board full of ideas.
Dreaming About: Second trimester comfort, decorating the nursery and holding my sweet babe.