How far along? 21 weeks
Baby’s size? Pomegranate (10.5 inches and 12.7 ounces). Wowee, the baby grew four inches this past week?! No wonder I felt like my belly grew so much within just a few days! Crazy!
Total weight gain/loss: Still about 13 pounds
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: This is pretty hit or miss. There were a few nights that I had a little bit of insomnia and/or couldn’t get comfortable. Then there were a couple nights that I slept amazing and got in a lot of sleep. Just depends!
Best moment this week: Seeing my family for the first time since last spring!
Miss Anything? Wine would’ve been nice at Thanksgiving, but oh well.
Movement: Yes, quite a bit! A few weeks ago, I had to be lying down and really focus to feel anything. Now I’m feeling it kick fairly often no matter what I’m doing!
Food cravings: Salty foods still tend to be my favorites. I continue to be obsessed with my egg, turkey bacon, and cheese sandwiches for breakfast.
Anything making you queasy or sick: My stomach has been a little “off” here and there this past week for whatever reason. I can’t pinpoint why or what it feels like though.
Gender: I have to be honest, I really want to find out the gender today since we could if we wanted to, but I’m sticking to our plan and keeping it a surprise. I just keep telling myself how special it’ll be when he/she comes out!
Labor Signs: None
Symptoms: Occasional “off” stomach, round ligament pain, minor headaches
Belly Button in or out? It’s getting more flattened out which is super weird, and it’s starting to pop just a little bit!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! So excited for our little babe!
Looking forward to: Our doctor’s appointment this morning! We get an ultrasound, which is super exciting since we haven’t seen him/her since 8 weeks!
I’ve had several readers ask me how my workouts have changed since being pregnant. Even though I wrote about having a fit pregnancy several weeks ago, I’d still like to touch on what my workouts have been like over the course of my pregnancy. I went into my pregnancy with no real set “workout plan” other than to stay as active as possible without compromising the health of my baby or me. This meant that some weeks would involve more activity while other weeks were pretty minimal on the workout front.
The beginning weeks of pregnancy were pretty rough thanks to the nausea and fatigue that hit me like a ton of bricks starting at six weeks. Walking was about as good as it got for awhile there, but I was okay with that. My walks actually helped me feel better physically and mentally during those first several weeks.
As the second trimester approached, I started to feel more and more like myself, but I still had plenty of “off days”. I took it day by day and determined my workouts based on how I was feeling. I was able to throw in more strength workouts and increased my cardio intensity a bit, but still had my days that a short walk was all I could handle.
As the days and weeks have progressed, I continue to have more good days than bad so I’ve really enjoyed using my “good days” to get back into more of a workout routine. My body has seemed to respond best when I do about two to three days of moderate intensity steady state cardio (i.e. speed/incline walking, light jogging, aerobics), two days of strength training (i.e. moderate circuit workouts, workout DVDs, Pilates), and one to two days of gentle yoga per week. I’m not rigid with this, but simply use it as a guideline to help me plan out my workouts for the week. If my body needs sleep more than a workout, then sleep gets first priority. If my body feels exhausted or overworked, I give myself an extra rest day. (If you’re curious about what my workouts have been like more in detail, you can check out My Daily Workout Log.)
Since I had to tone down my workouts and activity levels quite a bit even before I got pregnant due to HA, I wasn’t in my best shape going into my pregnancy. That being said, I have kept my workouts to about moderate intensity since being pregnant. I’ve found that it’s challenging enough for me, but it doesn’t feel like I’m over exerting myself.
I haven’t been running like I had hoped, but I’m not beating myself up about it. I’ve just come to realize over the past several weeks that I’m not going to be a pregnant runner, and I’m a-okay with that as long as I’m staying active. Running turned into quite a passion of mine a couple years ago, and I miss it dearly. I can’t wait to get back to it after our little one is born. Until then, I’m going to take it day by day and continue to do my best to keep active in other ways!
- If you are/were pregnant, did your workouts change when you got pregnant?
- Pregnant or not: What is your weekly workout routine like?