Time seems to be flying by. Week 17 already!
Hereâ€™s what BabyHTP is up to this week. â€œYour baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord â€” her lifeline to the placenta â€” is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now, and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.â€ (Source) Iâ€™ve also read that her ears are formed enough so that she can hear our voices and Maggieâ€™s excessive barking. Get used to it, baby.
This week, I thought Iâ€™d talk about my symptoms instead of discussing a topic (last weekâ€™s worrying discussion was SO helpful for me). Iâ€™ve had two â€˜unusualâ€™ symptoms this week: one positive and one negative.
Letâ€™s start with the positive symptom firstâ€¦ I can really feel the baby moving now! From what Iâ€™ve read, Iâ€™m feeling her/him (herm) relatively early for a first pregnancy (the â€˜fluttersâ€™ started two weeks ago), so Iâ€™m hoping that means that BabyHTP has strong legs and is destined to be a runner like herm momma. I used to think that feeling something else move inside of you would be weird â€“ and not in a good way â€“ but it happens so slowly that itâ€™s not scary at all. Itâ€™s just exciting and fun.
On New Yearâ€™s Eve, the baby gave me three good thumps right in the stomach â€“ if the Husband had his hand on my stomach, he definitely wouldâ€™ve been able to feel it. But beyond those kicks, which were at the perfect angle for feeling from the outside, he canâ€™t feel the movement yet. We are both very anxious for that moment to come.
Mid-kick â€“ hah.
The negative symptom occurred after Saturdayâ€™s 5K race. I ran the entire race and finished in 30:27 â€“ a pretty decent pace! I was very proud when I finished, but later that night, my abbuctor muscles (inner thigh) were so, so sore. The pain went away on Sunday but was significant enough that I brought it up to my doctor.
Iâ€™m not going to say this in the most technical of terms, but basically, my doctor explained that the muscles that hold your uterus in place and your inner thigh/groin muscles are all connected. My growing uterus (which has now expanded up to my belly button) is putting a great deal of strain on these muscles when I run. Since I donâ€™t have the pain at all when I walk/run, she said Iâ€™m fine to continue walk/running but shouldnâ€™t do any more 5Ks without walking breaks. I certainly donâ€™t want to injure myself so Iâ€™ll be switching to walk/running all future workouts and 5K races. I guess 30:27 will stand as my 5K pregnancy PR!
Everyoneâ€™s body is so different, and Iâ€™ve watched many pregnant bloggers run until their due date without any issues. I guess Iâ€™m not destined to be like that. Good thing I love to swim, right?
Here are my Babble posts from this week:
Hereâ€™s Week 17, neatly summarized:
Total Weight Gain: 6.5 pounds.
Workouts: Workouts went very well this week! I ran a 5K race, walked 2.0 miles, and swam 1,000 yards twice.
Baby Items Purchased: Tons of $1 baby onesies from a Thrift store.
Nightmares: One seriously scary one that left me sobbing in bed â€“ I dreamt that someone stole the baby from herm crib.
Gender Suspicions: Iâ€™m officially leaning towards girl; the Husband says boy. Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll both change our mind next week.
Cravings: Veggie burgers. Ice cream. The couch (see below).
Laziness: Sky-high. I canâ€™t peel my butt off the couch come 6 PM.
Mommas: When did you feel the baby move? When could others feel it from the outside? If you were a runner, how long did you maintain the habit?