Time seems to be flying by.  Week 17 already!

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Here’s what BabyHTP is up to this week.  “Your baby’s skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — 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.”  (Source)  I’ve also read that her ears are formed enough so that she can hear our voices and Maggie’s excessive barking.  Get used to it, baby.


This week, I thought I’d talk about my symptoms instead of discussing a topic (last week’s worrying discussion was SO helpful for me).   I’ve had two ‘unusual’ symptoms this week:  one positive and one negative.

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Let’s start with the positive symptom first… I can really feel the baby moving now!  From what I’ve read, I’m feeling her/him (herm) relatively early for a first pregnancy (the ‘flutters’ started two weeks ago), so I’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 – and not in a good way – but it happens so slowly that it’s not scary at all.  It’s just exciting and fun. 


On New Year’s Eve, the baby gave me three good thumps right in the stomach – if the Husband had his hand on my stomach, he definitely would’ve been able to feel it.  But beyond those kicks, which were at the perfect angle for feeling from the outside, he can’t feel the movement yet.  We are both very anxious for that moment to come.


Mid-kick – hah.

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The negative symptom occurred after Saturday’s 5K race.  I ran the entire race and finished in 30:27 – 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.

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I’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 don’t have the pain at all when I walk/run, she said I’m fine to continue walk/running but shouldn’t do any more 5Ks without walking breaks.   I certainly don’t want to injure myself so I’ll be switching to walk/running all future workouts and 5K races.   I guess 30:27 will stand as my 5K pregnancy PR!


Everyone’s body is so different, and I’ve watched many pregnant bloggers run until their due date without any issues.  I guess I’m not destined to be like that.  Good thing I love to swim, right?


Here are my Babble posts from this week:

Your guide to those exciting nine months


Here’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 – I dreamt that someone stole the baby from herm crib.
  • Gender Suspicions:  I’m officially leaning towards girl; the Husband says boy.  I’m sure we’ll both change our mind next week.
  • Cravings: Veggie burgers.  Ice cream.  The couch (see below).
  • Laziness:  Sky-high.  I can’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?



  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 4, 2012, 3:13 pm

    It is SO amazing (and slightly bizarre, in a good way) to think of pregnancy as there is a little person GROWING inside you. Good thing babies are so cute!

  • Kaitlyn (Running Through My Twenties) January 4, 2012, 3:15 pm

    I love reading your pregnancy posts! That is really interesting that all the muscles are connected, so because of the extra stain on your uterus, it can affect other areas of the body. I’m a science nerd so I think it’s cool to learn about that stuff!

    Congrats on your 5k pregnancy PR 🙂

  • Kate January 4, 2012, 3:24 pm

    I didn’t feel baby much until 20 weeks, and husband still only feels him sporadically. Part of that is to do with anterior placenta, and part is to do with the fact that I have a little of my own extra padding- apparently skinny minnies like you will often feel movement earlier! LOTS of babies will go quiet for Daddy too, for some reason. I feel sorry for my poor husband, but have to admit it’s kind of funny!

    I can’t believe how fast your pregnancy is going!!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 10:47 am

      I know! It’s flying by!

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 4, 2012, 3:26 pm

    I’ve had the same pain before! I’ve described it to my husband as “seriously, it feels like my vagina is hurting after I workout” and he just gives me a strange look, haha.

  • Claire January 4, 2012, 3:28 pm

    He or she has fluttery legs and is growing sweat glands?? Sounds like a runner to me :). That’s so wild that the baby can hear whats going on outside!!

  • Amy January 4, 2012, 3:29 pm

    Yay, feeling the baby move! I felt it early too, right before 16 weeks. My husband could feel it around 18 weeks or so but like a previous commenter said, be prepared for baby to stop moving whenever daddy puts his hand on your belly to feel it! Ha.

    I was able to run for a few weeks – about weeks 13-18 or so. Sacro-iliac joint pain (lower back) has sidelined me, though, and it’s so sad. I miss it a lot.

  • mrschelles January 4, 2012, 3:32 pm

    It’s so exciting to feel your little one move. The first time that I felt my son kick, we were sitting in church. The music was loud, and he just started “dancing”. From that moment we knew he was going to be a music lover, and he is. The boy has got some moves!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 10:47 am

      Aw that is cute!

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life January 4, 2012, 3:32 pm

    Just like you I could feel her move at 16 weeks, but they were small little movements. I don’t think my husband could feel them until about 19-20 weeks, but I still had to kind of press his hand down to feel them. Now at 36 weeks we sit around and watch my belly move and shake from side to side. The movement has been my favorite part of being pregnancy. I truly believe it is when the bonding between mother and baby really starts.

  • Heather January 4, 2012, 3:37 pm

    I felt movement around the same time, so it’s not too abnormal. Plus, I think when you feel it has a ton to do with your particular body… placement, the shape of your uterus, etc…

    You should look into a support belt. They have these crazy maternity support belts that loop under your stomach and may ease some of the strain on your muscles when you run. No idea if it would help, but it seems like it might…

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 10:48 am

      I am definitely going to look into this. Heard good things!

  • Nina January 4, 2012, 3:39 pm

    I’m 16 weeks and I just started feeling the baby move a couple days ago! I can’t wait for my husband to be able to feel it but I think that we have a few more weeks for that.

    I stopped full running around 8-10 weeks, mostly because I was constantly fatigued. I also noticed that I became out of breath much more quickly (I guess from all the extra blood you have while pregnant?). Now I’ve just been doing intervals of walking & running.

    Regarding the extra blood volume – one of my pregnancy fitness DVDs said that you can actually be in better shape post baby than you were pre baby if you continue to exercise while pregnant because your body is working so much harder to pump blood that your more conditioned to work harder post baby. I hope that’s true!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 10:52 am

      That is awesome about blood supply. I am excited!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 4, 2012, 3:40 pm

    Wow! It’s so amazing that so much is happening inside of you! I love these updates!

  • Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete January 4, 2012, 3:48 pm

    Interesting! My inner thigh/groin muscles have been SO tight since having my baby. I used to be so flexible, but now I’m really tight in that area. Maybe that’s why?

    I honestly can’t remember when I started feeling the Mini Athlete kick, but trust me, what you’re feeling now is NOTHING compared to what you’ll be feeling in a few weeks! Coolest feeling ever. 🙂

  • Leah January 4, 2012, 3:51 pm

    We were on our honeymoon and I was 14 weeks pregnant (we got married the summer prior but went on our honeymoon later). I started feeling Sophie when I was laying in bed trying to go to sleep one night. It was my husband’s birthday too, Dec 23rd 2009. She felt like a little butterfly fluttering around – it was the best! Probably 3-4 weeks later I started feeling actual movement like little kicks.

    Wait until baby starts rolling around and your whole tummy goes odd shaped. Amazing or what!

  • Sara January 4, 2012, 3:53 pm

    So cute!

  • Jenny January 4, 2012, 3:57 pm

    I felt both things around the same time, movement and the awful muscle strain. Have you considered buying one of those belly support belts? I walked a few miles a day until my daughter was born and in hindsight, I wish I had bought one. When I got big my hips/abductors were constantly sore.

    Related to baby hearing noises from the inside – this has to be true. My daughter is 5 months old has never startled when the dog barks. She seemed to be used to it from day one. She also seemed to know our voices (vs. other people’s) right away.

    I’ll bet James makes a great older brother 😉

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 10:53 am

      I bet he will too! Now Maggie might suck as a big sister…. LOL

  • Kate January 4, 2012, 4:05 pm

    I felt my daughter move around week 18, and I saw her move from the outside for the first time at week 20, but I don’t think my husband felt her kick until a few weeks after that (she was shy for him). I kept running until around the middle of my pregnancy, then it just felt too weird and I got overheated easily. Walking agreed with us much more!

  • HTPDad January 4, 2012, 4:12 pm

    …which is why I leaned over and shouted goodbye to the baby at the airport.

    When HTPMom was pregnant we converted a garage to an extra bedroom – you hated it when she used power tools and would kick like crazy until she quit – after you were born the vacuum cleaner would freak you out!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB January 4, 2012, 4:13 pm

    Let me preface this by saying this I’ve never been pregnant.

    How do you “feel” like it’s a girl or boy? Just going with your gut, or dreams, or certain positioning? Old wives tales? 😉

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 10:53 am

      Gut 🙂

  • Priyanka January 4, 2012, 4:24 pm

    I am at 18 weeks and only feeling flutters, I want to feel the kicks.

  • colleen January 4, 2012, 4:30 pm

    I’m terrible. I can’t remember for the life of me when I started feeling my three kicking and moving about. I do know it never stopped after it started.

  • ali January 4, 2012, 4:35 pm

    I first felt my daughter at week 15 – tiny little butterfly flutters. And I did the elliptical all the way to 8.5 months but then didn’t want her to come earlier than expected so stopped just in case. I didn’t run because I was concerned about the impact even though I know it is totally safe to continue exercise your body is accustomed to.

    Oh and it seemed like there was more movement when I laid on my back – after 5 minutes or so of relaxing. Especially at night.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 4, 2012, 4:45 pm

    How fun for you–you def have a bump–so exciting 🙂

    I read the Babble post–so funny about when conception is more/less likely to occur.

  • Charmaine January 4, 2012, 4:47 pm

    Oh yes, this happened to me too. I ran a 5k at 16 weeks and felt fine during and immediately after the race … but later that evening, the round ligament pain and pelvic pressure was overwhelming. I’m almost 27 wks now and running is out of the picture, but I’m doing a ton of weight training and walking now. It’s funny because I always imagined that I would be a pregnant runner (I ran 13 full marathons before conceiving). Not too bummed about it, just glad I can still move!

    I started feeling flutters at 16 weeks! Super early and I knew they weren’t gas bubbles. Now, the little one kicks up a storm. Love it 🙂 We’re not finding out the sex either, so we flip flop every week 🙂

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 11:01 am

      Yay! Always fun to hear from others who arent finding out the sex either.

  • Megan January 4, 2012, 4:47 pm

    Your groin muscles- OH NO!! I felt soreness in my inner thighs with each and every pregnancy, both during pregnancy and after when my hips were shifting back/ uterus was shrinking. This last one, though, OUCH! I ended up in physical therapy because it was so bad. I felt a serious pull when my baby was about 5 weeks old and it’s never been the same since. She is now 18 months and I’m just getting to run pain-free.

    Good luck and be careful…especially post-partum.

  • Courtney January 4, 2012, 4:58 pm

    I love these updates and reading other pregnant reader’s comments. I am not pregnant but cannot wait for the time when I am ready, reading these make it all the more exciting!
    P.S. I love that you are calling him/her, herm. So cute!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 11:03 am

      🙂 Thanks Courtney!

  • Kelley January 4, 2012, 4:59 pm

    So excited you’re feeling the baby kick!! I’m still waiting to feel it. I can’t wait! You look great!

  • Emily G. @ from my messy desk January 4, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Since Maggie is so “attached,” how do you think she’ll react when the baby arrives? My brother and his wife have a 6 month old and their dog didn’t handle it well. She got EXTREMELY jealous (she’s never hurt or snapped at Annie) and all of her training went out the door. I also feel they have neglected the dog a bit, too. I’m not trying to insinuate that either of your dogs would be neglected – just thought I would get your thoughts on the subject and pass it on to them!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 11:04 am

      I am not sure. I think James will be fine but I am concerned Maggie will be jealous. However, I also think she is so stupid (I mean that in the nicest way possible, she is really dumb) that she might not notice the baby at first. I think it will be harder when the baby is bigger and they both physically cannot sit in my lap.

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 4, 2012, 5:14 pm

    I am 22 weeks (will turn 23 Friday) and I have not felt the baby move consistently yet. I feel a slight flutter every now and then but not as consistent as I think it should be or I am reading it should be by now?? And even when I feel a flutter I can’t help but wonder if it is just my tummy digesting or something since it is not very obvious. We had our 20 week anatomy ultrasound and all was just fine, and she was active and moving, but just trying not to worry each day that passes that I don’t feel her. Like I think you said before, worrying doesn’t prevent anything and certainly doesn’t help what is out of my control!

    Love your updates!

  • Kristi January 4, 2012, 5:21 pm

    I am 21 weeks prego and started feeling movement at 14-15 weeks. It became consistent at 17, and my husband felt 2 kicks on Christmas Eve (I was 19 weeks at that point). Now I feel movement all the time, and the hubby can frequently feel it too. It is my absolutely favorite part of pregnancy, so far. As for running, I am a marathoner and was at 30+ miles/week pre-pregnancy. My doctor is old school and strongly recommended against running through my entire pregnancy. I have been walking and still getting in about 15-20 miles/week. I figure if the doc thinks running could be potentially harmful to the baby, I should just lay off of it for the pregnancy. I think it’s def a personal choice, and I have no judgement for those that keep running throughout their pregnancies. I can’t wait to get back to it after the baby is born.

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 11:05 am

      Me neither 🙂 Can’t wait to do triathlons again!

  • Marci January 4, 2012, 5:44 pm

    The kicks are going to get really awesome! Wait until you can SEE them on your belly. That’s where we are now. And you’re about to hit some major weight gain. I had a huge growth spurt between 19-26ish weeks and was right where you are at 17.

  • Alison January 4, 2012, 6:01 pm

    I’m right behind you at 16w2d today… (with Baby #3) and I started to feel the baby move last week. With my first two I felt them at 15 and 13 (!!) weeks respectively. Fetal movement is definitely one of my most favorite part of pregnancy. I remember with baby #2 my husband got kicked in the hand at 19 weeks… hubby should be able to feel the baby soon!

    I’m a runner as well and I too have been forced to cut back to walking with a sprinkling of running. My breasts are still really sore and my legs just get so tired (I ran a marathon the day my period was due!) I too hoped I’d be able to run throughout my whole pregnancy but it looks like it’s not in the cards for me either. I’ll stay active for sure and will still run *some*, but I’ll be walking more.

    Your bump is looking super cute and getting big! Keep up the good work mama!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 11:05 am

      Thanks Alison!

  • Christie January 4, 2012, 6:01 pm

    I’m 36 weeks right now. I could feel what I call “swirls” around 14-16 weeks but it took a long time for them to develop into actual movements my husband could feel. It was probably about 26 weeks before he felt her move the first time. It doesn’t help that he’s pretty impatient and he expects her to just leap when he puts his hand there 🙂 I have an anterior placenta though and a bit more padding (heh) so I think for most people it’s much sooner.

  • Laine January 4, 2012, 6:05 pm

    When my little sister was quite pregnant I remember we could see the baby moving in her belly. I felt it, and it felt like a chicken back. I told her I’d wait until the baby was born to feel her again. Much more fun when they are on the outside!

  • Maria (RealFitMama) January 4, 2012, 6:18 pm

    I’m not sure when Jason could feel the girls kicking inside, but I can remember vividly watching my belly thump and bump and knock stuff off that it became a game… What can baby knock off tonight?!

    As far as running, I was not active AT ALL with Linsey (paid for it for years later) but with Regan I was running and lifting weights up until she was born.

    My pace got slower and my weights got lighter, but I kept it up and was so glad I did. I only gained 32lbs and had such an easy delivery. The same is not true for the first pregnancy.

    Good luck!!

  • Kath January 4, 2012, 6:28 pm

    Time IS flying!!

  • Dana @ the Big Fat Skinny January 4, 2012, 6:44 pm

    First of all, I’m LMAO at “herm”. SO funny.

    I felt the baby kicking this time around about 2.5 weeks ago, and I’m 21 weeks now. So, that means … about 18 weeks. It’s the best feeling, isn’t it? I can’t wait for your hubs to feel it 🙂

  • Jessie @ Graze With Me January 4, 2012, 7:13 pm

    I felt kicks/flutters/pops at about 15 weeks & my husband felt a few kicks after a hockey game at about 16/17 weeks. It’s all about right time, right place. :). Wait till “herm” turns somersaults! And full body rolls! It’s awesome.

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 4, 2012, 7:15 pm

    I think I was about 23 weeks when others could feel the babies moving. I always thought it would be weird but I loved it! It’s really cool when you can see the movement on your stomach. We would always try to guess if it was an elbow, knee, hand, or butt that was trying to poke out.

    I had hoped to continue running during the pregnancy but it just felt awkward. My workouts turned to walking, prenatal aquatics and yoga till 30 wks. Then I was put on modified bed rest. I’m glad I had that much time to be active!

  • Mel @ MelRuns January 4, 2012, 7:16 pm

    Hey girl, love you and your blog, as you know, and I am SO excited to hear about your pregger progress. I can’t even imagine what a baby kicking inside me would feel like. That’s completely wild!! And the baby bump is coming along nicely 🙂

    Btw, I think you meant to say “adductor” muscles for inner thigh, I believe abductors are outer.

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 11:06 am

      Whoops youre right! Thanks!

  • Brittany @a healthy slice January 4, 2012, 7:22 pm

    I wogged until around 24 weeks I think (I’d have to look back at old posts), but I think doing what works best for you is important. Love that you can feel herm move already- coolest thing ever! And they only get bigger and more fun. 🙂 love reading your journey!

  • Linz @ ItzLinz January 4, 2012, 7:40 pm

    AH! I feel like you can really see a teeeeny tiny bump!!!! You look great!! 🙂 🙂

  • Anna @ Blissfully Banana January 4, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, you are making me get baby fever! Can’t wait until one day I can blog my pregnancy updates!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 4, 2012, 8:27 pm

    I just keep thinking of that woman who ran a marathon at full term!! It just seems crazy!

  • JenRD January 4, 2012, 8:38 pm

    I also felt the baby around 16 weeks, but it wasn’t until about 20 weeks at least when my husband could feel her. By 30 weeks or so, my whole belly would shake when she kicked, and you could tell what position she was in by the shape of my belly–a leg or hip or butt pertruding on my side. She also used to get th hiccups a lot towards the end–that was a strange feelings! Such excitement!


  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions January 4, 2012, 8:51 pm

    I think it’s awesome that you’re so in tune with your body, and willing to slow down when you need to to stay safe and healthy. And how fun to feel baby kicking inside of you!

  • Heather January 4, 2012, 9:03 pm

    congrats on the 5k! I can’t believe you feel baby moving so early!

  • Christie January 4, 2012, 10:22 pm

    The first time I/we felt Riley move was on my birthday! I was 17 weeks and 3 days. We were going to bed and Ryan was curled up next to me with his hand on my belly and she gave us a big old kick! I don’t think I felt her moving/kicking on a regular basis until I was around 23-4 weeks.

    As for running, I ran up until 37 weeks and taught spinning classes until my 39th week.


  • heather January 4, 2012, 10:39 pm

    I felt movements around the same time that you have. I thought it felt like worms! It wasn’t until about 3 weeks later that my husband felt it. And I cried when he finally did! It was such a sweet moment. I had to stop running at 4-5 months because of pressure I was feeling low down in my belly. My midwife gave me a very definite “stop running” message and so I did! Let me tell you, 6.5 months later, I’m really struggling to get my fitness back! But our health is worth it!

  • AmandaRunsNY January 4, 2012, 10:40 pm

    So happy you felt the baby. I am not a mama yet, but I imagine that feeling the baby move would be very alien-esque. In fact that’s how I imagine my whole pregnancy experience.

    Tomorrow posting on my blog about swimming drills (for new swimmers) but maybe something will pique your interest.

    I love reading about your pregnancy even though I cannot relate!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 11:07 am

      Oh I can’t wait to read your swimming drills!

  • val January 4, 2012, 11:44 pm

    definitely see the bump! And your face looks a bit rounder, too!

  • Khushboo January 5, 2012, 12:31 am

    Baby kicks must be such a sweet pain! Your cravings don’t sound too crazy..yet!

  • Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine January 5, 2012, 1:57 am

    So interesting to hear how the uterus and groin area are connected! I’ll keep that in mind for “future years,” as my mom would call them 🙂

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd January 5, 2012, 7:23 am

    When I first read “herm” I was thinking…”oopsy, typo!” – then the second time I read it, I got it. DUH! Loving the detailed updates, keep ’em coming!

  • Bobbie January 5, 2012, 9:10 am

    I have 3 little ones and I don’t think I felt anything till like week 20 w the first but I know I felt movement as soon as week 14 with my youngest. You have officially “popped” and look so cute! I am going w u on the girl thing!

  • Sarah T. (Team Trader Mom) January 5, 2012, 9:53 am

    I don’t remember exactly when my daughter started moving but once she did, it was not stop. She was a movin’ and a shakin’ constantly – and she still does today!
    I wasn’t a runner then but I did play volleyball until month 7 (no diving of course).

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl January 5, 2012, 10:05 am

    I swam competitively for 21 years of my life and I’m convinced that it is the BEST workout for your body. Low impact, high cardio… totally refreshing and good for you + baby. It is a great thing that you love it!

    If Europe had more accessible pools I’d totally be swimming again. Sigh.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 5, 2012, 10:10 am

    So interesting that all those muscles are connected! I would have never put two and two together, but I’m glad you’re taking steps to make sure herm (ha! I love this) is safe and happy!

  • Olivia January 5, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Hi, Caitlin!! I just wanted to share some fun facts with you that I learned from the midwife at my OB practice yesterday.

    Apparenently, runners are more prone to Braxton Hicks contractions (don’t worry, I’ve been getting them for weeks and they’re curiously painless and considered normal) and … wait for it …. urine leakage! I have also been experiencing this symtom and it’s decidedly less amusing. Panty liners are my new best friend!

    I’m 26 weeks right now and still running 5ks without walk breaks, but I am SLOW!! It can take me 40 minutes to finish (my PR is 25:16). Eh, who’s counting, right? lol.

    And I’m with you — I felt my first flutters the day I turned 14 weeks. I feel so blessed to have these extra weeks to feel him moving about. Now we call him Flubber because he is ALWAYS on the move! My husband started feeling him juuuust before I hit 19 weeks (he would keep his hand on my belly for hours at night while we watched tv just waiting so he wouldn’t miss it!), but now, just about every time he places his hand on my bump he’s rewarded with a swift kick. 🙂

    Enjoy your pregnancy!!

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 1:15 pm

      Oh thanks for this! This was helpful and fun to read. Congrats on your pregnancy!

  • Amber K January 5, 2012, 1:44 pm

    I still think it would feel super weird to have something moving around in my stomach. I guess I just won’t know unless I get pregnant!

  • kderoll January 5, 2012, 4:10 pm

    I’m 24 and a half weeks now. I started feeling something around 19 weeks, but now it is ALL the time.
    It is comforting to know the she (we know it is a she)is still playing around in there.

    I’m still running, but usually not two days in a row. I never wear a watch or try to be concerned with distance (which I never would have done before), and take no shame in walking. I am moving and right now that is the goal.

    I love reading about your pregnancy!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 5, 2012, 4:44 pm

    Oh yay! So glad you’re feeling the little bean.

    With my son I felt it at 19 weeks but this second pregnancy I started feeling the ‘herm’ at about 12 weeks. Second time around is waaaay earlier.

  • Angela January 5, 2012, 7:08 pm

    “Herm” is incredibly offensive to intersex persons. Maybe you could use the accepted gender-neutral pronouns instead of what is tantamount to a slur?

    • Caitlin January 5, 2012, 7:11 pm

      My mom made up the word herm as a combination of him and her which is why I’m using it, and if it’s offensive to people, I certainly didn’t know it. So sorry if I accidentally offended you.

    • Brigid January 10, 2012, 6:59 pm

      Seriously? Relax.

  • megan January 5, 2012, 7:45 pm

    I also did not know herm was offensive!!

    Anyway, I felt movement both times sometime between 15 and 17 weeks. My youngest in 19 months and I miss that feeling sometimes. There really is nothing else in the world like it!

    With my first I was llllaaazy and did not exercise. With my second I ran consistently (3-4x/week) until 34 or 35 weeks. I had to stop then, I felt like my belly was going to peel off of my torso. I did the elliptical and light weights after that.

  • Becka January 7, 2012, 7:58 pm

    Wanted to tell you… I’ve had issues with those muscles (the ones that go from inner thigh to like… your crotch basically) since about the same time as you so I haven’t been able to run or do much exercise because of it… because I’ll be so sore the next day that I limp. And now that I’m in my last month they ache if I do too much walking. So I’m forced to be a bit of a couch potato. 😉 So… literally, I feel your pain. 😉

  • Amy March 28, 2012, 11:52 pm

    ill be 17 weeks tomorrow and haven’t felt the baby yet…i can’t wait until i do!!

    im actually still (as of today hah) training for the boston marathon which is in april…almost done!! i feel pretty good but am definitely looking forward to being done with training. i def agree-everyone is different when it comes to pregnancy! but its nice to hear others experiences. thanks!

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