Pregnancy Update: The Second Trimester

It’s pretty amazing to me how quickly the second trimester has flown by. It feels like just yesterday I was sharing the news of our expected little one with all of you! It helps that in April and May we were taking quite a few trips, so the weeks went by fast. I thought it would be fun to give you an update on how things have been going for me to date while I’ve been carrying this little one.

Firstly, at the end of May we visited family on the East Coast and were able to have a gender reveal and baby shower all at once! It was so much fun to have the little one showered with so much love already. I’m going to be having another baby shower in Oregon in August, but I knew this was my only chance to see my family, so it was important to make it count! 🙂 Plus, we found out that that our little one is a BOY!

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Total weight gain: as of my doctors appointment Tuesday, I’m up about 19 lbs.

Maternity clothes: It took me until about 20 weeks before I was really ready to wear maternity clothes full time, particularly maternity pants. Now I’m dealing with a lot of my shirts getting too short! I only have a couple maternity shirts, and it might be time to do some more shopping to get me through the summer. I also so far haven’t bought maternity shorts, and instead have been wearing running shorts whenever I need them. I’ve been wearing more maxi skirts to work, which are great for this hot weather we’ve been having lately!

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Sleep: Overall sleep has been fairly sound. The last week or so I have started to get a little more uncomfortable. It takes a lot more effort to roll over in the middle of the night now. I’ve been sleeping with a pillow between my legs for some extra support. So far I still haven’t had to make too many mid-night bathroom trips on a regular basis.

Symptoms: Baby L is always moving around and wiggling. I’m prepping for a busy little boy. Overall, I feel like I haven’t had too many major symptoms. In the last few weeks, a couple things have been picking up, including some heartburn, a couple calf cramps, and a sore left foot. I think the foot issue is due to relaxing ligaments, and increased weight along with my continued running. Luckily, after a few days of rest, the foot pain has been great. And the calf cramps are pretty intermittent, and seem to be a bit related to dehydration. Helps remind me to stay on top of the water consumption!

Cravings & favorite foods: Nothing really major, but I’ve been all about all the fresh fruit lately! I have gone strawberry picking and blackberry picking recently, so I want to eat lots of them! Next

Food aversions: none. Still haven’t figured out what exactly causes my heartburn to flare up, so if I figure that out, I’ll probably avoid some stuff. But until then, all foods are good foods in my book. 🙂

Exercise: I have been running about 3 days per week, except for the week my foot pain flared up about two weeks ago. I had typically been running 5-6 miles each time. The last couple weeks I’ve been shortening them up a little, but have still been in the range of 3-6 miles per day. My pace has definitely slowed, especially in the first 1-2 miles while I’m warming up. I’d say that I typically am running around a 10-10:15 minute/mi on average. Sometimes I move a little quicker running with other people, but I continue to just see how my body feels and do whatever feels best on each day.

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I also recently went to the pool to swim for the first time since the end of last summer when I started marathon training. I have gone three times so far, and it has been fun to swim outdoors in the summer sun after work! This weekend I ran the Butte to Butte 5k in Eugene, OR. It was awesome to run another race with my little running buddy — I’ll have a recap about it up shortly!

Mood: overall I’ve been pretty happy and enjoying this pregnancy. The week my foot pain flared up I had a few breakdowns. I was feeling overwhelmed by the changes in my body – the increased weight, aches and pains, and effects on exercise. Pregnancy is hard and sometimes crazy, but it’s also exciting and such a happy time.

Missing: sometimes I’m missing doing hard workouts, the feeling of accomplishment after gutting it out around the track. I haven’t been biking and I miss that too. But I am so thankful for the exercise that I have been able to do. I’m also occasionally missing having a drink on a hot summer day with friends, and I would love to go out for some sushi!

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Best moments: our gender reveal with our families was really a special occasion. It was so much fun to not know and to share the announcement with our family.

I love feeling the little guy moving around. He’s always wiggling around and rolling. It is so strange and surreal to me still to see my belly moving around or to be able to feel from the outside.

Right now we are starting to work on the nursery! I can’t wait to show you how it turns out in a few more weeks as we get it all together. We have finished up painting, and built the crib!

Looking forward to: We have a few friends and family coming to visit on the next couple months. And of course I’m really getting excited to finally meet our baby boy! This week I scheduled out all my doctors appointments through the end of the pregnancy, which makes it feel a lot closer!

image4 (1){On the left is my tiny bump at 18 weeks. On the right is a much bigger bump at 26 weeks. It’s still growing and changing every day!}

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11 thoughts on “Pregnancy Update: The Second Trimester

  1. FitnessFatale

    You seem to be very comfortable which is great! I know we can never feel quitE as great as pre pregnancy but you seem pretty close! I hope you keep it up! I’m impressed with your running mileage – ever since I stopped officially training for something I have just run when it was convenient or someone wanted to meet up wich means I’ve been running less and less which means it’s way harder!

    I love the photo of you two at your gender reveal – too cute!!! You look so happy! 🙂

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    1. Kristen L Post author

      Thanks so much! I have been feeling pretty good, and hope it continues too. Running has been getting more difficult, but I always feel the best after that endorphin rush, so I’m going to try to keep going as long as I can. Trying to think of that added weight as a training tool — weighted vest?! Haha.

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  2. Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com

    I love updates! Happy to hear you’re still able to run a good amount! The running shoe pic is really cute, I plan on doing something like that, too. It’s so crazy the amount of change. I’m sure, like you said, you’re too the point of seeing changes daily. So excited for you 🙂

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  3. Leslie @ TriathleteTreats

    Sounds like you are doing great! I am sure this last trimester will go by fast!! Keep cool in this crazy warm weather we are having!! Jealous you did Butte to Butte!! I have been wanting to do that race for a long time!! 🙂

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    1. Kristen L Post author

      The weather has been pretty crazy hot! But I’m really glad it’s cooling down a little this week. We have been able to keep the windows open at night and it gets a lot cooler in our bedroom than trying to keep it cool with air conditioning. Butte to Butte was a fun race — the 10k seems to be the main race (I ran the 5k), but it was still fun, and always nice to be back in the race atmosphere.

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  4. Kristen

    That is great that you are still able to run and exercise several times a week. I have definitely been slowing down and running a lot less, but I still walk, hike, and do other forms of activity to make up for it.

    I haven’t bought any maternity shorts either and instead went to Ross and bought a couple pairs of non-maternity shorts from the junior section a few sizes from what I normally wear. They fit comfortably below my belly and didn’t cost me a fortune. ☺

    Calf and foot cramps are totally normally. I have been getting these more as well, especially when I swim (which is a pain).

    I agree that pregnancy is hard, but it’s also a beautiful thing.

    Can’t wait to see your nursery. Our furniture just arrived, so we are going to have a fun weekend project!

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    1. Kristen L Post author

      Seems like no matter what, it’s just important to keep the body moving — whether it’s running, or a lower impact activity like walking, hiking or swimming, ect. I always feel better on the days I do something though. 🙂

      Good idea on buying some regular shorts sized bigger. I might have to look into that! Seems like a better option than maternity shorts. I get tired of the stretchy fabric over my belly too, so regular shorts might be more comfortable.

      Have a great weekend getting started on your nursery!! We just bought a chair, but it will be a little while before it arrives. Otherwise, we have the major pieces, just need to add some color/decoration! My mom is visiting at the end of the month, and I know she wants to help me decorate, so we will probably get a lot done then.

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