Pregnancy Update Weeks 10, 11, 12 and 13

10 weeks and off for a run

Week 10:

Symptoms: Appetite is coming back. I still crave fruits a lot.

The Belly: Until now I could feel some bloating at the end of the day and sometimes needed a hair tie to close my pants. But this week something happened. As I woke up one morning I could feel something harder above the pubic bone. I think it’s the uterus. Something is happening!

Mood: Very excited to find out about someone else’s pregnancy who is dear to my heart but I will have to keep the name unknown a little longer. It’s good to give each other support.

Workout: Running got a little easier this week. I think getting close to the end of the 1st trimester really helps. I had more energy and didn’t feel that I was struggling as hard on my runs. I had to take some walking breaks on my long run however, but even the 8 miles felt good although the average pace felt pretty slow. The cooler temperatures this week helped a lot. I’m trying to run four times a week again. The last run on Friday took me a little longer to warm up than usual.

Sunday: 3.1 mi @8:52 pace, road
Tuesday: 8.04 mi @10:41 pace, trail
Wednesday: 3.1 @8:52 pace, road
Friday: 5.36 @9:10 pace, road
Total: 19.6mi

Week 11:

Symptoms: I felt my sciatica wake up a little after a chiropractor appointment. She said it was normal, things are shifting in there. Unfortunately it flared during a run this week and has come and gone every since. I have a history with sciatica so I just need to do my exercises more.

Medical: I had my first midwife appointment. It went well and I got to hear the heartbeat over the doppler for the first time. A healthy 160 bpm. My blood pressure was at 60/100 which would seem low unless you consider it’s pretty normal in the first trimester. Uterus measured where it should, all is well.

Mood: Surprisingly the heartbeat didn’t make me feel all emotional. I think for me it meant more to see the heart flutter at 7 weeks. But it is reassuring to know all is well since there are times when I have no symptoms. I shared the news with my family following the ultrasound. Everyone who figured out our little riddle was pretty excited.

Workout: Except for the sciatica flaring up, the running went well. But the back pain does concern me. I’m trying to run with it, adapt my pace and work on my posture.

Sunday: 3.1 mi @9:22 pace, road
Tuesday: 3.1 mi @8:50 pace, road
Wednesday: 4.64 @10:11 pace, trail
Thursday: 3.1 @9:28 pace, road
Total: 13.94mi

12 weeks: I think there is something in here

Week 12:

Symptoms: Having to take more pee breaks during the runs. I used not to have to worry about that… well I guess the uterus is applying pressure on my bladder now.

Mood: Happy. We’ve been together for 8 years and have a little one on the way. I couldn’t ask for a better present. I also share the news with my managers at work and they were just really happy for me 🙂 Everyone asked if I was still going to run. We received our first baby clothes!

Workout: Started pre-natal yoga. This class felt more like prenatal exercise, I didn’t find the usual breath and fluidity of yoga but it was interesting non the less. I took a few days off running to give a rest to the sciatica. Running on the uphill is definitely harder and requires  more breaks.

Monday: 5.32 mi @9:23 pace, road
Tuesday: Pre-natal yoga
Wednesday: 3.1 @9:09 pace, road
Thursday: 9.2 @10:22 pace, trail
Total: 17:62mi

Week 13:

Symptoms: Got moody at times. My poor husband, thankfully I don’t get those mood swings too often.

The belly: Something is happening and I don’t think it’s just bloat. My regular size pants don’t fit quite as well anymore.

Mood: (See symptoms). Got a little scared after a fall but everything turned out fine. We share the news with our friends, it’s now officially official and we couldn’t be happier.

Workout: I found another pre-natal yoga class, at the Asheville Community Yoga and I like it so much better. It still feel like yoga but just adapted to pregnancy. Not as many ladies as the other class, a little more driving but I can make it to this one every week and it’s donation based too..

The running went well at the beginning of the week but then I had my long run. Now we went out the night before to a concert and I slept in as a result. It was warmer than I had hoped by the time I ran. My GI system wasn’t agreeing with me. I had to take so many walking and pee breaks and I was just getting tired. I think I did not fuel well enough during the run. I met my husband on the way back and shortly after took a fall. It shook me a little. My first fall ever on a run and here I am, pregnant. Great. I had to walk for a bit but was able to resume running. Got a nice big bruise and some cuts out of it. I saw the chiropractor a few days later and I was fine. I never had neither cramping nor bleeding which was reassuring.

Sunday: 3.1mi @8:29 pace, road + Pre-natal yoga
Monday: 5.32 mi @9:32 pace, road
Tuesday: 3.1mi @8:35 pace, road
Friday: 10:28 @10:44 pace, trail

Total: 21.8 mi

Pregnancy Update: Week 6, 7, 8 and 9

8 Weeks

Week 6

Symptoms:As I hit week 6 I suddenly found myself with no appetite. I had did have two odd cravings. I decided I wanted a hot vegetable soup the day we had 102°F! And all I wanted the next day was blueberry pancakes, but that was after racking my brain to find something that appealed to me. It turns out I actually could handle food just fine. It didn’t make me sick, I just had lost the feeling of appetite. I probably ate a little less but it wasn’t so bad. I kept on expecting for morning sickness to come but it didn’t.

Naps became a daily necessity.

Mood: I was relieved the embryo was in utero but still waiting for the viability ultrasound. My husband felt that I was complaining about my symptoms, truth is I felt thankful to have them. By the end of the week I didn’t feel as many symptoms and scared myself into thinking something was wrong. Had a nasty argument with my mother in law. Not so good for the mood.

Workout: I resumed running as soon as my bronchitis cleared. However I quickly found my pace to be slowing down. This wasn’t just the heat or bronchitis recovery. This my friends is the hormones effect. Breathing was harder and it was more of an effort to run. However I have heard that exercise helps to have more energy and can help nausea so I did not give up on it.
Sunday: walk 1.26mi
Tuesday: 3.1 mi @9:12 pace, road
Wednesday 3.09mi @8:57 pace, road
Friday: 4.42mi @10:55 pace, trail
Total: 10.61mi

Week 7:

Symptoms: Still no appetite. I just made myself eat. Tired.

Medical: Second ultrasound at 7 weeks 3 days. It looked like a blob. But the little blob had a heartbeat. The obgyn pointed at a tiny flutter on the image, the heart. I think it’s at that point that I realized it was real. I was really pregnant will a little 1cm long embryo.

Mood: Still angry at my MIL for the state she put me in. So relieved to know our little embryo looked just fine.

Workout: I talked to my obgyn regarding running, she pretty much said that since it’s something I did before it was fine to continue. The important part being to hydrate well and listen to my body. Cramps or bleeding would be a sign to stop. She also mentioned long runs were not a problem per say, my bladder would probably bring restrictions however.

Sunday: 3.1 mi @9:13 pace, road
Tuesday: 3.1 mi @9.34 pace
Wednesday: 3.1 @8:59 pace, road
Saturday: 5.4 @10:07 pace, trail
Total: 14.7mi


Week 8:

Symptoms: Almost threw up during a run, due to it being trash day. I barely made it without puking.

Medical: My chiropractor was able to feel the uterus.We also interviewed a midwife practice and decided to switch over to them.

Mood: Good. Ego took a hit when my husband started passing me on the trails. I’m used to be the fast one and had to remind myself there was a good reason for and that it was no time for competition.

Workout: The uphill started getting really difficult. I started taking my first walking break on some of them.

Monday: 3.1mi @9:24 pace, road
Tuesday: 3.1 mi @9.22 pace, road
Wednesday: 6.44mi @9:52 pace, road
Total: 12.64mi

Week 9:

Symptoms: Longer runs take a toll on my energy. I have to take a long nap after them. My appetite is a little better.

Mood: Had a wonderful week. My other MIL (Oba) came from Hawaii and we had a wonderful visit with them. They were thrilled at the news and “Oba” (grandmother in Japanese) was checking on me all the time.

Workout: Drinking a lot more water during my runs. Some walking on trail runs. Had one of the best runs in a while this week where I felt I had a lot more energy and speed.

Monday: 4.67 mi @9:25 pace, road
Tuesday: 2.64 mi @8:59 pace, road
Thursday: 7.17mi @10:55 pace, trail
Total: 14.48mi

Pregnancy update Weeks 2, 3, 4 and 5

3 weeks pregnant, didn’t know it yet. Out trail running

When I looked for running during pregnancy, I found very little about the first trimester. Most women wait until the 2nd trimester to share the news.  I’ve been extremely lucky to be able to keep up running so far and want to share how it went during the first trimester.

I didn’t find out I was pregnant until my period was due. I didn’t want to test too early. So some of the runs I did were prior to me finding out.

Week 2:

The second week of pregnancy is when conception happens. Your body doesn’t even know there is a pregnancy yet. Progesterone levels do rise but similar to what they do every cycle (pregnant or not)  as a result my running was perfectly normal. Implantation can happen starting day 7. At that point I did have one symptom starting which was really sore breasts, something I don’t usually experience. By Saturday I started feeling a little sluggish, but that’s something I usually experience during the luteal phase.

At that point I was attempting the Runner’s World Running Streak, which meant I was running at least a mile everyday.

Sunday 1.67mi @9:39 pace, road
Monday 5.36mi @8:50 pace, road (greenway)
Tuesday 1.66mi @9:02 pace, road
Wednesday 3mi @9:13 pace, trail
Thursday 1.71 @9:22 pace, road
Friday 6mi @10:09 pace, trail
Saturday 3.25mi @9:29 pace, road

Week 3: 

This was an interesting week for me. I started by skipping a run on Sunday because I felt tired. I was having an easy week. I didn’t want to push my body too much since we were trying to get pregnant and I knew this week to be crucial for implantation. Tuesday’s run was hard, it was super hot and I really struggled to run more than my husband. Looking back we realized why. There was one day when symptoms made me think I was about to start my period. I was a little mad at my body and took my energy onto a 7 miles run which was just what I needed. Surprisingly my period did not come the following day as I thought it might. Instead I started getting really, really thirsty. All week my breasts had also been very sore and growing! I started wondering if I could be pregnant and decided to skip a run.

On Saturday morning I couldn’t wait any longer and took a pregnancy test. I had my answer within 30 seconds! I was excited but also very nervous given my history and frankly at that point scared to run.

Monday 3.98mi @8:59 pace, road
Tuesday 2.9mi @10:16 pace, trail
Wednesday 7.32mi @9:23 pace, trail
Thursday 1.66mi @9:08 pace

Total: 15.86mi

Week 4:

Mood: After last time, I have to be honest, I was scared. What if something went wrong while I went running? It took my husband to convince me I would be all right. So I celebrated by a Father’s Day run (yes we found out we were expecting the day before father’s day).

Medical: I had two HCG (pregnancy hormones) quantitative done. They turned out not only completely normal and doubling every 48 hours as they should but also way higher than what I experienced during the ectopic pregnancy. It was incredibly stressful to wait for the second result but such a relief to know it was normal.

Workout: The 4th week was fine, perfectly normal even other than me trying to be attuned to everything going on in my body. I was running at my normal pace and other than needing to adjust my sports bra size I felt completely normal. My running pace had not changed much, but I also went for how I felt and didn’t try to go a any specific speed. I was breathing a little harder, but not much more than during the luteal phase of my cycle. However taking water with me on any given run became a necessity. I had not checked with a practitioner if running was ok yet, I felt I could because 1)it felt right and 2)I had been a runner long enough.

Sunday: 3.1mi @8:48 pace, road
Monday 1.26mi @8:57 pace, road
Tuesday 2.3 mi @8:53 pace, road
Wednesday 5.36mi @9:27 pace, road
Thursday: walk 1.6mi
Saturday 5.43mi @9:47 pace, trail
Total: 17.45mi

Week 5

Symptoms: Unfortunately that was cut short at the beginning of my 5th week. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard that pregnancy lowers one immune system and I was there to prove it. Within a week of finding out we were expecting I found myself with the nastiest cough and a visit to the Clinic to hear exactly what I thought: Bronchitis. No antibiotics (not that they would do much against a virus anyway) for this lady. The physician prescribed rest and drinking plenty of fluid. Well that was not a problem, as I had just recently found that for someone who had not enjoyed naps since I was a kid  suddenly needed a daily one. And as far as drinking fluids you now couldn’t find me without a water bottle in hand anyway. Even if I had not been pregnant I would not have gone running, chest coughing is no joke and I did not want this to turn into something worse that could threaten my precious cargo.

Mood: Scared by the spotting. I thought it was over again. Somehow I manage to make peace with myself and decided that I would be ok no matter what happened. Then we had the ultrasound and I felt 200 million times better and relieved.

Medical: Most women don’t have an ultrasound until they are 9+ weeks along. Due to my history it was imperative to see where this one was. I can not tell you how relieved I was to see the image on the sonogram. While I had a feeling deep down that everything was ok. I did experience a little spotting that week that made me fear the worst. But we saw a yolk sac and a fetal pole right where they should be. I was officially pregnant.


Sunday : walk 1.3mi
Saturday: 5.43mi @9:47 pace, trail

Please, let me know if you have any questions