Pregnancy Update – Week 13

Size of Baby (per “What To Expect”) – Size of a Peach (3 inches long)

Weight Gain – 3-4 Pounds

Movement – Not feeling any movement yet! However, during our 12 week ultrasound, it was clear that the baby was comfortably moving its arms and legs all over.

Sleep – The biggest disruption in sleep so far as come from waking up in the middle of the night to console my teething daughter and to use the bathroom. Increased consumption of water (to stay hydrated) = increased trips to the bathroom all day long.

What I miss – A good craft brewed beer. Between tailgates and beer festivals in the fall, I feel like a cold one is screaming my name.

Best Moments this Week – Taking my daughter back to Virginia Tech for her second football game. What made this trip different (and even better) than the last was introducing her to the outdoor track. I have so many amazing memories from this facility. In my dream world, both babies would pursue running and end up training/competing on this track at the same time in the future.

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Looking forward to – All of the exciting things coming up over the next several weekends (more football games, a wedding and most importantly my daughter’s first birthday). With first trimester fatigue out of my system, we have been able to get out a lot more.

My daughter's first birthday outfit!  Someone loves Mickey.

My daughter’s first birthday outfit! Someone loves Mickey.

Cravings – I craved sweets with my first. This go round, I am craving everything salty and cheesy. I’m talking chips, french fries, macaroni and cheese, pizza and biscuits. Clearly not all at once.

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Dinner Saturday night at Alejandro’s in Roanoke – Chicken Fajita Quesadilla

Symptoms – As I mentioned above, my biggest first trimester symptom was fatigue. Thank goodness that has subsided. I still get tired in the afternoon but for the most part, my protruding belly and widening hips are the only indication to me that I am pregnant.

Workouts – I am still working out 5-6 days a week (see previous posts). I take 1-2 days off. The intensity in which I exercise has gone down, but I am still doing the same types of exercises. I did not start this exercise routine when I got pregnant, rather, it was my routine for several months prior. It is important not to over exert yourself if your body is not used to doing this much exercise.

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My Saturday morning run along the green in Roanoke.

I want to point out that I have looked less and less at my “What To Expect” and other pregnancy books and applications this pregnancy. Look, I found in my first pregnancy that when I read how I was supposed to feel each week, I sometimes questioned the progress of my pregnancy (when I shouldn’t have been). It is important to read about the development of your baby, but a lot of the “should” and “should nots” are specific to your situation. Consult with your doctor. Form a good relationship with the person that you are trusting the delivery of your child’s life with. If something doesn’t feel right find comfort in the person that you trust rather than the internet or a book.

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