Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Baby Bulge

I woke up on Monday morning and my belly bump was a little bigger than when I went to bed on Sunday night. I woke up this morning and it was significantly bigger. I had a couple of pairs of jeans that used to fit me since they were stretchy and sat low on the hips, but they don't fit anymore. I need to go shopping for more maternity clothes, or fatty clothes as I like to refer to them. Oh, and I can't suck in the belly any more. It's weird.

I am supposed to gain 20-25 lbs. during the pregnancy. The breakdown is: 3-5 lbs. in the first trimester, 1 lbs. every 2 weeks for weeks 13-36, and 1 lb./week for the last 4 weeks. Give or take a few lbs. of course. This means I should add about 300 calories to my diet every day, which is not a lot of food. I've basically been eating when I get hungry and my weight gain has been what I would like. I'm at the end of week 15 and I've probably gained about 5 lbs. It's actually kind of hard to really tell because I have a big fluctuation in weight between night and morning (about 3 lbs.). Since I tend not to drink a lot of water during the night, but I do pee at least twice during the night, it must all be water weight.

My mom was surprised that I'm not a lot heavier considering how much I eat. But I think what helps is that I have tried to stay pretty active. My doctor recommended that I get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. I go on walks or walk/runs, ride my bike to work, and just started pilates.

I used to have time in a day to come home from work, go to the gym, make dinner, and even work on my crafts or watch a movie. Now I barely have enough time to do a couple of those things. Everything I do just takes a lot longer - figuring out what to wear in the morning, unloading the dishwasher, standing in front of the stove barefoot and pregnant, it all takes so much time.


Sumana Harihareswara said...

From pregnant friends' tales, I understand that yoga or pilates makes the third trimester + delivery way easier.

You might be interested in the bellaband so you don't have to buy as many maternity clothes:

Cleaty said...

Thanks for the bella band suggestion. I just ordered one!

Yeah, I was definitely motivated to do pilates because it's supposed to help. In general I have a bad/weak lower back so I want to keep my core as strong as possible.

Lint said...

Great! So when I come over I can workout with you! It's so much harder to keep that up when I'm travelling. Do you have a jumprope?

(Cripes, listen to me, I'm becoming a health nut.)

Cleaty said...

No jump rope, just some rope. But a nice home gym (weights, etc.), AND, we can go on a bike ride on the awesome trail. We can also look for birds.