Hi everybody! Thanks to all of you for all of your words of Congratulations. Preston and I feel extremely blessed by everybody’s words of excitement about the bundle of joy we’re expecting this Christmas.
Many of you have sent texts, private messages, tweets, or posted comments here on the blog with questions about my pregnancy, especially what it means for my running. I’ve tried to answer all of them below.
When are you due? How far along are you?
Baby is due December 24th. I am currently 13 weeks along.
When did you start trying? When did you get pregnant?
We started trying last July right before our third wedding anniversary. We got pregnant while on vacation in Florida at the end of March/beginning of April. Preston’s family has jokingly said that this baby is definitely a Thayer since the baby has already taken its first trip to Disney World, we just didn’t know it at the time.
What complications did you face in trying?
I’ve known since I was 16 that I have PCOS, so we knew that trying to get pregnant would be difficult. Preston and I had mentally prepared ourselves for the fertility medicine that I was put on in October to not work, or at least not to work as quickly as it did.
How did you find out you were pregnant?
I had taken a pregnancy test each month since we started trying when I thought I was late, each time getting the same negative results. Back in mid-April when I was five days late, I took another test, only this time the test result read “Pregnant.” I immediately headed downstairs to the kitchen where Preston was making pancakes, and showed him the test. Neither of us believed it (I was convinced that it was a faulty test since I had had it at home for a couple of months), and since it was the last test that I had at home, we agreed that I’d buy another test (and of a different brand), that afternoon. The second test came back positive. Three days later, I had an appointment with my gynecologist, and my pregnancy was confirmed when I was just shy of 5 weeks pregnant. We then had our first ultrasound when I was 6 weeks pregnant, again to confirm the pregnancy. I’ve had two more prenatal appointments since my first appointment, as well as a second ultrasound at 12 weeks.
Are you going to find out the baby’s gender?
Absolutely! We aren’t planning a gender reveal party or anything of the like, but are really excited for how we’ll find out. I’ll share the details soon once everything is finalized. And while we already have a list of possible names, we’ve agreed to keep the final name to just the two of us until after the baby is born.
How have I been feeling?
At the beginning of week 6 I started routinely experiencing nausea every morning, some days were worse than others. Since I’m trying to save all of my sick leave for my maternity leave (my school district doesn’t give women any “free” maternity leave), I didn’t take any leave from work, but there were some very rough days where I thought I’d be running to the bathroom in the middle of class. Saltines and ginger ale definitely helped to alleviate the nausea, some days more rapidly than others. My nausea started to get better during week 9, and then returned again during week 10. Since then, my nausea has been inconsistent, so I’m hopeful that’s a sign that I’ll be over it for good soon.
The biggest impact, more than the nausea, has been the exhaustion. I’ve routinely been falling asleep on the couch between 8:30 and 9:00 (I get up at 4:45 am every day for work), and if I make it to 10:00 I consider it a good day. I was also sick for a week with a nasty cold during week 8 of my pregnancy, and I’m convinced that it took me longer than usual to recover from my cold since I couldn’t take any cold medicine.
What does your pregnancy mean for your upcoming races this summer and fall?
I have full clearance from my doctors to continue running as long as I feel comfortable doing so. My current plan is to run (or run part of and walk the rest) Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach over Labor Day weekend. On race day, I’ll be 24 weeks. As for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, I foresee walking that race, as I’ll be 32 weeks on race day. And Preston and I will be deferring Wine and Dine to 2016.
Why did you register for several half marathons, including Wine and Dine, knowing that you could get pregnant?
Honestly, Preston and I didn’t think we’d get pregnant as quickly as we did, although some of you might be thinking that trying for 8 months isn’t “quick.” However, we agreed that we weren’t going to put our lives on hold, specifically my running, while trying to get pregnant. I even contemplated the idea of registering for a fall marathon (yes, my first!), since I figured there was no way that the fertility medicine would work in such a short time span. I specifically only registered for major races that could be deferred.
Will I continue running and working out?
I plan to for as long as my body will allow me to. I have full approval from my OB, chiropractor, and neurologist to continue doing so.
How has your continued back recovery from January’s car accident been affected by the pregnancy?
I’ll be honest, when I first found out that I was pregnant, this was one of the first things that crossed my mind. My chiropractor is convinced that the car accident was a blessing in disguise since they often receive referrals to their office for women who face fertility issues. I was released from my treatment from the car accident when I was 7 weeks pregnant, and one of the reasons why they want to continue to see me for follow up care is due to my pregnancy.
What does your pregnancy mean for the blog?
I don’t plan for much to change here on the blog. I know some bloggers post weekly updates about how they’re feeling, what their aversions/cravings are, etc, but that doesn’t support my vision for this blog, nor is that something I feel all that comfortable publicly going into lots of detail about. While my pregnancy will obviously play a huge role in my fitness, and will most certainly impact what I physically can and cannot do and will be reflected in my weekly training recaps, I do not plan for my blog to turn into a detailed chronicle of my pregnancy. Since I share highlights of my life (vacations, major milestones, etc), I’ll of course share those with all of you, but if you’re looking for a weekly pregnancy update, that won’t be happening here.
QOTD: Any other questions that I haven’t answered?