Today marks the half-way point in my pregnancy (plus or minus a few days depending on the cooking time for Maute Moo).
How am I feeling? Great! I still love an afternoon nap, but who doesn’t love a nap. Minus the rare occasion, the throwing up, the headaches, and the lack of energy is all gone. Maute Moo has turned into a party animal. He/She turns up the music and starts to dance around 7pm each night. I feel him/her until I fall asleep. He/She kicks, flips, rolls, and pokes.
Cravings? I don’t really have strange cravings anymore. Yes. I love french fries still, but I think that is just a personal preference. Last night I really wanted chocolate, so I made brownies. Again, I think it’s just me not necessarily the pregnancy that wants these things. My appetite has definitely balanced out. I don’t have any weird foods that I must avoid or must have.
Concerns? My only concern at this point is making sure I’m still consuming enough calories on days that a run. On my run on Saturday I burned almost 1000 calories. I am eating when I’m hungry. Does any one know if there is a standard “rule of thumb” to go by when burning calories while pregnant. I know I read somewhere that the body needs about 300 extra calories a day for the baby. Should I make sure I consume the calories I burned while working out? I have a doctor’s appoint Thursday. I’ll be asking! Between my last two appointments (2 weeks apart), I didn’t gain any weight. Prior to those appointments, my weight gain has fluctuated greatly. I’ve gained A LOT one month. I gained a little the next. I really don’t know how much I’ve gained my entire pregnancy because I’m not exactly sure of my start weight to begin with (we don’t own a scale, and I only weigh myself when I step on the Wii Fit board or at the doctor’s office). I was definitely at my lowest when I was marathon training. I then stopped running due to my injury, and I’m pretty confident I gained a few pounds (5 lbs to be exact). A month later I found out I was pregnant. So, with all that said, I think I’ve gained any where from 12-15 lbs with this pregnancy.
I really don’t care about my weight gain number (as long as I don’t get up and over the 50 lb mark). I just want to make sure I’m providing my baby with the proper nutrition. I eat when I’m hungry. 90% of the time, I’m eating foods high in nutrition. We eat balanced meals in our household. I do love my snacks – french fries, gummy candies, and a few occasional chocolate snacks – but I limit my consumption of them. Honestly, it isn’t much different now than when I wasn’t pregnant.
Aches and pains? My lower back on the right side is throbbing each night. I’m pretty sure my hips are spreading. I also know that Maute Moo loves to hang out around my hips. I have a feeling it is a combination of spreading hips, baby and the rod and pins in my right femur and hip.
The BIG ULTRASOUND DAY is Thursday! We have decided to find out the sex of the baby (heart rate is still hanging out at 140). We are having an official “reveal the sex of the baby” party on Saturday with our families. Cupcakes for everyone courtesy of my friend Morgan! Pink or blue icing? Any guesses? My vote is still for pink!