Pregnancy update...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Things are going very well for me. My energy is high and cravings seem to be in control. I have seen a HUGE difference in my energy levels, stamina and eating when I drink at least 128 oz of water. On days that I fall short, I am just not the same. I have now increased my water intake to 192 oz or 1.5 gallons a day. I am walking and working out longer and so my body and baby need to be hydrated! It is amazing the difference staying hydrated can make with snacking and eating throughout the day. I find myself very much in control by drinking a large amount of water with a piece of Ezekiel bread with some peanut butter or cottage cheese and fruit.

In terms of my workouts, I am very pleased with how my body is performing on my walks and runs. My runs are SLOW, and I do mean slow but I am in control and feel very balanced, well as of now! I usually run intervals were I watch my HR and stop once it has reached a certain point, then walk again to regain lower my HR and start again. My knee has been bothering me a bit but that is normal. If you followed my progress prior to my pregnancy you know that I have several knee issues so I guess the extra weight gain is taking its toll on my knee. I think it is time to break out the foam roller again! Oh joy!

Now for the numbers! I am almost 19 weeks now, just a few more days! I cannot believe that the BIG 20 week mark is only a week away! 5 months pregnant! It does not seem possible. It is just going by so fast.

Ok, here are my stats...
19 weeks - Weight gain total for pregnancy - 11.8 pounds
Chest - 5.5 inches gained
Stomach - 10 inches gained
Hips - 2.5 inches gained
Thighs - 1 inch LOSS! Yea!!
Arms - measurements the same

As far as the weight gain, I am ok with it. I just need to keep eating well, logging my calories, and exercising. My goal is to gain 25 - 30 pounds during this pregnancy. I am pleased with the areas I am gaining. I was very surprised to see how my thighs have gone down! I have been doing leg work along with all my walking and running so I am hoping that has helped. It could also be a loss of muscle in that i am not biking as I was before. When I was doing my triathlons over the summer my thighs were VERY toned, more than ever so that may be a factor in the loss. Regardless, I am happy with the progress and plan on continuing the leg work as long as I can throughout the pregnancy. Gotta have toned legs....even with a big baby belly! LOL

I am doing well this week with my miles. My goal is to walk/run 20 miles a week and so far I am at 13.76 miles. I hope I can continue doing 20 miles a week throughout the rest of my pregnancy as it has really made a difference.

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    You continue to amaze me and make me smile. God Bless!
    4128 days ago
    wow your the most fit pregnant lady ive ever seen! ur amazing
    4128 days ago
    I bet this little one comes out at least walking! You are a great example, motivator and encourager, Jen! I am so proud of you!

    Love and Blessings,
    4128 days ago
    You are doing a great service to yourself and your baby by watching your weight and listening to your body. Good for you!
    4128 days ago
    I didn't know that losing inches while preggo was even possible! Nice work and awesome to keep up with not only the workouts and healthy eating, but also the accountability of sharing here on spark people.

    Too cool - I agree, you are a motivator times a million! You really do need your own title of awesome preggo sparker!
    4128 days ago
  • BERGIE8771
    WooHoo! This is so neat, you really are a motivator!
    4129 days ago
    You are awesome! Way to go!
    4129 days ago
    Such an inspiration! A FIT pregnancy - I love it!
    4129 days ago
    Wow, sounds like you are doing awesome! There are some happy pregnant women and there are those that are miserable. I am sooo happy you get to experience all these changes and joys! What an awesome gift from the Lord. Keep up the great work, it will pay off once labor begins. I hope I can be fit while pregnant...just once. Hopefully some day!
    4129 days ago
    Good job! Keep it up!
    4129 days ago
  • SUMITH2008
    The fittest preggy momma on spark people. To bad we can't slap another Motivator Award on your page. Your such a Amazing person. Take things easy preggy momma that little baby of yours is probably doing Baby 90X in your tummy! I can imagine some kenpo kicks and :) punches from time to time.
    4129 days ago
    Great job! Isn't it amazing how much staying hydrated helps? I found drink water helps me prevent headaches too!
    4129 days ago
    You are doing great and providing so much inspiration for me in my early leg of pregnancy.
    4129 days ago
    Glad to hear that all is well with you! I am inspired by your water intake, and it is a good reminder to all of us to make sure we stay hydrated! Keep up the healthy work my friend!
    4129 days ago
    Im so happy for you! Your doing great and I love the updates so keep them comming woo woo.....
    4129 days ago
    Wow, I can't imagine how often you must pee! lol!
    4129 days ago
    Wow! You are doing great!! I sure wish I was were you are when I was pregnant. Good luck and keep up the good work!
    4129 days ago
    You're doing great! I think that gaining less than 12 pounds at 5 months is very reasonable, especially since you are so full of energy! I am amazed at the water consumption! I used to have a gallon container at work, which was helpful as I only had to fill it once per day, but the cleaning crew evidently thought it was too much for one person to consume and thew it out :D'

    4129 days ago
    You are doing such a great job. I'm glad that you're staying active and hydrated throughout your pregnancy. It's the best thing for you AND the baby! I hope that I'm as fit as you when that time comes :-) emoticon
    4129 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4519295
    You are amazing! I pray you'll continue to be healthy and able to exercise until the birthday of your little one. Your body will remain fit as you grow that baby too. God bless you both!
    4129 days ago
    I really wish I had been that healthy during my pregnancy! It took me another 18 years to figure it out. You will definitely be prepared for labor and beyond - and you look MAH-VE-LOUS!!
    4129 days ago
    I am proud of your motivation and drive darling.
    4129 days ago
    WTG!!!! You are focused & sound like you are really enjoying this pregnancy - Pure what this small Life is! I am so glad you are cherishing these moments! Have a great day!
    4129 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1425027
    Awesome!!!! Did you get to find out the sex of the baby? Or did I miss that????
    4129 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for sharing this journey! I think you might be right about the tigh muscle loss, but honestly, you'll build it up in no time... I can already picture you wiggling down all that weight in no time... full force ahead-LOL!
    Are you planning on breastfeeding? Just curious...
    I gained close to 30 lbs and because I was young, it literally dropped off of me-LOL, but for my build, that gain was warranted. My one running friend only gained 11, but she's a lot more petite. Plus, every person is different- my baby was 8.9, so it's not like I got "fat".. he was a great eater-LOL! And some people retain more fluid than others, so 30 lbs for one can be a lot but nothing for someone else.
    You are doing the things to stay healthy- eating right, exercising moderately and drinking your water and geting your rest... it doesn't matter how much you gain... because your body is taking care of your baby and your gain is very appropriate.
    I'm so happy you are enjoying this time and really appreciating the whole journey!!!
    4129 days ago
    You are doing great. Thank you for sharing what is working for you and your awareness is really amazing! Again, great job!!
    I feel like I was pregnant yesterday and my little bean will be three in February!! :) emoticon
    4129 days ago
    WOW You are just amazing. I can't believe you are keeping this up!!! Most women give up! I think it's amazing you are wanting to keep your baby and yourself heathly during this time. I hope I can do the same! many calories does your doctor reccomend for being pregnant? Also, has he told you to only do a certain amount of workouts and burning calories? Aww, I can't wait to hear about the baby when he/she is here!! Do you know what you're having yet??
    4129 days ago
    Nice job! I never gained more than 30 with my babies. I made it a point to eat healthy and not give myself cart blanch to just pig out. Good for you!!!!!!
    4129 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Kuddos to you, great job! Walking during pregnancy will help you out so much come labor time. Keep up the good work!
    4129 days ago
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