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LizRR
02-05-2014, 02:06 PM
Well - I admit to dropping off the radar since November. No big surprise as that's when I went back to work. It has taken some time trying to get back into the swing of things with 2 kids now. Thankfully baby girl has been pretty easy.

I have lost 10 lb of my baby weight - but still have ~20lb to go. It is slow going, but trying to keep my eye on the prize. I am running a half-marathon on 2/16 in Austin. My first race in almost a year (last one I was 18weeks pregnant). Wish I could say I was faithfully training for it...but I ended up pulling my calf muscle twice and after that had a sinus infection (as well as the whole family being sick). I'm on the fast-track 3-week training plan!


Nagazim
02-07-2014, 04:02 PM
Good luck on your race :)

I'm feeling very lazy and know it's not all the baby's fault ;) planning exercise in an hour as we speak. I want to actually be one of those hated women that lose a little weight while pregnant.

LizRR
02-07-2014, 11:39 PM
Ugh...I am so woefully unprepared for next weekends race! I am trying to get back to my 5am workouts now that everyone is healthy, but baby girl decided to stop sleeping through the night this week! Not sure if it's teething or growth spurt...but wow...on Tue it was up at 11:30pm, 12:30 pm, 1:30am, 5am, & finally 8am - that was a hard day of work on Wed! I know you don't have babies for a good nights sleep, but good grief! She WAS sleeping 10pm-7am!

I'm planning on meeting up with my old running group at 5:30am tomorrow for the old 6.5-mile loop....that's going to be a doozy! I have to make sure I wake up early enough to pump beforehand - that's the new morning addition to the routine...no more sleeping in!

I did sign up for another race in April, maybe I will be better prepared then!


LizRR
02-08-2014, 09:27 AM
Yeah! I did it! I met up with my running group for the first time in almost a year, did 6.5-miles @ 5:30am! Now time to make some gluten-free pumpkin pancakes for the family...HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY!!!

Ishbel
02-11-2014, 11:25 AM
Lizz! YAY for getting up early!! There's no way I could run a marathon at 18 weeks. I was told to stop running and for a while even stop walking. So during that time I lost that and now with my centre of gravity changed...yeah NO WAY am I running. But I walk. My mom gave me a fit bit for Christmas and it's more or less addicting.

The stairs are getting tough and I'm only 25 weeks. Not looking forward to how puffy and out of breathe I'll feel in 10 weeks but people keep telling me I look great. Sometimes I tell them it's all smoke and mirrors sometimes I just smile and think "great, I'm fooling you!"

JulesMarion
02-11-2014, 03:29 PM
Being at 18 weeks right now, there's no way you're getting this chick to do anything more than waddle - I can't imagine running! I have my 20 week appointment next Friday (we're going to find out the genders!), which happens to fall the day before my birthday - so we're going to wait and find out for my birthday. :-) I've moved on to maternity clothes since my old ones were no longer fitting, and my mom said I look like a ragamuffin.

In other news, I have a third UTI - which is disconcerting. My doctor said we'll talk about prophylaxis (I think that's just another version of long-term antibiotics). But in the meantime, I'm scared that the antibiotics I'm taking won't work, and I hate being on antibiotics. At least I know my body enough to know when something's wrong. I guess it barely even registered having a UTI, but still, the fact they keep coming back is quite frustrating!

I've been tired a lot and super hormonal - like cry at everything. I got a swim pass last night and have been swimming, which helps me feel better physically. I'm feeling blessed that I don't have any aches and pains (other than my uterus stretching twice as fast with twins), but I'm sure they'll come...

How are you all?

gretel
02-11-2014, 03:48 PM
JulesMarion - are you eating yogurt or taking a probiotic? My family (pets included) find that it definitely helps prevent secondary infections that occur when you are already on antibiotics.

gretel
02-11-2014, 03:49 PM
Hi! I'll join here too. I'm really boring today though. I have a bit of a headache and don't even feel like looking at the computer screen. But I'm 13 weeks today which is exciting!

JulesMarion
02-11-2014, 04:12 PM
Congrats on hitting the second trimester, gretel!

I am sitting here eating yogurt right now, and I have changed my daily habits to include about 12 oz. of pure cranberry juice (nasty tart stuff that burrrrrns your throat) - but I mix it with some grape juice and it's better. So I split that between morning & night, and then I plan on eating yogurt at least once a day. I know that you can get a yeast infection easily after antibiotics, but what I keep getting is UTI's. I'm going a little nuts changing all of my habits to make sure I'm protecting myself. Hopefully it'll work...

Ishbel
02-12-2014, 05:09 PM
gretel Congrats on the second trimester! :)

Jules I started probidics probably 3ish years ago and have never stopped taking my 'one' pill (used to be two one in the morning and one at night) and the more research I do on them the more I think they are a gift to be used. They are good for immunity, good for tummy issues, good for a lot of things (google them). My doc is ok that I'm on them during pregnancy and in fact I have been on three rounds of antibodics (two for a sinus infection that wouldn't go away and one for a root canal) and haven't gotten any yeast infections AT ALL! Pharmasist told me because I'm diligent at taking them I probably wouldn't have a problem and he was right.

I was diagnosed with a haitus hernia when I was heavy. It settled losing weight but now it's back (apparently they never really go away) because baby is taking up the room and pushing up. I spent a few days without eating anything and went to the doc yesterday. I felt bloated but I guess it was the acids coming back up. :( When I look back I bet this has been bugging me for a few months because I remember asking my friend for my wedge pillow back a few weeks ago because "I feel bloated at night and maybe it would help" I'm now on Zantac for the week and then as required. I took two yesterday and finally got a sleep. This morning I thought "ok try just taking one" and went to work. Yeah can't find the little sleeve I brought specifically for work and TUMS don't work for me AT all! So I had my normal salad and I still feel bloated :( It's like I had a turkey supper. Can't wait to get home to pop a Zantac (it made me feel so much better yesterday).

OK! pity party is over! :)

LizRR
02-12-2014, 06:54 PM
Lizz! YAY for getting up early!! There's no way I could run a marathon at 18 weeks. I was told to stop running and for a while even stop walking. So during that time I lost that and now with my centre of gravity changed...yeah NO WAY am I running. But I walk. My mom gave me a fit bit for Christmas and it's more or less addicting.

The stairs are getting tough and I'm only 25 weeks. Not looking forward to how puffy and out of breathe I'll feel in 10 weeks but people keep telling me I look great. Sometimes I tell them it's all smoke and mirrors sometimes I just smile and think "great, I'm fooling you!"

Well, full disclosure that "running" was more "jog-walking" during pregnancy...I remember taking about 6 pee breaks during the race! I am not expecting to break any records this weekend, but it should be fun. I did stick with Powerflex through the end though.


In other news, I have a third UTI - which is disconcerting. My doctor said we'll talk about prophylaxis (I think that's just another version of long-term antibiotics). But in the meantime, I'm scared that the antibiotics I'm taking won't work, and I hate being on antibiotics. At least I know my body enough to know when something's wrong. I guess it barely even registered having a UTI, but still, the fact they keep coming back is quite frustrating!

I've been tired a lot and super hormonal - like cry at everything. I got a swim pass last night and have been swimming, which helps me feel better physically. I'm feeling blessed that I don't have any aches and pains (other than my uterus stretching twice as fast with twins), but I'm sure they'll come...

How are you all?

Just 3rding on the probiotics, we take them regularly here!Stinks about the UTI...

Hi! I'll join here too. I'm really boring today though. I have a bit of a headache and don't even feel like looking at the computer screen. But I'm 13 weeks today which is exciting!

Congrats on rounding out of first (trimester!).

Nagazim
02-12-2014, 07:59 PM
We get our probiotics through keifer water and sourkraut mostly. Good thing my kids love both :)

I restarted (after taking a month lazy break) exercising this past weekend and think I may have overdone it a bit. I was sore for a few days but I'm happy to report that I do think it helped with all the pelvic pain I was having. I just feel like this baby is sitting on my bones and grinding them to death. It's bee rough but the past few days have been much better. So more walking scheduled for tonight :)

LizRR
02-13-2014, 02:25 PM
We get our probiotics through keifer water and sourkraut mostly. Good thing my kids love both :)

I restarted (after taking a month lazy break) exercising this past weekend and think I may have overdone it a bit. I was sore for a few days but I'm happy to report that I do think it helped with all the pelvic pain I was having. I just feel like this baby is sitting on my bones and grinding them to death. It's bee rough but the past few days have been much better. So more walking scheduled for tonight :)

Ohhhh - I am actually going to order some kefir grains and start to culturing my sons coconut milk. It's way too expensive at the store and I know that homemade has better 'pow' with respect to probiotics. Good to hear your pelvic pains are subsiding - I exercised throughout #2 and credit that with staying pain-free and quick post-partum recovery. It was a different story with #1 (obese/sedentary with A LOT of inflamation & back issues)!!!

I went running 4 miles this morning, another 6 miles tomorrow, then a rest day......then....my half marathon on Sunday! I don't expect great things, but I should finish! It's in Austin, looking forward to a little trip, it's a fun town. My parents are meeting up with us from San Antonio so we'll have some extra babysitters around.

Ishbel
02-14-2014, 11:16 AM
So I am off to a bigger city centre tomorrow to see if the jogging stroller I want will fit into my little economical small car, kinda excited. I'm pretty sure also that I'm going to graduate to leggings as I'm making a trip to Costco. I have three pairs of pants that I can wear right now (mat pants) and I don't want to buy anymore and I'm SO freaking BORED with my clothes lol. So I asked my gf's at work if they thought it would matter if I just started wearing leggings with boots now (since I'm showing and it's obvious lol) and really is there much of a difference between skinny jeans and leggings. VIP said "you're pregnant, no one will say a thing" gf's said "yeah you'll be fine in leggings"

Nagazim I've never heard of Keifer Water - thanks I'll do some looking into it.

LizRR I don't care if you want to call it jog/walking you still ran a half marathon at 18 weeks and that's still AWESOME.

JulesMarion Hope you're feeling better!

Nagazim
02-15-2014, 04:36 PM
I bought my grains through Culture's For Health. I haven't had an issue with them at all other than they won't multiply. They're still producing some awesome Keifer none-the-less.

LizRR - I haven't tried the dairy version (even though coconut milk isn't a dairy I believe you'd still use the grains that are suited for milk cultures. Let me know how it goes!

Ishbel - I wouldn't worry to much if people did have an issue with your leggings. pppffftttt to them!

I'm having anxiety about hot summer pregnancy. I'm usually really hot anyways. I think I'll just live in the pool from May - July.

Ishbel
02-17-2014, 11:01 AM
Nagazim I'm in leggings and a long top today...I feel awkward HAHA but comfortable. :D My VIP looked strangely at me and said "I wouldn't wear that" and I said "I should hope not, I'd not have sex with you again if you did" HA! He did get me a little anxious (but realized he did and said "no you look beautiful, don't worry about it") the ladies at work said "yes you look pregnant no you don't look like a sausage" I'm 26 weeks today, holy crap I'm almost in the 3 tri!

I've not been good with my daily walking. I did go shopping this weekend though and got almost 13K steps with 18 floors walked. I was POOPED yesterday, took a while to recover.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

gretel
02-18-2014, 09:14 AM
I felt a little bit of energy pick me up over the long weekend. My headache stuck around so I took off Wednesday sick and then had two days off from snow (something like 17 inches and an inch of ice) and then Monday was a holiday. So I shoveled and walked the dog and generally felt awesome. But on Sunday, I had some major cramps while I was vacuuming. At first I thought it was just the urge to go to the bathroom, but then it became clear that it was so much more. So I rested and got up to take my daughter to a birthday party. At the party, I started to bleed and freaked out! I called the emergency line and they just told me to rest and call for an appointment in the morning. So from lunchtime Sunday through 2pm yesterday, I was convinced the baby was gone. I tried to be hopeful since both symptoms were very temporary and didn't reappear, but I am such a worrier. But at my appointment, I got to see my bub (13w6d) and it looked just fine! The baby was happy and moving a great deal. The cause of the bleed is unknown, could be anything really, but it wasn't something I did. I was over analyzing everything: was it the hour long walk in the snow, the hours of shoveling, missing a step and landing hard on my feet? Or was it the vacuuming which I hardly consider strenuous, but that was when the cramps started? I slept poorly the last two nights and now I'm just hoping to fall back into a routine. I don't have any exercise restrictions, so I need to ease back into for my emotional sanity.

JulesMarion
02-19-2014, 03:24 PM
gretel, it doesn't sound like it was because of anything you did. I had bleeding at 9 weeks and spotting for the following month or so. They couldn't figure out why, but just kind of left it as "could be leftover blood from implantation". I was just told to drink lots of water and take it easy.

I've been doing better, getting tired easier and getting bigger 'round the middle. I feel so blessed throughout this pregnancy - when I first found out I knew that I wouldn't show until I was probably 8 or 9 months pregnant, if at all - then I found out it was twins and I'm already showing! We're finding out the genders on Friday (saving the reveal for my birthday on Saturday) :)

Ishbel
02-20-2014, 12:56 PM
gretelI was bleeding on and off between 9-12 weeks. It's really SCAREY but my hubby was very calming. He comes to all prenatal appointments and when the doctor explained how it could be happening he just repeated that over and over to me. Then my doc asked the ultra sound clinic to move me up in appointments because I was so scared the ultra sound doc (we have a doc here not a tech) couldn't find any reason. :shrug:

Jules OOOO exciting!! We didn't find out but I think if I had twins I would be more inclined to find out LOL

Is anyone doing maternity photo's?

I went home last night and sat on the couch and my tummy was VERY obviously lopsided to the right. It was so funny I should have taken a picture. My hubby almost didn't believe me (he came home after it moved to a more normal shape) "is that even POSSIBLE?" haha!

Also, this morning I felt a BODY move under my hand, COOLEST thing so far. I like to lay in bed and slowly wake up and 'listen' for my baby. I totally felt the body not just a kick or a punch! I said "WHOA!" really loud. I keep thinking "sheit just got real" beginning with the two lines...and it just keeps popping into my head. HAHA

gretel
02-20-2014, 01:04 PM
Thank you Ishbel and JulesMarion for the reassurances. I know I didn't cause the bleeding, but that knowledge doesn't help you feel any better when it happens. So far, I haven't had any repeat episodes, so I'm going to really try hard to exercise again this weekend. I feel pretty good right now and that may not last. I'm only 14w and still 180 pounds so I'm showing but it looks more like I had a couple of big meals lately. I can't wait to find out for sure what I'm having so I'm really curious about your twins, JulesMarion. And Ishbel, I probably won't do a maternity shoot but I hope to document better than I did with my first. I have a couple from the one too many cheeseburger stage straight to delivery day and not a whole lot in between.

JulesMarion
02-24-2014, 02:53 PM
How are you doing gretel?

I found out this weekend that I'm having a boy and a girl! So excited!!! :)

gretel
02-24-2014, 03:51 PM
No more bleeding, but I'm still not getting any additional physical activity. That's my goal for this week...get back into an exercise routine.

JulesMarion - Happy Birthday and Congratulations! I always have wanted boy/girl twins and I have a friend due with the same in July which makes it even more exciting for some reason.

JulesMarion
02-25-2014, 05:12 PM
Thanks! I'm very excited, started my registry. :) My body's starting to feel the impact of pregnancy. I'm sick right now, so I feel worse, but I just can't seem to sit as long as before (and I work a desk job). Overall things have been pretty good - my blood pressure has been good (110/65 usually) and I've been trying to eat pretty well. Sometimes its just hard because I don't feel like eating or being around food.

Ishbel
02-28-2014, 10:49 AM
Hey Hey Ladies,

Jules I go through cycles of that, one week I am on the see food diet and the next week "meh, I don't feel like eating". It makes me think I'm either on a growth spurt and then a rest spurt. I was WAY more hungry last week then this week and this week my baby is quiet but still moving. Where last week when I was hungry it was a little ninja. How exciting that you're having boy/girl. I think about what mine could be and it will be awesome either way, then again I'll be sad either way. Sorta wishing I had twins on the way but saying that scares my husband HAHA!

gretel Hows your 'back to routine' going?

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Sorry I've been MIA lately, had a bit of a bad week. Just cranky not really any health problems. I did my GD test, asked the doc for the fasting one and he sent me for the screening one. Which showed that I wasn't diabetic but it wasn't a good level so he wanted the fasting one. He's a new doc so has to get used to me knowing my body and I actually said "I told you" and he said "you're right, you knew, sorry". He's a very nice guy and came highly recommended so I'll chalk it up to him not knowing my personality. So I had to do the fasting one yesterday.

My body is NOT used to all that sugar. Apparently I came just under the wire so he wants to see me but not necessarily today sometime next week. So I pulled out my old blood monitor and got some new strips. I'm going to spend the time monitoring my blood between now and my next appointment so he can see my levels are 'normal'. In fact, some of them are a little low but that's not as bad as too high for baby. I'm considering it a bit of a victory. It appears my body can handle natural sugar better then refined...duh, I knew that :)

FYI - I was hypoglycemic when I was in elementary school and prediabetic on metformin for 6 years before I lost my weight.

I figured this would happen but I'm glad the way I'm eating isn't showing some red flashing lights. I'm hoping he'll look at my levels and agree.