Diet and Exercise: I managed 3 days on the treadmill this week. Brian and I also had a fight about my heart rate when I run being too high. The OB told me in the beginning to stay between 140-150 and everything should be fine. I never actually worried about monitoring it, since a lot of other people on the message boards I read said their OBs just told them to do what they've been doing. I made the mistake of e-mailing one of my very in-shape friends and asking her what she did during pregnancy and she told me that she stopped running at the very beginning because of her heart rate climbing too much. I compounded my mistake by mentioning this to Brian. He completely freaked out that I was starving the baby of O2 when I ran, and I needed to stop right away (I should say this was exacerbated by the fact that I had used some toluene that night in lab without gloves--toluene is a known carcinogen, and in large doses can cause birth defects. I used 1 mL). He went to REI and bought me a heart rate monitor the next night. Turns out that I get to about 166 when I run at my usual pace. If I slow down a bit, I'm only at 150, but that only holds for 1 lap--it rises to around 160 the longer I run. We've compromised and agreed that I will run one lap (at the slower pace) and then walk a lap (on an incline, so it's not as wussy as it sounds). I'm not thrilled with this--I ran the entire first trimester so any damage that running would do has already been done--but I'm humoring him. As I mentioned in my last post, my running days are numbered anyway, so I may as well start phasing it out now. With the alternations, I'm still managing at least a mile on each day running, so it's really not too much less than I was doing. I'm still using the heart rate monitor (I actually really like it, as it gives a good workout report) and keeping an eye on things. Poor Brian--I've made him sound like a jerk, but he's just concerned.
My hips are definitely letting me know about it when I first wake up in the morning. I think I need a pillow for between my legs--that's supposed to help a lot. My belly button is continuing its sojourn to the outside world too--I won't be an inny for too much longer.
On Wednesday, I looked down after my shower and thought "where the heck did that come from?" Suddenly, seemingly overnight, I had developed a belly. I had noticed the expansion before, but this week it really seems like things are popping out more than they were. I know to everyone else it still doesn't look like much, but for me, it's hard to ignore.