The Pregnant Athlete

Learning To Embrace My Changing Pregnant Body While Swimming, Biking, Running & Practicing Yoga

We’re pregnant…again!

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Week 5 | +2 lbs

Shhh. If you know my husband Ray or myself personally, please do not share this news with anyone. We will when we’re ready. But you can celebrate quietly with us in the meantime!

After placing this blog on hiatus for over a year and a half, I’m finally back, which only means one thing–we’re pregnant again! As with my first pregnancy, this one was not a surprise either, and far from it, in fact. Whereas we conceived our daughter Keira in less than two months, we had been trying for half a year when I finally received a positive pregnancy test 10 days ago!

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Positive Test, 3/29/16

Aside from the amount of time that it took to conceive this time around, there are already a number of differences between this pregnancy and my last:

  1. I know way more than I ever thought I would about my Body Basil Temperature (BBT), cervical mucus and luteal phase. After the first few months of trying the good ol’ fashion way, as I had during my first pregnancy, I started charting religiously to determine my ovulation date every month. What does charting entail? I logged my BBT every morning as soon as I woke up, noted my cervical mucus, and understood whether that meant I was fertile at that time or not, and knew that if I had a short luteal phase during any particular month that my chances of getting pregnant were lower.

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    Positive Chart, 3/29/16

  2. Whereas I distinctly recall how uncomfortably tender and sore my breasts were early on in my first pregnancy, I have not had any soreness at all this time around. I wonder if this is due to the fact that I breast fed Keira until she was 15.5 months old? I ultimately weaned her because my OB/GYN confirmed that I was not ovulating due to high prolactin levels.  In fact, I did not ovulate until our third month of trying to conceive this time around, less than a month after I weaned Keira.
  3. The feelings of exhaustion are 10 times worse this time around. I am delirious midday, nearly fall asleep immediately after work, and pass out immediately after dinner. There’s no surprise why–we now have a toddler at home! Not only can I not rest after work, and take naps on weekends, but I now have to run after an active 20-month-old. My mother-in-law claims that Keira is the most active of all her grandchildren, and I can certainly imagine this, especially as there was a recent New York Times article that stated that exercise during pregnancy leads to exercise-loving offspring.
  4. I not nearly as fit now as I was before my first pregnancy. Although I did run three marathons last year while breastfeeding Keira, I still have not yet ridden my road bike, and only rode my commuter bike once, since before Keira was born. Additionally, at the suggestion of my OB/GYN before implantation takes place, I had cut down my weekly mileage by more than half while trying to conceive this time, and didn’t run a marathon this season. I’m excited to start running a bit more, albeit much more slowly, again now.

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    First race with Baby Bean, NYRR’s Scotland Run 10K, 4/3/16

  5. I’m starting to show already?! I didn’t have anyone offer me a seat on the Subway or make any comments until I was 4.5 months pregnant during my last pregnancy? A man I’ve only met twice in my life blatantly asked me if I was pregnant yesterday! The idea that I may be showing didn’t even cross my mind, but now I’m nervous, and extremely annoyed that that man too. Now, I’ll have to figure out ways to hide my belly for the next eight weeks, despite the fact that I am in a yoga studio daily, and run home to work, so wearing bulky clothes doesn’t really make sense.

Despite the differences between this pregnancy and my last, I’m just as excited as I was with my first!

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First ultrasound, 4/4/16

Week 4 (3/28-4/3) training: 23 miles 

Monday: 4 miles; yoga
Tuesday: 4.21 miles; yoga
Wednesday: 3.67 miles
Thursday: 4.9 miles
Friday: Rest
Saturday: NYRR’s Scotland Run 10K
Sunday: Rest

Author: pregnantathlete

My name is Stephanie, and I was born and still live in New York City. I'm an avid distance runner, cyclist, snowboarder, swimmer and yogini (though I'm taking a break from some of these activities right now). It just so happens my active interests feed my love of food and traveling too! Oh! And did I mention that I'm pregnant...again? I also own a yoga studio, Sacred Sounds Yoga, in lower Manhattan. We offer classes in array of styles, including vinyasa, yin, Mysore ashtanga and Unnata Aerial Yoga. We also have prenatal, postnatal and kids yoga classes too!

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