Thursday, November 4, 2010

The postpartum postmortem part 1.

Earlier this year, when my pregnancy was still new and barely noticeable, I had this idea of summing up each of the three trimesters as I went along. I thought I would share some stories of my running exploits, maybe scare a few non-mothers away with my tales of fatigue, queasiness and never-ending Braxton-Hicks contractions. You know, fun stuff like that.

But, well, no. I never got around to writing the recaps but I continued to want to so -- lucky you -- I will recap my three trimesters now, from the vantage point of (almost) four weeks postpartum. I know! So exciting, right? Let's get to it.

Part 1: The first trimester

Here's the thing about the first trimester: You're tired. Really tired. Tired like you've never felt before. Imagine, if you will, a Mack truck of fatigue running you over 15,689 times and that's sorta what it is like. No exaggeration.

So, my first trimester involved that sort of fatigue but I was fortunate to be able to continue to run. I had to take a little bit of time off here and there and I had several low mileage weeks in the beginning (thanks, of course, to that Mack truck of fatigue) but, overall, my running was decent.

In fact, I ran 154.5 miles in my first trimester. That included a 10K race (51:24) and the marathon relay 5.7m leg (50:25). My race results buoyed my running spirits and helped me believe that I would be able to run throughout my pregnancy.

I knew that I would not be able to run at my pre-pregnancy level, however, so I decided to turn my focus outward and I started a running moms group to train new runners for their first 5K.  This was big for me. I mean, huge. And, I loved it. Also, mom runners rock.

Physically, I felt good during this trimester. I wasn't showing much, although I had begun to gain weight and my hips had widened right away, but I still felt normal. The weirdest symptoms during the first 13 weeks was that I couldn't eat lettuce or onions. For some reason, they skeeved me out like nothing else. That soon faded in my second trimester but, sheesh. Lettuce and onions really turned my stomach.

Speaking of stomachs, I was hungry all the time, a symptom that would continue until . . . well, it still continues so who knows when that will fade away!

And that's about it. My first trimester was exciting in that it was when I found out I was pregnant but, other than that, it was fairly uneventful -- and that's what you want when you're preggo! Stay tuned for part 2, coming soon . . .


~ Felice

13 comments:

Sarah (A Runner's Heart) said...

Thanks for posting this! I am DEFINITELY in the Mack Truck stage right now! It's horrible! I don't feel like doing anything, much less run! :) But I'm trucking along, slowly, but surely. Oh and I am hungry ALLLL the time, but absolutely everything makes me nauseous! Except purple grapes...I love me some purple grapes! ...Can't wait to read your other recaps! :)

Ness said...

You are so lucky part 1 of my pregnancy was nothing but morning sickness thats where i gained some weight. Today at 38weeks pregnant i am still managing to run :)) i cant wait to read you part 2 and 3 :))

proudpatriot07 said...

I'm not pregnant or planning to be anytime soon, but this is really interesting to read people's stories. I'm scared to death of pregnancy in general, so maybe it will calm my fears.

Amy Lauren

Janine said...

I loved this!!
It is so nice to read your experience. My second pregnancy I had zero energy in the first trimester...kudos Felice!
I am looking forward to your up coming installments, and eventually running with you sometime!!!

Molly said...

I still can't get over how you did races in your 1st trimester, you're a rock star. : )

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Love the recap! It reminded me of some fun posts from your pregnancy!

shenx said...

Wow... great post and amazing race you've done.. grats
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keen

Jill said...

That's so great you were able to run so well the first trimester - yay!! I ran for a long time with my first but then I had twins and well, not so much running while preggo with them!!

J said...

That is crazy how you couldn't eat lettuce or onions! I find it so interesting how pregnancy affects the body! I am not scared away yet...I am sure I will eventually one day have children!

Marlene said...

What a great idea! This will be nice to look back on, I'm sure. I am still amazed at how active you were throughout pregnancy. If/when I am pregnant, I want to be just like you! :)

Quix said...

I've heard so many different stories about being pregnant, but the first trimester mach truck is common among everyone. ;) And I'm not even preggo and I have the hungries lately myself...

Karen said...

I'm glad you posted this! I hope my pregnancy (whenever that happens) is as smooth as yours was! I would love to keep on running throughout it! :0)

mostlyfitmom said...

Yup, a Mack truck of fatigue does sum it up, alright!

Glad that you're running is going well!

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