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my pregnancy: week 25

by Heather

Week 25 was a pretty great one if you ask me.  Well… at least for the most part. I’ve been lucky enough to not have many bad weeks, just random uncomfortable moments.


How’s Hunter growing?

Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 ½ inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn’t much more than an average rutabaga, but she’s beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. She’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture. — from babycenter


This week’s discomfort

Heart burn
Although it’s getting better, it’s still annoying. I got a recommendation to try papaya enzymes, which I have yet to pick up yet since whole foods is 25 minutes from my house. Yes, I am that lazy.

Sore muscles
This isn’t an un-typical Heather thing. Lifting weights will give you sore muscles, then I have Jacob massages them away. Sometimes I don’t even have to ask and he gives me a back/neck rub. Unfortunately he got a cut on his finger so now it’s bandaged up so massages are on hold… wonder if there’s really anything under than bandage? 😉

Uncomfortable in bed
All I want to do is sleep on my back, but I’m getting to that stage in my pregnancy where I shouldn’t spend too much time on my back. Until I’m in my 3rd trimester I’m fine with 5 minutes or so, but I try not to sleep all night long on my back. Although sometimes I wake up that way…

I’ve been sleeping on my side, which is fine, but sometimes my arm will fall asleep that I’m laying on, or I just can’t get comfortable. Tuesday night I had the worst sleep yet, being awake from 1-3am. I just couldn’t get comfortable.

Twitchy stomach
The next day after my bad night’s sleep I both felt like garbage all day and had a twitchy stomach all morning. You know when your eye twitches, and it doesn’t hurt it’s just something that’s happening and you can’t make it stop? Yeah, it was like that.

Any experience with that?

Peeing all the time
This is nothing new since it’s been my thing since the beginning. Hunter’s hanging out nice n low and loves to squish up against my bladder. I don’t mind it so much during the day, but at night once I do get comfy the last thing I want to do is get up out of my warm bed to pee.


The best things about being pregnant

Okay, it’s not all complaints here, no siree!

The kicks
I love feeling Hunter kick. Sometimes they’re big and only a few, sometimes they’re little and constant for a long time, but I feel them every day. I have even seen them too! Whenever I eat chocolate (which is basically every day), he kicks like crazy. I can usually count on lots of kicks in the evening when I finally settle down for the night. It’s great because Jacob is normally there so he gets to feel them too, although he gets impatient, moves his hand then the kicks come. I just rest my hands on my belly and enjoy them all. 🙂

Planning or Hunter
We have basically finished registering, at least I think so. It was a lot more challenging picking out items than I thought, there are so many options! I can’t wait until our house is filled with tons of baby stuff.

And like I shared yesterday, we’re working on getting the nursery ready too. I’d love for stage 1 to be done by the end of February, but it’s more likely to be finished by March (I hope!).

Day dreaming about Hunter
This week I would randomly day dream about what it will be like having our baby around. Nothing much in particular, just feeding, changing diapers, cuddling and playing with him, but every time I think about it I get so many warm fuzzies in my stomach and all sorts of happiness. I can’t wait for him to get here.


Favorite foods

Just like with last week I’ve been eating a lot more dairy. Yogurt is an every day thing. My absolute favorite combo is ½ ripe mashed banana + 1 cup plain yogurt (greek or regular, which ever I have on hand) + 1 tbsp cocoa powder + 1 tbsp peanut butter. It’s seriously such a delicious treat and keeps me full for a while too with the awesome carb/protein/fat combo.

New this week? String cheese and bringing my 2 little pieces of dark chocolate to work with me so I have them after lunch instead of in the evening. Even a little caffeine can keep me up so I’d rather have it before the sleepy afternoon hits.  And I need my chocolate. 🙂

What I want to incorporate more of: beef (love it + great iron content) and veggie stir fries (easy and I want more veggies). Other than that I feel great about what I’ve been eating. I’m working on snacking less before bed but I do find I need something with protein (normally a small bowl of yogurt) or else I wake up ravenous.

Oh and in case you were wondering what the heck I did with the rutabaga – I roasted it in wedges/strips and used it as a dipper (far left side almost out of view in the picture above) for our beer cheddar fondue night.  Turned out well!


Week in fitness

Last week was crazy strength heavy. This week is a little more back to normal. Here’s what I did:

Saturday: rest
Sunday: 2.2 mile run (10 min/miles)
Monday: taught 60 minute bootcamp
Tuesday: rest
Wednesday: went to 60 minute strength class + taught 60 minute body pump
Thursday: taught 60 minute cycle
Friday: headed to 60 minute strength this AM

Running felt amazing again! My only annoyance was my bladder but I pushed through it. The weather has been rainy so I didn’t get to run during my lunch break. Maybe next week.

I am noticing a lot more pulling on my stomach, especially when I reach or stretch for something. I’m trying to be more careful since I feel the pull now especially in my deep lower abs.

I definitely want to get back into swimming before Hunter gets here because I love it and think it will feel great. Now to see if I have any suits that fit…


Random bits

  • How far along: 26 weeks, 2 days
  • Total weight gained: 23-24 lb
  • To-do this weekend: pick up paint for the nursery
  • Classes this month: breastfeeding
  • Favorite dark chocolate (in case you want to send me some ;)): 85-90%!
  • My belly button is beginning to really flatten out, soon it will no longer be an innie!

Mamas/mamas-to be question: Did you have braxton hicks contractions during your pregnancy? How far along were you and what was it like?

Everyone: what’s your favorite yogurt combo?

Hope you have a wonderful Friday and start to the weekend!!



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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 17, 2012 - 5:53 am

so cute! Love the yogurt, banana and pb combo! 🙂

Get Healthy with Heather February 17, 2012 - 1:56 pm

It’s soooooo good!

Erica February 17, 2012 - 6:18 am

You look SO good!!! Such a cute preggers. Whoop! Hope the heart burn goes away! The sleeping & peeing were the worst parts for me. I couldn’t wait to sleep normal again.

Mamas/mamas-to be question:
Did you have braxton hicks contractions during your pregnancy? How far along were you and what was it like? Yes! They started probably around the 6 month mark and I started having more as I moved along. They felt like my tummy was pulling into a ball

Everyone: what’s your favorite yogurt combo? I like plain greek yogurt with maple syrup and fruit!

Get Healthy with Heather February 17, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Plain yogurts pretty rockin huh? You can make it whatever you want!

Nicole, RD February 17, 2012 - 6:44 am

You are seriously too cute! I didn’t know that about sleeping on your back when pregnant…good to know!

Get Healthy with Heather February 17, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Yup, as the baby grows his weight + the weight of your uterus presses down on a vein in your back that delivers nutrients/oxygen/that kind of stuff(?) to the baby.

Casey @ Insatiably Healthy February 17, 2012 - 8:54 am

I want to be like you when I get preggers, whenever in the future that may be. Love that your keeping up with the fitness in a healthy way 🙂

Get Healthy with Heather February 17, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Awwww thanks Casey 🙂

Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 17, 2012 - 10:35 am

I love plain greek yogurt with “baked apples” and cinnamon. SO good!

Get Healthy with Heather February 17, 2012 - 1:59 pm

Mmmmm another great combo!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List February 17, 2012 - 11:28 am

too adorable!! you look pretty great!

Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 17, 2012 - 1:56 pm

i love the sounds of your new favorite yogurt combo! i need to try that! i also love blackberries and/or strawberries in vanilla yogurt topped with granola. yum! you’re lookin cute as ever! 🙂

Get Healthy with Heather February 17, 2012 - 2:02 pm

Granola yummmm it’s been too long 🙂

La. February 17, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Just found your blog…gotta do SOMETHING while the baby eats! She’s 8 days old and I am SO GLAD she’s here and OUT! You are right though, the snuggles are the best after you’ve been dreaming for SO LONG! It is so wonderful! You look great. I was still running at 41 weeks (had her at 41 + 3 days) and I thought my bladder might BURST! Congratulations on your baby! I ALWAYS ended up sleeping on my back, the brain does what it wants while sleeping…

Chloe@EveryCraving February 17, 2012 - 3:05 pm

Glad to hear your pregnancy is going along well! My favorite yogurt combo is strawberry chobani with the new peanut butter cheerios. I’ve been eating it a lot lately, so so good!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 17, 2012 - 3:41 pm

Can’t believe your still working out! Good for you!! You exercise more then me, and I have no excuses!!

Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh February 17, 2012 - 10:33 pm

You are super cute!! It’s so great to continue to work out while pregnant, because when your in labor, being in shape will benefit you! Keep up the great work!

Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 18, 2012 - 12:05 pm

I am 29 weeks and have not had any braxton hicks contractions as of yet. I wonder when they will come? You look great… such an exciting time!

My favorite yogurt combo is plain greek yogurt w/ a warmed chocolate vitatop muffin, sliced banana and peanut butter. So delicious. Replacing the vitatop muffin w/ cereal/granola is a good choice as well. 🙂

Get Healthy with Heather February 18, 2012 - 12:13 pm

You’re just a few weeks ahead of me! Yummy yogurt combo 🙂

Mandy February 18, 2012 - 2:40 pm

I had a twitchy stomach too a few times! 😀 I firmly believe that getting up to pee 4 times a night is a preparation for the sleepless nights. 😀

Get Healthy with Heather February 20, 2012 - 6:46 am

Haha oh those sleepless nights… at least there will be a baby to care for instead of just a bladder to relieve!

Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama February 18, 2012 - 6:16 pm

With my first pregnancy I didn’t have Braxton Hicks until a few days before going into labor. With my second I had them for 2-3 weeks before giving birth. I’ve heard of women having them for the whole second and third trimester and others who didnt have them at all.

You look great and I’m still so impressed with your exercise and running–great job!

Get Healthy with Heather February 20, 2012 - 6:45 am

It’ll be interesting to see if and when they come. Thanks for sharing Maryea 🙂

Ellen February 19, 2012 - 10:21 pm

Great blog!! I was training for a marathon when I found out I was pregnant and everyone told me to stop. If it makes you feel good, don’t be listen and keep up the running. I used a Gabrialla Elastic Maternity Belt that kept me running for a month longer, but in my last month I prefer cycling and LOVE the prenatal fitness class on swiss balls put on by Leap 4 Women in downtown PDX. It’s new, but you should check it out if your regular routines get challenging.

BH: I could really recognize Braxton Hicks around 26 weeks (am 37 weeks now). They don’t hurt, just a tightening of the muscles into a hard round belly shape. I would hardly notice them except when they occured after some predictable triggers. Now they occur much more often, which makes me excited that my body is preparing for the big event.

Get Healthy with Heather February 20, 2012 - 6:42 am

I’m hoping to keep teaching cycle the entire time since it’s much less impact than running. Thanks for the info about Leap 4 Women in PDX, I’ll definitely look into it!

And you’re almost to the end, how exciting!!!!! Glad you found my blog, keep in touch 🙂

Andrea@WellnessNotes February 20, 2012 - 8:45 am

I always love your weekly recaps! It’s such an amazing time in your life, and I love to live through you a little! 🙂 Love how active you are!

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