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16 Week Pregnancy Update

Hi friends! I haven’t done a pregnancy update post since I shared our big news and did a 1st trimester recap/Q&A post (and shared whether the baby is male or female!) a few weeks ago, so I thought it was time for another update! I’ll probably share one every other week moving forward.

16 weeks pregnancy update

I’ll probably stick with the same format/prompts, so if you have anything you’d like me to add to these posts just let me know – except for weight, that is! I’m choosing not to share how much weight I’m gaining/have gained total because I don’t want to trigger any comparison – as a dietitian with my AnneTheRD practice I work often with clients who find weight-related numbers to be very complicated, so I’ve decided this isn’t something I want to share here out of respect for anyone who might find that information stressful for any reason. Everyone is different and so are their bodies – I may gain more or less than those of you who are also pregnant, and that’s okay.

Alright – let’s do this!

16 Week Pregnancy Update

Baby Size: An avocado! Cool – getting bigger! It’s so strange to imagine an avocado-sized baby inside my body right now. I’m loving the Sprout Pregnancy+ app by the way – no annoying preachy stuff or hokey articles, just helpful info and cool science-y updates each week on how the baby is developing! (It’s not a free app but was only a few bucks – totally worth it.)

baby size at 16 weeks

Symptoms: I’m feeling much better on the nausea front, but I still have days where I feel better than others. Same with tiredness – much better than the 1st trimester but there are still days where I feel more tired than others. Definitely on the upswing vs. a month ago, though, when I could hardly make it through the day without a nap!

Currently Missing: Prosecco, non-cooked sushi (so pumped I discovered that eel rolls are cooked, though!), super runny egg yolks, and long run dates.

Sleep: Ehhh… sleep hasn’t been great for the past couple months – mostly because I have to get up to go to the bathroom once or twice a night now. I feel like I’m more restless in general while sleeping, too, which I’m sure will only get worse!

Cravings and favorite foods: Give me all the carbs! Pasta, rice, crackers (bonus points if cheesy), etc. I’m also still really loving dairy – yogurt, drinkable yogurt, cottage cheese, chocolate milk, regular cheese, etc. – and fruit, the juicier, the better! Tomato-based stuff (pasta sauce, ketchup, chili, etc.) and eggs are also still a safe bet. Earlier this week I was having a rough day food-wise and then got a bit too hungry because Matt and I were at a puppy training class until around 8:30, and I literally ended up eating ravioli for dinner, cold, straight out of the can. Matt was totally grossed out. Lol! At least it was organic ravioli. ;)

Food aversions: Still having a bit of a hard time with heavier meats (pork, beef when not in burger form, etc.) and anything super flavored/spiced or fancy. And dinner is always harder than breakfast/lunch. Keeping it simple is key right now! I’m not really nauseous anymore, but most food still doesn’t seem super appealing, especially later in the day, although some nights are better than others. Hoping this continues to improve!

Exercise: The running has gotten way dialed down… I’m running maybe twice a week max for no more than 3 or 4 miles, and doing a jog/walk approach especially on hilly routes. I had a fun jog/walk this morning with my girl Sokphal – so nice to still get out there with her! It was beautiful out, too!

running while 16 weeks pregnant

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I have felt a bit better with running the past week or two (maybe it’s the magical 2nd trimester energy return?), which is awesome… we’ll see how it continues to go!

For the most part walking, hiking and strength/boot camp classes are still feeling best right now though. Plus yoga! I’m still doing normal/power yoga for now, but will probably switch to prenatal yoga in a month or two – whenever I feel like it makes sense! For now I’m still just very lightly modifying – no deep twists, not staying on my back or stomach for too long, etc. – and keeping the intensity and heart rate lower than normal. But otherwise keeping up my normal routine of workouts 5 to 6 days a week, just minus the running mileage!

16 week pregnancy workout

Exercise really helps with my mood (and ability to eat more interesting foods – I’m always able to eat more normal stuff after a workout – and more likely to actually enjoy the food, too) – plus, it’s usually my social time, so I definitely want to keep it up! Chelsea and I hit up a boot camp yesterday morning (at Bodymass Gym via ClassPass) – so fun to see her and chat as always, especially because her wedding is this Saturday!! So exciting! She had just gotten a spray tan the night before if you’re wondering why she’s extra tan. ;)

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That was an strength awesome move, btw, if you want something new to try when doing a partner workout! The person down on one knee is working to keep the band stable and right in front of them (vs. letting it go sideways towards the person pulling it). Harder than it looks!

Mood: Pretty stable and regular now that we’ve settled back into more of a routine – early last week I was a little all over the place emotionally because of a combination of things all at once, though.

Last Tuesday (the day right after Memorial Day, aka my first day back at work after Iceland) I was working from home and we had just gotten our puppy back the day before so I busy juggling her, some contractors we had at our place (building a fence for the pup!), and trying to catch up on a week and a half of work and client calls. I was also overtired (jetlag from Iceland + new puppy) which meant I was nauseous which meant I got too hungry because no food sounded good, and I was home all day by myself which I already know doesn’t do me any favors (extrovert!). All that plus pregnancy hormones… yeah, by the time Matt got home I was basically a complete hot mess and started sobbing about how guilty I felt that Zara was in the basement hiding all day thinking we didn’t love her anymore, and how I was lonely because I’d been home alone, and how I was overwhelmed because I didn’t get all my work done because I was taking care of the puppy and dealing with house stuff… etc etc etc. Basically a total pregnancy meltdown. I knew that I was being totally irrational and yet everything just felt so real and sad in that moment!

Matt was really sweet and gave me a hug and was basically like, “Ooooookay. Everything is going to be fine. I’m going to go take Ashe for a nice long walk, and let’s set you up on the couch to watch your favorite Netflix show with some dinner. And we’re going to figure out a dog walker or dog daycare for a couple times a week so you can still work downtown when you want/need to so you don’t feel trapped at home all the time.” Just what I needed and I felt much more myself after a good night’s rest that night. By the way – if you feel like your guy is totally clueless about how to respond when you are upset, I highly recommend reading the book “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.” Matt and I read it together a few years ago and it’s a bit hokey and repetitive but completely dead on. It really helped us to understand each other and how to respond when either one of us is upset; we used to make a lot of the classic mistakes and make the situation worse because then the other person felt misunderstood and annoyed on top of being upset. Obviously no relationship is perfect but that book helped us a lot so I figure it’s worth mentioning!

Maternity clothes: I have some hand me down maternity clothes from my friends Jenny and Kathleen that I’ve started wearing, and I picked up some maternity shorts and a pair of work pants from Old Navy recently, too. I also bought some looser and longer non-maternity shirts for this in between time. I’m going to buy some new summer dresses soon, too – I have a few that still fit right now but most are too tight or totally unflattering. And as I mentioned yesterday, it’s time for some new workout tights soon – they still fit but the tops of most of mine are compression/tight, which doesn’t feel super fab right now. Workout shorts are still fine, though, for now!

I also rented a dress yesterday to wear to Chelsea’s wedding! Kathleen and I hit up Rent the Runway – I love that they have an actual store in Georgetown (normally everything is done online) – usually I don’t mind the online thing but right now I have no idea what sizes or styles will fit/look good, so trying things on in person was super helpful! They don’t have maternity dresses, but I figured at this point just getting a larger size would work fine, and I was right. I ended up renting this fun Badgley Mishka dress for the weekend. (That’s my “I think we have a winner!” face because I was texting my mom various options while we shopped for her feedback!)

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It’s really comfortable and not too tight in the waist, which will be helpful because the bump tends to expand a lot as the day/evening goes on and dinner happens, etc! :) Btw if you want to try Rent the Runway, here’s my affiliate link for $30 off your first dress rental. You just pay a rental fee, wear the dress, and then send it back after! Perfect for special occasion events like weddings where you don’t necessarily need to keep the dress – or for pregnancy when you’re at a random in between size!

Reading: I just finished reading “Expecting Better: Why Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong – and What You Really Need to Know” at the recommendation of my friend Steph, and it was excellent. Hands down my favorite pregnancy book so far. The author is an economist who clearly and in a readable and easily digestible way breaks down all the research around pregnancy hot topics, lays out the evidence, and then leaves you to make your own informed decisions. It’s really well written and so helpful – no more need to Google all those random pregnancy-related questions/fears!

Buying: Nothing baby-related yet besides some larger clothes for me! :) Holding off on this stuff until we get back from our annual family beach trip in late July – after that we’ll switch into gear and start slowly getting the baby’s room ready, registering, etc.

And now, time to get back to work! Matt is working from home with me today because we have our 16 week follow up appointment with the doctor in a bit. Hoping everything goes well!

See you guys back here on Monday with a weekend/wedding recap! :)

Comments

  1. 1

    Hey Anne! Love these updates, especially as I’m a fellow first-time pregnant lady! I would love to know what types of yoga pants/workout leggings you invest in for the summer. I’m at 24 weeks, and I’m almost certain that I can do better than just my typical high-waisted ones. Would love to see this in a future post. You look great, and I’m so happy for you and your future little one!

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    You look adorable! I hope all goes well and the doctor, and I look forward to reading your weekend/wedding recap!

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    I will definitely be checking that book out- sounds like a good one! A documentary I found really interesting on birth is called The Business of Being Born- it’s on YouTube if you want to find it!

    PS if you have any friends who sell LuLaRoe, their clothes have been some of my favorite for pregnancy! So comfy and plenty flowy (even for my 7month bump!) but I will still be able to wear them after pregnancy so the investment feels extra worth it!

    • 8

      I’ve heard a lot about that documentary – must check it out! My mother in law gave me some LuLaRoe leggings awhile ago and they are so comfy!

  4. 9

    Love that dress on you and I so agree with the exercise. Expect to get lots of feedback from readers but as long as you and your doctor are comfortable, that’s all that matters. I’m just a text away if you need anything

  5. 11

    I am bingeing on “Famous in Love” right now – teen drama! You know I am a sucker for those too! So good to see you this morning! Let’s make Sushi Rock happen soon! :)

    • 12

      Okay clearly I need to watch that! I just finished watching “13 Reasons Why”… intense but really good. And yes to Sushi Rock ASAP please! Thanks again for being cool with jog/walking! xo

  6. 13

    Totally understand how you are feeling in terms of food! I’m almost 30 weeks and sometimes all I want for dinner is a bowl of cereal and watermelon. :) Although I find when I don’t eat enough during the day, I wake up super hungry in the middle of the night so have to get up to eat a snack! For clothes, I recently started doing Le Tote – it’s a subscription service, and I’ve been really pleased so far. It’s helpful to buy a few essentials but I’ve enjoyed having new pieces to wear to work each week vs. buying a whole new wardrobe! Looking forward to reading your updates.

    • 14

      Waking up hungry in the middle of the night was definitely an issue for me in the first trimester in particular because I always felt SO nauseous at dinnertime it was hard to eat enough! Getting better now thankfully. :) I’ve done Le Tote before and really like it – was thinking about activating it again for maternity stuff! Do they have maternity specific stuff or do you just get larger clothes?

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        Yes, they have maternity specific stuff and some really good brands, too!

        • 16

          Okay that’s really good to know – seems like a perfect solution given that my size will change so quickly… no point in buying to much stuff at any one size!

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    Kristin says:

    I had to comment (first time) because what you said about being stuck at home with the puppy and all of the emotions that happened reminded me so much of my early days at home with an infant. I am an extrovert and so independent that it was shock to my system to be so tied to a little one and spending so much time without adult interaction. It is so great that you are identifying those feelings. I joined a new mom group a few weeks in and it saved me.

    If you enjoy research based baby reading, you might like The Science of Mom: A Research-Based Guide to Your Baby’s First Year by Alice Callahan. She also has a website and blog. I went a bit nuts reading online advice when my daughter was born and I had to step back and find something that fit my style a bit better.

    • 18

      I was saying to Matt and some friends actually that the whole puppy thing has been a really good lesson in what will work/not work when the baby comes! Definitely good to know what makes you happiest – I’ll for sure be joining some mom groups! And thank you for the book rec – I’ll check it out!

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    MaryBeth says:

    If you don’t have the snoogle for sleep yet, GET IT! It helped me so much with pregnancy sleep! I was mad at myself for waiting so long to get it. Life changing. (My dog and husband also loved it when I wasn’t using it haha!).

    I’m sure you’ve gotten a thousand book recommendations for prepping for baby… but I’m going to give you one more! Baby 411 was (and is) extremely helpful. It has been our bible. Whenever we were unsure of what was normal or what to do in certain situations, we would refer to that book. It’s written by a doctor so the answers are all science based. It was so helpful to have that instead of weeding through google for answers.

    • 20

      Thank you MaryBeth – I appreciate the book rec, and the snoogle rec! My friends all rave about snoogles… might be time to do it!

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    Sue McCauley Warren says:

    Love your pregnancy updates, Anne. Thanks for being honest and vulnerable on sharing your pregnancy meltdown. I’ve definitely had a few of those too as I’m 36 weeks, 2 days! Love you, dear friend!

    • 22

      Thank you Sue! You are so close to your baby’s arrival – how exciting! Wishing you a happy and healthy remaining few weeks of pregnancy!

  10. 23

    Glad your feeling at least a bit better! Love the updates!!!

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    Katherine says:

    Hi Anne! Congrats on the baby! So excited for you & Matt! I wanted to comment on daycare for your pup. We have a dog walker for our 1 year old lab, Lex, and he loves it. Gives him a chance to get out and get a walk twice a day, and has also socialized him with some new people (we’ve had a few walkers in and out over the past year). But dog daycare is by far his favorite thing in the world. He loves going, and he’s WIPED when he comes home (huge win)! I highly recommend!

    • 26

      We started doing the doggy daycare this week and so far so good! We were surprised to find pricing was pretty similar to a dog walker – I thought all day daycare would be more! We might switch to the dog walker when she’s a little older and when my brother’s dog is here, too, but for now the daycare has been an awesome solution for all of us – planning to continue doing it a couple times a week!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Thanks for sharing all this! Very forthright, informative, open and thoughtful. Well done, as always!

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    Janet Knowlton says:

    So Zara is not coming around with the puppy? It takes a little time but I’m sure they will become friends…and then Steve’s dog comes! You are taking on a lot my dear. Hang in there!

    • 30

      Zara has warmed up quite a bit to the situation in the past week, actually – early last week she hid in the basement a lot because we had just brought the puppy back, but now she’s much more chill and brave about it all. She still isn’t quite back to normal, but at least is hanging out in the kitchen (even on the floor when the puppy is around), so that’s awesome! My brother’s dog may be a different story because she chases/tries to play with Zara (they met once before and it didn’t go so well) but I’m sure we’ll all figure it out. :)

  14. 31

    You look so cute! Glad you are feeling good for the most part.

  15. 33

    Hi Anne. I’m an extrovert too and I work from home mostly – I 100% get it. I also live in the NOVA area, so if you need a friend to do work with or go to the dog park with (I have a high energy puppy too), I’m here for ya!

  16. 35

    I loved that book as well! You should also read “Belly Laughs” by Jenny McCarthy. It was hilarious and I read it in one sitting!
    Glad you’re feeling pretty good! I hope the food aversions and such even out even more as you enter further ahead in the 2nd trimester.

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    Meghann says:

    Long time reader, first time poster. I bought both the Athleta and Old Navy yoga/workout pants and tanks for pregnancy and LOVED the Old Navy (Athleta were OK). Can’t say enough good things about Old Navy maternity workout clothes!

  18. 39

    So fun Anne! I love watching/reading these posts from you, Alex and Kylie! It’s fun to see the changes and what advice you ladies have so I can mentally prepare whenever destiny finds its way to our house! Keep em up! And good luck on the dog training, I’ve heard that’s a bear!

  19. 41

    You’ve got that pregnancy glow :)
    The dress is fabulous, you look great! Where’s your shirt from, in the first picture (with jeans)?

    • 42

      Thanks Grace! It’s from a random small boutique in Columbus, OH, actually! Not maternity – just a really flowy shirt (the back has a fun open cut out area). The brand is Marine Layer – LOVE their stuff. Pricey but so cute.

  20. 43

    Your bump is so cute! Love the updates. I belong to an Amazing stroller workout group called Stroller Strong Moms. It is a kick butt boot camp style workout while pushing your babies and a great group of mammas. We have classes from 10-11am every day, at a few different locations: Arlington, Vienna, and Alexander. Let me know if you are interested in coming to check it out and I would love to meet you there. Your first class is free and soon to be mommas and even if your not a mom are all welcomed. Hope to see you!

  21. 45

    Aahh! That’s an adorable bump Anne! I love these updates. Glad you are feeling slightly better and that the nausea and tiredness is going away.
    Even though I’m not pregnant I can relate to your meltdown. I let myself get too tired and too strung out the other weekend and ended up lying in bed with Chris patting me on the back trying to get me to have a nap and calm down. Definitely need our partners to step up and take care of us sometimes when we forget to take care of ourselves!
    Also, loved your gorgeous dress from the weekend!

  22. 47

    Sounds like you’re doing great Anne! Cold ravioli straight out of the can though? Hahaha!

  23. 49

    Hi Anne,

    Congratulations! I read these posts and think, “me, me, me, also me” on all of your pregnancy symptoms. My baby girl will be 1 in July :)

    I am glad you are feeling pretty good, for the most part.

    I don’t know if anyone has mentioned it, but I got some maternity clothes on ThredUp that were really great.

    • 50

      I was actually just going to look at ThredUp to see what they had – seems like the perfect place to get some affordable maternity gear! Thanks!

  24. 51

    I loved the book Expecting better! It was a great gift from a friend and it is definitely not a preachy book compared to others out there.
    Wishing you all the best for a happy and healthy pregnancy Anne!!

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    Shannon A says:

    Old navy has great maternity workout capris!

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