Pregnancy Week 13: Breaking the News at Work

Written week of Jan 23rd.

What a big week!

Medical: We got back our nuchal translucency and our cell-free fetal DNA testing and everything looks good!  Our little one is doing great.  The only bummer was that the lab did not test for gender as we had asked for.  So now we have maybe a month more to wait to find out.

Work: I broke the news at work this week.  I was so nervous to tell my boss and had a whole plan laid out of what I’d say – how I was planning to come back, how we’d already lined up day care, etc.  But it turned out to be really easy!  My boss is a proud mother of two boys so she very much understood and was excited for me, and told me all about her pregnancies/career.  I’ll definitely remember how kind she was and how open and congratulatory the company has been (as opposed to concerned about resources and when I will return to work).  I haven’t committed to when I’ll come back to work, but guessing around 3-4 months post-pregnancy if things go well.  I think at least some work, whether part- or full-time, will help my sanity a little.

Shopping: I had my first maternity store experience at Destination Maternity this week and I actually enjoyed it!  My MIL joined me and I bought maternity slacks, jeans and a couple shirts.  Thank goodness, my pants were getting so tight.  They have these belly bumps you can try on.  Here is how I will look in a few months, yikes!!

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This is a preview only!

Feeling / Eating: I’m still feeling surprisingly normal.  A little pulling in the abdomen here and there, but I hear it is because ligaments have been stretching.  I think my hormones have subsided, at least a little, because I seem to be in a much better mood lately too.  And eating is, well, the usual.  No cravings or aversions, so I’m afraid I’m terribly boring!  I’ve gained at least 6 lbs in the first trimester, which seems pretty normal but on the high side of average.  My belly size changes daily (a lot) with bloat.  I’m still going to bed super early (not unusual for me), so our nightlife consists of TV or the occasional game.  We tried Dominion recently, pretty fun.

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Workouts:  I’m lucky to be working out with friends or David, who are willing to go slowly with me, or do faster intervals while I go slowly.  I did my longest run in awhile of two laps around Memorial Park this week, around 1:10 hrs, with walks.  It was lovely to be outside while the sun was rising.  I’m enjoying my Gain Prenatal Pilates app and a youtube 10 min core prenatal pilates.  That’s all for this week!

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2 thoughts on “Pregnancy Week 13: Breaking the News at Work

  1. I remember running around Memorial Park when I lived in Houston! I lived just a mile down the street, so a lot of my runs were there and along Memorial Drive toward downtown. Such a great area.

    At first I saw that picture of you and the bump and was like….what???? And then I read about the bump they let you put on. Whew! My friend told me about pregnancy bands that you can use to stay in your normal jeans for a bit longer. I am definitely going to try them!

    Glad to hear that your work took the news well. I am telling the chair of my department on Monday!

    1. I got a band from a friend (that I am wearing right now) and they are great! I like them for work slacks especially. Definitely recommend it – I have a black one and it just looks like a tank underneath.

      I know, that pic is funny! You have to try one on if you go shopping.

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