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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    What’s Cooking?

    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Week 9: My Pregnancy Journey.

Now that my exciting news is finally out, I’m planning on writing about lots of different pregnancy topics.  In addition to that, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly update with current likes, dislikes, cravings, pictures, etc.  I know it will be fun for me to look back on down the road, and hopefully you guys will find it interesting as well.  So much of what I find online is the same generic info, and I thought I could try to provide something a little different – a “real” look at pregnancy week by week.  Here we go!

How Big is the Baby?

I am a total sucker for the “your baby is as big as a ____” emails that I get every week.  What can I say?  I like progress, and I love food analogies.  I am very proud to report that last week’s raspberry has now graduated to be the size of a GRAPE!  I am so proud.

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How I’m Changing

As you can see, there is no baby bump at all yet, and I don’t imagine there will be one for a long time.  But it’s still fun to take progress pictures, right?  The most noticeable change so far is in my BOOBS!  I have never had big boobs in my life, so the promise of potentially going up two cup sizes is pretty exciting to me.  As this point I’ve probably gone from an A to a B – nothing crazy dramatic, but still noticeable and strange.  Oh, and they hurt.  A lot.

As for my weight, I’ve actually lost weight since becoming pregnant – probably about 3 to 4 pounds total.  I think this is a result of not eating nearly as many calories due to massive all-day nausea.  From what I have read though, this is normal and not something to be concerned about this early on in pregnancy.  I have no doubt I will gain it all back!

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What I’m Eating

Sadly, this list is short.  Right now my favorites are bagels and cream cheese.  If I felt it was healthy to eat a bagel for every meal, I would.  I try very hard to mix in other foods though.  A few other tolerable things are bread, cheese, tomato soup, pizza, frozen peas, ice cold oranges, and grapes.  Preferred drink is lemonade, or anything fizzy with citrus.

What I’m NOT Eating

Everything else!  Literally looking at raw vegetables (like salads!) makes me gag.  Hummus is another stomach turner.  Other former favorites – like olives, avocado, peanut butter, beans – are all way off the list.  I am hopeful that my love for these foods will return, but for now that have all been banished to the back of the pantry.  Even coffee (decaf of course) doesn’t sound good anymore.

How I’m Feeling

Excited and a lot less anxious, now that we’ve heard the heartbeat.  I am feeling so much more relaxed!  Every week I have read that I am supposed to be simply dying of fatigue, and I kept thinking “Not me – I feel great!”  Until this week.  Now I feel like I could nap all day long – although I haven’t been letting myself give in to that very often.  But I can generally tell that my energy levels are lower this week.

Other than feeling tired, the all-day waves of nausea are starting to wear on me.  It’s hard to dislike eating, especially when I know it’s important for TWO of us now!  Each day is different though, and I know it’s all for a good reason.  Ginger chews are definitely helping.

I think that’s it for week nine!  I’m actually sort of late on this one since I’m half-way through week nine, so week ten should be here before we know it!  I wonder what the grape will be next week…

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ARPL     at 2:58 pm

I’m so thrilled for you and am just a few weeks behind you so I’m following your progress with much interest.

I found I had to give up running about 3/4 of the way through my first pregnancy just cause it felt weird. Your body will tell you if and when to take a break.


Runeatrepeat     at 3:01 pm

I’m super excited about all the pregnancy updates!
Hope the nausea goes away soon!


Kelli H     at 3:36 pm

Can’t wait to continue reading more updates. So exciting!


Katie     at 3:59 pm

I am in my 8th week of pregnancy and I am glad to know I am not alone on the carb front. All I want to eat is basically brown — a lot of cereal, bread, crackers, and macaroni and cheese…I will be happy when this subsides! Good luck to the both of us :)


Kimberly     at 5:28 pm

Congrats Emily!!! I am so happy for you! Although my two girls are 12 and 14 now. I remember all too well three of the things you are going through: Veggies that I once loved smelled horrible and made me want to gag! I went from a size A to a C and I remember it hurt SOOOOOO bad! The nausea during the first trimester lasted the whole trimester but magically ended as soon as I graduated to the second. Like you, I had crackers or nuts by my side at all times. Luckily, I never threw up and the trick was to never let my tummy get completely empty. Hang in there girl!


Molly     at 8:49 pm

Hi Emily,

First off – I opened my new runners world and saw your comment about the Biggest Loser in the magazine! So cool (I always wonder what the odds are they’d actually select a letter to publish).

Secondly, I was wondering during your pregnancy if you think you would “give in” to any cravings? I actually am curious because I remember my cousin who had been vegetarian for years suddenly was craving a hamburger. She said she tried to ignore it for a few days but it kept coming back and she eventually gave in (and since has resumed her normal lifestyle). She never was very preachy about her choices so I don’t know if that’s why she gave in more quickly or if she just decided to go with it. I realize this is probably not normal for most vegetarians, but if you had an extreme craving, do you plan to maintain your healthy/ethical choices?


Tracy     at 4:46 am

Yeah I had that breast pain too but mine were a D to start off with– wound up a G!! PHEW! Now I am a DDD but shrinking now that I am down 101 pounds from my high weight.


Debbie B.     at 8:55 am

My sister was the same way with veggies!! Couldn’t stand the sight of them or of tofu!!


Ang     at 2:50 pm

I feel for you on the misnamed morning sickness. I was so sick when I was pregnant. I lost 14 lbs. and had to go to the hospital for fluids at one point. I lived on Phenergan! No worries though, I had a perfectly healthy 8 lb. 6 oz. baby!


Christin@purplebirdblog     at 4:03 pm

These posts are going to be so fun! I too love the food comparisons, and I’ve never been (nor plan to be for a VERY long time) pregnant! :D


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kelly     at 7:38 pm

My sister just sent me your blog, as i’m newly (8 wks) pregnant myself, and I can’t believe how much I can relate to your food adversions right now. I could live on cheese sandwiches, and maybe spaghetti too, and veggies make me gag! I’m usually a HUGE veggie eater, and hardly ever eat carbs like pasta and breads, but that’s what my body is wanting right now, so that’s what it’s getting! I look forward to reading your weekly blogs on pregnancy as i go through the same weeks :)


Emily Malone Reply:

Sounds about right! :) Congrats on your pregnancy – how exciting!


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amy     at 2:43 pm

i love that you did this! i just found out we’re expecting and am almost 6 weeks…i love seeing the progress and am looking forward to so much!!


Emily Malone Reply:

CONGRATS to you!!


Devorah     at 8:39 am

Hi Emily,
I am 9 weeks pregnant and have been looking for cute and informative weekly update emails.
Which website did you get yours from?


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