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November 9th, 2011, 09:03 AM
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Hi Everyone!

One of the ongoing issues I've been having with my pregnancy is the weight gain...I have put on a bunch of weight (will not admit how many lbs in my 18 weeks) and have been getting into the habit of walking outdoors with my dog to alleviate this issue. The weather is getting chilly, so I will soon turn to treadmills, but for now it's been OK, minus the Halloween snowstorm, haha.

Anyway, in doing some research on ways to stay healthy and exercising while pregnant, I decided to join a pregnant mothers walking group in my county. While talking with the expectant mothers, I learned of a horrifying thing. It's called "contact voltage." From what I understand, it's something like leaking electricity that can send electric current through the ground and onto things on the street like sidewalks, fences, streetlight poles, etc. One of the mothers-to-be in my group sat on a park bench in her town last week and was shocked by electricity on the bench because of this contact voltage thing. She went to the ER to make sure that her and her baby were ok, which they are thank GOD, and is now looking for ways to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.

She referred me to this organization's website CVIC | CONTACT VOLTAGE INFORMATION CENTER and I thought I would pass it along so other exercising mommies, or just mommies in general, can become aware of this thing. I have liked them on Facebook, too, to keep on top of their work. Be careful out there!
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November 9th, 2011, 09:30 AM
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Hey, thanks for the info. I was walking about two to three days a week, but my ankles started killing me. So, I've turned to at home aerobic exercise. I hope to start walking soon, just when my ankles feel better. This is a good thing to keep in mind. Thanks for passing it along.
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November 9th, 2011, 09:34 AM
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I am a little confused about this... is this just a concern for pregnant ladies or everyone? Sounds like everyone to me.

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November 9th, 2011, 10:40 AM
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Oh my gosh that's scary!!!
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November 9th, 2011, 10:52 AM
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thanks for the info...
i was walking about 1 mile a day but had to stop due to the m/s, the fatigue and the wiggly toddler that was always trying to climb out of the stroller.... since he won't sit still for a walk i don't get to go
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November 9th, 2011, 02:51 PM
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That is SO crazy strange. I've never heard of it!

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