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March 11th, 2006, 08:53 AM
sunshinemommie's Avatar Super Mommy
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Before I found out I was pg I was up to running on my treadmill and doing strength training. Now I am scared to do it. I can really feel it in my body. I am starting to feel unfit. I have been walking on the treadmill lately. But everytime I feel even a slight twinge of pain, I stop. Can any of you relate? I know exercise is suppose to be good now, but just don't want to risk another m/c. My first m/c was a blighted ovum, so I know that had nothing to do with physical activity. 2nd m/c happened at 6 weeks not sure why. But now for some reason I feel very protective. I can't explain it real well. Just need to know I am not the only one that feels this way.
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March 11th, 2006, 12:50 PM
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You are not alone. I can relate, before getting pregnant i was on the treadmill everyday and now I am scared to death to get on it. I was on it once and then I got a pain in one side and that was it for me, I was off that treadmill so fast. The pain was'nt anything to worry about just my body getting back into the swing of things, but it scared me. And like you I am feeling very out of shape. I went shopping the other day and I was tired out from just walking in the mall. I think I will try walking again and just take it slow for now and see what happens, because if I am this out of shape now what will it be like when I am 7,8,9 months pregnant
Oh I forgot to say that I have had 4 m/c's, so I am very aware of every little pain or cramp. I tend to worry to much when it comes to this pregnancy, but we have waited so long for this little one that I don't want anything to happen this time around.
I don't know about the running again but if I was you I would try walking for a bit and see how it goes, and then work your way up. I have a close friend who is 7 months pregnant and she runs everyday.
Hope this helps some. But I diffently know where you are coming from.

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March 11th, 2006, 03:10 PM
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It's totally normal. I have worked out a few time ssince finding out I was pg - but very very light...hardly a sweat. I understand your fear of over-doing & I think it's probably smart. But I think you can still walk - just keep the pace such that you are physically very comfortable - no running, lifting, nothing strenuous. I think it's normal to feel this way - but remeber - we DID NOT cause our mc's. When my Dr told me this (when I asked about working-out) I realized that I must still be thinking somehow I did something if I am so afraid of doing something wrong... just something to think about.

In the meantime, it is actually quite good to keep walking through your pg - it will help you develop great muscles to help you later in the on in the pg with your back & stomach & will make labor & delivery easier on you!
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March 11th, 2006, 03:45 PM
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Thanks for the replies Susieq and Beck. About every other day my feelings change. One day I am perfectly content with the idea that whatever will be will be. Than the next the anxiety kicks in. I just really need to control it I guess. I did feel better when I exercised more.
Thanks again.
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March 13th, 2006, 01:42 PM
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I also had an mc at 6 weeks with my last pg. Now with this pg I am very anxious about everything including exercise. I have definitely cut back on the intensity and duration of exercise but I will still try to get 30 minutes 5 times a week. This past weekend, DH and I went snowshoeing and I was very worried about overdoing it so to make myself feel better I bought a heart rate monitor and set it so that it beeps when I approach 140.

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March 14th, 2006, 08:52 AM
sunshinemommie's Avatar Super Mommy
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That is a great idea Margo. I have read up on that and how you shouldn't raise your body core temp. I have just been doing low impact, walking on my treadmill and basic stuff.
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March 14th, 2006, 01:40 PM
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I think I may have posted something similar to this early in this pregnancy... I was afraid to exercise too, so I just didn't. I'm now doing low impact things like yoga or walking, but still am afraid a little...
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