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stayinthere

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Previous pregnancy pre-term labor, want to exercise this time
« on: November 23, 2010 at 10:52 PM »
So I wanted to be more active before I got pregnant this time and I trained (and completed :) ) a triathlon. I felt being more healthy would allow me to be stronger for the pregnancy and maybe give me a leg up as far as pre-term labor goes. Once pregnant I was so sick and tired for the first 3 months or so I was not up to exercising and lost a lot. I had about 2 good weeks where I did some walking on my treadmill and muscle strengthening. I have had some tightening in my uterus, but not preterm labor and I am 21 weeks. I am afraid of bringing on preterm labor though. I am wondering what if anything, anyone has tried to try and keep up their strength and endurance. Anyone out there trying to exercise this time around?
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lynsrich

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Re: Previous pregnancy pre-term labor, want to exercise this time
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2010 at 01:14 PM »
I had tightening around 20 weeks as well but it was Braxton Hicks. I also had immense swelling which went away once I was put on bed rest. I walked but nothing more even though I was told I could get on the eliptical etc., I listened to my body and was glad I stopped the exercise, it could have made things worse than they are now.  I am now 29 weeks hoping to make it to at least 32.  If you are like me, your intuition is the best tool - make sure you listen to it and don't push it.  Good luck!

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Re: Previous pregnancy pre-term labor, want to exercise this time
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2010 at 08:48 PM »
It's a really tough question. In theory, just because you went into preterm labor in your first pregnancy doesn't mean that you'll have preterm labor with the second or subsequent pregnancies unless you have a medical condition that predisposes you, something like a uterine or cervical abnormality. But it's not uncommon for a woman to experience preterm labor with all pregnancies.

That being said, I have to agree with the other reply. Your body knows best what it can and cannot do. I always recommend to my clients to start with gentle walking, no speed, no times, just strolling. You may be a person who can do short bursts of exercise, say 5-10 minutes, but more than that causes uterine irritation. Then you'll have to take 5-10 minute walking breaks throughout the day. Experiment with durations that work for you and adjust your exercise accordingly.

One thing that I find my clients don't do enough is drink water. I'm talking at least 16 (but preferably 24 or 32 oz) while exercising and immediately after. Dehydration is known to cause uterine irritability, so staying hydrated is essential if you are exercising.

You may want to consider getting a maternity support brace as well. Sometimes the additional weight on the pelvis doesn't sit well (pun intended!) and by giving your body extra support, you may find that you are able to walk more comfortably and for longer periods of time or more often.

If you still find that you cannot walk comfortably, try swimming. Many women love the feeling of weightlessness and swimming is great exercise that is very easy on the joints and doesn't tend to cause the lower abdominal issues that even walking can bring on. One thing that I really like about swimming is that you get upper and lower body involved. So many women ignore their upper bodies while pregnant forgetting that you'll be carrying your child either in a sling or carrier on your body, or (more uncomfortable for me) carrying them in a car seat. At the very least, you'll be hoisting them in and out of the car in the car seat and those things weigh a ton! Add a diaper bag, a bag of groceries and/or an older sibling and you are doing some serious strength training! Why not condition before the baby is born? A light resistance band will enable you to do a wide variety of upper body exercises while sitting in a chair or even in bed! They put no stress on your abdomen and yet keep your arms toned and supple.

I hope this gives you some options and Ideas. Good luck!
Darline Turner-Lee, Certified Perinatal Fitness Instructor, ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist
www.mamasonbedrest.com

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Re: Previous pregnancy pre-term labor, want to exercise this time
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2010 at 02:18 PM »
Thanks for the advice.