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How do you get going again after pregnancy?

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12/06/2014 at 12:40

Hi all, thank you for the replies. I am glad this is quite an active forum & look forward to being part of it

Yes this will be my first and it was a big surprise. I've had thyroid issues for over 2 years and havent had a proper period since September 2013. As a result I have no idea when I conceived!

I had some general queries about running - how far, how fast. i.e. is 4-5 runs of steady or easy 3-4 miles ok for now?

also from experience can you tell me how long it takes to get a scan? I think I could be more than 12 weeks along....I've only had the tiredness, sore breast symptoms & nothing else so had no idea I might be pregnant. Had those symptoms for about 6-7 weeks. I ignored it at first as I had thyroid treatment several months ago and became hypothyroid - I thought my mood swings & tiredness were down to that & didnt think to take a preg test until end of May. Of course I'm regretting it now as I should have taken the signs more seriously.

Clothes are starting to feel tight and there's sign of a slight tummy bump forming....nothing too big though.

I went to the docs 2 weeks ago & cant get an appointment wiht the midwife until 25th June. How long from this time will it take to get a scan on average?

Also I am not sure if I should tell my endocrinologist as my thyroid issues have been quite marked the past 2 years....i'm not seeing them until mid july.

Just hoping the baby is healthy and quite worried as I have no idea how far along I am at the moment.

Really sorry for long post!!! Thanks for reading & look forward to sharing advice/tips here over coming months 



12/06/2014 at 13:14

welcome LTS - you may well be past 12 weeks if you already have a bit of a bump. it varies. but usually the uterus doesn't rise above the pelvis until 12 - 14 weeks-ish. they should get you in quite quickly to have a scan. don't know if it's possible but you could try a private scan. where in the country are you?

yes, I would also contact your specialists, if you are having ongoing treatment too. your MW should be able to advise. can you see if you can get an appt sooner? sometimes you don't know unless you ask / badger

as for how much running is ok - what you are saying sounds fine. be guided by how you feel during and after the run. and don't leather it in this heat either. but steady plods are fine, as long as you feel well during and after.

12/06/2014 at 13:17

Wished I lived near u Caro to help.............x

LTS- u normally get your first scan around 12 wks. Did you tell the docs that u are possibly already 12 wks now? I would contact them again and push for a midwife appointment ASAP. You will need to get your bloods etc checked. Be firm and ensure you get seen. If you are used to running lots I would just reduce your mileage and go a bit slower. Always stay well hydrated and basically just listen to your body.

Oh and I also think you should discuss the pregnancy with your endocrinologist for sure x

12/06/2014 at 13:30

Hi LTS, congratulations!  I would try ringing to doctor again and see if they can speed up a scan (or you can go private? that would def speed it up!) and see if you can get in touch with the midwives direct, they may have a space sooner if you find the right person to ask!

I think most of us went with carrying on doing as much as we felt able too but toning it down, making sure we didn't overheat and not letting our heart rate go too high.

Have just noticed I'm repeating the sage advice above - hee!  At least we all agree!

We have got so many fledgling sparrows here, naturally one ended up in the kitchen/conservatory this morning!  Fortunately I opened the doors and it worked out what to do!

Also something amazing has happened!!  Benedict has slept through, not just for one night, but for THREE NIGHTS RUNNING!!!!  Its only taken nigh on two flipping years!  Prior to that he had only slept through 3 nights in total (xmas eve, once here and once on holiday - not that I was counting or anything!).  Anyway - lets hope I haven't jinxed tonight!

12/06/2014 at 13:43

Caro - nothing I can say that hasn't been said already, great words from Tangy. I know you will beat this and be running pbs again. We're all here for you. Saw you posted on run mummy run, hope there are some girls out there going through similar. ((()))

Camlo and EF (()) to you both. 

Welcome LTS, congrats!. Definitely push for an earlier appt if you might be several weeks, lots of tests need to be done for first timers, plus if you have thyroid issues too. I'm pregnant with no.3 (29wks) and had no idea of dates this time due to no periods like you. But I guessed a kind of date and asked for an early scan - still by the time I got it I turned out to be 11ish wks. And I definitely had a bump pre 12weeks! Although with the first i didn't show at all so you may well be quite far along. Running - do whatever comfortable while you still can! I ran most of first pregnancy, then had pgp with 2nd so stopped by 16. This time I am run/walking still but for a max of 30-40mins as the pain has been back. Just find it's the easiest form of exercise I can get (because I'm prepared to get up an hour before hubby and kids to sneak out!). I go to a bootcamp once or twice a week too as think strength and core is most important during pregnancy. 

Last day of holiday and weather is now scorching!  Well over 35C and I'm in the air con hotel room while Rosie naps. Have done some nice walk/jogs on the beach early morning (after being banned from fit club ) so hopefully I'll still have some fitness when we get home! Got horrible heartburn right now as am gorging on the all inclusive today, but life's too short is definitely the feeling of the day!

pip , was going to say the same thing re possible infection for your little one? Unless she is obviously playing up when it happens...? Can't believe your baby is only 3 months! The amount of exercise and events you're already doing is amazing! you are very determined. Hope I am the same post this baba's arrival. And never feel guilty about such minor things as breast vs bottle feeding, we are all wonderful, hardworking mums and carry way too much guilt already!

back to my book, determined to read at least one this holiday. Reading cuckoos calling by jk Rowling. Really enjoying it.


12/06/2014 at 13:47

Xposts Kinsey. How have you survived 2 years! I love my sleep and both girls have been very good sleepers by 7ish months. Please don't let no.3 have other ideas...!

12/06/2014 at 16:22

Thank you all for the very helpful replies - you are a fantastic group here

sonyaB - hope you enjoy final day of holiday! It's heating up in Wales today....heatwave by our standards

I agree already with the sentiment about the guilt factor, and I havent even given birth yet! It seems you are damned if you do, damned if you dont....I look forward to sharing advice on here.

I have one further questions regarding a refreshing drink in the summer. I'm not a fan of coffee (de-caff), dont really like squash or fizzy pop. Is there a nice summer (non-alcoholic) alternative people can recommend...have recently started buying Shloer which is quite nice, so something along these lines?? Are semi-skimmed flavoured milk drinks and smoothies ok?


Have a nice evening all & thanks again for the excellent advice.

12/06/2014 at 16:40

I really liked fizzy water when I was pregnant LTS - went off caffeine every time.  I also had ginger beer a bit too.  Which bit of Wales are you in?  We have quite a few of us in Wales or nearby now!

Hope you finish your book Sonya!

12/06/2014 at 17:58

Hello LTS. I echo what the others say. Demand an earlier scan. You have no idea how far on you are and it's vital that you get the opportunity to have tests at the correct stages. And some of the windows are quite short! I like fizzy water too and had it with squash when preg. Orange and mango special R in particular. Still do! 

no more spots. Well one. But think ok. Will find out tomorrow I guess. No more sick either but omg his nappies. 

Lovely school report for loulou. "A lovely caring girl who is enthusiastic and keen to please. She is conscientious and her work is always of a high standard and beautifully presented. Louise is an excellent example to others.". Proud mummy!  

12/06/2014 at 17:59

been meaning to send camlo hugs and say well done to minks for the half and mm for the ultra. Cc hope you're ok. I don't know how you do the single thing for so much of the time. 

12/06/2014 at 18:37
Caro - really so sorry to hear your news. I hope you're ok and having some time with your family. I hope the Nhs performs at its best to get you all the scans, tests and treatment you need. Thinking of you.

Camlo - thoughts with you too, hope you're ok and the funeral goes as well as it possibly can.

Welcome LTS - I'm not a fan of sweet drinks so I drank lots of water when I was pregnant (and the odd glass of wine - gasp!!), and in the summer I quite liked - and still do - a cold tonic with lemon or lime. Have you discovered mumsnet? The pregnancy forums there are very good, with loads of answers to every question you could think to ask! There is also a 'pregnant runners' thread on here which is where a lot of us 'met' which might be worth a look too, for people going through the same things as you in terms of pregnancy and running. You will get referred to see someone with regards your thyroid once you're in the system, and they will definitely keep an eye on it.
Edited: 12/06/2014 at 18:42
12/06/2014 at 19:19

Pregnant runners thread has collapsed on here Vixo. Last poster was yours truly! I know this cos it's still listed as a followed thread and it's still saying me! 

12/06/2014 at 19:59
Oh that's a shame EF, I enjoyed the pregnant runners thread. Mumsnet it is then LTS!
12/06/2014 at 20:08

Thank you everyone for your continued support and positivity.  By jove I need it!  and Trig you can post on here anytime - you're still a running mummy even if your 'baby' is perhaps a bit older than some of ours, but I bet he's not the oldest on here.

So of course I didn't sleep well last night, but really don't want to go back on those meds and get hooked.  By bedtime I had a huge list of questions that I wanted answers to, but of course didn't think of at the time yesterday.  I was just so shocked by it all.  

I called the breast nurse this morning and was amazed to actually get through and speak to her.  She was very helpful and answered most of my questions.  One of my main concerns was the fact that I had asked repeatedly for a fine needle aspirate to be taken from my obviously enlarged lymph node in my left armpit (the one that has now gone) and was told my a consultant radiographer and radiologist (one is a dr one isn't) that even though it was enlarged it supposedly didn't meet the criteria.  If you remember (you prob dont by now!) I had 3 separate ultrasound biopsies, so on 3 separate occasions I queried this and was told it wasn't warranted.  So I was given false hope for 2 months and underwent an unnecessary surgical procedure (in my opinion) because if they had only sampled it 2 months ago they would probably have discovered cancer cells and my whole treatment plan would have been different.  She, quite rightly said she couldn't comment on a clinical decision made by someone else, but I said I wanted it discussed and looked in to and I wanted an answer.

I thinkI have decided to have a mastectomy at the same time as having all my lymph nodes removed, I mean there seems no point in not really now.  I also asked the nurse what she would do and she said probably that.  The only option for reconstruction would be an implant as I have so little fat or tissue in general to make a natural one, and I really don't want that.  So I guess i will be boobless but quite frankly that is the least of my worries.  If anything shows up on the CT or bone scan then I'm screwed.  Treatment is no longer curative, it's 'life prolonging' and I get the impression it's not prolonged for very long.

Vixo I got my reply to our original PALS letter today and it is pretty impressive.  They basically have totally admitted that there are too many patients, the system can't cope and they made a mistake.  It's not written by an idiot, and they can see I'm not an idiot.  The consultant and the nurse have been CC'd and so now I probably flag up every time I walk through the door - do not piss off this lady!  

I also asked the nurse why I had to wait another month before surgery - was it because I had to heal from the 1st procedure or because of not being able to fit me in.  She basically implied it had nothing to do with healing and all to do with fitting me in, and so I begged it t be moved forward so maybe it will be.  She said she can make a new surgery list if need be.  

I still feel it is wrong that in order to get good treatment you need to be so pushy and so on top of them.  Jo bloggs wouldn't stand a chance.

Welcome LTS - I'm not always this miserable - honest!!

12/06/2014 at 20:20
My 'babies' r 26, 23, 17 & 6.
12/06/2014 at 20:45
If it gets things done Caro then I would keep on pushing, the start of your treatment was a mess and if your letter means they take better care of you now then that is a good result.

Havn't posted photos much of the kids on fbook recently but will try to post one of Martha winning her race at sports day yesterday!
12/06/2014 at 21:28
Caro - your post makes me want to cry. The uncertainty of it all must be terrifying. I am thinking of you and praying for good news

LTS - which bit of wales are you in? I'm in Newport (gwent). I can heartily recommend the Spire Hospital (Mr Beattie) if you need private treatment. They will see you v quickly and it isn't always horrifically expensive. It is in Cardiff. I had my nuchal fold scans there for both of mine.
12/06/2014 at 21:42

Well dome Lou, and Martha. We got fantastic reports for all 6 and Dylan had gushing teachers at parents evening last night. At least we must be doing something right!

Welcome LTS. That's a shame about the pregnant thread, it was where most of us met!

Caro - it is a shame it has to be that way but yes just keep pushing. (())

Exhausted tonight. Life is full on at the moment. Forgot my good news yesterday, I have been doing a wee bit of running. After 8 weeks out! Managed 3 x 3 mile runs last week then it was very sore at the weekend and I thought I had messed it all up. Partied big style on Sat night, my 7 closest friends and their hubbys and kids came over for a BBQ and it was great. Sunday did nothing except cycling to beach with the kids. Monday I woke up and it felt fine so another 3 miles pain free. And last night I ran 5 miles @7.0 ave pace and again it was fine (although I was knackered, so unfit!). So just a cycle today and will try again tomorrow. Can I dare to hope it is on the mend?

Is the funeral tomorrow Camlo? If so hope it goes ok and your mum behaves!

Hope you got peace to finish the book Sonya, I enjoyed that one.

Brain has gone, can't remember much more.

12/06/2014 at 21:43

It doesn't really seem right posting irrelevent chit chat in view of what Caro is facing

Edited: 12/06/2014 at 21:44
12/06/2014 at 21:59

If there wasnt chit chat on here right now it would be the doom and gloom thread and we can't have that, especially now the pregnant runners has gone under.  

Just spent an hr on the phone to my oncologist friend whose mother also happened to have breast cancer and am feeling a bit more positive,  but she said the same thing about continuing to push them, and said she would make phone calls on my behalf if necessary.  My other friend who is a radiologist had a c section for baby no 2 48 hrs ago so don't feel I can bother her right now.........

am tired and have actually eaten dinner tonight unlike last night so might actually get some sleep!

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