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12/04/2006 at 15:42
After my run today, my lower abdomen feels a bit achy, not crampy, more like a kind of dull ache like things have been stretched a bit. Could this be the baby and womb bouncing about and stretching my abdominal muscles while running, or possibly just my womb stretching as the baby starts to grow (14 and a half weeks now). Wasn't aware of it when running, after lunch i was working at computer for about half an hour, noticed it when i got up and walked about.
12/04/2006 at 16:13
Welcome LozF and congratulations!
Entirely up to you when and who you tell about your pregnancy but I must admit that I did appreciate the support from friends and family in the early days when I was totally knocked for 6 with morning sickness.

I also cycle as part of my journey to and from work and my family applied a bit of pressure on me to stop, but like you, I pointed out that nothing untoward had happened to me when i wasn't pregnant, so why should it now. I did actually give up quite early though as I had problems with my blood pressure and also felt completely rough ;o)

13/04/2006 at 08:36
boing for my last message, nobody got any advice/suggestions as to my achy abdomen, not so bad this morning, maybe its just my womb stretching with the baby growing ??? Reassurance would be good if anyone's out there, i suppose a lot of you will be away for easter hols
13/04/2006 at 08:43
mrs o - really I wouldn't worry overly - it's probably your ligaments or stomach muscles complaining a bit because you (a) they will be stretching apart by now and (b) you will have been giving them a workout during your run.

If you have concerns I would suggest a quick chat with the m/wife, but I think it is safe to say that all of these weirdy aches and pains are part and parcel of being preggers ;o)

My GP told me that the pains to really worry about are the crampy, period type pains accompanied by bleeding. But that also after 11 weeks you need to expect some aches and pains/ strains.

Not that I like to bang on about toilet troubles, but apparently a lot of these tummy feelings can be related to constipation! So tuck into that All Bran all you expectant ladies!

Happy Easter to you all,

Hegs x

13/04/2006 at 08:50
Many thanks Hegs for putting my mind at rest, have been a bit ahem, windy as well so maybe thats part of it. Aches are definetly not crampy more like being stretched etc. Suppose i better get some All Bran into me to counteract the easter eggs over the weekend !!!!!

Happy easter to everyone
13/04/2006 at 09:02
Being pregnant is soooo undignified! Why is it that no one tells you about all the yucky stuff like constipation until it is too late??

One of my friends was telling me all about her home birth the other day (a wonderful experience apparently) and how her placenta literally slapped out on the floor while she was on her way to the kitchen for a cup of tea!! Gross, but very amusing!

Joknig aside though, I did find All Bran to be a lifesaver.....
13/04/2006 at 09:17
sorry mrs o - got side-tracked by service reporting yesterday (joyousness) and missed your post. but agree with hegs - it is most likely to be your uterus stretching but if you are concerned, speak to your m/w...

as for me - my nausea is back!! with a vengeance! week 28 and i feel like i did in week 8. how unfair is that!

i was up in the night heaving in the bathroom (much tutting, huffing and puffing from my very supportive husband at the amount of noise i was making!), and doing the same this morning. yuck!

and i agree about All Bran - hegs. it's wonder stuff!

:-(
13/04/2006 at 09:19
oops the :-( wasn't supposed to be about all bran. it was supposed to be about the nausea.

oh well.

happy easter everyone, by the way!
13/04/2006 at 10:32
Happy Easter all!

Hegs, I did laugh at your description of your friend's placenta literally slapping out on to the floor! I'd better not opt for a home birth then - we've just had the entire house recarpeted in a light stone/honey colour! I'd have to give birth on the kitchen floor (bathroom isn't really big enough)!

CM, hope this is just a blip and nausea subsides soon.

One of my support staff has just gone on maternity leave (this will be her second week off as she decided to use some holiday up before her official maternity leave starts). Had a text from her yesterday afternoon to say waters have broken - her due date wasn't supposed to be until 3rd May! We're all on standby at work awaiting more news.
mzb
14/04/2006 at 11:51
Hello,
I'm 32 weeks preg.and want to know when others were able to start running again after they had their babies??
Also how far gone did you stop running when preg??
14/04/2006 at 19:04
Hi Marlo, Congrats, and not far to go now!
I stopped running at about 17 weeks. Now, my baby is 4.5 months old and I haven't started running again, partly because of weather, partly because of overweight: I want to avoid any injury, so I'm walking a lot at the moment, and have just joined Weight Watchers, so hopefully I'll soon be back!

I thought I'd start running again after about 6 weeks, and by then I was very far from having the energy!! Long, miserable nigths didn't help, so at least you'll have nice weather to enjoy when the baby's here.
mzb
15/04/2006 at 09:44
Thanks Mum2Liya. Am really hoping I'll be able to strt running again after 6 weeks or before!! I've still been running...although quite slow and max 2 miles 2/3 times a week. I feel like it is becoming harder though and don't know how much longer will be able to keep it up!!!! Can't believe others from what I've read on the forum have continued for so long!!!!!!
(Marlo)
17/04/2006 at 14:37
Hi MZB

Congratulations. I am pregnant with my second child. Unfortuantely due to complications, I have had to stop at 12 weeks both times. So there are others that can give you more advice there.

As for starting back, I did loads of walking with lots of hills after 6 weeks. I then started back 3 months after. This was not a physical thing, it was I just felt that Sadie and I had got through the difficult initial sleepless weeks. She was in a routine and I was getting to sleep through most nights and therefore had more energy.

Well done of making it so far!! I am very jealous, I had hoped to continue this time. I am sure coming pack post birth will be a little easier as you have been able to keep going.
18/04/2006 at 07:50
Hi Marlo - welcome & congratulations!
I am mum to a soon-to-be 1 year old, and although I didn't run much when I was pregnant (lots of probs in pregnancy which I will not bore everyone with again), I was up and running albeit VERY SLOWLY, after 4 weeks. And I had a c-section delivery too. My advice(as always), is listen to your body - if you feel that you are ready and feel OK then go for it, but don't ignore medical advice (I did check with my obstetrician first) and don't ignore your body if it doesn't feel right.

Good luck & hope everyone had a great Easter break

Hegs x
18/04/2006 at 08:30
morning

yawwwwwn!

sleep - what's that? i am sleeping SOOO badly. i guess it's good practice for when junior arrives, but 4 hours a night of broken sleep is just not good for me. i am feeling so rubbish. :-(

and my gums are now bleeding and i have a crop of mouth ulcers.

oh the glamour of pregnancy!

welcome mzb - it's great you are still running. i stopped at 26 weeks because it was just too uncomfortable. in fact, even walking is now uncomfortable as it gives me a feeling like stitch after a while. swimming does the same thing! it's soooo frustrating!
18/04/2006 at 09:12
Morning all,
I'm back at work today, after 6 months off.. How strange to be back, when I've been a housewife for 6 months (and a mum for 4.5 months) and have been loving it: can I be bothered with office politics, gossip and all the rest of it?? We'll see..
have a good day and a good week.
Mum2Liya
18/04/2006 at 09:27
You certainly go back with a changed perspective and are much more choosey as to where you spend your energy when a returning mum.

All in all once settled which took a month or so, I found this change in prespective to be a postive thing.

Good luck, I can appreciate how unsettling those first few weeks can be and it takes a while for the brain to kick in :-) - It will come back I promise!
18/04/2006 at 09:32
Hi, me looking for some help/advice again. I've heard that on of the things you can suffer is a blocked nose when pregnant (and think someone on here said its likely to last till end of pregnancy). Well i certainly have a blocked nose and blocked sinus-y/headache-y feeling as well and not very pleasant, has anyone found any remidies to help this or get rid of the stuffines ??
18/04/2006 at 09:48
Hi all,

Back from hols, and still very sick and exhausted. Am not running at all, as can't even walk upstairs without being out of breath. Have gone from 70 mpw endurance queen to exhausted invalid. We went for a 5 mile walk on holiday and I was so ill that evening and the following day. Everytime I get in a car I feel sick or am sick as well, so have had to keep a supply of sick bags in the car. Really awful.

Have had a date for my second scan but its not till May 30th. Which from my last period is 15.5 weeks. They reckon I'm 2-3 weeks less than this though, quite how this can be I don't know, as I am a regular 28 day woman, unless it was an immaculate conception. I have to have all my ante-natal at the hospital and no home births for me either. Hence this is the first date they have to see the consultant. But what if they have the dates wrong? I get the nuchal scan free but this is supposed to be at 14 weeks. Will they beable to do this if I am 15 weeks?

Bit concerned about it all, but GP isn't concerned. It seems a long time 6 weeks more of sickness. I have a small bump already. Am small 5'3" and was 7 stone 6, now put on 1-2lbs, but have lost weight from my legs and bum!
18/04/2006 at 11:07
mrs o - you can try a steam inhalation (boiling water in a bowl - nothing in it though! - and put your head over the bowl with a teatowell over your head). that sometimes helps. otherwise, you will just have to grin and bear it!

mitchie moo - can you talk to your midwife about this? i don't think they can do a nuchal scan at 15 weeks. it's only up to 14 weeks, i think. and the guy i saw prefers to do them at 11 weeks because he says it's more accurate then, although i think that may just be him because i haven't heard anyone say they were told that. however, the dating from scans is pretty accurate, and if they are sure about the dates from the scan you had before you went away, it probably is right. one of my friends was given dates that were so late that she wouldn't actually have been pregnant when she got the positive pregnancy test according to the scans, but the dates were consistent throughout (ie the scans at what they said were 12 weeks and 20 weeks all had the right measurements for those dates, even though they were WAY out from the dates she had based on LMP, ovulation and when she got a positive test!). i don't know how this works but sometimes perhaps it just does!

but do give your midwife a call as you are right to be concerned and they definitely should be able to do that scan earlier for you.

by the way - you *can* insist on a homebirth for twins if you really want one, unless you are a particularly high risk twin pregnancy (breech positions, BP problems etc). my guess is that you may well not want that anyway, but if you do feel very strongly about it, the NCT should be able to put you in touch with someone who can help you argue your case with your health authority.
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