Post # 1
Hi! I don’t have a physical, on your feet job, so I feel this is this first day I’ve had this problem: week 18 of pregnancy and was up early this AM. Hung out the laundry, sat around…but then drove 30 minutes to see a friend and walked around in town together for a few hours shopping. In a furniture store I rested on a chair and my uterus (I think?!) seemed really hard and in the way when I sat. Since coming home I’ve had a hardened belly and I took one of these anti cramping pills my doc gave me, and I’m lounging and drinking water. Anyway, just curious for other bees…do you find you can do less than before when pregnant? I know it’s important to be active, but it seems shopping is a different kind of strain on your belly? Experiences? Tips? I guess it was just too long of an excursion? However I also don’t want to just lay down for 9 months ha!
This being my first pregnancy, the changes in my body are fairly confusing, and perhaps we can share.
Post # 2
Yes I would say you probably just were doing a little too much. This would happen to me too pretty early on in my pregnancy and even later when I would clean too much or be walking around too much and I too would too get worried. Just your body saying you have done too much, although I don’t think it would be a bad idea to call your doctor to be sure there aren’t any other symptoms you should be on watch for. I would just be sure in the future to take breaks often to rest.
Post # 3
The acceptable amount of activity during pregnancy varies from woman to woman.
Since this is the first time you’ve experienced this hard uterus/belly feeling, all you have to do to avoid this is not do what you did today. Don’t walk around as long as you did during this shopping trip, take fewer breaks when you do walk, and don’t do lots of housework and lots of walking in the same day.
Since you’ve seen what your activity limit is, just stay under that, take more breaks, and you should be fine. You don’t have to go on bed rest or stay at home all day, you just have to take it easy.
Post # 4
anti-cramping pills???? thats a new one.<br />but yes, your body is working twice as hard so it will need more breaks than previously. Make sure to rest when your body tells you its done and keep hydrated.
Post # 5
gmbm1012: I’m Canadian but living in France now…they are called spasfon and seem to be commonly perscribed here. Who knows if they are good or not…France loves medication…ha!
I never take them usually. Now I’ve got my glass of water to finish and I’m off to bed. I’m sure I’ll be fine but it is a bit worrying when walking around causes such discomfort?!
Post # 6
Might try drinking more water. I’m 19wks and have had braxton hicks once and it was when I got dehydrated. I find it varies from day to day, some days I can run around and do hard aerobics classes etc., other days I can hardly get off the couch. I just try and listen to my body and do what I can…
Post # 7
FrenchNewlyWed: It sounds like Braxton Hicks contractions. I got them A LOT. When I exercised, but also when I wasn’t doing anything. Being even a tiny bit dehydrated will make them worse, so drink lots of water! Laying on your left side to rest can make them better. They’re harmless, though, just uncomforable.
Post # 8
FrenchNewlyWed: You can do as much as you feel comfortable with- as long as your DR doesn’t give you restrictions. Everyone is different.
My cousin was out doing heavy duty yardwork a couple weeks ago (she’s still in her first trimester)- and I never could have done that.
Your belly is hard/you’re having Braxton Hicks– it can be normal, it can mean you’re physically overdoing it or it can mean you’re dehydrated.
I’m 28 weeks, and my belly gets hard if I bend over and lift something that’s sort of heavy (not that I am doing a lot of heavy lifting though). My first pregnancy, I seemed to get them a lot more often, but I think it’s because I was a seriously stressed person during that time.
I definitely don’t do as much as I used to do before I was pregnant- I get tired faster, and at the moment, my bladder is working against me.
Don’t feel bad for taking it easy!
Post # 9
MrsAKSkier: MrsEME: MrsZapatos: Rhopalocera:
Well I had a routine doctor’s visit on Tuesday morning and was put on bedrest for 1 week! She was touching my belly as I lay on my back and didn’t like that I was as contracted as last time she saw me. She did a quick internal check and said she thinks that my cervix has shortened also. So…yay! 🙁
I find the only position that works for no contractions is laying on my side, I can’t even be on my back. I am in a slightly reclined chair right now because I can’t stand laying down so much…
I wonder about what AKSkier said, that she had BHicks all pregnancy…and maybe are these not really dangerous? Should I get a second opinion? I guess I ‘ll respect the bedrest for a week, and go back to the doctor, this one or another, before it’s over to see if they want to send me back to work or prolong the rest. I saw a youtube video a while ago of a woman who spent half her pregnancy like this, but in hospital! It’s hard not to overreact, and feel sad, and then a bit defeated…like why do some women’s bodies do this with no problems?…
To be continued! Support, comments and entertainment welcome!! 🙂
Post # 10
FrenchNewlyWed: Well, I’m not a doctor, so there’s that- but here’s my experience. I started having BH early, like 14 weeks. I didn’t realize what they were, it felt like pressure so I interpreted it as having to pee. At my 28 week appointment, I had a BH while being examined by the midwife. She commented on it and I was, “Ooohhhh, THAT’S a BH!” I thought the hardness was the baby’s head or back or something (I’m dumb). So after realizing what a BH was, I noticed that I was having them A LOT. I was worried at first, like, oh my god is this pre-term labor??? They would even be regular, coming 2 minutes apart while I’d be exercising. But I did a lot of googling and mentioned it at every appointment and it never seemed cause for concern so I just stopped worrying and ignored them. And sure enough, labor (and even false labor) did feel differently. I did NOT want to be put on bed rest- I knew I would get very depressed because being active is such an important part of my life. I saw this article on it and would’ve brought up my concerns about bed rest if it had been suggested, luckily it never was. As for the short cervix….that is something totally different and would worry me. Anyway, good luck to you! I hope everything is fine and you continue to have a healthy pregnancy!
Post # 11
MrsAKSkier: Haha… I know you aren’t a doctor, sorry if I made you feel odd 🙂 I’ve just woken up worried about this and am considering getting a second opinion, not sure how best…but perhaps a gyno in a hospital that would have acces to an u-s machine if neccescary. It feels pretty stressful, because I actually don’t feel in danger, and have been having these braxton hicks for some time now…but when a doctor tells you it’s bad…
Like you, I like to be up and about, who doesn’t…and from tuesday morning to now (almost thursday morning) I’m over this bedrest thing, especially since there is I’ve now discovered no position that doesn’t make my belly hard. Zero. hmmm.
Well I’ll update and try not to stress.
Post # 12
Sorry you’re on bedrest! But yes, I couldn’t do near as much when I was pregnant. Before I would go out and run 6 miles in the morning, clean my house all day, go shopping, make dinner, etc all in one day and then I got pregnant and I was so fatigued I could barely do 2 miles and then I’d fall asleep at 8pm. It did get a little better for me after 16 weeks but I didn’t have my normal energy until after I gave birth…the fatigue is no joke.
I think you could get a second opinion. Braxton Hicks are normal but if they are worried about preterm labor that is pretty serious so you want to follow your doctor’s orders. If you have more than X amount of contractions in an hour you are supposed to call your Dr. I think.
Post # 13
kes18: this! I used to be super energetic as well, and like you I was running, doing races, staying up late, etc. The fatigue of being pregnant has felt like having the flu. My energy first trimester was zero (from about week 6-week14). Only just now at week 15 am I feeling a little better, but by 7pm I still crash. My running went from an actual run to more of a waddle dealt on and even though it was “ok” I switched to elliptical and stair climber. This week I felt well enough to swim and I think it’s def the best pregnancy exercise for me! Glad to know im not the only previously active person who has felt so fatigued!
FrenchNewlyWed: I am really sorry you were put on bed rest and hope things get better soon. I overdid it by going to a super long conference and walking around a large city under stressful circumstances and ended up bleeding the next day at week 12/13. The doc told me to rest and things did get better But I had to cancel/reschedule everything work related which was a huge pain.
Regarding your cervix being short – you may want to have them double check that you don’t have a condition called incompetent cervix. Perhaps just ask them about it. If you do have it, they can stitch your cervix shut to make sure it doesn’t open early. I don’t want to add extra worries and this could be off base, but it is something that comes up sometimes when a cervix starts to shorten early and the stitches can help prevent early labor.
Post # 14
FrenchNewlyWed: You didn’t make me feel odd 🙂 I just don’t want to be a bad influence and tell you to second guess your doctor! If it were me, I would want to be absolutely sure that bed rest was necessary, since for me that would have been such a hardship. Like I said, I had BH like, all the time, and from what I can tell it does not mean you’ll go into preterm labor (I had my son at 39 weeks, FWIW). Hope you are doing well!
Post # 15
MrsAKSkier: Hi! I went to the doctor on tuesday, as that was the day my bedrest was to end and I did want her opinion…well she checked me an put me back on sick leave until nov 13th. I managed to get a gyno appointment for this coming Monday, and he will use ultrasound as well to check the cervix etc. I happen to know that this gyno is not all gung ho on sick leave, so maybe my doctor is just overly cautious. She is also not a specialist, just a gp. I’m trying not to worry, because I’ve had these for a while, and while not painful they are annoying. I am still going to try to do a bit of yoga everyday from the net, and when the yoga class starts up next week I’ll go. I so wanted to be super in shape for labor and now the only thing I’m working out are my WB surfing fingers!
I also strongly suspect France to be more pro-bed rest than North America. When I search French forums the women say ”I’m so tired, I hope I can get the doctor to put me on leave” whereas in North America I think the attitude is more pro working until your mat leave…which I always imagined myself doing. If I were just tired I definately wouldn’t be off work.
How are you doing with your son? 🙂