Runner bees- when did you opt for a support belt?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

I’m just posting to learn. It sounds like you’re doing really well!

im coming up only 9 weeks. Doing your kind of distance a few times a week. I’m running with a pal and we sometimes get a bit pacey but can always chat through our efforts. My midwife is also encouraging. 

I have a bulge rather than a bump but I too was really aware of it on my last couple of runs and feeling like I wanted to have a wrap or something to support. 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m 26 weeks and am not using one because I feel like it will just press on my bladder and make it worse!! I actually have one from an SI joint injury years ago, so maybe I will try it. I still feel pretty good running (my belly is just starting to show), but I do feel like I have to pee a lot of the time! I run 4-6 miles three times a week too.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have a support belt for SI joint issues and back pain and aside from that it makes everything else worse. I sneezed when wearing it and the pressure from the belt + my baby completely soaked my pants! I had to change. It was a low point for sure. 

I have stayed active throughout my pregnancy and have found supportive leggings to be better for the bump than the belt would be. The best I have are Align pants by Lululemon. Of course they’re expensive and I don’t really like the quality of Lulu for the price but they are a godsend. Also a belly band on top of your leggings for extra support. 

Keep up the great work Mama- it will pay off!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

indiblue :  hi! I wasn’t hardly showing at all at 18 weeks when I stopped running, either. The pressure on my bladder or whatever was just too uncomfortable. In terms of bump size, I easily could’ve kept running until the third trimester, I just didn’t want to stop and pee every ten minutes! Anyway, it took me awhile to figure it out, but I think I was actually feeling Braxton Hicks. Exercise made me have them, and that tightness felt like the need to pee…so a support belt wouldn’t have done anything for me for that, and it wouldn’t have supported my belly until more like 30 weeks. You might as well try one and see if it helps, though! Also, low-impact but still vigorous exercise was just the way to go for me.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

indiblue :  I only figured it out in hindsight! My midwife was checking my belly to see if she could feel what position the baby was in (this was much later, close to 28 weeks) and commented that it was difficult because I was having a Braxton Hicks. I was like, “ohhhhh, so THAT’S what that is.” I just didn’t realize, I’d attributed that pressure and tightness I was feeling to impact during exercise or needing to pee- sensations I’d felt before, whereas I’d never had BH before. Then I’d realized I’d been feeling them for forever- which explained why I’d totally feel like I had to pee and then go about five drops. It was kinda like, duh. Anyway, it bummed me out to stop running, too, although I totally kept getting after it on the spin bike, nordic skis, TRX/weight training, lap swimming and hiking (although hiking down would give me that same needing-to-pee feeling). 

ETA: a tiny sliver of hope here: sometimes after your uterus really pops out of your pelvis the pressure on your bladder will ease up, at least until the baby is bigger- you might get a window where you can run more comfortably again, even though your bump will be bigger!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

indiblue :  Well, Braxton Hicks are harmless. I had about one million during pregnancy. They would often come even at regular intervals (like every 3 minutes during exercise), there were so many times I was like, “oh shit, am I going into preterm labor at 29/31/33/34 etc weeks?!” But they would always dissipate if I took a breather, sat down, drank water, etc. It was no reason to limit my activity (I asked at every appointment!) and I’d still have plenty while doing other exercise or when someone touched my belly too hard. High impact just made them more uncomfortable and frequent so that was for my own comfort. Towards the end of pregnancy I’d have them just getting out of bed or of the couch or whatever, it got so annoying. I gave birth at 39 weeks so definitely not pre-term! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just commenting to say OMG! Dude- I’m a 3rd time mom, I’m 15 weeks. I’m supposed to know what’s going on. Every time I excercise I get angry because I need to pee every few minutes and the pressure is a PIA. Never once realized they were Braxton hicks till you wonderful ladies said something! Duh! Lightbulb! 

Also, not to thread jack, but can someone recommend workout pants to me? All the ones I’ve found have little support.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I got some capris at Athleta that were on super sale (I paid $26) and they have a wide panel that comes up high and is comfy at 26 weeks (my bump is pretty small though). I’m struggling a bit with my running tights – I’m wearing them below the bump right now, but they are still feeling kind of snug. I don’t want to pay $100 for a pair of maternity running tights though! I’d also like to try them on rather than blindly ordering things online because most of the maternity things I have ordered online have been HUGE and I’ve had to return them. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

indiblue :  How do the sizes run there? Maybe I’ll give them a try. I had never worn athleta before now either! 

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