Post # 1
Over the past month or two, I’ve been getting really sore in my pelvic area after a run. Like, for a solid day or so after running, I’ll have the 9-months-pregnant waddle going on. I couldn’t really figure it out, but then yesterday I went for a run outside and had to stop and tie my shoe at one point …
And by stopping and then starting again, I realized that I am basically flexing my ENTIRE pelvic floor for the duration of my run. Like, holding a giant kegel but also flexing everything else down there (the way you would if someone said “I’m going to kick you right in the vagina!” and then started winding up and so you flex to prepare for the blow). And I hold this for, like, thirty minutes.
I think I do it because my bouncing uterus makes me feel like I have to pee really badly, so by flexing all those muscles, I can control/ignore the urge to pee (and not pee my pants). But yeah … I guess those muscles get pretty tired afterwards!
Have any other pregnant Bees noticed this happening? I’m not worried about it — if anything, I figure it will probably be helpful later as I make those muscles STRONG LIKE BULL. By the time I actually give birth, I’ll have such powerful pelvic floor muscles that I could probably do an Iron Cross using just my vagina. Or something. And I guess I won’t have to worry much about post-birth urinary incontinence, haha. But still, GOOD GRIEF! A thirty minute kegel??! Body, you’ve lost your mind!
Post # 3
@iarebridezilla: I get really sore in my pelvic area after working out (and I only do the elliptical, because of ankle problems), and I just assumed it was because my baby is bouncing up and down and everything is pulling inside of me. I’m pretttttty sure I’m not doing a very long kegal, but I hear you on the constantly-needing-to-pee sensation. That’s why I’ve changed to only working out in the gym, near a bathroom. Walking outside means I always get about halfway, have to pee….and then have nowhere to go.
My 35 week compressed bladder can’t take it.
Also, even though they are embarassing to wear, the pregnancy belts really help during working out (at least for me).
Post # 4
@BookGirrl: I know; I totally thought it was just from the bouncing, but then again I was only like 3.5-4 months when this started happening, and I was so tiny, so I thought “that’s weird, but whatever I guess.” But then when I stopped to tie my shoe the other day, I felt everything relax for a second … and then I felt myself tense it all back up when I stepped off to run again. Good lord!!!
I’m at 23 weeks now and I had to do my first official pee-stop on an outside run last week. I know I won’t be able to enjoy the summer weather much longer for the same reason as you — haha I’m willing to tolerate ONE pee stop, but if it gets to where I need to stop 2+ times, I’m staying home on the treadmill! I have one of those belts, but I don’t feel like my belly is big enough to warrant it yet. I still have enough core control that I can flex my entire abs over my belly and kind of pull it in. I’m sure that won’t be the case for much longer … and then I’ll happily strap her down, embarrassing or not 🙂
Post # 5
Not sure if the pain is the same as you described, but I had some pretty intense pain in my SI joints and my pubic symphysis. Apparently my pelvis was kind of “loosey-goosey” because the skeletal relaxin secreted during pregnancy makes your connective tissue softer and more pliable. (It’s supposed to or your pelvis wouldn’t open enough to allow the baby to come out!)
Post # 6
@DaneLady: yeah, see that’s what I thought it was too until I actually felt myself relax the muscles and then tense them all back up. I shouldn’t really call it a big kegel, since it’s not necessarily my VAGINA muscles that are tensing … it’s just all those muscles down there that you hold when you really have to pee. But I have to hold them the entire time I’m running, or … I will probably pee a little. LOL they’re getting mighty strong now — the degree of post-running soreness is getting less and less every time 😛 Yeah, don’t mess with MY pee-holding muscles — I WORK OUT, BITCHES!!!