Post # 1
So I would like to continue walking during my pregnancy and my dogs need me to as well. I am 7 month pregnant and am starting to have a very difficult time. I have to pee very frequently, but it’s not just the urge to pee it is the pain associated with the urge to pee. Being in this pain and having to go to the bathroom makes it hard to walk for an hour every day.
Does anyone have any tips that might help?
Post # 3
Can you plan 2 or 3 shorter walks throughout the day?
Post # 4
Do you think you could break your walks into two shorter walks? I have to go to the bathroom before I leave and go right when I come back. Worst comes to worst do you walk by a park where you could use the bathroom on your walk?I have been trying to do my Kegels more too.
Post # 5
I would like to break them into shorter walks but unfortunately I work all day. So out walks are done right when I get home from work. I guess I could break them up but I know if I came home and started doing other stuff like making dinner, doing laundry, then I might not go back out.
@MrsMeNow- I find doing Kegel’s make it work. Unfortunately most of our walks are neighborhood walks.
Post # 6
Towards the end of my pregnancies, I started wearing a maternity belt while walking the dogs. It helps take a lot of the pressure off so I could walk longer without needing to rest or pee. This is the one I have (I bought with my first pregnancy), but there’s a lot of different options out there now that weren’t available a few years ago!
Post # 8
If you can’t break the walks up into shorter walks maybe consider hiring someone to walk the dogs for you once in the middle of the day? Maybe even one more time shortly before you get home so the dogs don’t need to do their buisness immediately? If that’s not a practical option maybe your husband, neighbors, or family members could help for a little while? It might be wise to consider your options now since it’s very likely you won’t feel up to long walks right away after the baby’s born either (so you might need help from now until a couple months after delivery), not to mention the time that you’re actually in the hospital. Hope you find something that works for you, the most important thing is not to overdo it. If you’re in pain that’s your body’s way of telling you you’re doing too much or the wrong thing.
Oh, almost forgot… you said kaegels make it worse? I know this is personal, but are you doing them when you feel the urge to pee and are trying to hold it in or are you doing them when you don’t need to go? Doing them when you need to go can definately make it worse, but if it hurts when you don’t need to go you should probably bring that up with your doctor. Btw, you don’t have to answer that on the forums if it makes you uncomfortable, just think about it.
Post # 9
@Allthegoodnames- My dogs wants their mommy. I am their main caregiver and used to walk/run a minimum of 5 miles a night and hike on the weekends. One of my dogs is upset because she hates change and we are redoing the guest room for the nursery so I am trying to keep things as normal as possible. My parents live around the corner and are always around to help and will be watching the dogs when I go into the hospital. Darling Husband is self employed so his schedule is crazy, for example today he is gone from 5am-9pm. He does help when he is around. I am pretty nervous about recovery because of them. The doctor said I should be able to walk within a few weeks and since I’ll be home I can do multiple short walks.
I’m doing great in regards to pain, it’s just having to pee and being in pain when I don’t go right away. Yes I do have something wrong with my bladder that I take regular medication for, but it causes birth defects so I cannot take it during pregnancy. So I’m sure it just makes it worse.
Post # 10
Youc could also just go for the hour at once, but do short circles so you are passing your house 3-4 times and you can stop in as needed.
Post # 11
I walk 3-5 miles 5 days a week but i walk very slow and i make stops to pee if i need to. Perhaps you can find a route with a lot of restaurants or public places along the way to stop? that or you can try the treadmill or elliptical t a gym and just get off and pee if you feel the urge. walking is very good during pregnancy. prepares you for labor.
Post # 12
@ThreeMeers- I might just have to do this. We live on a dead end so it’s not like we walk by our house, but at least I can stop in and go right back out.
@Audreysdance- I know walking is healthy for me during pregnancy, but my main reason is for my dogs. So I need to walk outside and unfortunately our area is 100% residential and no businesses (but I couldn’t bring them in with me anyways)
Maybe I’ll pick up a support belt tonight and give it a shot.
Post # 13
@roxy821: could your “break” in your walk just to be come back and pee and then go out again. it would only take a minute and i assume since you are walking your dogs, u are not that far from home, so you could circle back after 20-30 mins, pee, and do another 20-30 minutes. the fact that you feel pain associated with having to pee and that you pee so frequently that you can’t go out for an hour i would mention to your doctor (or maybe you have already), because i think i read that can be a sign of a urinary tract infection which i believe are also more common during pregnancy.
Post # 14
@roxy821: Sounds like a tough situation. At least your parents and your hubby can help out when they’re needed though! 🙂 I totally understand what you mean about the dogs wanting you, my dog was like that with me before he passed away. It’s gotta be tough not being able to walk them as long as you used to. Maybe try that belt @Mrs.Spring suggested and let hubby/parents pitch in as much as possible. Good luck, hope you find a good solution! 🙂
ETA: I just thought of one more thing that helped me while I was pregnant with my daughter. If I played fetch with my dog before we went on our walks then we could go on shorter walks that would accomodate my bladder while still giving him enough excersise. That might be worth a try also, because if you’re playing fetch near the house (in a yard? not sure if you have one) then you can use the bathroom as needed.
Post # 15
I defiantly agree with walking in circles so you pass your house – if it’s at a dead end that’s okay too – your dogs won’t know the difference! However…I have to say the first thing I thought of was just to “pop a squat”! Sooo that’s always an options 🙂 I’m sure your neighbors would like you even more 😉
Post # 16
I’m 8 months now and have been walking my entire pregnancy, I find it easier in the morning….if that’s possible for you. I find I don’t have to use the restroom as much if I walk first thing. Your other option is when you know you will be walking to maybe ease up on the liquids