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I wanna get physical

I never thought i’d be saying this- but right now I really miss working out. I’m not slacking due to just being pregnant- had a little scare late last week that’s been putting me out of commission.

Was just doing my regular work out routine (core strength exercises and pilates) when Holden decided it would be a good idea to body slam me. As I lifted him off of me, I felt painful and tight pulling underneath my bellybutton. No pain after that, so I didn’t think much of it.
A few hours later, I started having sharp pains in the same area. My immediate thought was a pulled muscle, so I tried taking it easy the rest of the day. Unfortunately, the pain did not get any better- it just seemed to get worse and more uncomfortable to do just about anything.
As to not be a total alarmist, and since there was no bleeding or anything else and baby was kicking up a storm, I decided not to call my doctor unless I was having the same pain the following day.

Woke up the next morning feeling pretty good, but a few hours into my day the pain returned. Called my doctor, who said they wanted me to come in and be checked, and then called Thomas to come home.
The doctor’s visit went fine. No hernia, just what they thought was a pulled muscle as well. Just in case, I got to have an ultrasound just to make sure there was no tear in my placenta. I never complain about a free ultrasound- and everything was just fine there, too.

After that, I decided to take it easy for a few days. I don’t usually work out on the weekends anyways so I wasn’t really missing out on much, but after talking with Thomas I decided not to work out today either.

So basically, other than taking Holden back & forth to the potty, I sat around like a big fat lump. I don’t like the feeling of big fat lumpy-ness. The worry that my thighs will once again look like cottage cheese like they did after Holden because I was a lazy turd (ok, I was on bed rest.. but still). Exercising has helped me feel like i’m not totally letting myself go, maybe keeping my blood pressure down- and especially getting myself ready for the labor process. Prenatal Pilates = Kegels. Kegels are important ladies, don’t let anyone tell you they aren’t! It’s much easier to push a bowling ball out of your hoo-ha when you have strong muscles… down there. The last thing I need is to get snipped TWICE again and be in excrutiating pain for something like 10 weeks after giving birth because I can’t seem to squeeze a fat baby head out on my own.. but this time have a toddler to watch after as well as a newborn. That’s just not gonna fly.

I can work past being fat and uncomfortable while exercising, easy. Just sit and take a breather, and then stand back up and push through. I just don’t want to totally mess myself up and be laid out on the couch with pulled muscles in my stomach again, or worse, actually have it BE a placental tear.. and at the same time I don’t want to be a lumpy landbeast either.

Posted on June 22, 2009 by Holdin' Holden 7 Comments
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  • It’s good to recondition your muscles after a slight mishap like a pulled muscle. Warm things and taking it easy are the best remedies. I didnt want you to end up hurting yourself or the baby, so it’s a good thing either way.

    Think about it this way, when you return to working out again, you will probably feel it better again because your muscles had time to relax. 🙂

  • Kegels make me so nauseous that I can’t do them at all. I’ve wondered if I’m the only lady in the world like that because everyone else is always like “I do them at my desk!! I do them at stoplights!” Ugggh. Do I have some weird muscle at the bottom of my ‘gina hitting some nerve the wrong way? lol

  • i have never heard of them causing nausea! they make my stomach feel a little strange but definitely not something that would stop me from doing them!
    there are exercises that work out your kegels too lol, downward facing dog or some shit

  • “The last thing I need is to get snipped TWICE again and be in excrutiating pain for something like 10 weeks after giving birth because I can’t seem to squeeze a fat baby head out on my own.. but this time have a toddler to watch after as well as a newborn. That’s just not gonna fly.”

    I totally could have said that. I’m going to do everything in my power NOT to have to get cut again!

  • Tell me about it! Evening primrose? I hear it works wonders for helping to.. er.. stretch that area, doesn’t it? Or is that to help go in to labor, I forget

  • The only info on Google about evening primrose(that I saw) was in reference to INDUCING labor.

    As far as the stretching, could you be thinking about a perineal massage? Maybe the use of oil for that made you think of the evening primrose.

    I hope you’re able to get back to your exercise soon. I hear boxing is a great way to get your heart rate up when you can’t do much moving otherwise.

    Oh, I’ve done the downward facing dog. I don’t remember feeling any sensation in that area though LOL.

  • Yeah that was probably it! I never used it so I couldn’t remember which it was supposed to help.

    I know my doctor, during labor, literally PULLED ME APART to try and make it so I didn’t tear & she didn’t have to cut me but unfortunately that didn’t work out.