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384896 tn?1335297931

Excersizing Options for 3rd Trimester Mommies.

Well some of you may know, this Thursday I will officially be in the last month of my 2nd trimester, and I was wondering what some of you ladies out there would suggest for excersizing during the rest of my pregnancy.

It's hot, so I've been swimming alot.
ATLEAST for a few hours every day.

Today, I was in there with my fiance for I can't tell you HOW long. lol.
I'm a burnt lobster even though I put on sun screen- but that's not the point here.

My question is,
Is that safe to swim for long periods of time like that?

Cuz I noticed that once I got out of the pool my lower tummy was aching and cramping and I didn't know what to make of it.

It could be because I got so used to being weightless, and then going from that, back to my 200 pound fat a$$ on my feet- became a bit of a struggle... lolol
It could be because I used alot of muscles that I'm not used to using for that long...

But I'm worried it might be something BAD??

Should I like, stay away from the pool or something? lol

I just don't want to hurt my lil Ivy.
I've worked so hard these past 6 months to keep her healthy, and I don't wanna ruin it now.

I try to keep in shape cuz I don't wanna gain too much more weight-
but it's so hard to do much of anything else.

I mean-
going up the stairs is a hassel itself.
Or trying to sit up from laying on my back...

I didn't see my doctor at my last apt, I got some nurse chick that just measured my tummy, and then got the doppler to check the heart beat- told me to come back in a month.
So I never got to ask about exersizing options that are effective, but safe.

Any suggestions on anything?
And if any of you think I should stay outta the pool, please tell me cuz I don't wanna do something wrong.
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458937 tn?1271198381
swimming is good and it isn't harmful unless you've lost your mucus plug but i doubt you'd be swimming once you've lost it anyways hope this helps

Aerobics: Like running, high-intensity aerobics are not for pregnant beginners. Take a class designed for pregnant women, or take a regular class and modify the workout according to your abilities and limitations. Your instructor should be able to help; make sure that he or she knows you're pregnant. Avoid exercises that require you to lie flat on your back or overstretch your joints. Throughout the nine months, low- or moderate -impact workouts make more sense than high-impact ones.


During the third trimester, you may have difficulty keeping your balance all the way through an aerobics class or tape.


Bicycling: Bike riding is nonweight-bearing — the bicycle supports your weight — and that makes it good for pregnant women. Still, biking entails some risks. As your center of gravity shifts, you may be more likely to fall. Your heavier abdomen can also put stress on your back as you lean toward the handlebars.


Stationary bicycles are ideal because they pose very little risk of falling. In fact, stationary bike riding is an exercise that even the most sedentary woman can begin after she gets pregnant, because she can start slowly and gradually increase riding time as she gets in better shape.


Downhill skiing, water skiing, horseback riding: All of these activities put you at risk of falling with significant impact, which could injure you or your baby. While they may be fine early in pregnancy, talk to your doctor before doing any of these sports in your second or third trimester. Cross-country skiing is less risky, especially if you're experienced.


Golf and bowling: They're perfectly okay, but be careful not to overextend or overheat.


Running/jogging: If you're a runner, you can keep on running. Competitive runners often maintain their training during pregnancy.


But if you haven't been running for a while, starting up during pregnancy doesn't make sense. You put yourself at risk of musculoskeletal injuries —knee and hip problems and the like — especially after the body's center of gravity shifts significantly in the third trimester. Better to try brisk walking, 30 to 60 minutes a day, which can also raise your heart rate to fitness range. Many runners find that later in pregnancy, fatigue keeps them from going their usual distance.


Try not to overheat or become dehydrated, and if you feel fatigued, dizzy, faint, or nauseous, by all means stop. On very hot or humid days, don't exercise outdoors.


Stair-climbing machines: Stair climbing is weight-bearing, but most machines help lighten the load so that it isn't as weight-bearing as aerobics or running. And the stationary machines pose little risk of falling. As your stomach grows, you put more stress on your back muscles. But all things considered, stair climbing is an excellent form of exercise for pregnant women, especially if the room you're in gets plenty of fresh air.


Stretching and body sculpting: These are fine as long as you don't do them flat on your back or overextend. You don't get any cardiac benefit, but stretching does help you maintain muscle tone and flexibility, which can come in handy during labor and delivery. Kegel exercises, which involve targeting and contracting the muscles of the pelvic floor (around the opening of your bladder and vagina), may not help so much during pregnancy. But afterward, they can make it easier for your pelvic muscles to return to normal, and they may prevent problems with urinary incontinence later in life.


Swimming: If you swam before you got pregnant, keep swimming now. In fact, swimming is one of the best exercises a pregnant woman can do because it puts no stress on your joints and poses little risk of overheating or losing your balance and falling. However, most doctors advise that you avoid scuba diving because the dramatic pressure changes could have adverse effects on the baby.


Yoga: Most forms of yoga are fine during pregnancy and may even relieve some of your stress. Many yoga teachers offer special pregnancy classes, but regular classes are also fine. Just avoid lying flat on your back or overstretching.
272759 tn?1270489194
i swim in an outdoor pool several days a week (just started my 3rd trimester last week).  i also walk regularly and use a workout video that i love!!--denise austin fit and firm pregnancy.  she has workouts designed for specific trimesters.  it's broken into breathing/meditation, strengthening/firming, and cardiovascular/aerobic.  it gives me energy and has been great throughout my pregnancy!  

enjoy your final trimester!  when are you due?  i am due sept. 5.
384896 tn?1335297931
Thanks gals.
I used to be a on a BIG state swim team, so swimming has ALWAYS been something I loved to do.

I haven't lost my mucus plug yet, and probably won't for quit some time, so I think I'm okay.

And I'm due October 2nd.
Hopefully I'll be able to carry her full term.
My worst fear is a premature labor.
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272759 tn?1270489194
premature labor was my worst fear too (and i still worry about it) but my most recent big fear is the "ring of fire!!"
384896 tn?1335297931
Ring of fire??
wtf is that???
363110 tn?1340924019
casa is right. And Riot: the "ring of fire" is  when the baby's head begins coming out and you get a "burning" sensation hence: ring of fire.
230972 tn?1224473726
Hey ladies ;-) you forgot one type of pregnancy safe excersise ....
SEXXXXXXXXXX - ladies is a fantastic fun excersise that is deemed safe as long as ur ob hasnt said otherwise for high risk prem labour etc. Lol... go for it as it may be a while after baby before u get to do it again without any preoccupations.
low impact excersise is great for any stage of pregnancy and in fact benificial. i wouldnt over do it though. if you felt like u had overdone it then perhaps tone it down a bit. i do know though that in the 3rd trimester our joints etc are at more risk of damage becuase of the relaxed type state our bodies go into (cant remember technical name) so we do need to take extra precaution.

also Im petrified about the ring of fire also but I beleive from what ive been told that it actually hurts less and is somewhat a relief if you push through it and not resist. also if u have a episitiotomy (sp?) or tear it happens so quickly u dont really have time to comprehend it until after its done and ur babe is here! at the end of the day im telling myself its a small price to pay for such an amazing gift. apparently most people who have an epidural (which most do) dont even feel it.

best of luck 2u fellow 3rd trimester girls! im due 14aug cant wait!
xx

363110 tn?1340924019
Woohoo! I love Sex as excercise... anyone got any suggestions on (TMI) postitions? lol.

It's getting towhere my tummy gets in the way and uncomfortable if he's in front/on top...lol, and yea. I know about couches and chairs etc..... but I LOVE the close contact...

I'm so glad I've not gotta worry about the "ring of fire".. since I'm having a csection!
272759 tn?1270489194
as martikadragon explained, the "ring of fire" is when baby starts coming out and the stinging/burning happens from the rippage...but i have been told that it only lasts about 30 seconds...still sounds quite uncomfortable!
384896 tn?1335297931
Well I'm DEFF hoping for an Ep. cuz I am such a PUSS when it comes to my period cramps never mind LABOR pain! OMG
LOL

And Cindi- my hubby n I descovered like THE BEST position like EVER.
I'll message it to you so no one else on here is like WTF!!!
LOL
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