My New Lifting Belt… Sort Of

Good Morning! Though I’m talking fitness today, I’m also sprinkling in some pictures from this weekend. Yeah… I can multitask.

As I promised in yesterday’s bumpdate, I have a new workout to share. I followed this for most of it last week and liked it. Though it’s preg-friendly, it isn’t preg-only. I think it would also be good for those looking to try out a weight lifting split routine for the first time. (Of course, check with your doc… duh.)

workout Though I liked this plan, I’m not actually sticking with it.

In fact, I’m taking time off from exercise. I’ve had major pains in the pelvic area, and they are significantly different than the common round ligament pains I’ve felt in the past.

This is in one localized area and feels quite stabby. Walking and sleeping hurt the most, so pretty much all exercise is out of the question. I am taking at least one full week off, and I am talking to my doc about it on Thursday.


Beast Feast food truck festival @ US National Whitewater Center

I’ve taken it upon myself to do a bit of research on my own. (Who doesn’t these days? It’s too easy to self-diagnose!) I think it could be symphysis pubic dysfunction (SPD) or a bad pull/sprain. Here are a few links for more info:

I don’t want to get into too much detail, but as the hormone, relaxin loosens ligaments around the pelvis, the stiff pelvic joints can take become unstable and do a bit of extra shifting. As you can imagine, it really really really hurts.


Sunday Brunch (okay… it was actually 2nd breakfast)

I hate to complain, but not being able to work out AT ALL is really depressing. I always imagined myself as one of those cute preggos who power walks, swims, and keeps doin’ her thang up until the last week or so.

Then again, if you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans. Am I right?

There are a couple PT exercises I can do once the inflammation goes down (if doc approves on Thursday), but there’s no real way to “fix” this until Baby E makes his appearance. I purchased this support belt, which helps a bit.

beltI’d like to at least add in some swimming and prenatal pilates if at all possible, so let’s hope it’s just a pull/sprain!!

  • Ever had to take time off from exercise?
  • Mamas, ever had this or ligament pain get you down?

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32 Responses to My New Lifting Belt… Sort Of

  1. Aw I’m sorry you’re not able to work out 🙁 I know working out makes you feel good not only physically, but mentally, too!

  2. Sorry to hear about your stabby pelvis pain – I can relate… somewhat. Maybe that’s what my problem is, I’ve got a baby ninja kicking my pelvis while I’m trying to run. Haha. My fingers are crossed that you can get back to some sort of exercise routine soon! 😀

  3. I’m excited for a true excuse to take time out form working out, but like you, I know I won’t be able to quit 100%. Prenatal pilates sounds nice, and swimming of course.

  4. aww I’m sorry about your stabby pain. hopefully it eases up a bit before baby E’s arrival. But even if it doesn’t, you’re so close to finally meeting him! 3rd trimester woo!

  5. Good for you for being proactive and cautious! I’m sure you’ll figure out what’s going on with those mysterious pains!

  6. Oh, that sounds horrible! Sorry to hear that! I you feel better soon! Not being able to workout is definitely tough. I’ve definitely gone through periods like that and it’s NO fun. At least your getting closer now!!

  7. Aww I hope you feel better soon, that sounds like no fun at all. I have not had any bad pain, only ligament pain after some workouts/run or if I eat too much 😉
    Good for you and taking a break, you deserve it and its the right thing to do

  8. I had the same pain when I was pregnant. The relaxin made me SO sore. I had to quit running around 5 months, but was able to continue working out up until 8 months. The most important thing is to listen to your body- I am glad you have! Good luck!

  9. Aww, I’m sorry that you’re experiencing this, but I’m happy that you’re backing off from exercise until you get it sorted out. Hopefully, the doctor can figure out exactly what’s going on and the best way to ease it.

  10. Hang in there! Your doctor might have some insight and suggestions on Thursday, but it also sounds like you are being proactive and careful about the discomfort. Try and keep in mind the big picture (I know–easier said than done). This is temporary, and you WILL be back to working out!! 🙂

  11. I’ve taken time off exercise because of injuries. It is REALLY hard, but I just had to keep reminding myself that I would benefit from it.

  12. I’m sorry to hear you’re having pains, but I assure you that you are still one of those cute, fit pregnant women. 🙂 Hang in there!

  13. I’ve definitely had to take time off before, injuries, and even burnout (mental and physical). Sorry you are dealing with pain, hopefully you can get some answers (and relief) soon! 🙂

  14. I didn’t have that type of ligament pain when I was pregnant but I did have to stop exercising at one point. The weight of the babes was just too much for my cervix (TMI? We’re all friends here right? 😉 ) so it was shortening. It sucked but if it was for the better of the babes than it needed to be done. Hope you get some answers at your appt.

    • Tiff says:

      While I’m sorry to hear that, I have to admit that it made me feel better to hear someone as fit as you even had to take some time off. (Misery loves company, I suppose. haha)

  15. I’m sorry to hear about the pain! Yikes, that sounds terrible! I hope you get to chat with the doc & get things figured out quickly!

  16. Hang in there! Hopefully a week off will do the trick, and then you can ease back into some activity. I spent a LOT of time in the pool during both of my pregnancies. Loved taking the pressure and weight off my joints. It was very sad when I had to give up flip turns, but not as sad as when I had to start using the granny ladder to hoist my big belly outta the pool!

  17. Hang in there! I hope you get some answers soon.

  18. You are working out! Growing a life is a major workout:)

    Hope all goes well and focus on the positive, I know it’s tough. but the end result is so close!

  19. Michelle says:

    I’m late to this post – but yeah the pelvic pains SUCK. I didn’t have SPD, just normal “there’s a baby’s head on my crotch!” symptoms. It’s why I had to quit running at 26 weeks 🙁 I wish I could offer you some advice or relief!! Resting does help (support bands just made me have to pee), but the only thing that got rid of my pains is having that baby! The worst for me was ALWAYS rolling over in bed – especially the day after a workout.

    It really IS OK to take it easy! The next 6 months (or more) are going to be challenging to you and your body. Just be kind to yourself – you’ll get back at it at some point!!

    • Tiff says:

      Yes! Rolling over in bed is definitely the worst, which the hubby will never understand. He just hears me grunting and whining. ha Thanks luv for the support. Though I’m sorry you weren’t feeling great either, misery loves company.

  20. That belt is pretty cool! I was curious about pregnant ladies and weight lifting. I see a lot of pregnant runners, but not too many weight lifters.

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