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.)
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.
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:
- SPD: A Practical Approach to Management <– great overview, actually interesting
- Treatment of SPD <– very helpful message board post on SPD support at BabyCenter
- Physical Therapy Exercise for SPD <– I’ll do these as pain & swelling allow
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.
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.
- Ever had to take time off from exercise?
- Mamas, ever had this or ligament pain get you down?