Are these true?

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Are these true?

I have a friend whose pregnancy didn't make it past 7 weeks. That was many years ago, so she's been able to move on, but she keeps telling me all this stuff that has me freaked out, and that I've never heard before.

She says while pregnant, you shouldn't reach or stretch up.

She says while pregnant, you can't mow the grass because the baby can ....vibrate out? (Wouldn't it get banged around during sex if this were true?)

She says while pregnant, do not bend over a lot at the waist.

I'm constantly bending and stretching at work...and now she's got me paranoid!

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LOL I think those are old wives tales. If pregnancies were so fragile that "reaching up" or "bending low" could dislodge it, I imagine our ancesters (most of whom had to work their butts off hunting and gathering and farming and stuff) would have died out looooong ago. LOL

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My bootcamp instructor is 6+ months pregnant and she still demos things. She also still does about 80% of her kickboxung class. My friend went to these classes until the day before she delivered. She did tend not to do bouncy things but that was out of comfort.

For the normal person, as long as you are listening to your body, you are fine.

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I ran a half marathon at 24 weeks with my son. If there was any way he could've dislodged, I bet he would've done it over those 13.1 miles or the training runs leading up to it. Wink

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"HollyRK" wrote:

I ran a half marathon at 24 weeks with my son. If there was any way he could've dislodged, I bet he would've done it over those 13.1 miles or the training runs leading up to it. Wink

:jawdrop: Wow~! That's awesome.

I could probably run....to my car...if it's raining...and cold. LOL

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"babywings1" wrote:

I could probably run....to my car...if it's raining...and cold. LOL

Haha...you're too funny.

I really hope those things aren't true, I also do a lot of bending and reaching at work. I also from time to time lift heavy materials like paver samples and stone samples when I have meetings. I need to announce my pregnancy to my office before the next one. I almost threw my back out a couple months ago trying to lift one.

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No way, that's so bogus! I've heard of people falling down stairs when they were WAY pregnant and everything was fine. There is a LOT in there protecting the baby especially now that they're small. I mean, there are things that you're not supposed to do like go on rollercoasters or go skydiving or something but that's a little more obvious. Smile

Oh I should add though that if you are prone to preterm labor, it is a different story because then you are confined to bed rest and can't do a lot of stuff because it could put you in labor. But that's not everybody and only happens if you have a bout with early contractions. Anyway...

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I run all the time to the fridge to get olives! Smile

The only one I've ever heard of was the bending over. I was always told to bend at the knees.

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"Mari626" wrote:

The only one I've ever heard of was the bending over. I was always told to bend at the knees.

Yeah, but I've just heard that generally it's better for your body to bend at the knees instead of the waist because it doesn't put strain on your back. Doesn't really have much to do w/ pregnancy though.

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"tori729" wrote:

Yeah, but I've just heard that generally it's better for your body to bend at the knees instead of the waist because it doesn't put strain on your back. Doesn't really have much to do w/ pregnancy though.

LOL, you see and I was told that the first time when I was pregnant with DD.

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Bahahahahahaha !!!! They tell you to keep in shape and workout during pregnancy.. stick to the professionals when it comes to advice like that every woman is different.

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I have a friend who, with her first, was terrified of the "stretching up" thing because the story goes that it wraps the cord around the baby's neck (again, not true, how would that even work?) She always jokes that even washing her hair was a major ordeal involving "T Rex arms" because she didn't want to put her elbows up any higher than she absolutely had to. ROFL She got over it with her second and washed her hair normally again. Both babies were fine. Lol

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Yeah i'm going to go with not true at all. Just listen to your body and you'll know what you can and cannot do and or should or should not do. It's nice of her to be looking out for you though. Smile