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boilermaker's picture
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Running?

So I've been back at the gym for just over 3 weeks--and was back to running.

However, when I saw my MW last week she said "NO!" and explained that the ligaments that hold your uterus (you know those round ligaments that hurt so much when we were preggers....) take 4-6 months to contract back to their normal size post-birth (something about not much blood flow to ligaments?) Anyhow-- she said no running or high impact stuff for 4-6 months, otherwise you risk having a prolapsed uterus bc there is nothing to hold it in. Yikes!

This was my FIFTH baby, and nobody ever mentioned that to me before. And I know some of you were getting ready to run and train for a 5K, so just thought I'd share. She said intensity and low-impact are just fine, just no jumping/high impact stuff for a good long while.....

So back to walking and the elliptical for me. Wink

JDBabyHopes's picture
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Wow, seriously? I remember at my 6 week appointment after DS1, I specifically asked about running/horseback riding (since I was an avid participator of both!), and she told me to have at it! I've never heard anything about that - I'll have to read up, now! I just got back into exercise this week (Jillian Michaels DVDs), but was planning on hooking up with my running buddy starting next week. Hm, now I have to read about this!

RebeccaA'07's picture
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I was also going to start running but guess I better stick to walking and biking!

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lol... I've been doing the Jillian Michaels DVDs and when there is any jumping involved my body certainly lets me know I'm in danger of having my uterus fall out... It is most definitely not where it should be yet! And I think I may as well go ahead and sign up for surgery to fix it.

Meanwhile, I'll continue with my modified jumping jack- it makes me laugh whenever she gets to a part and says "there is no modified version of a jumping jack. 300lb people can do them so can you!" Oh Jillian... they get modified when you've pushed out 5 giant babies in 7 years Smile

Marite13's picture
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Huh- well, glad I haven't found the motivation to run yet!! I'm doing Jillian Michael's new 30 day one....still doing week 1 (for asecond week)- do you really think the "skater hops" and vertical jumps (from one foot to the other) are too much?? They don't feel like too much...I don't feel like anything is not in the right place...but should I watch it anyway??

boilermaker's picture
Joined: 08/21/02
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I don't know. I was literally running almost 2 miles every other day when my MW told me this. But she put the fear of God in me with the "your uterus could fall out"--lol! I don't want that.

Her statements seemed reasonable, but I'll have to research some more....though for now, I'm erring on the side of low impact but high intensity.

And lol, Kris. My hairdresser is literally having surgery today to put her bladder back it and remove her uterus. It had completely prolapsed (she had three 8+ lb babies 16+ years ago....) Yikes!

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Joined: 10/08/11
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I'm doing Jillian Michaels. I tried Insanity and I barely made it through the warm-up. It felt like everything in my midsection, including my uterus, was going to fall out! I've decided to ease into exercise after that. Blum 3

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I ran yesterday, alone, and it felt like heaven. Of course I was thinking about my uterus falling out but I've never heard that before, and I didn't overdo it, and I felt like wonder woman after. So I'm going to continue to cautiously run.

greenmylife's picture
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Insanity made me feel like I was going to die, yes.....all guts falling out.....but I thought that was due to the c section. My doc told me to go ahead and work out but take it easy.

Im not a work-out person to begin with though - no running, no walking, really....nothing.....so Im thinking I need to take it a little easier until 4 months-ish and see where Im at. It is just SOOOOOOOOOOO frustrating to not fit into any of my clothes. (per prior posts)

BTW - isnt there some pp specific workouts? like, starts with core building and avoids round ligaments?

wlillie's picture
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It's odd that I was told the exact opposite of everyone else. I was expecting to get yelled at for running before 6 weeks and she actually asked me why I hadn't been doing situps and reminded me to make sure I worked out my core.

Audra, do you think she told you that because you've had 5 kids? I'm guessing since it takes longer each time to heal that she'd be more worried about you than a FTM.

boilermaker's picture
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I don't know? I feel like I've healed more quickly with each one-- quit bleeding faster, less stretching, no tearing, etc.

But I do know that you should not do regular sit ups right away-- it will make the split in the abdominal muscles even worse. You have to knit together the muscles down by your pelvic bone more before you do regular sit-ups. The muscles that you use when "sucking it in" to zip up jeans have to get strong first.
A Firm and Flat Abdomen After Pregnancy

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"boilermaker" wrote:

I don't know? I feel like I've healed more quickly with each one-- quit bleeding faster, less stretching, no tearing, etc.

But I do know that you should not do regular sit ups right away-- it will make the split in the abdominal muscles even worse. You have to knit together the muscles down by your pelvic bone more before you do regular sit-ups. The muscles that you use when "sucking it in" to zip up jeans have to get strong first.
A Firm and Flat Abdomen After Pregnancy

Thanks. I didn't think that sounded right.

greenmylife's picture
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"boilermaker" wrote:

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Thanks Audra! Good info. Im gonna also post on FB. I had no idea about the restrictions post c section.......sheesh........insanity = not smart. Blum 3

Marite13's picture
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D'oh! No regular sit ups! I guess I need to go read that article you posted....

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