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Old 01-03-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Exercising mamas - is it normal to cramp up?

I've gone swimming several times over the last few weeks. (I'm 20 weeks) Before I got pregnant I had been swimming regularly, and then stopped for a while before I got pregnant. Each time since I've been back, after swimming about 4 laps my uterus cramps up something awful. If I relax for a while and swim really slow (more like a float) eventually it'll ease up. But I never can swim very fast for fear I'll cramp up again.

Regardless, swimming still feels good and does wonders for the water retention. But I don't feel like I get much of a workout because I'm swimming so slow.

Am I just over-doing it? Or is this normal? The last time I swam laps while pregnant was 7 years ago and I don't remember this ever happening.
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Well, I am almost 26 wks and have pretty much continued my normal exercise routine (running, circuit training, turbo kickboxing, Zumba, etc). I do sometimes get some tightening of my uterus and heaviness in my perineum. If I get a bad cramp it's like a side cramp and I just take it easy til it passes then pick things back up. If you feel good in the water I think it is great to do that. If you wait for the cramp to pass and then pick up your pace, do you start cramping again?
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:23 PM   #3
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Well, I am almost 26 wks and have pretty much continued my normal exercise routine (running, circuit training, turbo kickboxing, Zumba, etc). I do sometimes get some tightening of my uterus and heaviness in my perineum. If I get a bad cramp it's like a side cramp and I just take it easy til it passes then pick things back up. If you feel good in the water I think it is great to do that. If you wait for the cramp to pass and then pick up your pace, do you start cramping again?
Typically after I cramp up I just keep swimming really slow. Today I swam the last few laps a little bit harder and I could tell my uterus was a bit tight afterwards, but not the painful cramping at the beginning.

I'm hoping to start swimming several times a week and I hope this goes away once it's more routine. It's rather worrisome.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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Yes. My Braxton hicks got pretty bad after working out. Sometimes during.

Fwiw- I ran thru my entire pregnancy, with a 1/2 marathon at 27weeks. This is my third vaginal delivery. and he was my first overdue baby!!! Be sure to hydrate.
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I have not felt up to exercising lately but I remember cramping when I was pregnant with DS. Nothing awful but a bit worse than normal menstrual cramps. I agree with keeping hydrated and I always stopped if they got too intense or the cramping wasn't stopping.

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:45 PM   #6
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I don't recall cramping with DD and haven't been cramping with this baby. Of course, I'm just walking, so maybe not as strenuous. And I drink a ton of water while I exercise and usually have to walk cross legged to the bathroom afterwards.

So I'd definitely make sure you're well hydrated and just try to listen to your body.

I do get some BH during my walk, but they're the normal, mild kind that just remind me that I need to pee as they press on my bladder.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:44 AM   #7
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Yea I would cramp while walking 6-7 miles. Usually I just needed water (like a charley horse) I would also have Braxton hicks. Just take breaks if you need too
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