Remember when I used to trail run? Yeah, neither do I! I've never been able to run while pregnant, but this pregnancy has also not leant itself to gym sessions like I had when I was pregnant with Zelda. This time round I was far too ill and tired in the first two trimesters to do any exercise. Making dinner and putting the kids to bed was about all I could manage, if that. Plus I've had terrible ligament pain down both sides of my body and 'underneath' my belly.
Last week, after we'd had a particularly hard weekend with Zelda, I thought why not book her into the childcare at the gym on my Tuesday off. That way I could just get a coffee at the cafe or do some stretches & have an hour to myself.
I had noticed that after I had a sinus infection, with lots of sneezing and blowing my nose, the ligament pain down each side went away, but the lower belly pain was still there. While I was at the gym (an Zelda was safely occupied in the childcare) I asked a personal trainer for some advice on the ligament pain. I had thought that stretches would help, but she said that I needed the opposite, to contract the ligaments. I ended up having an awesome session with her the following Saturday. She’s set up a tailored program for the rest of my pregnancy to help my over stretched ligaments contract. The last two mornings I’ve woken up pain free. It’s fabulous!
The midwifes had said that the ligament pain would be there for the rest of the pregnancy, but that it wasn't bad enough to be referred to a physio. Am so glad that I sought a second opinion. Yes it will continue to be an issue but far more manageable with a little exercise.
I saw Alexandra Sheedy at Body Harmonics