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11th-Apr-2011 08:49 am [post partum]
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I'm 16 wks PP on Fri. I'm in the army and I run at least 3x a week. After I run, I feel and walk like I'm in my 3rd trimester. I'm wondering how long does this last. Do I need to go to the doctor? It's just annoying. I'm close to 100% as far as everything else after my C-section. TIA.
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11th-Apr-2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
I am 19mo PP from my second child, both vaginal births. When i stand or walk or run too much, my pelvis and pubic bone ache. I've assumed its just from looser ligaments than pre-kids. Its not excruciating but I am a tad sore.
11th-Apr-2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
19 mon? Yikes. I really don't want this to continue.
11th-Apr-2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
First of all, thank you for your service.

I can't speak about this from first hand experience, since I didn't carry our baby around personally. However, 16 weeks seems like enough time for the damage caused by the C-section to be 95% fully healed. Do you have specific pain that you're concerned about? When you say this, "After I run, I feel and walk like I'm in my 3rd trimester", I'm not sure if you're talking about lower back pain, hip popping/discomfort, knee pain, or something else that I haven't thought of.

You could probably call your doc and describe the discomfort you're experiencing, and take it from there.
11th-Apr-2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I'm talking about pain in my pelvic area like everything is still loose. I figured it would've tightened up by now.
11th-Apr-2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
Running is a hard impact activity, so if your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles haven't regained strength yet, you might be doing them more harm then good. You also need to have good pelvic floor muscles before attempting abdominal muscles. Exercise is good when your body can take it, otherwise it has the opposite effect. You might want to speak to a physical therapist about this. I hope you recover soon!
12th-Apr-2011 09:03 am (UTC)
My magic cure for pelvic issues is pilates.
I'm currently 39 weeks into my first pregnancy, but before that I messed up my pelvis with a motorbike accident, and pilates helped rebuild things enough that the SPD has been controllable.
Running alone will not rebuild the core strength you lost during pregnancy.
11th-Apr-2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm 14 weeks PP and when I get out and walking my hips/pelvis feel like jello. I still can't sleep on my sides with out it feeling 'weird'. I'm hoping it resolves itself, but I've been suggested to go to physio to strengthen the muscles. I guess only time will tell.
11th-Apr-2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Do you use any sort of postpartum support belt? Something that could help support the belly and pelvic area might help with discomfort.
11th-Apr-2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
I never got one. I wasn't sure I really needed one.
12th-Apr-2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Mine was a LIFESAVER. It made it a lot easier to be up and moving around, and helped me fit into my non-maternity pants better, just by keeping everything tucked in (plus my jeans hit my incision site, so that was kind of irritating). They're also 'supposed' to help with getting the pelvis back into a more pre-pregnancy state (at least that's what they told me at the maternity store, not sure if it's true, and I didn't wear mine long enough to find out).
11th-Apr-2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you need to work on tightening up your abdominal muscles. Also, your hips are wider now and your ligaments are probably still somewhat loose, so all that running around is likely really jostling your joints a lot and exacerbating the problem. Also, your uterus and incisions are still healing, so your workout may just be irritating the area.
11th-Apr-2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
I don't think my abs are an issue since we do core work twice a wk. I feel fine in that area. You're probably right about the other stuff. I'll see what the doc says.
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