Training through pregnancy to be a fitter, healthier and happier mum of three!
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10 weeks 1 day
I arrived at Tuesday’s training session raring to go. I was well rested and my usual nausea had been calmed by the morning’s delicious breakfast of porridge, fruit and toast (yes, I have finally worked out that eating early helps to keep nausea at bay!). I strapped on my heart-rate monitor and had a quick bathroom visit before springing out to meet Calum. Or that’s what I had hoped… my body, it seems, had other ideas.
Bleeding in early pregnancy (or indeed late pregnancy) always causes that heart-stopping moment and rush of adrenaline that naturally begs the question: “is my baby ok? What’s happening?”
In my first pregnancy, I had countless moments like that, as I bled regularly throughout my pregnancy. There was no explanation, no forewarning, no trigger, I would just wake up from time to time with that same adrenaline rush, those same questions swimming through my head until the bleeding stopped, sometimes several days later. The first time it happened I was 8 weeks pregnant and as it was out of hours, I was referred to my local A & E clinic. The doctor I saw looked knowingly at me and said “it’s very early… it’s quite common”… leaving me with no doubt but to expect the worst. However, he referred me to the Early Pregnancy Unit, where the wonderful Sonographer took just a few seconds to say: “there’s baby, and there’s its nice strong heartbeat. Lovely little heartbeat there.” I will remember that moment forever and 32 weeks later, our gorgeous, healthy baby girl was born. I had similar episodes with my second pregnancy, albeit less frequent, and so I expected that this time around it might happen too.
As luck would have it, I had my first Obstetrician appointment booked the following day so I knew that I would be able to see my baby and to check that everything was ok… and it was, my lovely 10 week old bubs was bouncing around on the screen and, again, there was no visible explanation for what had happened.
I suppose (despite my general neuroticisms), that having had so many episodes throughout my now three pregnancies, I am much calmer than I would have been had this been the first time it had happened. However, in that situation, it goes firmly against my instincts to ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ and training on Tuesday was an absolute no for me, confirmed by Calum when I explained to him what had happened. There are several contraindications to exercising whilst pregnant, one of which is bleeding (at any stage in your pregnancy). For more information, visit the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG) website at http://www.acog.org.
So I didn’t train on Tuesday and I took the rare opportunity to put my feet up for an hour before collecting my son from school. Within 24 hours the bleeding had settled and with the nod of approval from my Obstetrician, my normal exercising activities could resume. Calum and I had a great session on Thursday morning, with a good balance of upper and lower body exercises as well as some gentle abdominal exercises and I left the session with a spring in my step.
My post workout snack was a super smoothie – combine a handful each of blueberries and raspberries (I use frozen fruit, which also makes the smoothie nice and cold) with milk, natural yogurt and a banana. It is wonderfully refreshing and accounts for 3 of your 5 a day. For those of you struggling to eat fruit whole at the moment because of morning sickness, this is a good alternative and it packs the nutrients in.
There is a wealth of information available about bleeding in pregnancy, but as I have been banned from Dr Google, I refer to a handful of tried and trusted sites. One of my favourites is The Doctor and Daughter’s Guide to Pregnancy (www.doctoranddaughter.co.uk) and they have written a good, succinct section on bleeding in pregnancy (http://doctoranddaughter.co.uk/?page_id=105).