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#1 of 14 Old 03-25-2009, 06:06 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone have this? I have really been noticing it this week and today especially. Just a constant heavy feeling in my lower abdomen--above my pubic bone. Kinda achy too, but mostly just so much pressure and heaviness.

I assume its normal as things get bigger. . .but just wondering from the BTDT crowd--is this the next six months for me? Do you always feel so heavy and achy? (well, that seems kind of like a duh, but do you adjust I guess is what I mean) Or am I just sensitive and I ain't felt nothing yet?

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Hmm, I never felt this feeling. I just feel the occasional pain from my uterus stretching and growing. Even now, with feeling the baby all the time, It still does not feel that heavy. Maybe your plecenta is there? i don't know, I am sure someone here has had that though!
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I'm a newbie, too, but I'm feeling this as well. Not achy so much, but the heaviness. I figured I'm just not used to having a tummy yet.

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I have some heaviness too. It just is. Some days it feels less heavy than others. I can't remember with Piper, but I think I just got used to it.

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I get it every pregnancy. I have it something awful this time. Waddling at 17.5 weeks! You'll adjust, but at first it's very noticeable. If it's straining your back, a maternity belt can be helpful. Good luck
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yup, that's pregnancy. i have it too. noticed it today before i saw your post.
ps: you'll get used to it!

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http://www.prenatalcradle.com/
http://www.maternitysupport.com/

Those webpages have some maternity support belts that you might find helpful. I used the maternity support from the second web page during my last pregnancy, and I found it to be extremely helpful!!! I have an old back injury that flares up often during pregnancy, plus my second pregnancy I had significant symphasis pubis diastasis which caused me a LOT of pubic bone pain (like I couldn't even cross my legs, had trouble walking, man it was bad!!)

If you are feeling pelvic pressure, you might want to try one of these and see if they help. I got my maternity support from a second hand kids clothing store locally that had a maternity section, I think I paid $5 for it Of course I gave it away after I delivered, so now I have to go find another one for this pregnancy!!!

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Thanks 2boysmama, I have been wondering about needing/using a maternity belt. Although, seems silly to use one now when I am not even showing much/really. Yesterday, I did have the urge to keep holding onto my non-existent belly--I just wanted to hold up whatever it was that felt so heavy. So I may be doomed for one of those supports.

Are they awkward/bulky to wear?

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Thanks 2boysmama, I have been wondering about needing/using a maternity belt. Although, seems silly to use one now when I am not even showing much/really. Yesterday, I did have the urge to keep holding onto my non-existent belly--I just wanted to hold up whatever it was that felt so heavy. So I may be doomed for one of those supports.

Are they awkward/bulky to wear?
I did not find it awkward or bulky, and it fit well with my clothes, but I did have problems wearing it at work because I sit at a desk primarily, but do a lot of getting up and going to the printer, going to meetings, etc. It wasn't comfortable for me to wear while sitting, it would leave painful pressure lines at the bend in my hip, but I wanted it on for those short walks and it was too much time just to put it on for a walk to the printer, you know? So usually I just suffered while at work and wore it primarily at home. I also took it off in the car, because it would tend to ride up a little and push on my abdomen and be uncomfortable.

I'm making it sound like a hassle, but really, if I was going to be on my feet for more than a minute or two, it was the only thing that kept me even somewhat comfortable!!! And I didn't dare vacuum or sweep without wearing it! So I guess I wore in on weekends and in the evenings at home.

Even if you're not showing much, just the support on your hips might be helpful to you. If it doesn't help you yet, you could just keep it on hand for when you are bigger

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Oh, and don't forget to work on strengthening your core muscles...your back, your obliques, your abs Yes, pregnant women CAN do ab work, you just have to alter the positions a bit. Google it for books or videos on pregnancy safe exercises.

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Thanks 2boysmama. . .any particular one you would recommend? I have seen some that are just like a wide belt and others that go over the top of the belly and underneath.

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http://supports4less.com/brace-type/...orts/index.htm

Here's another page I found.

I had one that was very similar to the first three on this page, I don't remember the actual name brand of it. My dr prescribed me a different one, I've been trying to find it online, but haven't found it yet. It was VERY complicated, and was worn like granny-panties with belts and suspenders that went through the crotch and up around the shoulders...it was specifically for pelvic support, not necessarily back or abdomen support (I had symphysis pubis diastasis). But it was so complicated! And imagine having to take that thing on and off to pee 20 times a day??!! I'm sure it would have given me more pelvic support, but it wasn't worth the hassle, the back/abdomen support worked well enough for me

But if I find that other one online, I'll link to it.

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I've noticed this too. I've also had a sharp, almost tight crampy feeling in my left side a little today. It's not all the time but I've had it a couple of times since I woke up this morning. I think it's all the growth and stuff going on around there, probably the ligaments, but it's been so long that I've forgotten how all that feels.

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i have it sometimes but truthfully it is usually at the end of the day and i have eaten a lot. :
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