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Here's my dilemma: I've had "false labor" virtually every night for the last two weeks (this is my second baby and so what goes on mimics real labor with baby #1 exactly). I'm really ready to be done with the nightly suffering routine and get on with the real thing! If it wasn't for this daily problem, I could be pretty patient staying pregnant awhile longer.<br><br>
I keep hearing long walks are helpful but I'm torn because I'm really tired. I'm not sleeping well, I'm home alone with a 2 year old and I'm running a business. I just wonder if the amount of energy I will expend is worth it? I know I sound really lazy but I just don't want to exhaust myself if ultimately it either will or won't happen anyway. Honestly I feel like just spending the day on the couch watching TV.<br><br>
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I'd try some short walks instead. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I don't think you want to exhaust yourself, but a couple 20 min walks a day might help. It might actually help your energy level too. I know what you mean about just wanting to sit on the couch all day though. That's the most appealing thing I can think of right now too.
 

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I agree with the PP. Take short walks, maybe including some that take stairs two at a time if you can find a building/parking garage. Try taking a warm bath in the evening as that can often calm down prodromal contractions. Do NOT wear yourself out - you will need energy reserves when you go into real labor. I would also try <a href="http://spinningbabies.blogspot.com/2008/01/sifting-with-rebozo-scarf-manteado.html" target="_blank">sifting with a rebozo</a>. A doula, DH, or a friend can do it - you can even use a bedsheet if you don't have a scarf. I am a huge fan of this as it seems to help with getting the uterus to either settle down or get to work in earnest. Plus, it feels really good for most mamas, helps give a gentle massage to the belly and relax the uterine ligaments.
 

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I was not as busy as you during the last months of my first pg. But I found walking to be extremely helpful during the last weeks of pregnancy. Don't push yourself too hard but you may find you get more energy from some short walks than you will from sitting on the couch. I went into labor with my first after a good 1 hour walk.
 

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I'm almost 36 weeks, and I feel MUCH better when I get a 30 minute walk after dinner. (BTW, I work full time and have a 3 year old who still wakes frequently at night...so I'm exhausted in general.) Every night after dinner, weather permitting, DH and I walk and DD either rides her tricycle or we push her in the stroller. It really makes me feel better mentally and physically.
 

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20 minute walks in the evening are supposed to help you sleep better, so in your case you might just need to tough out the first two days of walking before you're sleeping better and your energy level goes up.<br><br>
I've heard that for every 45 minute walk you go on reduces your labor by 10 minutes. Is there any truth to that?
 

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I've been pushing myself to do walks, because it's supposed to be one of the best things for you during pregnancy (that's what I've heard anyways). I usually don't feel like doing it, and I only go for 30-40 minute walks. Sometimes less, sometimes more depending on my mood that day. It also depends on the day. Yesterday I woke up and got myself going and took a walk in the morning (which I never do), but today I feel like I was dragging myself out of bed and I waited till mid afternoon to take my walk (which is what I usually do). It does make me feel motivated to do stuff though.<br><br>
One thing I have heard is that getting out in the sun and fresh air for 30 minutes a day is supposed to help women's hormones. It can also level out hormones for women who have fluctuating hormones I think.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I want to know if that's true too! That would be so great if it did, I'd be walking in earnest every day if that were the case. lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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