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Lately if I go for a walk, get on a treadmill, or am walking several blocks downtown, I start contracting. (I really didn't know what it was, until I described it to my CNM) It kinda surprised me that walking would cause contractions at 26 weeks. I thought walking is supposed to be the all purpose pregnancy exercise. It doesn't happen if I'm on the elliptical or the recliner bike.<br><br>
It think it just has something to do with the bouncy motion of walking. My torso is kinda short, so my belly sticks out quite a bit. Could that be related?<br><br>
What should I think of this? Should I be alarmed?<br><br><br>
My CNM said just to stop doing it, if it's causing pain. ...and that for some reason my body is not liking walking, but didn't say it was necessarily bad. ...or that I might be dehydrated...but I drink 10 cups of water a day. (I mark it on my fridge)<br><br><br>
What do you think?
 

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<span>They could be braxton hicks contractions i never got them with my 1st (although plenty of women do) but did with my 2nd, 3rd and 4th and i got them a lot when out walking so bad sometimes i had to stop in my tracks and breathe through them.<br>
if it's only happening whille your out walking then it probebly isn't anything to worry about.<br>
i also have a shourt torso and had quite a large sticking out bump although not actually sure that really means anything.<br>
just try resting whille you can if this is causing you a lot of pain.</span>
 

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I always get them when I walk, throughout my pregnancies. They don't hurt, though. I would try to get some other kind of exercise if it hurt, I guess.<br><br>
I second the drinking water thing, though, even if you're already getting "enough". I was, too, and I was having a bunch of contractions a month or two ago, enough that they were starting to bother me. I didn't think I needed to do it, but I finally tried drinking EVEN MORE water (13+ cups per day), and things got much better. It's annoying, because I just don't drink much water normally and now I have to drink more than anyone ever should. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The contractions start to come back if I slack off, though. *shrug*
 

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That's good to know. I guess I will start drinking more than 10 cups a day and see if I notice a difference.
 

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I think I get the same thing. I actually haven't been walking much and just started walking more lately. I get sharp pains mainly at the bottom of my uterus, but sometimes it's on the sides, but not as sharp or as painful as it is at the bottom. Is that anything like what you're feeling? Could they be contractions? I figured maybe in was round-ligament pain.
 

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If you're feeling sharp pains, it's not likely those are contractions. Those probably <i>are</i> round ligament pains, like marcib28 said. BH contractions are usually painless this early on. When they do get uncomfortable, they feel more like menstrual cramps than anything else. It's pretty normal to get round ligament pains and/or BH contractions when exercising.
 

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Well that's frustrating that my CNM said they were contractions. I just described it to her as tightening in my belly and that it was painful, and sometimes I had to stop or walk extremely slow (like if I was heading to my car). So, could that be BH and ligament pain at the same time?<br><br>
It seriously hurts too much to walk for exercise. Is that normal? If I just power through does it get better?<br><br>
The other day I did have painful lower ab and lower back cramps for a while. (like period style) (I was at an art/craft show all weekend) Was that contractions? Then if I would walk around, my belly would start tightening up and there would be sort of a sharp pain starting. (I could have not been getting enough water that weekend too)
 

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I have been getting both b-h *and* round ligament pain while walking, for a few weeks now. I'm also 26 weeks. It's driving me crazy. I also drink plenty of water. It's really my only form of exersize, so I hate to quit doing it, but a couple times I've gotten a mile from home and then gotten so miserable I thought someone would have to come pick me up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I have no solution, but I feel for you!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well that's frustrating that my CNM said they were contractions. I just described it to her as tightening in my belly and that it was painful, and sometimes I had to stop or walk extremely slow (like if I was heading to my car). So, could that be BH and ligament pain at the same time?<br><br>
It seriously hurts too much to walk for exercise. Is that normal? If I just power through does it get better?<br><br>
The other day I did have painful lower ab and lower back cramps for a while. (like period style) (I was at an art/craft show all weekend) Was that contractions? Then if I would walk around, my belly would start tightening up and there would be sort of a sharp pain starting. (I could have not been getting enough water that weekend too)</div>
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That's what I feel. The pain comes all the way up to my belly button, which is different than the round ligament pain I've felt in the past. Those pains seemed to always stay very low and very far to the sides. This seems to consume more of my belly. Everything down there always seems really tight, so I'm not sure how to tell based on the "tightening" of my uterus. I guess it could have been described as menstrual cramps too...<br><br>
I tried powering through it and it didn't get any better. I put my hand under my belly and put pressure on the bottom side of it, but that only helped a little.<br><br>
I'm also trying to decide if I should stop walking...<br><br>
Thanks for all the responses!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Lately if I go for a walk, get on a treadmill, or am walking several blocks downtown, I start contracting. (I really didn't know what it was, until I described it to my CNM) It kinda surprised me that walking would cause contractions at 26 weeks. I thought walking is supposed to be the all purpose pregnancy exercise. It doesn't happen if I'm on the elliptical or the recliner bike.<br><br>
It think it just has something to do with the bouncy motion of walking. My torso is kinda short, so my belly sticks out quite a bit. Could that be related?<br><br>
What should I think of this? Should I be alarmed?<br><br><br>
My CNM said just to stop doing it, if it's causing pain. ...and that for some reason my body is not liking walking, but didn't say it was necessarily bad. ...or that I might be dehydrated...but I drink 10 cups of water a day. (I mark it on my fridge)<br><br><br>
What do you think?</div>
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This is me too. With both my son and this pregnancy, I have the same issues when walking. It's terrible b/c I love to walk. I now swim a few times a week. It is great-no impact. I can't wait to go for long walks and hikes again though...I do think it is the imapact and bounciness of walking on concrete...
 

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I can't really tell what you're describing. Round ligament pain doesn't cause your uterus to feel hard, if that's what you mean by tightening (put your hands on it when it happens and see if it's harder than normal), so if that's what's happening, that would be a contraction. However, contractions usually aren't sharp pains, which is what marcib described and you said you were also feeling, and round ligament pain <i>can</i> feel like something is stretching/pulling/tightening. Round ligament pain can definitely hurt enough to stop you in your tracks for a minute or two and it doesn't have to be something you feel only on the sides. Human bodies have a very unhelpful way of referring pain to all kinds of places that aren't the actual origin of said pain. lol And it's always possible that you're having both at the same time, as you said.<br><br>
Anyway, if you thoroughly described it to your m/w, I'm sure you can trust her opinion a lot more than mine. She knows you and I'm sure you were able to explain it better to her than you can on a message board. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I agree with plummetting, kind of confused about what sensation you are describing.<br><br>
I had painless B-H earlier in my PG when I walked as well. To make the story short, they ramped up to the point where I would get them while being sedentary, and my MW was concerned. I went for an cervical U/S that showed everything was closed and I wasn't showing any signs of PTL. I rested for several weeks, increased magnesium, and around 28 (?) weeks I started being more active again.<br><br>
They've slowed down considerably lately, I think my uterus was in a funky position and irritating itself (my hypothesis). I'm grateful it didn't lead to anything, but also, it is very important to pay attention to your body and notice signs like that because PTL can be very serious.
 
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