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09 Mar 2004

Running & Braxton vs Pulling Ligaments?
I have heard that exercise can cause Braxton Hicks contractions? I am wondering if what I am feeling while running are contractions or just pulling of ligaments?
I am a very active person. I am currently 23 weeks and 2 days. I have been running throughout my pregnancy and have been feeling great. I watch my heart rate and do not over-exert myself. My little girl is also developing well acording to my gynae.
Last week I felt these pulling/cramping feelings on the sides of my stomach while running. Mainly on the right side of my stomach. It only happens while I am running, not when I stop. I bought a pregnancy support belt and wore it for the first time yesterday on my run and it definately takes most of that pulling/cramping feeling away, but not totally. What am I feeling? and am I doing any harm to my little girl? or myself? I really do not want to stop running as I feel the benefits of keeping fit and really enjoy the run. I think the little one does too as she is very active in the afternoon after my run.

Please help. Do any other preggies feel this while exercising?
GynaeDoc - your input will be very valuable.

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01 Jan 0001

What you are feeling could be a muscle cramps and nothing to do with the ligaments of the uterus. Braxton Hicks contractions feel like tightenings of the tummy. In pregnancy, it is advisable to listen to your body and it sounds like you should cut down a bit. Perhaps run for shorter distances.

Best wishes
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