Fish Oil Supplement and Pain after Exercising

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Registered: 05-01-2012
Fish Oil Supplement and Pain after Exercising
Tue, 10-30-2012 - 4:30pm

Sheesh - you'd think I could remember I'm in 3T (31 weeks today) and post this in the right spot...


Hi ladies,

So, I have two questions. First, what are your thoughts on taking a fish oil supplement to get the Omega 3 fatty acids? I have heard from a lot of people it's really important to take that for healthy brain development in 3T. I am also now getting baby center updates saying the same thing. I'll ask my doc on Thursday but I'd like your thoughts and to know what all of you are doing. Second question - I had a lot of pain on Saturday down in the pelvic region. What happened is that I went for an hour long walk (brisk) and then came home and started cleaning pretty vigorously. Shortly after that I was in such pain I could hardly walk. It felt like the baby's head was pushing straight down or something. I have taken the last few days off from working out and I plan to ask my doc about it on Thursday (I wish they'd just call me back so I could ask them now...are all doctors offices this useless when it comes to returning calls?). Anyway, I wanted to work out through the whole pregnancy but I do not want to cause premature labor. What are your thoughts? Is pain normal? Or am I pushing too hard and should I quit working out? 

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Registered: 12-18-2007
Tue, 10-30-2012 - 9:59pm

The omega 3s are important, but I can't stomach fish oil supplements while pregnant.  However, this time I found that target has a store brand omega 3 that is plant based.  That one I've been taking and having no problems with.

As for working out.  I wouldn't say you have to completely stop, but you do have to listen to your body.  Do what you feel comfortable doing.  I bought a support belt to help redistribute the weight better.  With that I'm able to be as active as I have energy for.  Without it...I feel like you were describing.  Just something to consider.

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Registered: 01-22-2010
Wed, 10-31-2012 - 3:36am

I don't know anythin about the fish oil supplements but sounds like you need to ease up a bit on the exercise. If your baby is head down then the pain in your symphisis pubis is only gonna get worse due to the pressure on those muscles. I know of people who have ended up on crutches to walk because the pain has become so severe towards the end so try to take it easy and give your muscles time to recover and rest each day.

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Registered: 12-09-2009
Fri, 11-09-2012 - 10:28pm

I second the support belt comment. I used it with my daughter during exercise and it helped a lot during the 3T.  And you can get that pain even if you're not exercising, but jouncy exercise like running or even the elliptical does make it a lot worse.  If you think it is your bladder that's hurting, rest assured it will not harm your baby or cause premature labor.  It's just uncomfortable for you.  :)  Contraction pain is different - if you're feeling like you've got menstrual cramps, that is probably your uterus contracting a bit.  But even that happens a lot during the 3T and it doesn't necessarily mean anything is wrong - it just means your uterus is practicing.  ;)  Hopefully your doc  can help you sort out what is going on.

Melissa - 38

DH - 38

DD - Almost 2!

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Registered: 01-05-2001
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 9:34am

Just getting a chance to reply but hope you're feeling better!!!!  did the pain ever let up?  Hope you check in soon

Jenn (28) & DH Zach (28)
Married 9/24/2005

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Registered: 05-22-2013
Wed, 05-22-2013 - 4:19pm

Aside from pregnancy, which could make it near impossible, you should be able to tolerate a high quality fish oil supplement by keeping it in the freezer.  Make sure you eat something substantial such as oatmeal or a sandwich immediately before you take the supplement.  I have found that I eat half my sandwich, take my supplements (fish oil and others) and then eat the other half.  It helps a lot. 

Good luck!