can pregnant women go bowling?

Andrea-Jayne [AJay Jimajay] - posted on 03/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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im in my second trimester and theres tons of fun stuff i wanna do like go on rollercoasters and stuff but its too dangerous. IM BORED! i just wana scream with boredom, my friends invite me out to go clubbing and all sorts but nothing is suitable incase my bump gets knocked or i strain it.
what can we do?

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Karen - posted on 03/04/2009

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Walking, some cardio excersises, movies, ....ask your doc about bowling. My sister went bowling with a light ball in her 2nd trimester and was fine.

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Believe me, every pregnant woman has confidence issues! Even if they won'y admit it. Try asking a friend along to something you are interested in, but if they can't go or don't want to go, please try to go anyway. I know its easier said than done, but give yourself a little kick in the behind and get out there sister! You know for sure when you get there that you already have something in common and you will develop friends that you can then do play dates with after the baby is born.

Ashley - posted on 03/03/2009

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its just it feels like im losing my friends cuz they invite me out places and i cant go along.


Having a baby affects all parts of your life, including your relationships with your friends. You should try to find things that you can do with your friends when you are pregnant or look for new friends (who may also be pregnant) to share things with. It will be difficult to maintain relationships after the baby is born because your life will be so much different from those of your single (non-mom) friends. Its not that you can't maintain those friendships, it just takes more effort. In the meantime, be open minded and step outside of your comfort zone to look for new friendships. You may be very surprised at what you find :)

Ashley - posted on 03/03/2009

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The second trimester is the best part! You're over the sickness and not yet big enough to be in pain all of the time. Definitely enjoy yourself!



My husband and I met dancing. We continued to go to dance clubs until my 8th month (when I had some false labor on the way home!). I also went to NASCAR races, camping, hiking, etc.... and my pregnancy was a little dicey in the beginning. My doctor still encouraged me to stay active so that I would be in the best shape possible for my delivery. I'm not a doctor, but perhaps your OB is a little over protective?



You should definitely not be worried about your belly getting knocked or strained or anything. Just listen to your body and don't over do it. For example, I enjoy shooting clays (shotguns) but during my pregnancy, I couldn't shoot very many rounds. But, I still went and did it. As I got bigger, I might not have been able to do as much dancing, but I still went and did what I could. As long as you listen to your body, you'll be fine. You'll be holed up at home soon enough when your baby is born.... live it up while you can!

Andrea-Jayne [AJay Jimajay] - posted on 03/03/2009

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thats a good idea. ive never thought of asking my friends to come to a class with me lol. ive found lots of stuff i want to do, but also everythings well out of town. it would be nice to have some company getting there as well as there.

Malinda - posted on 03/03/2009

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Maybe you can take a friend with you to a class! I've seen pregnant woman come to pre-natal classes with non-pregnant friends for support. I think women in general understand the need to feel comfortable in places and I've never seen the non-pregnant friend be judged poorly or ridiculed for coming along. Just because a class is pre-natal, doesn't mean it won't be challenging. And then you'll hopefully meet other moms-to-be and feel more confident going to classes in the future. :-)

Andrea-Jayne [AJay Jimajay] - posted on 03/03/2009

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thanx for the advice. well yeah my doctor is the one saying ''dont do this and dont do that'' im perfectly healthy and so is my pregnancy though.
im not the type of person to put my baby last or anything, ills always make sure someting is safe before doing it. its just it feels like im losing my friends cuz they invite me out places and i cant go along.
finding something to do which is suitable for pregnant women, like antenatal workouts and things like that is something i would love to do, but ive got no confidence whatsoever and feel really out of place if i dont have my friends there.

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I did cardio kickboxing up until my 8th month and also went bowling (its hard because your center of balance is off) and used a light weight ball. I went to Disneyworld with my family  at 7 months and went on some of the rides, but nothing really crazy. Before I did any of it though, I checked with my doctor and would recommend the same for you since every pregnancy is different. I would avoid the clubs not because someone may knock into you, but because the music is so loud and can mess with your heart rhythm as well as having the concern that some idiot would put something in your drink. Being pregnant is not a jail sentence....but it is a lifestyle change. See if you can find a maternity exercise program that would help burn off some of the bordem... if would also put you in touch with other expectant  mothers and give you a bigger circle of friends with whom you have more in common right now. Before anything though, definately check with your doctor.

Malinda - posted on 03/03/2009

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Bowling is probably not a good idea. Besides the strain it can put on your back, your center of gravity has changed and it might not be so easy to lob a ball down an alley without falling now...



Why don't you look for some pre-natal classes (like aqua aerobics, yoga, etc) at your local rec center to get some healthy activity in as well as socialization?



I also feel like I have to point out that your baby *must* be your priority now. You may be a bit bored, but clubbing and roller coasters are probably not going to be part of your reality for a while. You will have to adapt to the needs of your child.

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