Tennis and Pregnancy

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  1. sn1974

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    there was a really old thread about this but i'm wondering if anyone out there played through a pregnancy. there seems to be a lot of conflicting advice out there.
     
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    don't
    my mom had a miscarriage after playing too much tennis
     
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    Yes, go ahead and play your sport until you are large enough that your balance is impaired.

    My strongest player last year was pregnant. She played until the beginning of her third trimester, IIRC. Everything went fine until she fell down on clay. She and baby were fine, but I did think she played a bit too long into the pregnancy because of the balance issue because her stomach was so large.
     
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    Certainly consult with obstetrician. But Cindy's advice seems about right. I've seen umpteen optimal births, where mother was very active through those first two trimesters. In other cultures, bedrest is non-existent.
     
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    My sister said no. it's too dangerous.
     
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  6. ollinger

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    No good data on impact on the fetus, most ob-gyns I've read suggest only first half of pregnancy. Remember, though, that the mother's circulation nourishes the baby through the placenta. Vigorous exercise increases circulation to your own muscles. Whether this might deprive the fetus in some way is unknown and likely won't be as one would have to do 15 year follow-up of the newborn to assess cognition.
     
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  7. sureshs

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    Why take such risks?
     
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  8. r2473

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    I think you know the answer.

    I work in the OB/GYN department (though I am just a CPA). The docs would surely be able to give you individualized advice when you go in for one of your many check-ups during your pregnancy (which I hope you are doing).

    In fact, if it is possible, you would probably want to schedule an appointment with a MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine) specialist. They deal with "high risk" pregnancies generally, but I am sure they would know best (as long as they also consult with your "generalist").

    Nobody on this site knows anything about your personal situation. Only you and your doc will know this.

    If you are not / not able to get check-ups, then I suppose one persons advice will be as good as another. They are all just guesses.
     
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  9. LuckyR

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    There are three answers to this question, different people will find different parts compelling, or not.

    The first is that if someone has a complication of pregnancy that requires decreased activity, you clearly shouldn't be playing tennis. Duh.

    Barring that, there is no evidence that tennis playing specifically is dangerous, concerning or otherwise negative in any way. I'm not saying that it isn't those things, just that there is no evidence of it, if it is. The general recommendation is to continue with the pre-pregnancy level of exercise until the first situation happens, which for most folks, never does.

    The most frequent way of looking at this issue however, (as most issues in pregnancy) is that if you are asking the question: "should I do this or that in pregnancy?" and this or that is not your paid profession, then for most people the answer is: "I think I'll skip it".
     
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  10. El Diablo

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    Pregnancy does some curious things to a woman's body; one of those is that the lordosis of the lumbar spine diminishes as the load just in front of it increases in size. This means that certainly in the last trimester one would be at greater risk for back injury. Women who don't really load up on calcium during pregnancy can become especially osteoporotic (yes, junior takes the calcium that was headed for your bones) so the risk of fractures is increased.
     
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  11. charliefedererer

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    "Playing tennis" incorporates a vast range of activity/stress from a high level singles match on clay in scorching tempertures to a "leisurely" hitting session to social doubles.

    Do you have a huge leg thrust and cartwheel/uncoiling action on your serve?

    Talk to your obstetrician about exactly what you have in mind.

    (And by the way, if you don't think that even a "leisurely" hitting session can't put stress on your body, try wearing one of those sport watches that measure heart rate. You might be surprised to see your heart rate sitting in the 130's-140's.)
     
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    you forgot the "thrower's ten"!!!
     
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    It sounds like all the men are saying "No, don't do it!!"

    And all the women who have had children -- that would be me -- are saying "Sure, go ahead. Just use common sense."

    You do not have to treat yourself like a soap bubble just because you are having a normal, uneventful pregnancy. Live your life. If your life includes tennis, then go ahead and play in a sensible way.

    Lord knows you won't be playing much after the baby comes, so you'd better play now.
     
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    Five stars from me!!!
     
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    Easy, I'm a male & I agreed with you.:)
     
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    I second this. How long or whether you should play at all is *highly* individualized and will depend on your current and past health and fitness, your particular style of play, your nutrition, how the pregnancy goes...a ton of factors come into play here (some you can control, some you can't).

    Talk to your doctor, keep in touch with them, keep track of how you feel, and make an informed decision with your doctor and family.

    A friend of mine continued playing into her 3rd trimester, but she has also had a very easy pregnancy and was in fantastic shape to begin with.
     
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    lol cindy that is so true. :)

    my doctor is fine with me continuing to exercise, albeit at a slower pace. finally, an excuse to skip drills that have me running all over the court and huffing and puffing! i'll also start playing more doubles but wondering what the other players are going to think and whether it will make them uncomfortable once i start to show (who wants to hit the pregnant lady?).
     
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  19. fuzz nation

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    That honestly covers it. Any other advice from anyone here, including health care professionals, has no bearing on your particular case.
     
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    i'm not sure why people feel the urge to chime in on whether they think my question is appropriate or not. fuzz nation and r2473, i'm glad that while you don't think you're in a position to dispense medical advice to me you do think you are in a position to tell me that i shouldn't listen to anyone else's advice or experiences in making my own decision.

    save the self-righteous paternalism for someone else. i don't have the time or energy to get into why, in addition to talking to my doctor and doing my own research, i'd want to ask other tennis players about their experiences playing while pregnant.
     
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  21. fuzz nation

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    Then just say so. Your OP just read like you wanted advice from the gang here instead of an informed source, that's all. I wasn't even the first one to suggest that your Ob/Gyn is the one to listen to.

    Hopefully you can keep enjoying the game along with smooth sailing through your nine months. And congratulations... hope you're feeling better.
     
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    do you really, honestly believe that someone would decide to rely on the advice of an internet forum without even consulting their doctor? were i really that stupid, do you think that reading your post would have somehow made me start thinking rationally? the more likely explanation is that some people just like to hear themselves talk even when they have nothing relevant to say about a topic that has absolutely nothing to do with them.

    but, anyway, thanks for ruining the thread. would have been nice to hear other people's thoughts.
     
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  23. Topaz

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    SN, looks like you ruined this thread all by yourself.
     
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  24. Cindysphinx

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    Hmmm, interesting thought. When I signed on the pregnant lady and put her in at No. 1 doubles, it didn't occur to me how her opponents and partners would feel about playing a visibly pregnant lady.

    Based on the replies on this thread, I suspect you should not play mixed. The guys at TT seem to have a huge problem playing ordinary doubles against a female opponent who is not with child -- they would probably retire rather than play you when they see you are pregnant! :)

    I did see our pregnant player playing a very tough match once. It was on clay, and the opponents were lobbing. My player was running side to side tracking down these lobs. It did make me a bit nervous, but it didn't seem to be deterring the opponents from lobbing constantly. It also made me nervous to see that my players didn't just take the net, hit their overheads, and put a stop to that nonsense!

    She won, BTW.
     
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  25. fuzz nation

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    The question you meant to ask just wasn't the one you inferred with your first post.

    Read it again think about how that would sound coming from somebody else. I cautioned you to trust the advice of your doctor after you asserted that "there seems to be a lot of conflicting advice our there". Advice is different from experiences, opinions, etc.

    You seem to have self-righteous paternalism confused with a reasonable response to a vague question. I'll wish you well and do my best to leave you alone from now on.
     
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  26. SFrazeur

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    Tennis and Pregnancy. . .Gives new meaning to "Getting Aced."

    -SF
     
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  27. Cindysphinx

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    A quick note from someone who has been there . . .

    Once you get pregnant or have the baby, the advice just never ends. "Put a sweater on that baby! Can't you see it's freezing!" "Get that sweater off that baby! Can't you see it's sweating!" "My god, woman! You're going back to work so soon?" "My god, woman! You're staying out that long?"

    And so it goes.

    Every decision you make will be scrutinized and found wanting. Enjoy your pregnancy. Enjoy your babies. I know I did.
     
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    Amen, sister. Opinions vary, consider the source...
     
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    You don't tell that to the women to whom you give an "examination," do you?
     
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    LOL!

    "So whatcha think, doctor?"
    "I don't know. I'm just a CPA."
     
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    hey fuzz nation and r2473, i want to apologize for sounding so harsh. i still do feel like there's more paternalism when you're pregnant but i know you didn't mean to be offensive. anyway, my sincere apologies, i am feeling very sensitive about this whole topic right now! :oops:

    and for what it's worth, medical advice is confusing and often contradictory. the nurse told me i could keep doing anything i was already doing. my doctor says i can keep running but can only play "moderate" tennis. my orthopedic surgeon (who obviously is not an expert at pregnancy but knows more about how i exercise) says i have to really turn the volume down on the running and no intervals. then you read the latest guidelines from the congress of ob/gyns and it's slightly different (they say tennis is fine but watch for changes in balance, but i wonder because if i'm not supposed to be sprinting when i run, how can i be playing aggressive singles?). see, confusing!
     
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  32. Cindysphinx

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    ^Just go for a compromise. Back off a little, but don't stop entirely.

    My pregnant lady was a singles player. During her pregnancy, she dialed it down to doubles only.

    The common thread in the advice you have received is watch out for balance issues, and make sure that if you do slip/fall that it doesn't happen while running at full sprint speed.

    Seems reasonable to me.
     
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    My wife played on a women's soccer team, and had a pregnant teammate a couple years ago. This woman, in her early twenties, played SOCCER pregnant, and was just as aggressive as usual. I think she only played during the 1st 2 trimesters, though... but don't quote me on that.

    Anyways, yeah have fun!
     
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    The old saying goes- if you were a runner before you were pregnant you can continue to run while pregnant- of course the pace and how often will vary. If you're not active and alll of a sudden get the urge to start going to the gym and training with weight- playing tennis etc- this will shock ur body and the baby.

    So, Dr, Dr, Dr,...Dr...Dr...Dr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Lge2_H_8IQ
     
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