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Dancing in pregnancy

(13 Posts)
cremedecacao Sat 08-Nov-14 14:03:37

I have just found out I am pregnant (surprise!). We have decided to tell family only til 12 weeks. I am currently in a musical theatre production and I am a bit worried about the dance routines. Is it safe for me to be doing this? The show is mid December so costumes SHOULD be ok... or do you think I could be showing by then? Also worried about the directors thinking I'm not giving enough energy! I can't tell them as they are all friends with the cast. It is a typically gossipy theatre group so news spreads like wildfire.

redexpat Sat 08-Nov-14 14:32:07

If you were physically active before you got pg, then just carry on. Listen to your body though. Yes you may well feel absoliutely exhausted.

cremedecacao Sat 08-Nov-14 14:55:05

Oh God sad shows are exhausting anyway as I work full time too!
I think I might tell the cast on the week of the show as I will want them to be aware. I'll be coming up for 10 weeks then.

Sarkymare Sat 08-Nov-14 16:35:55

I wouldn't worry about 'showing'. until weeks 12-14, when the uterus finally comes above the pelvic bone,there is nothing to show. At worst you might be slightly bloated.

In regards to your dancing, if you feel well enough physically then I would go for it. Just be sure to keep hydrated and take as many breaks as you need at rehearsals.

Oh and congratulations of course flowers

JennyBlueWren Sat 08-Nov-14 16:39:33

You should be fine if you're keeping well. I would advise telling them if you are finding it exhausting or are feeling off though just so they know why.

ToniWol Sat 08-Nov-14 16:47:24

My cousin is a dance teacher, currently 6 months pregnant and still doing the majority of her classes (although they do make her sit out some of them). So long as you feel able to dance there shouldn't be any problems (unless there's anything extreme such as lifts?). But you may need to watch your energy levels.

cremedecacao Sat 08-Nov-14 16:49:01

Thank you smile

The 'main' director I could probably tell if I needed to, I think he is more trustworthy.

I'm actually a pretty rubbish dancer, I'm more a singer/actor, but I have to dance a fair bit in order to be in the show. Certainly not going to be any better now am I!

This was going to be my last show before we began TTC...

MissHobart Sat 08-Nov-14 16:55:02

Kimberly Wyatt did a routine on Got To Dance at six months with a big bump! If you're up to it there shouldn't be a problem, certainly no damage will caused! smile

BlinkAndMiss Sat 08-Nov-14 20:44:06

I'd check with your midwife, it should be fine if you were physically active anyway. I would tell someone though, you need someone to look out for you should you slip over or hurt yourself. It also might have implications for insurance etc.

HazleNutt Sat 08-Nov-14 21:37:14

Unless you have some specific concerns and risks, it's fine to keep doing most sports and activities you are already used to. I was doing (and teaching) body combat 8 months pregnant, dance aerobics and body pump at 9, didn't have problems with energy either.

DanyStormborn Sat 08-Nov-14 21:46:50

You can carry on with any non-contact (no karate!) and no fall risk (no down-hill skiing!) exercise you were proficient at pre-pregnancy as long as you don't feel exhausted or overheated. I didn't show at 10 weeks and have no good stomach muscles, as a dancer your stomach muscles should mean you show a bit later. Keeping up exercise is good for a healthy pregnancy, easier birth and easier time getting back into shape after.

cremedecacao Sat 08-Nov-14 23:37:50

Yes, Blink I did wonder about insurance- do you know where I could find out about this? Even just squeezing around entrances and getting down stairs from dressing rooms in quick changes could be potential hazards! Good to hear the dancing itself should be fine. I do have hypermobile joints though, which I need to be aware of incase it worsens in pregnancy.

BlinkAndMiss Tue 11-Nov-14 21:49:03

Sorry, I've just seen your post now - no I'm not sure where you'd find that information, unless you asked for a copy of the insurance details from the company leader or the venue itself? Sorry not to be much help! I just know that insurance was an issue for my friend who was doing a similar thing and her place of work made her stop.

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