Sports Medicine
A Crucial Period
Good Pain, Bad Pain
On Your Knees
Secondary Injuries
Imaging Technology
What's Sciatica?
The Female Athlete
Putting Your Feet First
Itis Schmitis
Too Much, Too Soon
Under the Influence
What's Goin' On?
Think Inches, Not Pounds
Preventing Vaginitis
That Painful Pull
Athlete's Heart
Exercise & Arthritis
Chilled to the Bone
Measuring Body Fat
Exercise and Your Breasts
Choosing a Sports Doctor
Lean on Me (Shoulder)
Exercise & Anemia
Exercise Abuse
Pelvis Sighting
Hand Aid
It's All in the Wrist
Back in Action
Altitude Adjustment
Tennis Elbow, Anyone?
Exercising in the Heat
Agony of the Feet
Restless Legs
Night Time Cramps
Birth Control Concerns
No Periods, No Babies?
Post Partum Prescription
Weight Loss Mystery
Undesirable Cooldown
To Brew Or Not To Brew
Fitness After Baby
Biking and Back Pain
A Hidden Athlete
Avoiding Osteoporosis
Drug Testing
Maximum Heart Rate
Headway Against Headaches
Torn Rotator Cuff
Fat Figures
Bloody Urine
Sag Story
Lackluster Leg
Bothersome Bulge
Gaining in Years
Taking It On the Shin
Aching Ankles
Hoop Help
Tender Toes
Meals For Muscle
Growing Pains
Hot Tips
High Altitude PMS
Personal Bests
Air Pollution
Ankle Blues
Heartbreak Heel
Yeast Relief

Post-Partum Prescription

Q: My doctor and I are both sports enthusiasts and he encouraged me to resume exercise as soon as possible after childbirth. He recommended, as you did, indoor stationary bicycling. I too thought that it would be an ideal activity, since it could be done at home and indoors, within earshot of my children.

Several weeks after giving birth, I hopped onto my stationary bicycle, looking forward to a quick return to my normally athletic self. Unfortunately, I was "sorely" disappointed when my vaginal/perianal area became swollen and tender after riding the bike.

Although I did not have an episiotomy, I did have sutures to repair a perianal tear which my doctor characterized as similar to an episiotomy. My doctor and I both agreed that I should discontinue bicycle riding for a while until the area was fully heated.

I suggest you warn your readers that bicycling might be a preferred activity only after perianal tearing or an episiotomy have completely healed. In my case this was eight weeks after giving birth. After my experience, my doctor is now cautioning his patients about this finding.

Syosset, NY

Q: I am an active 25-year-old woman expecting my second child soon. After I had my first child, the doctor advised me to stay out of the pool for about six weeks until my stitches from the episiotomy healed completely. Furthermore, I found sitting on a bicycle rather uncomfortable for the same reason.

I found swimming to be the most comfortable and stress-relieving form of exercise while pregnant. I wanted nothing more than to get back into the pool after giving birth. Is it possible to get back in the pool sooner than six weeks if an episiotomy is performed?

C.G. Philadelphia, PA

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About the authors: Carol L. Otis, M.D., is Chief Medical Advisor to the Sanex WTA and a UCLA student health physician. Roger Goldingay is a former professional soccer player. They are married and the co-authors of The Athletic Woman's Survival Guide.

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