Did having a baby derail your exercise plan?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Did you stop exercising post-baby?
    I mostly stopped exercising. I'll explain... : (3 votes)
    19 %
    I exercise a lot less now.... : (8 votes)
    50 %
    I didn't let a baby get in the way of my exercise plan! : (5 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @lealorali:  I was so exhausted and sick while pregnant that all exercise ground to a halt.  All I wanted to do was sleep (and my body wanted to just puke and be miserably dizzy and naseous.)  But because of the nausea I actually lost weight instead of gaining it so I guess it worked out.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @lealorali:  I was so sick with HG/MS I ended up in the ER and M/C’d a few days later.

    Post # 6
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    5697 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I exercise regularly as well and at 6 weeks I’m doing my best to continue. I was actually able to do 20 mins running on the treadmill today and another 10 walking on an incline. I was impressed considering with all these lung changes with baby, I get winded walking to the bathroom!

    I’m interested in what people say post baby. My knowledge is that yes, it’s difficult. So you either have to do it at night when your spouse is around, and hopefully he is supportive, or you do home videos.

    Post # 8
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    759 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’m 6 1/2 months preggers and still exercising almost the same as my pre-pregnancy routine. Still running, high intensity interval training, and yoga.  I have a pregnancy trainer who helps me to modify – no ab work other than planks at this point but she has been a fantastic resource for me during my pregnancy.  I think exercising during pregnancy has really helped manage my weight gain and contributed to my sanity! I plan to exercise post baby as soon as I can and already lined up a babysitter who will be coming in two hours in the morning three times a week so that I can exercise or doing something for myself even if its going to Starbucks and getting a manicure. I think if you make exercising a priority it can be done! FYI, I have 2 older kids and we exercise together as a family, always have since they were born as a routine habit so I know it can be done! I hope that helps you, best wishes!

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m 6 months pregnant and still work out EVERY day (and never stopped in the first trimester… It was the only thing that made my m/s better)! I’m planning on giving daddy a 1.5 hour “Mommy gym time” responsibility after she’s born. He says he’s fine with that!

    Post # 11
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @lealorali:  I was so sick and my now ex husband was such a shit about the whole thing I truly believe it was for the best.

    Post # 13
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    5460 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I took an exercise break from weeks 7/8 to about 11/12 because I was exhausted.

    Then I picked back up where I left off, with less intensity of course, until just past 36 weeks.

    After the baby, I started to jog a little bit, took a spin class here and there.

    My milk production went WAY down when I cut calories, so I had to eat back all my breastfeeding AND workout calories.

    I also had this thing where the periosteum on my pubic bone got a little inflamed (ok, a lot inflamed) and it hurt really, really badly.  I took a steroid dose pack to get it under control and I have to take ibuprofen after working out to keep it under control.

    I am now training for a half marathon.  I skip runs during the week because I’m too busy, or too tired.  I have a jog stroller so I can always take DD with me, but if it’s too hot/cold/rainy/etc I don’t take her out.  I have to get up before 5am to get my run done in the morning.  If she wakes up hungry around 2-3am, you can bet that 4:45 comes way too soon!

    I feel like after I’m done with the whole breastfeeding thing and she is sleeping better (seriously, GO TO HELL 6 MONTH GROWTH SPURT YOU ARE RUINING THINGS!) then I can really get back into it.  For now, I just do kind of the bare minumum to do this race and to keep my sanity.  My mood gets kind of low if I am sedentary for too long, so I do try to do at least a little something regularly.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    First pregnancy I exercised all the way until my late delivery. After I had the baby I waited the mandatory 6 weeks and I resumed exercise. Second pregnancy I was a lot more tired and stopped working out at around 7.5 months. I will be 6 weeks post partum next week and plan to squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise per day to begin, then when I’m used to that and the weather allows, longer workouts outside.

    after my first, I still exercised, but the routine changed. I took my son to mommy and me exercise classes until it was not practical anymore, worked out at home during his naps or when DH came back from work, and went for runs or bike rides with him in the stroller. There was a lot of running as I was training for a half marathon and the kiddo loved hanging out in the stroller for runs. I also started going to the gym during my lunch break when I went back to work, it was easier that way than trying to workout at night.

    there was less gym, and I stopped martial arts because anything with a fixed schedule was difficult… But I made it a priority for us to be healthy.

    I hope I can manage to do the same now with two! The key is to be flexible in your choice of activity and schedule I think.

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