Post # 1
I am typically a very active person that would work out 4-5x a week for at least an hour.
Now that I am ~6.5wks pregnant, I have been knocked on my ASS with fatigue and “morning sickness”/nausea that starts at 4pm and lasts until I go to bed. Just the thought of doing an hour of cardio when I can’t even climb a flight of stairs without gasping for breath makes me wanna cry!
What did (or are you doing) now to stay active? How do you find the energy or did you wait until your morning sickness phase went away?
Thanks so much x
Post # 3
@Diamondgurl: I’ve been trying to do workout videos from the comfort of my bedroom. I tired this one and it’s pretty moderate impact.
I can only get to 6 minutes before I feel outta shape.. I’ll get better though, i’m pretty sedentary so it’ll take me a while
Post # 4
i use to be so active before getting preg. I worked out twice a day sometimes, now getting out of bed is hard and at night all I want to do is eat or sleep. I found working out in the morning before works helps and then I get it over with.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Light exercise can help you fight nausea. In that phase, I’d get something quick in the morning taken care of before the fatigue set in. In general, a lot of people take a 1st tri break, which is just fine to do. I think I limited my exercise to just walking more often in my first tri than I have through my second. I started to feel better at 10 weeks and picked up my gym routine again at that point.
Post # 6
@Diamondgurl: I kept up my normal routine! I was so exhausted I wanted to DIE, but I found that the only way I felt human was to push through! After 10-15 minutes, I felt normal!
I’m 37 weeks and still at the gym 5 days a week! I didn’t cut back on my exercise routine until 20 weeks (the week after I ran a half marathon!)
Post # 7
@Diamondgurl: I’m 20.5weeks right now… The first 12 weeks were pretty easy at first as far workouts go… I typically do 5days a week 40-45minutes of cardio @ lunch… The further along I started cutting back a few minutes a week… Last week I switched to 20minutes of an elliptical type machine and 20 minutes of fast walking… This week I switched to walking only with a few running sprints… Mostly because the high knees of the elliptical type machine were making the baby angry…
I run out of breath after one flight of stairs, so I take the elevator lol… I’m tired at night and I can’t hardly wake up in the morning… So lunch is really the best time…
Post # 8
@BrandNewBride: wow. Go you! I’d love to be that active when I get pregnant someday! Awesome about the half
Post # 9
I could barely get from the couch to the bed for the first three months. Now at 27 weeks, I’m going to the gym once or twice a week – I could probably go more too, I feel a lot better. Unfortunately I find walking pretty uncomfortable after only 1km or so, that used to be my main way of staying active daily. But stationary bike is good and cardio classes like combat that are mostly staying in place.
Post # 10
Some days I actually felt better after exercising. Some days I didn’t make it at all. The days I did I had to take crackers with me. Even if you can only handle a 30 minute walk it’s better than nothing! Once your ms starts to get better you’ll be able to get back in the gym a bit more. For now dont worry too much just try to not feel like crap! My ms felt the worst from weeks 6-8 and then started to improve.
Post # 11
@Diamondgurl: My first sign of pregnancy SHOULD have been when I was so tired/out of breath during my crossfit sessons the full week before we got our BFP. So yeah I totally understand.
I used to do crossfit 4-5 times a week, coaching 2 times a week and volleyball (3-6 hours) 1-2 times a week. In other words yeah I was very active every day of the week. Now I can barely do 3-4 days a week and I am dead afterwards.
To be honest there are days when you shouldn’t push yourself and there are safety limits to what we can do now. My trainer has amended our goals and is very careful to watch exertion and cardio levels. I have to force myself to take more breaks, drink more water and watch out for how I feel.
Post # 12
Thanks for the tips!
Still getting used to this “foreign object” in my tummy that has taken over my body lol I was able to squeeze in some light cardio tonight and actually feel really great… and NORMAL for once! Will def try to keep it up. I think a short lunch time walk would be nice too if I’m particularly awful.
@BrandNewBride: wow you GO girl!
Post # 13
@Diamondgurl: I’m struggling too. Since my body has a mind of its own, I just try to do what I can when I can. Its not as much but at least its something.
Post # 14
I would just listen to your body (and doctor). I’m not going to push myself like I did pre pregnancy. I go on the elliptical and briskly walk for 30 min a day 5 days a week. I figure I will get back to normal after baby is born.
Post # 15
My biggest advice is to listen to your body. During this pregnancy you might not be able to do much until 10-12 weeks in but in the next it might not phase you to go jog for an hour. Start with stretching if it snaps your body out of feeling tired do a little more but please don’t beat yourself up if you choose to take a cat nap instead they can be very helpful. 🙂
Post # 16
@Wolfebeth: I agree with you. I plan on listening to my body. At first, I had all these set goals to workout each week of my pregnancy, but I’m realizing I need to take it day by day. Right now, in my first trimester, I am so exhausted all day. Even just going to work and sitting at the office wears on me.
I’m trying to eat healthy (I don’t always succeed though!) and I plan on returning to light exercise in my second trimester. I bought some pregnancy workout DVDs with good reviews on amazon: Jane Austin Prenatal Yoga & Suzanne Bowen’s Slim & Toned Prenatal Barre Workout.
One type of exercise I do manage, is walking to the bakery, or walking around the neighborhood a bit during my break at work.