Post # 1
I am relatively in shape as a person……For the past 2 years I did zumba 2-3 times per week for an hour each time. I liked the workout – made my heart feel good.
For about the past 2 months I haven’t gone to the gym at all —- my husband and I moved and I have been overwhelmed with that process. I am finally feeling like I have time to get back to the gym and start my routine back up….. we are in our first cycle of TTC – but I have always heard that when you are TTC or beginning pregant – that isn’t a good time to start something new……….
I know I could call my doctor – but I wanted to put my feelers out on here first — any thoughts on going back to the gym after 2 month break AND starting TTC? Right now I’m in the middle of a TWW – should I wait to see what happens there first?
ETA – I’m not looking to lose weight – just be healthy……
Post # 2
I haven’t talked to a doc, but from what I have read here and other sites, doctors generally have no problem with exercising while TTC unless there are some health issues to be concerned with. But any ‘regular’ person, it should be ok and quite beneficial as long as you aren’t completely exhasting yourself. I’ve been TTC and just started running and exercising for the first time in like 10 years and not concerned about it interferring at all.
Post # 3
meadow_jersey: I actually asked my RE this very question this week. He said that unless I’m putting huge stress on my body (eg a marathon) that all is good. Maybe start it slow and build it up. I’ve been using TTC as an excuse to go slow. But after TTC for 1.5 years I wish I’d just kept going as I was before my wedding!!!
Post # 4
i wouldn’t jump in a start anything crazy and strenuous but it is healthy to exercise, so by all means start back at the gym.
i am a triathlete and though i slowed my training of biking, running (i haven’t been swimming) i was concerned. i asked the RE if cycling and running was effecting our chances of getting pregnant and he said no. looking back, i really took a break after our wedding through the winter from exercise. then got back into things in the spring.
but yes, go to the gym, do zumba or whatever makes happy and feel good.
Post # 5
I would go ahead and ease back into things. I exercised the whole time I was TTC (although, not as hard as I normally would) and have been exercising since I found out I was pregnant as well (still not nearly as hard as before hand). Doing some exercise is definitely better than doing none at all, whether you are TTC or actually pregnant!
Post # 6
I don’t know what TWW means, but when docs say you shouldn’t ‘try anything new’ in regards to excercise, they mean, for example, if you’ve never done crossfit or ran marathons, don’t start it when you’re pregnant when all you’ve done is light cardio/zumba. Working out is very healthy, I wouldn’t worry!
Post # 8
Go to the gym. As long as you aren’t putting your body under extreme stress there isn’t a problem.
Post # 9
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
You can absolutely start a workout program while TTC! During pregnancy, you can also continue to work out. You just won’t be able to push yourself to exhaustion the way you can when not pregnant. There’s so much misinformation out there. Definitely educate yourself and talk to some doctors (always better to get more than one opinion). Exercise is great for you before, during, and after pregnancy.
Post # 10
meadow_jersey: 2-3 times per week for an hour is not too intense, IMO. I wouldn’t recommend, say, trying to run a marathon for the first time or something, but I think what you want to do is just fine. I exercised hard (cycling, running, hiking, TRX, skiing, swimming, weight-lifting) when TTC and have continued throughout my pregnancy (I’m 36 weeks) and I’m so, so glad I did! My activity level varied week to week when we were TTC but I didn’t worry about it- I just listened to my body and didn’t totally overdo it (like, I sat out a 10 hour race that I’d done the last two years because it is so brutal). Good luck to you!!!
Post # 11
You can definitely start a workout program – this much I know, as I have spoken at length with my dr. about it. They recommended light exercise if you’ve never exercised before, but I run marathons 2-3x per year and they were ok with that – if I dont conceive after 6 months at current mileage she said drop it or drp the intensity.