How far into your pregnancy did you exercise?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Not pregnant yet, but my HR always gets above 140 bpm when I workout. I’m gonna be in trouble!

Post # 4
7346 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I had to stop at about 6 weeks because I had very bad back pain that would make me fall down.

Post # 6
2243 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

That’s dumb. You can do everything you used to do during pregnancy until you start to get large & uncomfortable. I did Insanity! until 22 weeks, when my belly got too big to jump properly. I still do cardio intervals on the eliptical regularly & definitely get my heartrate up to around 160-170. For reference, I’m 35 weeks.

There is NO good reason to keep your HR below 140 if you’re having a healthy, low-risk pregnancy.

Post # 7
3020 posts
Sugar bee

@lealorali:  I crossfit until 37w. At that point I was just a big lumbering mess. But I felt great & strong up til that point. 

Post # 8
38 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am currently 33 weeks and still excercise 3-4 times per week. I have decreased my intensity recently, just because I am now getting too large to physically keep up with what I used to do, but my heartrate definitely still gets above 140! My doctor has never advised me against this – rather, she has often noted that she wished more of her pregnant patients were as active as I am! So I definitely wouldn’t worry about it. As a PP said, there is no good reason to be afraid to excercise throughout your pregnancy!

Post # 9
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

My midwives have encouraged regular exercise and trust me to know my limits.

Aside from personal tolerance and risk factors, there is no general reason to stop working out until your body either tells you to, or it’s time to have the baby. You will know when an activity is too uncomfortable to be appropriate any more. Trust your body, but don’t go beyond your skill level.

Don’t work out at an intensity that feels like it will make you pass out. Modify exercises you’ve always done to fit what currently feels good. Dial it back from 80% intentity to 70%, 60%, 50%, 40% and so on, adjusting for each month of growth to a new comfort level. If you normally work out strenuously, a more moderate exercise program should feel like a happy vacation in your second tri (at least, it does for me).

I’m 5 months now, and I work out 5x a week, 2-3x strength training (modified lifting regimen), 3x cardio (elliptical or stationary bike at a moderate pace — I have a bike trainer at home), plus prenatal yoga once a week or so, and daily walks with the dog. I am definitely not pushing myself to the level I once did, but still working up a sweat and getting my HR up. Every few weeks there is something I can’t do any more, or an activity that feels a lot more difficult than it once did. At this rate, I am hoping to continue regular exercise into my 8th month, if not until my EDD.

Also, LOL at the “no HR above 140” — I mean, yeah, that’s high and probably not great for extended runs, but some people have higher HR’s when exercising and their bodies will tolerate more. Doctors seriously say things that boggle my mind sometimes. One size does NOT fit all. An acquaintance’s doctor told her to stop riding her bike when she was pregnant. Not, “when it’s no longer comfortable,” just “yeah don’t do that.” What. Why?! If it’s the risk, did he tell her to stop driving her car, too? Hurts my head.

ETA: There are several bees here who ran 1/2 marathons at 20 weeks. The impact of running was uncomfortable for me far before that, but from what I understand, a lot of people keep it up well into pregnancy.


Post # 10
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I wasn’t exercising PP (bad me) so I didn’t start any exercise (other then very light weight lifting for my arms – we’re talking 5lbs here).  I also have a heart condition that the doc said even if I was exercising before he wouldn’t recommend much exercise during pregnancy with it anyways. I probably couldn’t have exercised 1st trimester anyways because I was so sick and exhausted. Now, I’m feeling sick again, exhausted, everything hurts, having heart palpitations and I get out of breath very easily.  

Post # 11
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@MrsRugbee:  good to know! I do hot vinyasa and Baptiste yoga, INSANITY, FIT class, and run. All of those get my HR into the 155-170 range. 

Post # 12
2676 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m almost 10 weeks and trying to get up the motivation to take my dog for a run right now, dang WB sucking me in…..anyway I’ve been doing circuit workouts/TRX, running, nordic skiing, alpine skiing, walking the dog, and running. I plan to work out as long as I can or until my midwife says otherwise! Definitely commenting to follow to see what ladies further along have done!

PS I’ve also heard the heart rate above 140 bpm is bunk (and if it’s not then I’m in trouble). I think the main risk is just overheating.

Post # 13
2243 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@CocoLoco523:  I think the only thing you might have to drop is the hot yoga, cause overheating & dehydrating is pretty dangerous. But for the rest, you’ll probably be able to keep doing them/adapting them over the course of your pregnancy.

BTW, don’t worry if your stamina drops DRASTICLY between when you conceive & 12-15 weeks. It’ll come back! The 1st trimester is crazy draining; I haven’t been even CLOSE to as tired in my 2nd & 3rd.

Post # 14
938 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was at the gym the day I went into labour. I didn’t exercise much in the first trimester, as I was nauseous and exhausted, but picked it up again at 14 weeks. I continued to do my regular routine, including running and weight training. At 30 weeks, I stopped running and did lighter weights, but still exercised every day. That is one main factor that I attribute to my modest weight gain and my quick recovery post partum.

Post # 15
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

@MrsRugbee:  How long were you doing Insanity before you got pregnant?  I did P90X on and off for the year leading up to my wedding.  But I stopped shortly thereafter (about 8 months ago) because I just really needed a break.  I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass and gained probably 2-5 lbs of fat.  I’m currently 5’7″, 145 lbs, and 26 years old.  I want to start working out again, but I don’t know how safe it is to start something really intense while TTC.  I know you’re probably not a doctor or anything, but I wanted to get your opinion.

Post # 16
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

That heart rate thing is an old wives tale according to my OB who scoffed at it, and she’s pretty conservative about things. She advised I continue to exercise as long as im safe about it as I progress. And you just need to make sure you stay well hydrated and don’t over exert yourself. I am 15 weeks and I admit have been lazy this month but plan to go back to the gym next week. 

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