Pregnancy and Working Out

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I kept up my usual fitness regimen for as long as I could, but pelvic pain forced me to stop running at around 5 1/2 months. So I started power-walking with weights, riding the recumbent exercise bike, and doing more mountain hiking. I also still lift weights two days a week. And I feel absolutely fantastic! I was really bummed when I had to stop running, but I just started working out 4-5 days a week instead of 3 (since walking and biking area easier than running) and I haven’t looked back. I’ll be able to run again soon enough 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

@laa320:  I am still doing CrossFit 3 times a week. I’m starting prenatal yoga in the next few weeks. My doctor said to just keep up whatever I was doing before so that’s what I’ve been doing. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I walked on the treadmill up until the day before I gave birth.  I did it for 45 minutes 4-5 days a week and it made me feel really good about myself!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

At 8 weeks, I don’t have the energy to do much of anything once I get off of work.  I’m really hoping I’ll start feeling better in the 2nd trimester so that I can at least do something!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was a 5 day a week runner, 6-10 miles a day.

Now that I’m pregnant, I do 2 days running 20 mins/speed walking 40, 1 day 30mins bike 30 mins speed walking, one day 30 mins elliptical 30 mins swimming, and one day 60 minutes of speedwalking!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I do yoga, weights, bike riding and go walking with DH and our puppies every night.  I used to run, but I decided to take a break for the pregnancy because I had some spotting in the beginning.  I’ve been running my whole life and have taken breaks for 6 months to a year and had no problem starting up.  I plan on getting a BOB and running with the baby as soon as I can after it’s born.  

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was working out 6 days a week pre pregnancy. I am only 9w2d. I took the last two weeks off due to exhaustion and MS. I went for the first time last night and ran a mile and walked hills. As well as 15 mins on the elliptical. I am hoping to get my butt back in gear!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve been going to the gym 20-30 minutes, 2-3 times/week and speedwalking on the treadmill or doing the elliptical or sometimes the bike. I also walk to/from work every day, 10 minutes each way, so that adds a little activity as well. 

@BrandNewBride:  Wow, sounds like a really great routine! I’m impressed you’re able to devote that much time. 

@Jaynee:  I agree about energy levels, it’s hard to get motivated in the evening. I’ve been letting myself leave work on the early side (6 instead of 7) to try to motivate myself–it works mostly! 

@r_hink:  That’s so cool to hear you were able to exercise all throughout your pregnancy! Have you found that now that the baby has arrived it’s helped you to get back in shape more quickly? 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I hate that this sounds like all excuses, but…

 

 

 

…I got a big new assignment AND a promotion at work right around the time I found out I was pregnant. The previous person who’d been doing the assignment left a TON for me to do, and I had to work late every night. Combined with the exhaustion of the first trimester, I was lucky to get to the gym twice a week. Then things slowed up enough for me to go, and my back totally went out. Now I feel like I’m already a house (17 weeks), but my back’s a little better and the chiropractor has approved walking/elliptical. I would love to also get back to weight training like I had been, because I love the muscles and know it’ll help me once baby comes, but I need more quiet days at work so I can get to the gym on time to do it!

 

If only I’d gotten pregnant back when I was at my peak condition. I’d be doing all sorts of fun stuff without batting an eye. ANd maybe wouldnt’ have had such fatigue!! (Seriously, the fatigue is my #1 pregnancy symptom and hasn’t really let up much in 2nd tri!!)

That said, I’m going TONIGHT for the first time in weeks, and I’m going to do 45 min on the elliptical! I’ll be using more incline than resistance, just because that feels better on my back. Gotta build back up to where I’d been.

 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’m 30 weeks. I walk 3.5 miles outside 2-3 times/week and I’ve kept going to my regular yoga classes 2 times/week.

During my 1st trimester, my MS kept me out of yoga (and the gym in general because the smell was awful!), but I got some prenatal workout DVDs from the library and tried to keep up with those in the house when I was feeling ok. I liked the Summer Sanders and the 10 Minute Solution: prenatal pilates. 

Now that the weather is nice and I feel better, I like to do stuff outside as much as possible.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I’m taking prenatal yogo (love it), and I walk on my breaks. I ended up getting pregnant right as I was finishing up physical therapy for a fractured foot, so I wasn’t nearly as active I would have normally been. Because of that, the whole do what you did before you got pregnant thing means I don’t do a whole lot. haha I still walk a couple miles most days of the week. My weight gain has been fine, so… 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Pre-pregnancy, I was running 4-7 miles about 4-5 days/week and doing an ab workout 3 days a week.  

Now, I’m 8 weeks/6 days pregnant, and I’ve modified my workout routine drastically.  I’ve stopped running and instead do a run/walk combo for about 2-3 miles, 2-3 days a week. Basically, I just jog until I start to feel tired/out of breath, walk until I feel better, and then jog again.  I also walk to work (2 miles) a few days a week.  I’d like to start doing prenatal yoga.  Unfortunately, almost all the classes in my area are in the middle of the day which is no good for my schedule.  I love ExcitedScaredBee’s idea to check out some DVD’s from the library!  I think I’ll do that this week!   

I read a great article on Running World website that talked about how your exercise mentality during pregnancy should shift away from training for a race, and instead focus on training for delivery.  Naturally, this means changing your workout from being super intense, towards focusing on what’s best for you+baby.  For me, that means that I don’t really care how fast I run, how far I run, or how many calories I burn.  Instead, I’m just happy that I’m getting outside and moving my body.  

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I kept doing my usual workout through the 1st trimester (Insanity!) & slowly started adding in a bit more yoga (since I’ve never really done that before). So I work out 5 days a week (about). 2 days of Insanity!, 3 days of powerflow yoga from doyogawithme.com.

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