Post # 1
I feel like my question needs some back history so please stick with me.
I was a fairly active person before I got pregnant at 17. Before I got pregnant I never really put on any wait I maintained my weight at 150 without excersize or watching what I ate. After I had my daughter I stopped being active for a number of reasons and started to steadily put on pounds. At one point I started to walk a lot and I lost some weight but then I stopped afterwards.
After that I continued to put on pounds and was sitting at 220. Which is what I’m at now. I’m pregnant again and I really want to lose weight after I have my baby. Since I haven’t been a very active person before I got pregnant I’m worried about trying to get in shape during the pregnancy.
I want to know if anyone knows if I should hold off on playing games like Zumba Wii and anything like that since my body is not use to it until after I have my daughter?
Post # 3
I don’t know anything about Zumba Wii, but there are definitely exercises you can safely do during pregnancy regardless of your fitness level prior to pregnancy. Pregnancy isn’t the time to pick up a new high-intensity sport or lift heavy weights. But cardio stuff like walking and swimming are great- keep it to an intensity level where you can say at least a few words in a row without needing to take a breath and you’ll be fine. Light weights are great too- I’m trying to be good about using light hand weights to tone my arms so that carrying the baby around might be a little less strenuous. Prenatal yoga is accessible to anyone of any fitness level- you can easily modify it to fit your needs/abilities. (Of course, it’s always good to check w/ your OB- everything I’ve said here is assuming there’s no medical reason for you to abstain from exercise).
Post # 4
Thanks. I’ll have to try some of that.
Post # 5
I agree with Lozza. Stick with an elliptical or something. Issue with Zumba is that it can require jumping and stuff, which isnt really recommended. Swimming, walking, elliptical, stationery bike are all good, but I would definitely start now. It will get you into the habit for after. Like Lozza said, keep it low impact, light weight, and start slow. With Yoga, you’re mostly safe, but be careful of pelvic twists, any position that lays you on the stomach or back (after first trimester), or inverted poses. There are plenty of prenatal Yoga DVDs in all levels, Id suggest those =o)
Post # 6
The time that you gained weight is a common time for all girls to go through bodily changes, you just had a pregnancy compounded on top of that, so please don’t be surprised if you can’t get your body back to your first pre-pregnancy weight.
Being active during pregnancy is recommended; however, a change in activity level is not recommended so please consult your physician before starting a fitness routine. But remember that increasing your walking isn’t considered exercise but still is really good for you and your baby.
Post # 7
oh also, if you do start getting into cardio, Id suggest buying a Heart Rate monitor (nothing fancy, just to measure rate) or using machines that have a built in HR monitor. I was very active before pregnancy, and my doctor told me to keep my HR around 150 beats per minute (BPM) as to not restrict blood flow to the baby, so you want to monitor that
Post # 8
Thanks everyone this has been really helpful!
Post # 9
You should check with your doctor. I think if you were not active before then there are certain restrictions now. Good luck.
Post # 10
The other thing that might help is to see if your health care lets you meet with a nutritionist. It would be an excellent time to start a healthy eating lifestyle that would be easy for you to carry on with after the baby is born. That and walking (3+ miles at least 3 days a week) is always helpful.
Post # 11
I agree you shouldn’t try to diet or anything like that while pregnant and you really should talk to your doctor about this.
I have heard not to do ab workouts during the first trimester. I guess because so much is changing down there anyways.
However, walking and even jogging is fine. Just don’t over do it especially if you aren’t used to that type of exercise.
I know a lady that taught kickboxing classes throughout her whole pregnancy but she was really in shape before getting pregnant.