Working out while pregnant?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@NessQuick:  I have heard that if it is something that you are used to doing, you should be fine.  Keep doing it, as long as you are comfortable. 

Post # 5
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

No no no no you absolutely can and should continue what you’ve been doing. There’s NOTHING wrong with exercising during pregnancy. There’s nothing wrong with continuing to lift weights, but you want to make sure you aren’t exhausting yourself. So while pre pg, we tend to go to the point of exhaustion to burn out our muscles, you probably need to tone it back a bit (IF you are doing that). I just had my first appointment last week and finally was able to ask and my OB was like no you absolutely should continue to exercise just not to the point of total exhaustion. After your first tri, you probably will have to modify and not do things that involve jumping around, no laying on your back for crunches, etc…

ETA: OOPS Congratulations too!!!!

Post # 6
1125 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Agree with the previous poster about talking to your doctor.

I worked out until past my due date with my son and with my daughter, until about 7.5 months into the pregnancy. My doctor told me that the only thing I needed to avoid was overheating (in her words, not to run a marathon when it’s hot outside) and to listen to my body as far as weights go.

Post # 7
1286 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I continued the same exercise routine that I had prior to pregnancy until my belly got in the way. The only thing I didn’t do was push myself to increase weights or “through the cardio wall”. When I’m tired, I stop. Also, if you get dizzy, light headed, vomity, crampy or have spotting, stop.

At around 20-24 weeks, I modified my core workout to prenatal pilates so I wasn’t on my back the entire time.

Keep up the cardio and working out, it is the only thing that helped my morning sickness AND I heard that women who work out during pregnancy have both healthier babies and shorter labors. 

Congrats on the BFP!

Post # 8
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@NessQuick:  I am not pregnant but I had the same question when one of coworkers stopped exercising altogether when she got her BFP.

I looked at What to Expect When You Are Expecting and it basically said that you can keep doing what you are used to doing but not to do anything you aren’t used to doing.  IE if you have been a couch potato don’t start weight lifting when you are pregnant.


That’s as far as I got (I’m not pg or TTC).  But I plan to talk to my doctor about all of my physical activity on my next yearly exam as we will be TTC sometime soon after that.

Post # 9
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I do.

You should be fine to do everything you normally do (assuming you feel okay doing it).  At least until the second trimester.  After a certain point I know you won’t be able to do exercises where you lay on your back and if you do anything potentially dangerous (horseback riding, downhill skiing, contact sports) you might consider quitting because that is when the uterus will rise out of your pelvis and you won’t have the protection your pelvis provides.

I normally ran and did a lot of cardio in addition to simple weights.  I have continued doing so.  My endurance levels did change significantly due to fatigue and the fact that it’s now easier to get out of breath.  But I still try to keep it up.

You can talk to your doctor, but mine told me that the under 140 heartrate thing is old and I didn’t need to listen to it.  As long as I listened to my body I was fine to continue exercising at whatever intensity I felt good at.

I will warn you there will probably be times when it’s really difficult.  I generally had a pretty easy time working out pre-pregnancy and from weeks 7-17 I only had the energy to do about half or 1/3 of my normal workout.  I’m at 20 weeks now and this is probably the best I’ve felt, but it’s still not my normal energy level.  I’m expecting it to get more difficult after 30 weeks but we’ll see.

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

@NessQuick:  Just listen to your body. As long as you’re comfortable and feeling well, you should be just fine with your normal workout routine.   Make sure to drink extra water! 🙂

Post # 11
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@NessQuick: I’m 34w and have never stopped cross fitting. I listen to my body and adjust. I’m carrying low so I stopped running early on. I’m still lifting- and until the last few weeks fairly heavily. Back around month 5 I even dead lifted 265#. I checked in with my doctor and she was comfortable with it as long as I wasn’t doing things I hadn’t done before. I got a PR on my push press by accident last week. 

I say talk to your doctor. Barring any complications you should be fine

congrats on your BFP!


Post # 12
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@NessQuick:  Talk to your doctor to be sure, but I continued running/training like normal!

My doctor said just not to let my heart rate get too much over 140, and not to lift to exhaustion.

I ran a half marathon at 20 weeks, and am now 28 weeks and still work out at the gym an hour a day!

Post # 13
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@NessQuick:  Congrats on your BFP!!! I’m 23w and work out 3x/week. I was at the gym with a trainer a 3x/week when I got my BFP but my sessions ran out that same week. I now do prenatal pilates & yoga 3x/week and LOVE it. My pilates instructor’s rule of thumb is to not keep me on my back too long and to make sure I’m not doing any motions that cause me to bear down. Otherwise I’d say just listen to your body & your doctor. Good luck!

Post # 14
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Congrats mama! I just got my BFP over the weekend and plan on continuing to exercise as long as my body is okay with it. If you’ve been exercising regularly I think it’s totally fine to keep up your routine just listen to your body and if something feels off, stop.

A friend of mine is a regular runner and her doc gave her the okay to complete a half-marathon she’d been training for when she found out she was pregnant. She was 19 weeks for her half and felt totally fine. She just went a little slower than her regular pre-pregnancy pace.

Post # 15
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kes18:  Ditto on the HR thing, that was what a friend of mine said to me and I was like what! I’d have to do a slow walk to stay under 140! My Dr pretty much waved that off. Sad thing is that friend has been exercising and running and I think she’s totally given it up because of her fear and worries 🙁

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