Post # 1
Hey bees! I’m only 5 weeks right now (Due September 15th), but I’m trying to stay very fit & active during my prengancy! Anyone else? I go to pilates 2-3 days per week & walk on the treadmill 2-3 days per week as well. Additionally, I try to eat clean (although Ive given into a few cravings the last couple days – such as chocolate & Five Guys burgers!! lol). I’m going to start making green power smoothies too since veggies dont sound good – but I know how important they are for me & Baby Z!
What else are you incorporating to stay fit during your pregnancy? I’d love to get a great group of supportive women together for this journey!
Post # 3
@IUrebekah3RT: I already had Dear Daughter, but I’ll comment to share what I did and to bump this for others who are currently expecting…
I was marathon training when I got pregnant, so I basically kept up my normal routine, but I dropped the intensity a LOT. I didn’t add more milage at that point, I simply slowed my pace considerably and maintained my typical mileage. I dropped from the full marathon to the half, which I completed at 19weeks.
After that I stopped running since it put more pressure on my pelvis and lower back than was comfortable. I kept up with spin classes and zumba up until about 8ish months, then I stuck to swimming to keep my joints moving.
I could have eaten better, but when mama’s hungry, MAMA’S HUUUUNGRY! Haha, I ended up gaining just over 50lbs anyway and at 9 months pp I still have about 15 hanging around. I am lightly active now, but if I were able to buckle down and hit the gym more regularly then I am sure I could kick those last few. Sleep lately has been the pits though, since Dear Daughter learned to pull up to standing position and doesn’t know how to lay back down (so she wakes up at 2am “stuck” standing up in her crib). Then she caught a cold, then she cut a tooth, then she had a tummy bug. Nobody’s been sleeping around our house.
ETA- I meant to add that I took about a month off in the beginning of my pregnancy due to extreme exhaustion and some nausea but once I felt better I got back into it. Just listen to your body, if you need a break take a break. Don’t get overheated and make sure that your heart rate recovers quickly when you stop anything higher intensity. Oh, and hydrate. Drink lots and lots of water 🙂
Post # 4
@IUrebekah3RT: I have so far, my activity level has varied a lot. It’s been really hard for me to keep it up during some of those tough weeks.
For the record, I worked out about 5 days a week before pregnancy and I normally did elliptical, running, biking, and weights. I ran anywhere from 4-7 miles 3 days a week and maybe biked once a week for 1-2 hours and did ellipitical in between with weights.
I had bad fatigue from about 8 weeks to 16 weeks so I was did jog/walking and did the elipitical. I was pretty lucky to get 2 miles in (really slowly). This was the worst part of pregnancy for me so far, exercise-wise.
My energy level got better (but not back to normal) after 16 weeks until about 25 weeks and I was able to do some 6.5 mile walk/jogs every week (took me a long time FWIW!) and I did pretty good working out for about 40 min 4-5 days a week.
I’m 28 weeks now and it’s been more difficult because I get really achy, mostly my ligaments. I got a new support band and that has helped the few times I’ve used it. But my energy level has gone down a bit. So now I’m stuck around 2-3 miles jog/walk and working out maybe 4 days a week. I do the elliptical a lot if I’m not walking or slowly jogging. It’s pretty easy on your body. Swimming is great too but though I love swimming, I’m not a fan of swimming laps. So it’s not something I’ve done.
I tried to always work out 3 days a week throughout the whole thing, even if it was just something small. The only reason I don’t give up is because I love to workout and it helps me feel better mentally. And because I know it will make labor/birth easier and easier to get back into shape afterwards. It’s a LOT harder than I expected it to be though. So I would plan and accept that your energy level and ability will vary a lot.
I ate pretty healthy before I was pregnant. But from about 8-16 weeks when I had MS, cravings, and aversions all I wanted was fat and carbs. So I ate fast food (McDonalds, Wendys, etc) or lots of restaurant takeout…something I never really ate much before. I had aversions to veggies and most fruits. After my MS went away at 16 weeks I have been able to eat closer to normal. Luckily early in your pregnancy, baby doesn’t really need much and what it needs it will take from you. So I wouldn’t feel bad if you end up eating or craving junk! Just feel lucky if you crave the healthy stuff!
Post # 5
@kes18: I tried yoga once jogging was too difficult- I found it really helped with some of that achiness you get in your pelvis! It also helped later on with the lower back pain from lugging around a big ole belly too. If you haven’t tried any, I would highly suggest it. I found some prenatal yoga videos on youtube. Also, towards the end, all I did was bounce on a yoga ball and do a lot of cat/cow poses anyway.
Post # 6
@IUrebekah3RT: I have always been pretty fit,, active and eaten well and I maintain as much as I can through pregnancy. I’m 19 weeks now and have more energy and I’m feeling better so it isn’t such a push. Women’s health has a great by-trimester workout here:
I do this as much as I have the time and energy for, usually weights one day with a light walk and a good solid fast-paced walk with intervals and hills the next. I do prenatal yoga a couple times a week, more for the stretching which helps my aches and pains. DH and I go skating, cross country skiing and try to do fit activities together as well.
The challenge for me is balancing the amount of physical activity with eating and rest. I find I need much more recovery time (I come home from the gym and sit on the couch for an hour) and usually for each hour being active I need another hour of sleep. I also tend to get hungry in the middle of the night so I need to remind myself to eat more through the day. I will give in to cravings, though I’ve definitely been into salad and fresh fruit which is a good craving to have. I don’t usually eat dairy and have craved it throughout my pregnancy so I figure my body is needing it and I have milk, cheese and yogurt. I juiced every morning for a while but now that there’s snow on the ground the good veggies are gone, I’ve replaced this with smoothies.
Make sure you drink a ton of water and listen to your body. I learned my lesson in over-doing it by becoming incredibly sore and grouchy one day – you will figure it out. If you are watching your diet, adjust your caloric intake appropriately by trimester (guidelines on WebMD). Good luck!
Post # 7
I love this thread- thanks for starting it! I am trying to have a fit pregancy. I LOVE working out. Before getting pregnant I ran 2 half marathons this fall, so I was running about 25 miles per week. I also taught 4 spinning classes per week, and did a weight lifting class 3 days per week.
Since getting my BFP I’ve scaled it back some. I was working out twice a day, most days, but now I have scaled it back to working out once a day. I’m also taking more rest days- like 1 to 2 per week instead of once every 10 days. I’ve been so tired after work that I have no energy to do an after work workout. I am still teaching 3 spinning classes per week (sometimes 4 if I have to sub), and weight lifting 3 days a week. I am not running at all, mainly becuase my mother scared me and told me the impact wasn’t good. I’ve added in about 30 min on the elliptical 2 days per week instead.
I started doing Barre classes 1-2 days per week now too. It is very low impact and works muscles without heavy weights. A mom friend of mine reccomended it to strengthen my pelvic and ab muscles.
I honestly think working out has helped with my morning sickness. I feel queasy a lot, but it hasn’t been that bad. I am only 6 weeks along though.
Post # 8
@bella128: 2nd what you say about water! I’ve been drinking a lot of water and that also really really helps with recovery.
Post # 9
@DaneLady: Thanks! I went to prenatal yoga for 2 weeks last month, around 24-26 weeks but I think I was too small (belly wise) for it to do much for me. Since it’s not really a workout (at least mine wasn’t!) I didn’t get that same feeling I get from sweating it out. But I did like some of the poses, so I might just do some of them at home to see if I can get the same benefit (my class was mostly just stretching and relaxation). I think I should have went to it a little later since I wasn’t having hardly any pains at all when I went! I can see how it would be much more beneficial from 30+ weeks.
Post # 10
I’m 15 weeks. I’ve kept up with my weight lifting routines but dropped from 3 days/week to 2 days/week. I’ve had to modify it a bit, for example, on assisted chip-ups, I actually increased the assist weight by 10 pounds to compensate for the weight I’ve gained. I foresee having to modify some of the other moves as my belly gets bigger.
I do regular yoga once a week and a metabolic circuit workout once a week. I haven’t been walking much other than my dog’s daily walk due to the weather in my area, but I am looking forward to some more consistent weather to start walking home from work again.
So far all of this is still comfortable, but noticeably more difficult than before I got pregnant. I’m trying to hit the sweet spot of pushing myself but not overdoing it!
Post # 11
Good thread! I’ve been pretty fit my whole life and would love for it to contnue. So far, (albeit only at 8w3d) I’ve been pretty lucky. I’ve been spinning about 3x a week, running roughly 3 miles 1x, lifting 2x, and elliptical the remaining cardio days.
I know running will get harder as I progress, but I don’t love running anyway. I’m hoping to continue spinning throughout pregnancy, elliptical should be fine as I can control the levels and intensity, lifting, and then I may start yoga as I get bigger.
It all depends on my energy levels and health of course, but I’d love to stay active and healthy throughout! I’ve heard numerous times that it helps with delivery, and more significantly, with recovery, so it certainly is ideal. Also, I need to keep working out with all the insane carb cravings I’ve been having!
I love hearing everyone’s tips on here. Thanks for sharing!
Post # 12
Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you gals who are keeping up with spin classes: At some point your legs will bump the bottom of your belly if you’re sitting on the bike properly. I had to scoot my seat forward, raise the handlebars, and basically pedal in an almost completely upright position to keep my knees from flaring off to the side to avoid my belly. This was after about 7-8 months though. So, keep doing whatever is comfortable but have an instructor help you make bike adjustments as needed to keep your lower back from getting angry!
Post # 13
@DaneLady: Oo, that’s interesting. Thanks for the advice, it’s good to be prepared for things like that, but know that there are adjustments that can be made.
Post # 14
For me, I do prenatal yoga 1x per week, pregnancy fitness videos at home a couple of times a week when I’m too tired to go to the gym. Gym time for me is spent either power walking or swimming. I don’t focus on strength training because yoga and my pregnancy fitness videos cover that.
I also drink a ton of water, way more than before. I find I’m much thirstier though – so your body will tell you what it needs. We are healthy eaters anyway, but I’m not denying myself if I really really want something. I had no ms and no food aversions except for eggs so it’s been easy to keep up my usual routine. I’m 22 weeks 2 days.
Post # 15
@IUrebekah3RT: I’m not gonna lie. I try to stay fit and from about 7 to 14 weeks, it was not happening. At all. If I managed 1 or 2 gym visits a week I was impressed. And this is coming from someone who did Insanity and worked out 5-6 times a week.
Right now I walk. I clean. I reorganize things: I keep active just not in my traditional way. I also watch very very closely what I eat, and thankfully I don’t crave much junk food save for the occasional slice of pizza. Mostly I just want to eat pineapple, mangos and grapes. I’ve started picking up the gym about 3-4 times a week now which is better and I’m also doing some prenatal yoga here and there since I have pretty harsh sciatic nerve pain already. And so far I’ve only gained maybe 3lbs.
My advice would be to not beat yourself up if you can’t hit your fitness goals. Its ok to favor a nap over a run/walk. Do what you can and don’t do more than that. You may get lucky and not get as sick as I got and that is fantastic, but keep in mind that your body is legitimately exhausted from what its doing. You are not being “lazy” or anything of the sort. So do what you can. But it is ok if during that first trimester you just cannot do it.
Post # 16
I will be 17 weeks tomorrow and I finally just got back to the gym today! I just couldn’t do it with my all day nausea and fatigue. Feels so good! I will be doing cardio 3x’s a week to start and I’ll see if I want to modify my weight routine that I was doing prepregnancy.