(Closed) Did anyone START working out after their BFP?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Everything I’ve heard/read has stated that you shouldn’t exercise any harder than you would have pre-pregnancy. I wouldn’t suggest starting a new exercise routine at this point…

Post # 4
2273 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was told not to start working out harder than you were right before pregnancy, light exercise is fine but wear loose clothing (for air flow/temp and comfort) and keep heart rate below 140. I spoke to my boxing teacher (when I thought I was KU a few months ago) and that’s what she told me – it was a false alarm (unfortunately) but I’ll follow that when I finally get my BFP.

Post # 5
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Talk to your doctor! That has to be your first step. He/she knows your body and what it can take better than we do. I’d guess that starting moderately and working up would be okay but wouldn’t start P90x right off the bat. Your body is going through so many changes right now anyway…best not to add a lot more to it.

Post # 6
9688 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Most of the time, I’ve read that you shouldn’t start anything new once you’re pregnant.  If you’ve already been doing it, it’s fine.  There are some things though that they recommend you to start if you haven’t, but it’s things like walking or swimming.  I would just talk to your doctor.

I can’t say from experience, because I worked out a lot before I got pregnant…but it was SO HARD to workout after I got pregnant.  I had horrible fatigue and I just couldn’t do much early on (I was at like 30% of what I could do before).  And I was used to it…so I can’t imagine trying to start P90X while pregnant!

Definitely talk to your doctor before you start anything new.  I think the 140 bpm is completely outdated, but you should be able to talk through your workouts.  If you can’t talk, you’re doing too much.

Post # 7
2905 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My doctor said it was ok to start a light exercise routine, like walking or prenatal yoga, but to make sure to keep my heart rate below 140 and cut back if I start spotting. I’d talk to your doctor before jumping into an intense aerobics program. 

Post # 8
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Definitely talk to your doctor. I would assume you’d be ok to start back slowly (i.e. not P90X!) since you used to work out, but I’m not a medical doctor Smile

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

Start slow. In a few weeks, p90x might seem like the most taxing thing in the world due to hormones — and right now it could be a bit much for the beginning (although you’d probably be fine.). If you are fit, you can run and lift and bike and do whatever. Especially if you know good technique. You will have to make adjustments as to what is appropriate and what feels good, as some things will start to feel weird toward the end of your first tri. The 140 bpm limitation is a myth, but listen to your body. If you do have a workout history, going back to exercise is a great idea, but don’t look to set a new personal record. Be fit but be gentle– medium instead of strenuous intensity. And no Ab Ripper X. (Ab-intensive workouts later in pregnancy can contribute to separation of the rectus abdominus muscles.)

Post # 10
1153 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Sasha2011:  I wouldn’t start something like P90x at the beginning of my pregnancy. Pre BFP I was working out with a trainer 3x/week & the work outs were HARD on me, left me feeling ragged and beat up. After my BFP I started pilates & prenatal yoga. I do pilates 2 days/week and yoga once. I feel 1,000 times better than I did when working with the trainer. Every body is different but I’d say to try a less intense style of exercise but find something that works for you. 

Post # 11
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My husband is a physical therapist and he told me it is best not to start or increase the intensity of your regiment once you are pregnant.

Post # 12
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

@KatieBklyn:  My nurse friends have told me the same thing. 

I have never really done the traditional gym work outs but I always ride my bike to work, take long walks almost every day and hike very often. The medical professionals ive talked to said keep hiking and walking as much as I want but they were weary about me starting anything new including swimming laps (which I used to do regularly)

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