Did you exercise while pregnant?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What is/ was your activity level while pregnant?

    No physical activity for me really

    A walk here and there

    I continued to work out through my pregnancy (weights or cardio)

  • Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

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    brittnamrogo :  I follow along with the cardio but just slow down if I’m getting winded. I think it helps because my instructor is 5 months pregnant so I’m confident she’s well versed in what I can and can’t do. She mostly just tells me to listen to my body and don’t do core work as it can cause diestasis recti. No clue if that’s the spelling.

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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2018

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    alex313 :  Mine said the same thing, as backed up by my doctor. I don’t intend to give up powerlifting until I absolutely have to! 

    Post # 18
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2017

    I am now 20 weeks and have continued to do Crossfit 4 times a week. I make obvious adjustments, and have slowed down a bit, but have generally been able to continue normally. It is nice to feel like myself for a little while- especially because everybody is treating me so differently now i’m pregnant!

    Post # 19
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    Blushing bee

    I’ve always been a runner so I continued to run 5 miles a day into my 8th month.  My doctor told me if I exercised/ran daily before pregnancy, I could continued.  I also started running within 2 weeks of giving birth.  

    Post # 20
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

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    brittnamrogo :  I am only six weeks along, I exercise the same now I walk an hour to work, an hour from work and after dinner we usually go for another walk but it tends to be a shorter walk

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    I was doing high intensity interval training and cycling classes 5 to 6 times per week routinely before I got pregnant. When I found put I was pregnant they dropped to 3 to 4 times a week throughout my pregnancy, I just modified as needed and didnt do ab work. I took a cycling class the night before I went into labor.

    After having my baby I didnt work out for 6 weeks to heal, and honestly, those first few workouts back in the gym post pregnancy and delivery were much harder than when I was 9 months pregnant. Lol.

    Post # 22
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    Immediately prior to pregnancy (~6 months) I didn’t do much other than walk the dog ~4-5k a day. 

    I’m now very early in my pregnancy (~8 weeks) and plan to pick up a bit more exercise as I’ll be moving to an area with more options. I was a pretty high-intensity athlete throughout my 20s and won’t go back to that level of course, but want to at least get moving more often and limber up.

    I’ll probably do some low-intensity work outs to focus on stretching and strengthening my muscles. Things like slow flow yoga, gentle squat/lunge reps, low-key spinning/cycling, hiking on weekends with DH, etc

    In the winter I love to cross-country ski so I’ll definitely pick that up again when the snow comes 🙂

    The intention behind my exercise is not weight/strength focused, but more making sure muscles are used and flexible to help recovery after delivery

    Post # 23
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I’m only 12 weeks but I jog, cycle, hike and do yoga. Planning to continue as long as I can though I’ll probably only cycle on a stationery bike once I start getting a little unbalanced. I’ve also been thinking that swimming might be nice towards the end- just imagine it will be more comfortable.

    Post # 24
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    swimming, with my first i swam 3-5 miles/week.  yoga,

     

     

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    YES! I know a lot about this.  I run competitively and wanted to come back strong from pregnancy.  I was running 50 miles per week before my first pregnancy in 2014.  I continued to run until I had some bleeding at 16 weeks, at which point i switched to spinning.  I literally span 5-6 x per week and once I could run again, ran again.  I ran and did a spin workout (both) the day my daughter was born via c-section at 41 weeks.  Due to my physical activity before and during pregnancy i had no complications (oh, and luck of course that I had a n easy pregnancy). I was also allowed to exercise 10 days after my little one was born (spin) and then ran 3 weeks out.  A year later I ran my fastest ever marathon time.  

     I also think I gained very little (28 lbs, BMI of 21 to start) and had an easy recovery bc i was in shape.

    I am now pregnant with a little bit of a rough start with my second (I posted in may 2019). – i’m Only 4 weeks but i already hope that should this all work out, I can run and exercise through this pregnancy too. 

    Post # 26
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    brittnamrogo :  I walked and hiked a lot which is what I did before pregnancy. 

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Well I sort of did.  I normally worked out 4-5x a week before both of my pregnancies.  I preferred to run non-pregnant. I ran as I felt okay.  I couldn’t run as far or as long as I could before just due to fatigue or aches later on.  So I did a lot of jog/walk combos.  Switched and did elliptical some.  I only did like 1x or 2x a week in the third trimester of my first pregnancy (only elliptical by then or a walk) and my second pregnancy I just quit in the third trimester except maybe a walk here and there.  I couldn’t run (well jog) past ~28 weeks with either pregnancy (even with a support belt), it was just too achy.

    I wouldn’t start a brand new routine but if you already do stuff you can do whatever you feel comfortable doing, just listen to your body.  Some things I did or would quit into the second trimester like horseback riding or biking (I quit biking after the first trimester).

    I had pretty easy pregnancies but I’m not sure how much exercise helped.  I am tall and I have a long torso so I didn’t really get uncomfortable at the end probably due to that.  Being somewhat in shape probably helps pushing.  I did gain over the recommended amount even though I exercised so it’s just what my body wanted to do.  I gained 42-43lbs with my first and 50lbs with my second.  Didn’t really have any trouble losing it, it just took a bit longer with my second.

    Post # 28
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    Busy bee

    I ran 40 miles/week before pregnancy but stopped after embryo transfer as instructed (IVF fresh cycle) and have no intention of running again until after delivery. It’s just not worth the risk in my opinion. I’ve heard of people cutting back after spotting/bleeding, but by that point it could already be too late. I do a stationary bike for 30 min 4 times a week; I break a sweat but don’t allow my heart rate to skyrocket. And this is coming from a person addicted to exercise who ran daily.

    Post # 29
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I used to workout (P90X3/tabata/weights) diligently 4-5 days per week pre-pregnancy on top of walking my dog 2-3 times a day. I continued to do the same until week 5 – and then morning sickness started. I tried to do some squats and planks on those rare few days I felt semi-ok, but noticed nausea would kick in as soon as I finished my sets, so I stopped. I just continued to walk my dog and climb stairs at work.

    I’m in week 10 now, and while nausea has calmed down a bit, now I’m a little scared to start exercising because I haven’t done it in almost two months. I am not sure how much muscle, if any, I have  left at this point (lol). I’m thinking of waiting until week 12 (hoping nausea will be completely gone by then), and then slowly start increasing # of sets, add weight little by little, etc.

    Another issue is that I’m sleep so much more lately. I used to go to bed at 10 pm and wake up at 5 am like a clockwork, and exercise for 30 mins the morning before walking my dog – but these days I fall asleep at 8 pm and have a hard time waking up by 6 am. And even if I somehow manage to get up at 5 am, I can’t imagine exercising on an empty stomach anymore. Poop.

    Post # 30
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

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    brittnamrogo :  My first pregnancy I did a few walks but otherwise not much. But I also had a job where I was primarily standing and walking around, so it wasn’t as bad. 

    We’re planning on TTC in the next few months so this topic has been top of mind for me. Since January, i’ve lost almost 40 lbs. I’m terrified that once I become pregnant i’ll fall off the wagon and gain a ton of weight and get out of my healthier habits that i’ve really focused on this year. 

    That being said, I plan to continue my current exercise regimen. I take spin classes 2 times a week and hope to continue (with my OB approval) those when I become pregnant until I’m unable to anymore. 

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