(Closed) Excercising while pregnant

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

OP, this is really hard, but you do have to listen to your body. Not saying that sometimes it isn’t a good thing to push yourself (sort of like on those days pre-pregnancy when you just didn’t feel like working out but had to make yourself anyway), but your body will tell you when enough is enough. 

I’d say I worked out pretty similarly to you pre-pregnancy. I’ve definitely had to modify it a bit. I’m 10 weeks today, and still do try to get to the gym 5-6 x a week, first thing in the morning, but often-times I cut it short, or take it easy, or only run 2 miles at a slower pace then do some stretching or easy cardio on the elliptical. 

I keep hearing that the fatigue usually lessens in the second trimester, so let’s hope that’s true! 

@Evie19:  Sometimes I feel like I follow you around on threads, but I think it’s a timing thing of when I wake up and check out the boards, but I just had to laugh at your post. I know you didn’t mean it this way, but I’m picturing you thinking, “O let me get this exercise in as I walk to the bakery and then order 5 pastries” haha. I know it’s not what you meant, but that’s not unlike something I would think :). 

Post # 18
6065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@kate02121:  Hahahaha, now I realize how that sounded! Here in Greece, we get bread from the bakery…whole wheat bread! :):):)

Although, I absolutely also want 5 pastries in addition to the bread.

I’m glad we’re on the boards at the same time!

Post # 19
4430 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013




great thanks guys.  Now I want a Danish. And I’m sure as hell going to get one !

Post # 20
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I used to work out fairly regularly, got out of the habit over the christmas holidays with having family over. I found out I was pregnant on Dec 27th and haven’t been back to the gym yet 🙁

So far, work kicks my ASS everyday and I am falling asleep on the couch by 7:30/8pm plus all day morning sickness.

Everyday I still take the dog for a 15-20 minute walk, which since being pregnant has turned into a workout and I am huffing and puffing the whole way. On the weekends I go out of my way to take him on the long walk 30-40 minutes, which makes me feel a bit better but I hope to force myself to get back to the gym soon!

Post # 21
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@BellaDee: Haha, repeat after me, the BABY wants the danish, not you. And you can’t deny your baby these things 🙂  

@Evie19:  Whole wheat bread from a bakery versus store packaged and bought sounds amazing. 

@FMM:  I’ve heard walking is really one of the best things you can do during pregnancy, as you should be able to maintain it throughout. 

Post # 22
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would honour what your body is doing right now! Lots of people have difficulty keeping up an exercise regime in the first tri…and then can pick it up again in the second. I was tired but my issue was low blood pressure in the first tri – so I could barely stand a lot of the time, let alone exercise. I’m 6 months now and somewhat back to normal – I do prenatal yoga (which I highly recommend – it’s great for all the aches and pains that come along with pregnancy, and will help strenthen your body for labour), swimming and power walking on the treadmill/stationary bike. I’m happy with my activity level since I’m not going for weight loss – just overall fitness for me and baby 🙂

Post # 23
9823 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was really fatigued from about 8 weeks until 15 or so.  I just did what I could, even though it was like 30% of what I could normally do.  It just wasn’t possible for me to do more.  Not much else you can do about it.  I wasn’t going to push myself.

My fatigue eased up a bit (not completely) after that and I was able to do closer to a normal routine for me until about 28 weeks.  I’m 30 weeks now and I’ve lessened up a bit again.  Just due to returning fatigue and I get really bad ligament pain and cramps some days from working out.

What you can do will probably continue to vary throughout your pregnancy.  I think as long as you don’t quit completely you are doing great.

Post # 24
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I tried to walk 2-3 times a week during the 1st trimester to help fight fatigue.  I felt much better during the 2nd trimester and usually worked out like 3-4 days a week alternating cardio and weights for 30 mins a day.  Now that I’m 29 weeks and in my 3rd trimester, I’ve been a lot more tired and very uncomfortable by the end of the day and yoga makes me feel the best.  I’m trying to get in at least 2 days of something each week but I’m not beating myself up if I don’t.  

I’m also very active around the house and always doing something like cleaning or organizing or working on some kind of house project so I’m not usually just sitting on my butt doing nothing.  

Post # 25
3208 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Diamondgurl:  do you like to swim? My sister had terrible fatigue/all day sickness in her first trimester but she has always been active and athletic. She felt awful not exercising, so she started to swim laps in the super slow lane. She took her time and she said it made her feel more relaxed and happy.

I was never a fan of swimming so it’s not something I’d do for exercise when I’m pregnant, but just a suggestion for you!

Post # 26
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It WILL get better OP, hang in there! I still haven’t been able to return to the gym (I’m 14wks) but I’m nearly ready. At the beginning, walking up stairs was exhausting. Walking to the train station every morning used to take me 10 min and took me almost 20 at first. I walked as much as I could though in the first tri, about 30 min every day broken up into 2-3 walks, so not a lot at all. It was all I could handle. 

Forgive your body and just go with what makes you comfortable. At 14wks, I think I am ready to get back to light excercise like yoga and swimming and in a few weeks I hope to go back to spin and Body Pump. 

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