Post # 1
We are TTC again after a loss at 13 weeks 6 months ago, and I’m just so paranoid about having another miscarriage! I can’t stop googling all the things I’m worried about, it’s a problem lol. I am so concerned that my Orange Theory classes will impact my fertility and ability to carry. That, and coffee drinking, and other things as well. I’m on a handful of supplements and a great prenatal that I heavily researched, and had already been taking daily prior to starting TTC.
Did you discontinue strenuous exercise during the two week wait, and first trimester? I’m wondering if Orange Theory is just too intense based on some fertility advice I’ve heard on some podcasts/blogs.
I quit drinking alcohol and cut way back on my coffee drinking (max of two a day, normally one). Maybe I should cut it out entirely like wine?
This whole ttc thing has turned me into a crazy person. Grrrr.
Post # 2
I don’t quit working out while I’m TTC at all. I’ve been working out at a fairly high frequency and intensity for a while now, and honestly I think the stress relief I get from my workout offsets any potential issues that it could cause. Plus, healthy mama, healthy baby IMO.
I also choose not to cut back on caffeine (although I only drink one cup of coffee a day), or wine (but again, I’m an occasional drinker).
We’ve only just begun TTC again after our loss in March, so maybe a month or 2 in I’ll feel differently, but I strongly believe that I didn’t do anything to contribute to our loss, so I’m pretty confident in continuing to do things as I did with my previous pregnancies.
Post # 3
Unless the doctor has given you a reason to stop,exercising (like enlarged ovaries from,fertility treatments) then keep doing what you are doing! I had swolllen ovaries from,IVF but once they returned to normal I was instructed to get back to regular activities. Beimg fit will really help when you are preggo!
Post # 4
I worked out strenuously during all TWWs and into pregnancy as well. I was doing TRX/circuit training/plyometrics/weightlifting as well as spinbikinh up until 28 weeks with my first pregnancy so I’m guessing that’s just as hard if not harder than Orange Theory. I’ve had two healthy pregnancies and was never advised not to exercise- actually the opposite as exercise during pregnancy is great for the health of the placenta as well as the fetus and mom. I also felt comfortable having up to 200 mg of caffeine during pregnancy. I’m very sorry for your previous loss. Try to remember that neither caffeine nor exercise nor anything else you do or don’t do will cause a miscarriage! They just happen, sadly. Best of luck!
Post # 5
Hey! I suffered from post pill amenorrhea, I went off the pill in February and didn’t get my period back (took a provera challenge in July and got a withdrawn bleed). I was nervous that my excessive exercise, caffenine and alcohol intake were why I wasn’t getting my period back.
My doctors advice (Seconded my sister who happens to be an oobgyn) – stop worrying!!!!! She said, exercise, drink, have coffee just STOP stressing. She also said “drinking is how people get pregnant in the first place” hahahah.
so I took a month to just do as I wanted and stop stressing – and got pregnant. I’m only 6 weeks along but continuing my exercise regement (my sister, the obgyn, and I both do interval training and weight lifting together) I’m always like “is it ok to do this” and he rrespobse is always “of course you idiot” – the only thing she has advised against are pull ups, flagpoles, and super man push ups (where I jump off the floor incase you fall on your stomach).
Stress and worry have a big impact on your body!
honestly don’t read things online – from what my sister tells me most information is based on animal trials, since they can’t safely test on pregnant women. She had four healthy children and her and all of her colleagues enjoy a glass of wine while pregnant; sushi, cheese and still exercise strenuously!
Post # 6
KB87 : your sister sounds cool 🙂 but I’m curious why no pull-ups? I did them pregnant (well, I tried haha) and a badass fit mama I know did 9 pull-ups when she was 9 months pregnant.
Post # 7
During my first pregnancy, I continued my orange theory classes twice a week and miscarried. I talked to my doctor about this afterwards and she Insisted that my workouts would not have caused my miscarriage. During my second pregnancy, I was too paranoid to do anything so I quit orange theory, stopped working out, completely cut off caffeine, etc. and guess what, I miscarried again. In retrospect, I wish I had kept working out and not have gained 10 pounds 😀
Post # 8
MrsAKSkier : 9 pullups pregnant is badass – I have finally at 10 unassisted … I guess doing them you run a risk of falling from up high? I have never fallen doing them before but I guess it’s a risk.
I have a feeling I’ll get weird looks when I’m still deadlifting and squatinf heavy with a big baby belly lol
Post # 9
olivejd : Talk to your OBGYN if you’re worried about exercise. I thought I’d have to give up my HIIT workouts and running to TTC (because internet), but my doctor told me that I really didn’t need to worry. I had a friend who was a marathoner with fertility issues and her doctor told her to stop running, but that was based on her particular situation.
Post # 10
I would talk to your OBGYN, but in general I think that exercise is fine, 1-2 cups of coffee is ok (but I would keep it just to that), and an occassional glass of wine is ok too (don’t get wasted. I actually did choose to not drink during the 2 week waiting period- but that was probably overkill). If you are already used to the workouts, I wouldn’t worry until you are pregnant, then you may have to modify them a bit if your doctor advises. I found out I was pregnant January 7th (due in 10 days!!) and I actually started a whole new work intense workout regime after the New Year. We were TTC, but had been for a little while without luck, and I didn’t think I was pregnant. Once I became pregnant, my doctor wanted me to cut it out- but only because I only had started the workout during the 2 week waiting period and my body wasn’t used to it. I resorted to power walking instead.
Post # 11
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olivejd : I had a miscarriage with my first pregnancy. I got a pregnant a few months later and had a healthy pregnancy. However, I can tell you after you have a miscarriage the paranoia never goes away! I was literally scared until the moment I finally had my son in my arms. 4 years later I’m pregnant again now, still so nerve wrecking! I continued to work out and drink coffee until I found out I was pregnant. Once I went to my first apointment at 8wks I discussed working out with my doctor, she daid I could continue with my normal routine but not to do more than 40 pounds. I have a little starbucks here and there but have stopped drinking coffee everyday. I think you should be ok with your normal routine bee.
Post # 12
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olivejd : This article was pretty illuminating to me (and I also read the study itself). Preconception coffee consumption (more than 1-2 cups per day) by the mother OR father is highly correlated with miscarriage rates.
Post # 13
I understand the paranoia, but I think it is still safe to do your regular fitness routine during the TWW… I wouldn’t try any crazy new workouts, but if you are a regular at Orange Theory, keep going! A friend of mine that recently delivered a healthy baby went to Orange Theory until a couple weeks before the birth!
Post # 14
I decided to stop weight lifting 2 months ago because I thought maybe it was the reason I haven’t gotten pregnant yet (too much stress on my body). But I’m still not pregnant, and now I lost all my muscle. Lol. So yeah, I wish I hadn’t done that.
Post # 15
lolot : I just checked out the article and that is fascinating information! I was drinking a lot more coffee than usual when I conceived the first time–both around the time of conception and right up until I found out… I would say definitely 3 cups a day. And I’m back to 3 cups a day right now the first two weeks of my cycle because I thought that was a “safe” time to drink coffee and alcohol! Yikes. I will be cutting back again. Maybe not cutting out but 1 a day. Thanks for passing along that article.
Also since I hadn’t been doing OTF long at all, I wouldn’t say I’m a regular exerciser, so now I’m keeping it lighter and I cancelled my membership in favor of staying active, walking, and yoga. I’m trying really hard not to stress out as much because I know that’s not friendly to fertililty haha