Post # 1
Anyone have any good tips for staying in shape during pregnancy? I currently run but know I won’t be able to do that for the entire pregnancy so I’m going to start swimming soon for cardio. I don’t currently do any strength training but see this as a great motivator to start and get myself toned up in preperation for all the bending and lifting I’ll be doing once the baby comes! Anyone have any suggestions for strength training exercises/ideas or a website with a program to follow that is safe during pregnancy?
Post # 3
I’m going to do the same work outs I have been doing until 12-14 weeks or until it gets uncomfortable. After that, I’ve found a couple of pregnancy excercise sites:
For keeping seriously fit between 14 weeks & til it gets uncomfortable:
And some lower impact stuff just to keep moving:
Post # 4
I do the DVD “Pilates for Pregancy” and like it.
Post # 5
Pre-BFP, I was doing boot camp three times a week but I stopped for the past two weeks due to a work trip and vacation. I’m going back today and I’m hoping to keep it up as long as possible. I know I will have to modify some of the exercises and slow down if I need to so I’m aware of that and of making sure that my heart rate doesn’t go too high. I’m debating telling my gym tonight. But I will try to continue until I can’t anymore! I’m also playing volleyball and softball and am planning to continue with those, too.
Post # 6
@AstoriaK: you should definitely let the persons running the boot camp know! I am a crossfitter and told my coaches right away. They will offer different modifications and keep an eye on you. I don’t think you need to announce to the whole class, but I would tell someone!
Post # 7
@mamadingdong: Thanks for the reassurance that I should tell them! I don’t know why but I’m nervous that they won’t let me keep coming (even though I know it’s possible to keep with it).
Post # 8
@MrsRugbee: @KH: Thanks for the suggestions, ladies! Those sound great!
@AstoriaK: I agree it’s a good idea to let your boot camp instructor know for safety reasons. I’m sure they’ll allow you to keep coming!
Post # 9
@AstoriaK: there are 6 preggos at my CrossFit box! I can’t see any reason why they would sop you from coming! Do some research for yourself, too. That crossfit mom link has good guidelines for things like when to stop laying flat on your back and different substitutions. Just follow your body’s cues and don’t push it and you will be fine and healthy 🙂
Post # 10
As an avid exerciser, I was surprised on how much your body self regulates while pregnant. I regularly worked out at a very high intensity prior to being pregnant and now . . .I just can’t. I breathe hard much quicker and I wear a HR monitor but I literally can’t go at the same intensity that I used to. I still do boot camp, kickboxing, spin and pilates. I’ll keep doing what I can for as long as I can. I think the 1st tri is pretty tough given the M/S and fatique but i still make it to the gym 5x a week.
Good Luck – swimming is awesome (and super hard too).
Post # 11
I’m 23 weeks and I still run — I’ve been running the whole time, and at this rate I should be easily able to keep running for a good while longer! I agree with @RedBullFueled: — your body is excellent at making its own decisions. I only had to start slowing the treadmill down pretty recently, and even so, I have only turned it down from 7.2mph pre-pregnancy to 6.9mph now. Your body makes it quite clear when you’re pushing too hard. As for when running starts to really get too hard, I bought ankle weights for power-walking. Once you get large enough that running doesn’t work, you’re carrying so much extra weight that just walking is probably as good a workout as running used to be, know what I mean?
I also do weight training with arms, same as before being PG, but that one’s definitely been slacking. That darn parasite inside me — if I lift the same amount week after week, I find myself able to do fewer and fewer reps instead of more. I guess pregnancy is NOT a good time to try building muscle, haha.
Post # 12
Check some of Jillian Michael’s dvds on Youtube. There are quite a few that combine some cardio and strength training. I’m not sure how far along you are, but depending on that, you might be able to do some of the dvds in the comfort of your own home.