(Closed) Exercise in early pregnancy

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2449 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

pachamama:  no, just bc I was so sick up through week 12/13. I think every mama/body is different and its up to you what you feel like you can handle! 

Post # 3
3729 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

pachamama:  yes. I’m 6w2d right now and do some exercise (walk, swimming, run, weights) everyday. I’d do more, but it’s 90 degrees. I can’t run in that. In fact, I’m off for a 10 mile hike right now.

I also had a miscarriage at 9 weeks. The day I miscarried was the only day I took it easy and didn’t work out. As long are your workouts are reasonable and your listening to your body, it’s fine.

Post # 4
4505 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Your doctor is right. If you can exercise, do it! There may come a point when you feel too sick or big to exercise, so get it in while you can. 

I exercised in the first trimester (I’m also very active like you — marathons, etc) until severe morning sickness kicked in and I could barely walk! 

Post # 5
2805 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I got sick at six weeks and it lasted until 13 weeks… no exercise for me. However— my doctor kept asking me why I wasn’t and encouraged me to. As long as you are not pushing yourself too hard you’ll be fine. The only concern is with the lifting. Normally its recommended you should stay away from anything over 50 pounds, so I would consult your doctor on that if you are going over.

Post # 6
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Yup! I’m 25 weeks now and still running. My first pregnancy I worked out throughout my entire pregnancy, moderating what I was doing as I got bigger. It  definitely helped keep me healthy/sane. I plan to do the same this time. Exercise is actually great for your baby, the research is well documented.

Post # 7
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I run regularly and kept it up as much as possible. There were some days when all I could manage was a mile or two, and slow at that but I think it definitely helped to keep my energy levels up. I was able to run a half marathon, albeit slower than my usual half time, at 17 weeks and am running a 5 mile race tomorrow at 23 weeks. 

I think there are concerns when you had no or limited exercise prior to getting pregnant and then attempt to exercise and overdo it. But it sounds like you were very active before and should be able to do everything you were doing before, just maybe at a different pace. 

And congratulations!

Post # 8
6814 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

smoocheepoo:  I was told by my doctor not to lift more than 20 lbs. 

I wasn’t super active before getting pregnant, but I felt so tired and low in energy all I wanted was to sleep. I am still walking and stretching. I bought myself a body ball, so I can do exercises at home. Definitely listen to your body.

Post # 9
3008 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

pachamama:  I kept up all my normal activies as best I could between the exhaustion and the nausea. It’s totally fine. I alpine and nordic skied, hiked, ran, spin biked, did circuit/TRX class, etc. I aimed to keep my heartrate at or below 170 and make sure I didn’t overheat. I had a very healthy pregnancy and my midwives said my high level of fitness helped me during my prolonged second stage of labor (I had to push for over 3 hours to get my son out!). I loved working out during pregnancy and will the second time around, too! Congrats to you and try not to worry!

Post # 10
2805 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

candy11:  Good thing I didn’t get the same restriction.. I wouldn’t be able to lift my 2 year old 🙂 

Post # 11
47203 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

pachamama:  You can safely do anything that you did before you were pregnant. In fact, it’s better for baby, for Mom to stay active and healthy.

Post # 12
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I kept up my normal workouts in the first trimester, more or less, even though working out made me nervous.  I would sometimes opt for shorter workouts, and tried not to go too crazy doing tons of high-intensity stuff.  It was nice to keep as much of my old routines together as possible when I found out I was pregnant.  Plus, it’s great to keep in shape so that labor and delivery go more smoothly (hopefully).

I just started incorporating some prenatal workouts, because my belly is getting in the way a bit and I wanted to make sure there weren’t any other changes I needed to make (I’m a little over 20 weeks).  I’m glad I didn’t let my nervousness get to me.  Working out makes me feel like myself, and makes me so much more comfortable with all of the other changes happening to my body.

Post # 13
9818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, unless I was sleeping instead

Post # 14
2514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I stayed at my usual activities (skiing, etc.) until the nausea and vomiting kicked in (I did drop the intensity and the difficulty of the terrain).  Once dealing with MS it was like getting motion sickness – only it happened whenever I was in motion!  Then I broke my foot and ended up in a cast for 8 weeks (and told to stay off the cast as much as possible.)  So by the time I was out of the cast I was half way through the 2nd trimester.  

It’s been much easier to exercise now.  The fatigue has lifted, the NVP is mostly gone (though today has been absolutely brutal for some reason) and I feel much better!  I definitely can’t do the same intensity as I did before getting pregnant, but I can do more than people seem to think.  

Listen to your body.  Stop when you’re getting tired, don’t push it.  But regular, moderate exercise (especially if you’re already accustomed to it) will not harm the baby.  

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