Post # 1
Hi! I am currently 7 weeks pregnant. I was very active before I got pg-half marathons, a triathlon, spin, yoga, hiking high peaks, lifting etc. I feel SO nervous about exercising now though. Exercise helps me physically and also emotionally. My doctor said it was fine and “nothing I do will make me keep or the lose the baby” but still….
Did you exercise in your first trimester?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 8
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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
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
candy11: Good thing I didn’t get the same restriction.. I wouldn’t be able to lift my 2 year old 🙂
Post # 11
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
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
Yes, unless I was sleeping instead
Post # 14
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.
Post # 15
so helpful everyone! I feel great; barely nauseous, and not tired. Which naturally means I’m very nervous because I’m wondering why I don’t have many symptoms… the truth is it’s actually a miracle I got pregnant so Im afraid of everything but exercise really helps.