(Closed) Exercising during pregnancy

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I ran and worked out regularly (usually 5 days a week) previously and have continued to run, walk and use the elliptical.  I am still very early (5.5 wks) and feel great, but I notice I get winded more easily now so definitely work out less rigorously.  Also, I’m working out more like 3-4 days a week now.  I used to do Jillian Michael’s workouts, but those seem a little too intense for me right now!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was more of a Pilates girl pre-pregnancy. I went once before my first ob appointment and I didn’t feel quite right afterwards so I stopped going until I confirmed with my docs that it was OK. I asked today and they said it was OK as long as I don’t do much on my back. I think I’m still going to wait another 2-3 until I’m a little farther along. I just want to be safe. But since it’s a group class I’ll tell the teacher I’m pregnant so she can let me know what’s safe and what’s not for me. I’ve been taking short walks in the afternoon just to get up and walk around as well. And fresh air has been great for nausea.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I ran and did Crossfit regularly, and really thought I was going to be able to keep it up. Well, I started keeping note of my heartrate, and it was getting really high (180), so I asked my doctor about it and he said to knock it off. He told me at that rate, I am basically allowed to walk and swim. So I’ve just been walking as much as I can. I feel better afterwards, but it makes me sooooo tired at this point. I get winded really quickly now, which is strange for me, but hey, my body knows what it wants, and it does not want me to push myself. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

@pinky44:  I did Crossfit too, and paid attention to breathing rather than heartrate (I forget what the exact guideline was, but it was something like “if you can’t speak three words without needing a breath, you need to slow down.”)   I just scaled back a lot, followed some guidance from the website crossfitmom.com, and didn’t do anything I wasn’t comfortable with (I developed this paranoia about my hands slipping during kipping pullups, so I just did strict pullups with a band instead). Keeping up the xfitting was great for me- it was seriously the only time during the day when I didn’t feel totally overwhelmed by nausea!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@miss-spunkin: Boo. It’s still 95 degrees here. No Fall weather for at least another month. You’re lucky. I just sweat my ass off in the sun every afternoon. 

 

 

@Lozza: I read quite a bit on it, and took note on a lot of things from crossfitmom, so I thought I was prepared. My coaches even knew I was TTC, so they had read up some more on it since I would be their first pregnant member. I read that as long as you can talk through the exercise, you’re ok, but a lot of my worry didn’t come just from the fact that my heartrate was so high, but also how I felt afterwards. I literally could not cool down, and sometimes my entire body ached for a day afterwards. Ached liked when I get too much sun and way too hot, not from working out.

 There was no way to avoid it at that point; our heat index was 110 until just recently, and most of the workouts were outside or just inside a bay. My husband started getting worried because I would come home looking like my skin was on fire it was so red. That’s why I asked my doctor about it, and why I decided to take a break. I might have been fine, but I wouldn’t have been able to forgive myself of something happened. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I walked every morning with my dog. We would wake up before it got too hot, take about a 45 minute walk, that took us about an hour, because I always had to stop, and half way take a pee break. I also worked 8hr shifts running around and on my feet at a coffee shop until I was 31 weeks. That was about it!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m only 6 weeks, but am trying to do 5 days a week (usually I’m 5-6 days a week). But I am taking it a little easier on myself – I went to spin class on Monday and tried to keep my heart rate under 150 bpm (which wasn’t hard because I started to feel not quite right if I pushed myself harder) and I left after 45 minutes (60 min. class) because I was tired. I’m also venturing into the world of swimming and water aerobics because I’ve been getting hot flashes and the water helps reduce those (and doesn’t shoot my heart rate up).

I’m meeting with my OB on 10/10, and working out is high on my priority list of topics to discuss because I want to make sure I stay healthy and don’t have too much excess post-baby weight to lose.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@miss-spunkin: I used to run and do hot yoga regularly, but I had a similar 1st trimester to you and had no energy to do anything.  I’m just hitting my 2nd trimester now, and I’m still exhausted and nauseous all the time, but I am determined to reclaim my life and start being active again.  I just started taking prenatal yoga this week, and I think I’m going to like it.  I’ll also try to start adding in walking as well… but I think running is out until after the baby comes at this point. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

My routine always changed, switching between running, cycling, spinning classes, aerobics classes, P90x, other workout videos, etc. depending on my weather and my mood. The only constant exercise was karate twice per week. I worked out 5-6 days per week.

When I got pregnant I was preparing for a 10k race, doing Pilates and karate. I tried to keep it up, but was to tired and nauseated… I stopped almost everything, working out once, maybe twice per week.

Since the second trimester, I work out 3 to 5 times per week depending on how I am feeling. I can no longer run, it’s too hard on my heart and I can’t breathe properly… I can no longer cycle since I’m not comfortable on my bike (it’s a road bike and the position is quite low, my belly is in the way). So I switch between spinning and aerobics classes, but mostly do 30 minutes on the elliptical and low intensity videos. I still have karate once to twice per week, which I only practice with my husband, adapting exercises so that I will 100% not be hit or fall.

So the intensity and the length of my workouts have definitely diminished; as well as the number of days that I work out. But I’m still happy that I am somewhat regular. I do miss the intensity of a 4h bike ride and real abs workout…

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I used it as an excuse to quit working out since I felt so horrible in the 1st tri.  An 8 hour day of work is about all I can take. 

We still walk the dog in the evenings and go for occasional “easy” hikes, but thats about it for me- and I love it!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Pre-pregnancy, I would run 5 times a week, with weight training and bootcamp mixed in.  Needless to say, I had to stop the bootcamp due to the intensity (boo!), but I’ve been keeping up with running (which is now a walk and run, but for the same distance as pre-pregnancy).  I also add in some strength training, but I stay light on the weights (I’ve already gained enough weight that using my body’s weight resistance works just fine).  And I do LOTS of stretching. 

I always worked out in the morning prior to being pregnant, so I kept up with that same schedule.  I don’t think there’s any way I could work out in the evenings because, even though I’m in my 2nd trimester, I’m still drained by 7pm. 

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