(Closed) Fitness mamas, how did you do it?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@MrsRugbee:  I am only 18 weeks but still going strong!  Working out 5-6 days per week for 30 minutes to an hour each time.  It is hard!  I totally know what you mean about getting out of breath quickly.  That was actually one of my first “symptoms!”  I went to a class and I thought, either this is a really hard class or I’m knocked up.  I don’t really have any advice other than to push through it.  When I was 7 weeks pregnant, I ran a half marathon and had a 9.5 min/mile pace.  Now I am at about a 10 minute per mile pace for a quick 3-4 mile run.  When I put on my sneaks to go out, I just think, if I get winded or feel like I can’t do it, I’ll walk.  I never have to but it helps to have a back up plan.  When I take my classes (yoga with weight lifting incorporated) I’ll take the modifications if I start to get super out of breath.  I have had a really easy, wonderful pregnancy and I think keeping up with it has really helped!  It is supposed to help with labor too, so I think of it like I’m training for the ultimate marathon.

I guess what I’m saying is don’t get discouraged!  Do what you can and listen to your body. But you won’t ever regret a work out, even if it’s tougher than usual or not as intense as usual.  It’s just about adapting to the new normal, which will change week to week.  

Good luck and congrats!!

Post # 4
695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@MrsRugbee:  I’m a pretty intense work out girl as well.  I’m 37.5 weeks pregnant right now and still working out.  I’m doing two days on one day off at the moment.  I would say, you can’t go into a workout with the same mentality- it’s not about how hard you can push yourself anymore.  It’s more about staying active and keeping your body in the best shape it can be to have a healthy baby and (hopefully!) an easier labor.  I normally used to run a little over three miles, but I had to switch to power walking because I had some spotting.  Some people can still run though, with no problem.  Right now I am still doing the elliptical for about a half hour at a decent pace/resistance- the machine says that I burn about 300 calories in that time.  And I’ve been doing these 10 minute videos on FitPregnancy’s YouTube channel.  One is more focused on legs, and the other on arms and I use 5 pound weights.  I’ve also been doing a 60 minute prenatal Power Yoga video that I found on yogadownload.com.  It’s pretty challenging, especially lately, but it is narrated by a doula yoga instructor, and I feel like I am building muscles and techniques that will also help during labor.  So it’s totally doable if you are determined, which is sounds like you are!  The workouts get easier in the second trimester too, then, for me at least, they started getting harder again around 8 months.  I should also add, that despite all of this I’ve still gained about 42 lbs, so I can’t imagine how much I would have gained if I stopped working out!  And I also eat pretty healthily as well. Good luck to you, and I’m wishing you a happy healthy pregnancy!

Post # 5
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsRugbee:  Congratulations on your pregnancy!!!

I gave up from like 7 weeks until 13 weeks. I am now picking up again but I just do the best I can. 

Post # 6
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsRugbee:  Hey girl!  I’m so  happy you got your BFP!!! 


Ok, so here’s how I did it:


I took a workout break (aside from taking some walks to get fresh air!) from weeks 7-11/12ish.  I was exhausted, queasy, and worried about getting through the first trimester.


I did resume some light jogging with the use of a heart rate monitor after the bulk of the nausea passed.  Bear in mind that I had done a marathon that spring and was training for another one when I got pregnant, so running long hard miles was nothing new to me.


When I got pregnant, working out and running ended up being a lot less about me and my fitness level, and more about just being healthy and active so I would have a healthy pregnancy.


I was able to do a half marathon at 19 weeks!  It was slow, and I took it verrry easy.  I ended up enjoying myself more during that race than any other race in a long time 🙂


I was doing spin class and zumba well into my 8th month, with modifications like less resistance and no high impact moves.  By 36 weeks I kept it to the pool and made sure to take it easy so as not to get dehydrated or overextend my joints.


Just listen to your body!  If you are tired, take a break.  Drop the intensity and just keep moving.  Rest when you need to, don’t let your heart rate or body temperature get too high, and stay hydrated.


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