(Closed) Getting fit for pregnancy- what did you do?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
575 posts
Busy bee

Before I got a BFP:

Weights 3x/week

Kick boxing 2x/week

Yoga 2x/week

Barre 1x/week

Occasional cardio, usually 90 min/week

I’m 11 weeks pregnant and have stopped kickboxing and yoga. I’ll try to pick yoga back up in a few weeks when I’m feeling better. This is my second pregnancy and I’m so happy I decided to get in shape before conceiving baby #2. 

Post # 3
437 posts
Helper bee

I ran a lot. I think I should have done more yoga and strength training with my abs and legs. It’s good to have your body lose for childbirth, plus abs help with pushing and squatting is a great during contrations. My doctor told me not to get my heart rate and body temperature above a certain amount during the first trimester to reduce the risk of a miscarriage, so have the fan on you when you run or have a cool cloth to dab your face, it helped keep me cool. 

Post # 4
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I didn’t really change my routine *just* for pregnancy. So I basically went running (well, it’s more like jogging for me, tbh) and I did yoga 5-7x/week (vinyasa/flow practice) and walked. 

Now that I’m pregnant, I just started running again after a tough first trimester and I’m planning on returning to yoga in a week or so, and otherwise I just walk. 

Post # 5
1800 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The first thing I did was to go and speak to a qualified PT as there are exercises you can and cant do and you wouldn’t want to do any damage to yourself.  Nutrition is equally important, if not more important, so a nutritionist should be able to help with that.

Post # 6
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

I’m not pregnant yet, but I have generally been trying to stay active–working out 4-5 times a week. These last few months are kind of crunch time so I’m going to focus on an abb challenge and do some form of abb exercise daily!

Post # 7
698 posts
Busy bee

Is it common to not expect to work out much during the 1st trimester?

Post # 8
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

indiblue:  getting in shape to ttc is such a delicate balance.  You want to be in optimal shape, but you don’t want to overdo it (because that can affect ttc negatively).

I was a little underweight before my first pregnancy, so I gained weight.  (They say the perfect bmi for fertility is 20-21 and I was only 18.6.)  I gained the weight by just adding breakfast to my diet.  (I hadn’t eaten breakfast since high school.)  For exercise,  I did running, spinning, yoga, Pilates and barre classes, as well as walking and the elliptical.  (I have exercised about 4-5 times a week since my teens.)

Once I was pregnant, I laid low on exercising, except for walks and prenatal yoga.  I was (and am) advanced maternal age and worried about exerting any extra pressure on my body.  I ended up gaining an additional 40 pounds during pregnancy.  (I lost over 25 within two weeks, but the rest came off slowly.)

Just when I lost all the weight, which I had to do slowly because I was (and am) breastfeeding, I unexpectedly got pregnant again.  I don’t know when I’ll feel like my old self again!

Bottom line, get in shape to feel good.  Once you’re pregnant all bets are off.


Post # 9
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

misspenny2010:  it’s pretty common not to expect to work out the whole pregnancy for various reasons.  (Also sex can be a no-no, it’s call “pelvic rest,” and lots of women are prescribed it.)  You have no idea what each pregnancy will be like. 

Post # 10
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

indiblue:  I wanted to lose a bit of weight before TTC, so I started walking 3 miles a couple of times a week for a few months. Eventually I was jogging 2-3 miles 3x a week. I also started yoga 3-4x a week. 

When I started TTC, I started swimming just because I thought it might be easier to maintain once I was pregnant since it’s easier on the joints and the water supports some weight so a changing center of gravity wouldn’t tip me over if I wanted to exercise all the way through. I’m really happy I started swimming. It’s one of the most fun sports out there and it has made me very toned.

Now I’m doing yoga 3x a week, but I also swim for 45-60 min 2x a week and run for 20-30 min 2x a week.


Post # 11
160 posts
Blushing bee

You gotta up your weighlifting and do less cardio. Yoga is fab!

Post # 12
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

misspenny2010:  Yes, nausea, morning sickness, and fatigue are very common the first trimester (and even up to the mid point of pregnancy) so many people cannot keep up with what they were doing before.  You can still do some, but almost everyone (from what I’ve seen) cannot keep up completely with what they were doing before

Post # 13
747 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

indiblue:  I think that sounds like more than enough!! I’d just be sure to eat veggies with folic acid like broccoli, take vitamin A and D  and you’re golden. I was in really great shape pre pregnancy and then lifted weights up until about 30 weeks or so, eventually my body ached so bad I just couldn’t do it anymore.  But everyone is different. I’m now 1 yr post partum and under my pre pregnancy weight! I posted all my journey on instagram if you’re interested  🙂 @KimberlyPayne 

Post # 14
356 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Your plan sounds great! I would also start taking prenatal vitamins if you haven’t already. I didn’t really change my routine while TTC. In fact, after I got married, I think I actually slacked more on my fitness habits. Before getting married I lived at the gym. Spinning, running, free weights, body pump, yoga. After getting married, I struggled to make it to spin class 2-3x per week. I did gain some weight after marriage but was still healthy. I am now almost 7 months pregnant and I think starting out my pregnancy a little “chubbier” has actually helped. At my last doctor appointment I had only gained 1 pound total. I know I will gain more as the baby gets bigger but I’m hoping not to gain more than 10-15 lbs.

Post # 15
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I always exercised regularly so I didn’t change it specifically. Pre-pregnancy I did the stationary bike daily and yoga 3x/week. I also went on a long walk maybe once/week. I wish I had done more weight training. 

I’m around 12 weeks now and really struggled to do much the first trimester. I did some exercise biking and walking, generally around 3x/week, but really had to force myself between the nausea and fatigue. I’m hoping to get back into yoga in the next few weeks.

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