(Closed) Heart rate during exercise

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My doctor told me that since I was so active before pregnancy (triathlons, I was a boxer, constant biking, spinning, etc) that my body was probably used to a more eleated HR, so he told me to keep it around 15-160 max for the first 12 weeks.  I jsut backed off on the intensity, like you said.  In spin class, I didnt add resistance at the same levels as usual and didnt sprint as fast.  Ive never done Jillian Michaels, but Id assume its the same, just back off a bit

Post # 4
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

According to BabyCenter, 140bpm is outdated, but instead doctors say it varies based on the individual and you need to ask your doctor/midwife about what heart rate is too high for you. For what it’s worth, my midwife ok’d my heart rate to go up quite a bit more than 140… she seemed more interested in making sure I continued exercising (I was training for a triathlon before I became pregnant and through my 1st month or so), that I was paying attention to whether I was getting overheated, and whether I was staying hydrated. I think you just need to ask your OB or midwife what’s ok for you.

Post # 5
1542 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My doctor was pretty firm on keeping it under 140. I have a naturally pretty high heart rate, even before I was pregnant and pretty active, so that has ruled out of LOT of cardio for me. I can bike and go slooowly on the elliptical, but that’s really about it. I miss being able to pound it out, but I guess that will make me that much more motivated once I am able to go full throttle.

Post # 6
2820 posts
Sugar bee

There doesn’t seem to be any general consensus.  My doctor pretty much said you can keep doing what you’re already doing and no worries about heartrate.  For me I guess it was nice to know if I could it would be fine, but it made me feel like crap to train as intensely.  I’ve never worn a heartrate monitor so just went off how I felt.  If something started making me breath too hard I’d just back off a bit and cut down my distances and really paid attention to any weird soreness that was cropping up. 

Post # 7
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ive been running and working out and have been very active before pregnancy. Now that Im pregnant, my doctor told me just make sure you can have a normal conversation while you are working out and you are not out of breath. The Doc said to take it easy.  I had to give up running cause I cant get my stride down slower without knee pain. Ive been working out my whole pregnancy and have 5 weeks left to go and am still working out. I usually do cardio eliptical/bike/walking and light weights. Good luck!

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