Post # 1
I regularly go to the gym to do the elliptical or the bike, and I sometimes do the Jillian Michaels work outs from home when I’m short on time. I usually wear a heart rate monitor and I would say I average around 150bpm-160bpm when I push myself. I know that during pregnancy you’re supposed to keep it around 140 ish, so I’m thinking I’ll just ease off the intensity a little? Is this what you did?
Post # 3
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
According to BabyCenter, 140bpm is outdated, but instead doctors say it varies based on the individual and you need to ask your doctor/midwife about what heart rate is too high for you.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
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
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
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!