(Closed) Intensity of running/exercise during pregnancy, what was your plan?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

For me I mainly just let my body be my guide.  I was TIRED my first trimester but I still felt pretty good on runs.  I got winded a lot more quickly than I used to so instead of trying to push through it I just said OK that’s where my limit is now.  Before I found out I was pregnant I was trying to push through running slower and I’d end up sooo tired afterwards.  So once I found out and started using signals to ease off the pace my runs went a lot smoother.  I’m in my 29th week and still running 4-8 miles a day (or biking indoors sometimes) and I’ll push myself but only to an extent, as soon as I get that no happy exercize feeling but that awkward huffing puffing/dragging feeling I ease off the pace a bit.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I used this site for guidance (which made sense since Crossfit 3x/week was pretty much my only exercise): http://crossfitmom.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44&Itemid=11

I also like the forums- they’re definitely geared towards women who are regularly exercising at a high intensity and would like to maintain their strength and endurance as much as possible, but without endangering the baby.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you haven’t been to it, check out the runnersworld.com website.  They have tons of infomation and tips about running while pregnant, they also have a blog by a woman who chronicaled her training while pregnant and getting back in shape after the baby came (plus the challenges of working out as a new mom).  http://babysteps.runnersworld.com/

I am 10 weeks and the only things my doc told me was to hydrate well, to not overheat and to keep my heart rate at or below 140.  I wear a heart rate monitor now, but I find that I know when I am pushing too hard and need to back off (that’s when I have the energy to exercise and am not completely nauseous!)  I want to stay fit, but the most important thing is for me to keep my baby healthy! 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@forforever:  It’s less miles than I use to do, especially since 8 miles is one of those maybe once a week things for me now – the longer runs are getting less frequent as I slow down since they take so long now.  Before I got pregnant 8 miles was probably around average, something that I could go out and do easily in an hour. 

Now I might still go for a ways but I’m not afraid to walk for a bit.  If something cramps up or doesn’t feel quite right or my ligaments start feeling wobbly I stop and stretch or walk and get myself sorted to make sure all is alright and then continue on. 

I also second the runnersworld forums for questions or to find others that are still running, it’s the only place I’ve been able to find people online that don’t think you’re a bit different for running late into pregnancy. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My doc said to continue my exercise as normal. She said unless she discovers a problem with something to continue as long as it was comfotable to me 🙂

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