(Closed) Pregnant Bees: What is your workout routine?

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m 37 weeks now and have gained 30 pounds, which is a lot on my 5’1″ frame.

For the beginning of the pregnancy, I kept up my normal routine at the gym with no problem. I went about 5 times a week and did exercise classes that included zumba and weightlifting, and sometimes the elliptical and/or stationary bike. I usually worked out for between an hour and hour and a half. I also had no morning sickness or significant exhaustion.

At about 20 weeks, I think, when I started showing, I stepped down my workouts and cut out the classes, which were getting to be too much for me, especially the high impact stuff. I did only the elliptical and bike and sometimes some free weights. About 5 times a week for between 40 minutes and 80 minutes at the very longest. Also sometimes taking a 20 minute walk in my neighborhood. That’s mostly what I’ve kept up this entire time until now. I’m considering stepping it down again pretty soon though. The bike will probably be the first thing to go because my belly is getting in the way!

I would have loved to do prenatal yoga but I have a wrist injury that makes a lot of yoga positions impossible for me. I don’t think it’s offered at my gym anyway.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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@MadTownGirl:  I’ve just been going to my normal classes but listen to my body and if a position feels uncomfortable I modify.  I do power vinyasa classes – if that’s an option for you, you may find it less boring than traditional yoga classes.  You move quite a bit and it’s relatively challenging.  It focuses on strengthening muscles as well as stretching.  

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MadTownGirl:  I used to work out more- go to the gym and do cardio and weight, or jog outside if the weather was nice.

Since getting pregnant I’ve swtiched to walking, walking, walking. Jogging just doesn’t feel right for me.

Dance classes are great, if they’re not too strenuous. and i’ve just started prenatal yoga. I’m still biking a bit too, now that the weather is nicer, and we’ll be able to hike again on the weekends.

I know I should still be doing squats and some weight, especially to be strong and ready for labour, gotta motivate myself!

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@MadTownGirl:  Bar method is a mix of yoga, pilates, and barre work (like ballet). It’s an hour long class where you alternate between doing body-weight strength exercises (lots of squats and planks), stretching and flexibility work, and some cardio mixed in. I find that it’s not enough cardio for me (in my non-pregnant life I supplement with running), but the weight exercises and stretching have been great for my body- my muscles are much more toned, my posture is better, and I just generally feel in better control of my body than I have with any other workout (and I’ve been an active person my entire life).

There are lots of similar programs: dailey method and physique 57 are two that I have tried. They all have studios all over, but they’ve also got DVDs that are great for using at home. I have the bar method pregnancy DVD that I do at home when I can’t make it to the studio and I LOVE it. Here are some videos that explain a bit better: http://www.barmethod.com/press/video-demos.html

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper

This thread has some great advice for me.  I’m already quite overweight and newly PG.  DH and I are planning to start walking every day (or try to every day).  I think we’re going to be better about going to the gym too.  I’m worried that I’m just going to gain, gain, gain. I’d rather exercise and even out what I would lose with baby weight.

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@MrsMaskatoBe:  LOL!

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@stuckinwonderland:  I’m so sorry to hear that! Best wishes xx

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@stuckinwonderland:  I’ve just read the kickboxing part, I’m 3 time British champion ( a long time ago) and tool 3 years off but have been back in training for a year, you can check out but you can never leave!

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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@lmc100:  Wow, really?  That’s insanely awesome!

I’m actually a little overweight (I gained a ton of weight a few years ago.. found out now it was due to my thyroid) and up until I did kickboxing, I couldn’t shed an ounce, regardless of what I ate or even if I ate.  Last summer I dropped a good 30-40 lbs from it and it was so much fun.  

I’m really struggling to have the energy to even do housework these days, but I’m trying to lift my weights and stuff so that I can be ready to roll when I get a burst of energy and can do my kickboxing πŸ™‚

I recommend it completely to people who hate exercise.  

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh Lord… My workout routine has been so bad since I found out I was pregnant. I am just completing my first trimester and finally getting to the point where I have the energy to do anything besides working and minimal housework! I do the elliptical and walk the dog. Since that’s about all I could manage for the past several weeks, I don’t think I’ll be adding anything else to my regimen at this point-hopefully add in a little more weights & amp up the frequency. We’ll see πŸ˜‰ 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@MadTownGirl:  The morning sickness started at about 6 weeks, and it wasn’t really morning sickness, but just all day feeling like I had the flu. Several of my gal pals lost weight in their first trimester. It’s not ideal, but when you’re sick, you’re sick! I’m 6’1 and relatively slender and I just noticed my baby bump about a week or so ago!

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m going to keep up with my lifting routine, but modify as needed πŸ™‚

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Weeks 4-6: Everything as normal! Walked, ran, lifted weights, did the elliptical.

Weeks 6-11: I was dying of morning sickness.

Weeks 12-23: Zumba, until I popped my hips and pelvis out of place every single class.

Weeks 23-30: Physical therapy due to Zumba…lol

Week 30-present: Walking, swimming, yoga

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