Pregnant: What to do about boot camp?

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
2035 posts
Buzzing bee

You will just have to explain to them if the pregnancy ends up not working out.  I think I would go ahead and tell them if you want to keep going but need some accomodations.  

Post # 3
7915 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

secretlifeofbees :  I would tell them because that is important information for them to know as they plan your workouts for you. I would mention that it’s very early and you don’t want anyone else in class to find out though. 

Post # 4
2229 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I was doing Insanity when I found out I was pregnant, and quit immediately.  The HIIT type workouts are too much IMO.  I kept up with running and some yoga for a while though. 

I would tell them and stop going, or get a modified workout if they do that.

How could you be “too early”?  You are 100% pregnant.  If something like a miscarriage *does* happen, that will really be terrible.  But I wouldn’t just keep going in order to avoid telling them.


Post # 5
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

its fine to tell them–as pps said you may just need to tell them if you MC (or you may not, it really depends if you’ll ever even see them again after the first trimester).  You’re fine to work out at this stage, but I get what you mean–I didn’t like to push myself as hard as once I was pregnant, just in case.

I’d just let them know the situation and ask them to turn a bit of a blind eye on you (i.e. don’t yell at you to push yourself/keep up/etc) is all.

I doubt they’d agree to ‘monitor’ you since that’d be taking on responsiblity they aren’t qualified for and considering the miscarriage rates this early on I’d be very afraid a random event could be blamed on me.  I know you didn’t have this in mind, just noting the wording would make me really nervous, as an instructor.

Post # 6
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Per my doctor, you are safe to continue exercising at the level you already were but watch your heart rate.  If you were not active prior to becoming pregnant, do not start a new high intensity program now.  Also, avoid ab exercises as they can make the risk of diastasis recti increase. 

If you want to continue with the classes,  I would tell the teacher and always just trust your gut.  If you don’t feel comfortable doing an exercise, there is always a way to modify.

Congrats on your pregnancy, I am right ahead of you at 6 weeks today!

secretlifeofbees :  

Post # 7
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

100% tell them. I was in the same position a few months ago with my boot camp and was wondering the same thing, but now I’m kicking myself for not doing it sooner. 

I got super fatigued very easily in my first trimester. My instructor knew that I wasn’t slacking, so they didn’t make a big deal about it. Advocate for yourself as well if they aren’t familiar with pre-natal exercise. There are things you shouldn’t be doing (i.e. planks, pushups) which I did early on because I was too stubborn to ease up on and didn’t realize that I should be doing. Now I’m paranoid about diastasis recti (look it up if you haven’t heard about it). 

Post # 11
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

secretlifeofbees :  oh, yeah if you know that’s a think they’ll do then by all means!

Post # 12
1152 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was training for a marathon when I got pregnant and ran/exercised intensely throughout my entire pregnancy with no complications.  I had to skip 2 weeks bc of mild previa at the end of my first trimester, but other than that it was fine.  It is fine to continue working out the way you were before you were pregnant.  

Post # 13
1962 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I would let your instructor know that you  are pregnant 

Post # 14
1254 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK


If I got pregnant, my personal trainer would be the second person I’d tell after my husband. PT is a physio and very knowledgeable so he’d be great to have on my team during a pregnancy.

Post # 15
460 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Definitely tell. I think the whole “keeping a pregnancy a secret for the first trimester” can go too far. Sometimes people need to know! I ummed and ahhed about telling my boss at 6 weeks as it was “too early” but then realised that worst case scenario, I will have to tell him if I miscarry which will probably be useful as I’ll need time off etc. And having been sick as a dog for the past week, I’m so glad I did.

Keeping the pregnancy a secret is a choice, not a hard and fast rule and as a PP said: you’re pregnant now! There’s nothing wrong with letting a few select people know that! 😉

PS: For what it’s worth, my friend who is six months pregnant ran a half marathon around the start of her second trimester.

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