Question about exercise 1st trimester!

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

It’s definitely better to exercise than not to. Lots and lots of benefits. This is from an article about running while pregnant, but it’s applicable to all exercise except for super high-intensity or high impact stuff.

“Exercise throughout pregnancy—at least 20 to 30 minutes a day on most or all days—is recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). It reduces the risk of gestational diabetes, preterm birth, preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure), having a high birth weight baby, and the need for a cesarean section. It may also improve the baby’s brain development. Plus, as any runner knows, it can make you feel better and relieve anxiety—over carrying and caring for a new baby, perhaps. 

And despite some rumors, it won’t put you into labor, although it can help get you through it. “Women who exercise [during pregnancy] have easier, faster labors, they feel better postpartum, and their recovery is much quicker,” says Erin Dawson, an OB/GYN and runner in Maine.”


Post # 17
1587 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

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lifeisbeeutiful :  What does your doctor say? I was going to the gym 4x a week pre-pregnancy but had some bleeding in my 4th week, so my doctor recommended no exercise except walking or swimming until I’m out of the first trimester. I was bummed since all the advice I’d read said “keep doing what you usually do” but I’m willing to follow doctor’s orders on this one. 

Post # 20
2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

From the sounds of it you’re just walking 4-5 times a week, unless I missed some other exercise you’re doing? Your mom is waaaaaaay overreacting.  If walking was going to cause a miscarriage, better just stay in bed for the next 35 weeks. If you want to add more exercise, I would look for specific prenatal workouts geared to each trimester.  

I didn’t exercise during first trimester but that was just because I was so fatigued that getting out of bed was about as much effort as I felt like putting in.  Though if I had a treadmill I may have done some walking while watching TV, but I don’t and my first trimester was the most miserable part of winter here, so I wasn’t in the mood to go outside to walk.

Post # 21
3176 posts
Sugar bee

I attended spin class and lifted two times a week until my 3rd trimester when I loss the energy to do anything after work. I maintained 10k or more steps per day almost everyday through my pregnancy. Things worked out for me. 

Best wishes on the rest of your pregnancy!

Post # 22
1241 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I worked out regularly until I got pregnant. I decided to stop from my positive test to seeing a heartbeat and then it took me another week to get my courage up to go back to the gym, but I did (so was out from about 4 weeks to 7.5 weeks).  There was really no need for me to stop going, but after a tough time conceiving I was super paranoid and just didn’t want to blame myself if something went wrong.  I am now 25 weeks and work out 3x a week.  Both babe and I are doing well and I really enjoy my exercise.  It helpss reduce the chances of gestaitonal DM and really helps my mood (which given all the hormones, needs ALL the help it can get).

I also work a job where we walk ALL day and basically everyone I work with seems to stay at work until they deliver.

Post # 23
21 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

Thank for posting this, i was wondering about this as i have been running for a bit now and recently got my bfp, looks like its good to keep exercising, so i will keep running.

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