Post # 16
houstonsweetcorn : i was going to post something similar.
I think we far too often don’t listen to our own bodies and our own instincts, looking for some hard and fast rules instead. Unless there are mitigating medical conditions, using common sense and listening to our bodies is probably the best rule of thumb. Is it a good idea to start training for a marathon while 10 weeks pregnant if you have never run before? Probably not. Is it OK to increase mileage while running if we feel great and have no other issues and the go-ahead from our care provider? Probably so. Should we stop/slow down if we feel “off”? Yes. Just common sense and being aware of what our bodies are telling us 🙂
Post # 17
I was told if you did it before pregnancy, you can continue during pregnancy. I ran 5 miles daily before pregnancy and continued throughout my pregnancy. I even completed the Los Angeles marathon when I was 7 months. Pregnancy is not an illness. As long as your doctor OK’s it and it’s something your body is used to, you can continue.
Post # 18
I’ve been hiking, spinning and Pilates reformer-ing on and off the last few years. I was on a lazy spell for about 6 months leading up to pregnancy. I’m now in my second trimester and have gotten back into it all. I just take it easier as I am out of breath a lot easier. My OB approves. I’m also going to start prenatal yoga and water aerobics in a couple months but have never done them before. Again, OB is fine with it.
Post # 19
MrsAKSkier : Thank you, that’s actually pretty helpful! I guess I really was overthinking it – if it feels fine, continue, if not, stop!
Post # 20
livster : haha, oh good! Yeah, try not to worry. You’re just pregnant, not made of porcelain. You can still go hard and push yourself (I think it’s good to be in shape for labor which is really tough, afterall!) but if it’s TOO hard or something hurts or you’re way too hot or lightheaded or something, just back off or stop, just like if you weren’t pregnant. Best of luck!
Post # 21
mamarails3 : Ahhh! I love hearing this. Thank you!
Post # 22
Thanks to everyone who took a moment to respond! This is the exact type of advice I was seeking..experienced women who’ve been there.