Post # 1
I’m 34 weeks and aside from extreme fatigue and constant MS first trimester and lack of appetite throughout, have had a pretty uneventful pregnancy. I have managed to stay active- ran a few 5k and 10k races through 20w. I switched to slow treadmill jogging and ellpitical 2-3x a week, plus some moderate lifting and a prenatal yoga class once a week. I also walked as part of my commute for about 45 mins a day, 5 days a week.
I stopped running completely at 27w, and have slowed the ellpitical down a bit. I also switched up my commute and walk 25 minutes a day. That was fine from weeks 27-33ish.
But now, holy cow I’m SO TIRED! I went to the gym with my husband this morning and got on the elliptcal, only to stop 30 seconds into it- I was too fatigued, too out of breath. I did the recumbent bike instead, pretty low heartrate throughout. Did some moderate lifting afterwards which felt fine.
Bees, how and when did you start to seriously slow things down? Not necessarily just exercise-wise, but physically in general- cutting back on househod chores, saying no to more social events (when did going to dinner after work get so tiring??). How do you know when to push yourself a little bit on walking, gym time, etc to keep in good shape for labor versus laying on the couch because you’re just too exhausted?
Post # 2
indiblue : Wow I’m jealous you were able to continue with that much exercise. As I felt so sick and tired in the first trimester my plans of jogging etc failed. I learnt early on in the second trimester that I could no longer clean the whole house in one go, it caused me sciatica on the two occasions I forgot and carried on like normal, so from this point I knew I couldn’t do as much as normal. From week 20 through to the third trimester I felt good, blooming in fact. When I hit 33/34 the tiredness kicked in. People had warned me about this but I underestimated it. I just listen to my body, when I walk now I’m walking slower, and if I feel I need to sit down then I do.
Post # 3
indiblue : I’m still in my second but I’ve already noticed that some days I just can’t go at my normal pace. I’ve accepted it and rest when I need it and really take advantage of the good days when I have lots of energy and my back doesn’t hurt. If I try to push through on the tired days it just takes me that much longer to recover now so it’s extra important I listen to my body.
Post # 4
Hey – if you can still do it all I’d continue. I think you’ll know when you’re pushing yourself to far. Just listen to your body. I am so jealous – I had all these plans to work out my entire pregnancy, but couldn’t.
I wasn’t able to work out my entire first trimester due to morning sickness and debilitating nausea. When I tried in the second trimester I became extremely fatigued and light headed and began to cramp. By the 3rd trimester I’d been diagnosed with sciatica and rlp – so my OB had me on a 10lbs weight limit at work!
Post # 5
CatyLady : First trimester is the WORST- It did not derail my exercise, but I ate HORRIBLY for the first three months. I hear you about how you can have great plans to be healthy and it all goes out the window. My food for one day would be mashed potatoes, salt and vinegar chips, sour patch kids, and ginger ale. Sorry, baby! Anyway it’s helpful to hear that you hit the tired mark around when I am. Today I went to prenatal yoga- the exact same class and routine I’ve been going to for months- and it was HARD. It’s like a switch was turned on in my body!
LilliV : Ugh back pain is so awful. I hope you get relief 🙁
lovechocolate : I’m trying… thank you for the encouragement 🙂 And I can totally understand about having plans that go awry. It’s the hardest thing about pregnancy… all your life you’re told to power through, motivate yourself, etc, and all of a sudden now you have another little person to consider and she or he may completely derail your plans for food and exercise. It sounds like you had some tough times during your pregnancy… are you still pregnant or did you deliver already? Either way I hope you feel so much better!
Post # 6
indiblue : I’m 33 weeks and I’ve still been feeling pretty good, but I keep hearing that exhaustion is coming. I’m also a pretty avid runner, but I stopped at around 25 weeks mostly because it’s winter around here and I obviously shouldn’t be running when it’s icy. So, since around 25 weeks, I’ve been using the elliptical 4-5 days/ week for 35 minutes. I’ve also been walking the dog daily 1.5 miles. I’ve definitely had days when I feel super tired, but if I can motivate myself to get to the gym, it helps a lot. And, when I go to the gym and feel tired, I just take it easier. I’m just trying to exercise as much as I can because I know once the baby is born, it’s going to be a healing process.
Post # 7
indiblue : I was put on VERY restricted duties at 16 weeks to where I could not stand or walk for more than 15 minutes at a time and could not lift more than a gallon of milk. I had a hip injury and couldn’t walk that long if I wanted to anyway. Went into early labor at 28 weeks and was on strict bedrest after so – I would say I slowed down pretty damn early on, lol. I tried to eat as well as I could during that time at least!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
I had lots of energy in my final trimester and did a lot of walking to try to ‘walk out the baby’ which ultimately didn’t work but I think it gave me a lot of stamina for my long labour as well as sanity to get out the house instead of going ‘why aren’t you here!?’ at home. Listen to your body, if you’re getting lots of BH and feel uncomfortable or out of breath sit down and take a break or walk slower. Your body will let you know if you’re overdoing it! Your baby steals a lot of oxygen by the end so it’s quite easy to get out of breath!
Post # 9
Well done to you !! Im only 17wk and my GP told me nothing but walking until 12wk. As I was frequent at the gym with weights and ran trails this was bizarre to me but I was so tired and naseaous I had little choice. Ive gone running 3x since 13wk however each time has left me with very bad pain in my pelvis for a day or so after. Ive got back to minimal weights (nothing over 15lbs/ body weight) and stairs (I live on the 4th fl). I find after 60-90min out (shopping etc) Im tired and need to rest. I am not even showing yet so this is all quite strange to me. I think just keeping listening to your body but youve done amazing !!
Post # 10
indiblue : I didn’t really slow down. Baby came early, so I was at work the day I went into the hospital!
Post # 11
indiblue : I’m currently 29 weeks pregnant and still go to the gym about 4 times a week. I do a weight class twice a week where I have reduced my weights alot from my normal lifting amounts. I also do prenatal yoga once a week and try and walk the treadmill when I get a chance.
I feel like I get ore tired doing normal daily tasks than I do going to the gym LOL Like doing laundry makes me breathe so heavy haha. I hate having to ask my husband for help but I know that I need to learn to ask for help when I need it
Post # 12
Thanks everyone so much for the feedback. I saw my midwife yesterday for my 34w appointment and talked through a lot of this. My big concern was my sudden extreme fatigue and seemingly constant Braxton Hicks. She assured me both were normal, and that my exercise was on point for where I am in my pregnancy. I told her I was basically down to just elliptical, walking, lifting (moderate free weights) and prenatal yoga. It sounds like just getting in some exercise each day is fine, even if it’s not as much as I was able to do just a few weeks ago.
Today I have stepped up my water intake- I usually do 2.5 liters throughout the day, but today I did 2 liters before lunch (and still chugging more!). It seems to have helped with the BH.
I guess fatigue comes along with the territory, and it sucks, but my midwife said there is no reason I need to stop exercise, so that’s good. I appreciate the encouragement from all of you… it’s getting hard but I really want to stay active until the end!
Post # 13
indiblue : Thanks for posting this! I’m almost to 31 weeks and still exercising, but I’ve been wondering what to expect over the next two months. It’s helpful to hear from other bees!
Post # 14
i swam laps 3x/week until 32 weeks when being face down caused too much acid reflux. i did yoga until the end and other light cardio at the gym. i also went hiking with the dog a few times. baby arrived at 36w6d. i felt great up to the end!
my mom was playing tennis when her water broke when she was pregnant with me.