Post # 1
So my husband and I are ttc our second. I will admit I haven’t been the healthiest since my sons birth I’m about 30 lbs heavier then I want to be. Now that we are ttc again I’m so worried about gaining a ton of weight on top of what I already have. So I’m starting to run but I’m worried BC I’m not a regular runner that this may be bad for potential baby. Any thoughts ladies?
Post # 3
Since you aren’t pregnant yet, it’s ok.
But, if you were pregnant and you started exercising so much, it wouldn’t be good – because it’s too hard on your body.
I’d start out running and working out moderately and increase from there. Also, diet is the biggest factor when it comes to weight. I’d focus more on that.
Post # 4
I am not pregnant and have never been pregnant, so take this all with a grain of salt. A friend is pregnant and a runner and she has to keep her heart rate lower than 140 beats per minute. She wears a heart rate monitor when she runs and that helps her. Until her pregnancy was confirmed by her doctor, I think she worked out like usual.
I think its awesome you are trying to get in shape. Good luck.
Post # 5
I started working out hard core about three months before I got pregnant, and continued to work out until about 12 weeks when I had some spotting and my doc told me to take a break, and then when I would’ve gone back I hit my “run over by a truck” tired phase. Once I knew I was pregnant, I just scaled back on my intensity and weight-lifting. My workout coach had worked with preggo ladies before, and the rule was that if you couldn’t speak at least 3 words without needing to take a breath, you needed to slow down until you could comfortably speak again. So I’d run till that point, and then I’d walk, and then run some more… and honestly, when I was working out was the only time I DIDN’T feel super nauseous. As anyone will tell you, now is not the time to try to train for a marathon, but if you’re not a runner and you want to start doing some alternating walking/jogging and gradually increase the proportion spent jogging, you should be totally fine and all the healthier for it.
Post # 6
You’ll see the recommendation for keeping your heart rate under 140 beats per minute, but that standard has largely been abandoned (my heart rate gets over 140 just going up the stairs) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (along with several other organizations) now recommend using whether or not you can talk normally while exercising as an appopriate measure for whether your heart rate is at an acceptable level.If you’re not a runner, this may mean that you’re doing a lot of walking with occasional short spurts of jogging, but if you keep up with it, you’ll gradually be able to increase your jogging to walking ratio while still keeping your heart rate and intensity down.
If you’re interested, here’s some reading that might be helpful:
Post # 7
I’m a pregnant runner (~13 weeks along) but I’ve been running for a looooooongggg time. I’ve liked it so far, during the first trimester sometimes it helped me feel not naseous and now that I’m not quite as sleepy I’m back to running more consistently.
I think a big rule should be to listen to your body. I don’t wear any heartrate monitor or anything fancy, it’s just if I’m tired and I”m not home yet then I walk, if I’m feeling good I run harder, if I get out of breath I slow down. And I started to get tired and more easily out of breath early in my pregnancy, like before I knew I was pregnant so you’ll be fine if you listen to your body.
My OB wasn’t concerned about running and seemed to think it was a really good thing. She even said to ignore the heartrate ‘recommendations’ because they’re outdated. But I still play by the I’m not pushing myself too hard, no panting for breath from me.
I think you’re fine right now, you’re not pregnant yet so it’s a really good idea to build up those muscles and start having exercize be a regular thing. Maybe start out doing a combo of walking and jogging (I think it’s the best way to start when you haven’t run in awhile). Even if you scale it back a lot from running to walking when you conceive at least you have it in your schedule and as part of your routine and muscles built up from before you were pregnant to help you along.
Post # 8
I was in the same boat as you are. I have been and on again off again runner/athlete and while we were TTC, I began running again. I took it pretty easy. Usually if I can find the motivation to get out the door, I am really goed at pushing myself to go harder. It was not hard at all to slow down when I was tired after I got pregnant, since I didn’t want to overdo it.
My midwife said that exercise is great! and to keep it up as long as I stayed very hydrated, didn’t significantly cut my overall intake of calories for the day, and didn’t get too tired. Eventually I got so tired, running was out of the question, and I didn’t feel like taking it back up again mid-pregnancy. I’ve been using the stationary bike, wii, and some workout DVD’s to try and stay fit.
I don’t think it would hurt anything as long as you don’t overdo it. Just ease into it and try not to get too tired, especially as you are starting out.
Post # 9
as long as you start exercising regularly before you get pregnant, you’ll be fine. you shouldn’t dramatically increase your exercise when you’re pregnant, so it’s best to start before.
Post # 10
Exercise is good for you and the baby! That said, I totally get the nervousness. I typically work out like usual for the first two weeks of my cycle and then I back off a little during my TWW – walking instead of running and doing more yoga instead of cardio. Once I get pregnant I will do as the other girls said and just listen to my body and take it a little easier.
Moreso than your hearrate, I would be very aware of your body temperature and be careful not to overheat. I just took a prenatal yoga teacher training and our instructor said that there is a link between overheating and birth defects (hence no hot tubbing or saunas or “hot” yoga while pregnant) especially in the first trimester, so as long as you stay cool and hydrated you should be fine.
Post # 11
Thanks for the input! That helps a lot. I was just so nervous that If I do get preggers and am not aware of it right away that I might hurt the baby BC I’m not a regular runner. But I will take it slow and hopefully by the time I do get knocked up I will be in good enough shape to keep the rutine up!
Post # 12
the “baby” is just a tiny mass of quickly dividing cells for those first few weeks, unless you crazily over-exert yourself most doctors would say keeping up your normal routine is totally fine.
that said, I was running a lot during out TTC time and only conceived the month I decided to take a break from running. I am sure there is NO correlation, but for some reason I decided that the egg would have a hard time implanting with all that bouncing. Again I know this is TOTALLY silly, but it got in my head so I just went with it. I also decided not to run while pregnant, but just because it didn’t feel right to me not because my doctor had any concerns (she also said it is ok to do during pregnancy what I did before but not to UP my intensity – and gradually to reduce it by listening to my body).
Post # 13
@Sunchick19: ha! your reasoning about implantation is exactly why i back off during my two week wait! the educated, intellectual part of me knows better, but my crazy emotional side takes over and I just want to do everything I can to help those little cells grow! So instead of lots of running, it becomes gentle walks and yoga.
And then, when I get a BFN, I go for a long run and drink some wine to feel better. 🙂
Post # 14
Well, I talked to my OB about this in my Preconcept appt bc I am a runner (about 3.2 miles/day or 20-30 minutes about 4 days a week) She said it is perfectly ok and I can go (when I actually get pregnant) into my second trimester running but nothing in the 3rd. They actually recommend still at least 30 minutes of excerise a couple times a week. And FWIW my good friend ran a 5k at 6mths pregnant. I would never run alone though pregnant as I do now just in case. Just listen to your body and do what feels good.
Post # 15
@ladyox:Nice to know I am not alone! And during pregnancy all that bouncing up and down just seemed wrong too – again, even though my doctor told me it was ok! I still exercised, I just switched to lower impact stuff – yoga, elliptical, swimming…..the first thing I did after the baby was born after I got the green light though was to go for a run and it felt great!
Post # 16
Running and getting yourself more physically fit while TTC might be a good idea. A healthier body for you increases your chance for getting pregnant. I was already a runner when we were TTC. When we first were TTC I was running marathons, but cut back substantially so my body wasn’t overly stressed. I continued running while TTC and had no problems. Now that I’m pregnant, I still run, but at a much lower effort than before. Just keep it easy and listen to your body. Good luck.