Post # 1
So DH and I have had multiple serious talks about TTC within the next 6 months. There’s only two things holding us up.
1. I’m not in shape at all, (5’5″ 128 lbs) BUT I don’t go to the gym, I don’t go for walks, I sit at a desk for 7 hours! I want to start being more active again, I used to work out!
2. We want to buy a house when our lease is up in March. (So we would try in Januaryish Feb)
How in shape were you before your pregnancy?
Did you feel it effected you negatively if you weren’t? Shortness of breath and racing heart are common for pregnancy, and I can’t imagine having that be exaggerated because I don’t work out!
I know the types of activities I’d want to do when I start up a routine, I just want to see if there are any bees out there that are not necessarily overweight, but just out of shape or not fit, that did or didn’t have pregnancy issues!
Post # 3
This may or may not belong in “Pregnancy” … wasn’t sure!
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand
I was definitely NOT in shape before getting pregnant. Thankfully so far I have had a healthy pregnancy ::knock on wood:: but I have my glucose test at the end of next month so I’ll know more if there are any health related issues then
Post # 5
I can’t speak personally, but 128 lbs and 5’5″ sounds like a healthy weight to me! It wouldn’t hurt to exercise a bit, and continue it through your pregnancy, but you’re definitely not overweight at least.
Post # 6
I was in pretty great shape pre-pregnancy. I did a marathon in March of last year, and was training for another one when I got pregnant in June/July. I was able to continue to be active (but at a much less intense level) since my body was very used to doing physical activity. I found that pregnancy made things harder, but being in shape really helped me stay fit and active throughout the pregnancy. I was able to do long walks, spin class, even zumba up until very late (quit zumba because my balance was crap!)
I also think having good stamina helped me in labor- it was very, very hard physical work. It was tough mentally too, but I think knowing that my physical body was more than capable helped keep me mentally focused and confident.
I did still gain 50lbs even though I ate well and was active. Oh well.
Post # 7
@canarydiamond: yeah my problem isn’t being overweight….I’m not very active, and find that sometimes running (when sporadically taking his parents dog for a walk) or going up flights of stairs, sometimes leaves me with a pounding or racing heart, and sometimes winded (not short of breath).
I just can’t imagine being pregnant because i’m so in-active/seditary! I guess I should start doing more like I used to, but it’s just scary…My cardiologist said i’m so far cleared for pregnancy…(I have small fast heart rate spells, and anxiety)
BUT he also did agree that whatever I feel now will be worse during pregnancy…If I have a HR of 125/130 when doing chores…then it’ll be more than that. and so on..
Post # 8
I was in pretty good shape pre-pregnancy. I would try to eat well and went to the gym regularly. The plan was to try to maintain a certain level of fitness throughout my pregnancy. Unfortunately though, I’ve been so sick so far (15 weeks now) that I haven’t been able to exercise and I’ve been eating anything I can keep down (and that’s not the good stuff!).
i don’t think being in shape has helped me so far, but I’m planning to try to eat better and do some gentle exercise as soon as the sickness stops (I’m hoping it will be soon!)
Post # 9
@BellaDee: Yeah, I think I’ll be in a similar boat to you. I am very anxious as well and my heart races! Ugh, the things I have to look forward to lol.
I would just try to get a little more active… bit by bit. Realistically you’re not going to be in marathon shape, but you’ll be ok.
Try swimming. It’s great for building endurance and is a relatively pain-free way to get started with exercise.
On the bright side, even if you don’t change your habits much, women who are much heavier (and even less in shape) than you have successful pregnancies.
Post # 10
@BellaDee: I was in the middle of getting in shape. I started My Fitness Pal in February and lost 28 pounds becuase I knew we would want to get pregnant. I was in great shape for a bigger girl. I was taking 3-6 mile walks daily, doing 30DS, and eating properly. I wouldn’t get winded walking up the steps.
I’m a little over 7wks pregnant now, and I get winded walking up 3 steps. I still eat properly and I take small walks (need to start taking my longer ones again since I am physically able), but the out of breath hit me like a ton of bricks. I never expected to be out of breath since I wans’t before.
Post # 11
@megz06: Wow really!? I think I remember you posting a few weeks ago about your symptoms…that worries me! My biggest fear and pregnany anxiety is shortness of breath, fainting, heart racing or pounding…or pregnancy complications !
Post # 12
@BellaDee: Yup! That was me! I did post about having a hard time going to sleep because my heart was racing and pounding. I have anxiety anyway, and pregnancy makes my panic attacks worse and longer, but they do go away and they don’t happen often as long as I eat properly. I just try to remain calm for my baby and remember that it will pass. Warm showers, breathing exercises, and a maternity pillow has really helped, although the shower is my last resort.
The shortness of breath just feels like I am out of shape, and I probably am, lol. I just have to get back to walking again, but I also think it is a fairly normal part of pregnancy. All of these weird little symptoms came as a shock to me because I didn’t read up on what would happen to my body. I am a lot more proactive now.