(Closed) What did you do to stay active while pregnant?

posted 11 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

I walk and now swim, but I can’t recommend enough…start Pilates before getting pregnant!  <3s it

edit:  I played soccer up until I found out I was pregnant…I know some people still play in first tri, but no way jose for me.

Post # 4
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

My dr. loves swimming for pregnant women and I have been doing that throughout my pregnancy. I also take prenatal yoga and sometimes just go to the gym and do the elypitcal and some light weights.

I stopped running when I got preggers because my heart rate is usually 170+ when I run and also because it just felt like too much pounding for a pregnant body (although most doctors say it is fine if you were a runner before you got pregnant).  But it just didn’t feel right for me.  Biking on the open road that fast probably isn’t a good idea as you have guessed…..butyou could def. spin or ride a stationary bike.

First trimester though I was just way too tired to do anything!  Lots of energy and still small in second trimester which was agood time to get back into exercise. 

Post # 6
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Nah swimming is highly recommended… Also maybe you can find a pool that uses salt instead of chlorine? Here, they’re slowly making the shift in all pools…

Also, biking is highly recommended. I am also pretty hardcore on a bike; pregnent I’d be worried about balance, so I’ll definitely join spinning classes – I already do during the winter.

If you’re already a runner, it shouldn’t be an issue…

I am a runner, cyclist, and I do karaté and Pilates… I will continue all of them while pregnant, and at one point, trade the running for swimming. As long as my karate training partner is my husband or someone else aware of the fact that I’m pregnent, I know it won’t be an issue.

Post # 7
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

love this thread as this is totally one of my fears for whenever we TTC…

We kickbox (on bags…) so i am hoping i can continue doing this (and just tell the instructor that I am pregnant and have to go easy) but I am also trying to get more and more into pilates/yoga so that i have that… i am sooo nervous looking at the genes in my family of just gaining tons of weight while pregnant and never getting rid of it. I will def need to stay active!!

Post # 8
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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@BeachFanatic:I am completely with you on the genes thing!! Which is why I’m super active in the first place (well, also because I enjoy it, but it’s why I started in the beginning)

Post # 9
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I definitely recommend pilates and or yoga type exercise. In your last trimester your core muscles are working so hard to balance your weight shift and just pulling up off the couch or bed is a lot or work. Also the stretching and flexibility will help a lot to ease some of the leg pains that come later in pregnancy also. 

Post # 10
638 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

Honestly I was so sick at the beginning that staying active was hard.  My usual work out time is 6am and when you don’t feel good getting up is hard.  I just don’t have the motivation/desire at night.

Once I felt better (and like I wouldn’t need to puke in spin class) I got back into things.  Around week 18 or so.  (I was sick for a while) I did spin, masters swimming, a lifting class, running (I am NOT a walker), yoga. 

The running didn’t last long.  It was just uncomfortable for me and got to the point it was really painful on my hips etc so I stopped.  I don’t walk as much as I should now – but try.

Now that it’s almost over.  I wish I had walked and kept up yoga and pilates from the beginning.  (As well as spin and swimming) Next time 🙂

Post # 11
14181 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Just don’t drink the water and rinse off afterwards! haha!

I hear pilates is great. Nothing high impact (no kickboxing) =]. and i know you can’t lay flat on your back (say, to bench press) because it smashes the umbilical cord; you need an incline.

I had a pregnant gym instructor–you’re not that limited! =]

Post # 12
946 posts
Busy bee

A friend of mine is about four months along and is still rock climbing (and plans to as long as she can). 

Post # 13
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I do Turbo Kick several times a week.  There are a number of pregnant women in my classes who continue to take the class until it becomes uncomfortable for them – they just do a lower impact version of the moves.  I plan to do that as best I can (unless told not to) plus add in some yoga/pilates.

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