(Closed) What is the best fitness program prior to getting pregnant?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am not TTC but I regularly do weight-bearing exercise.  Hiking/ power hiking/ power walking/ yoga.  I have heard that weight-bearing exercise is really beneficial (for pregnancy).  I would love to swim if I had the opportunity.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Whatever your fitness routine is before getting pregnant you can do while pregnant. 

And the best routine is one that you enjoy so that you will continue to do it!

For overall fitness a good routine consists of weight lifting exercises to build/maintain muscle tone and cardiovascular exercises to work-out your heart! Weight-bearing exercises does both; works your heart and tones your lower body, but does nothing for your upperbody muscles.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

You can do any exercise before getting pregnant, all are beneficial.

Swimming is the best to do while pregnant.  Avoid contact sports and don’t let yourself get dehydrated. 

Yoga helps work on your balance which you will need.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hmm I’m not sure what the best one is, I’m just carrying on with the stuff I’ve enjoyed before TTC: jogging, gymming, zumba. Any exercise is great I think but I’m not an expert.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

All of the exercises you like to do prior to TTC you can still do during TTC.. My plans never changed then once i got pregnant i dropped it all down to walking..

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I read a study that extremely vigorous exercise has the potential to prevent women with normal BMIs from getting pregnant. Vigorous exercise did not hurt the chances of overweight or obese women who were TTC. I will see if I can find the link.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@bunny: interesting! I don’t think I’m in danger of too vigorous exercise! 😉

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@bunny:  we were discussing that study in another running & TTC thread recently.  I kind of wonder how they quantify what vigorous is?  To me, a 3 mile run at a 9 minute pace is not vigorous, but to my friend (who is about the same weight as me) riding a bike for 3 miles is vigorous.  Do they touch on anything like how long the subject had been exercising at that level?  Was it new activity, or something they had been doing for years?

The flip side of that is when someone exercises to the point that their body fat percentage decreases to the extent that they no longer have normal menstrual cycles (think- gymnasts, dancers, cross country runners).  At that point, it would be the result of the exercise impacting fertility, not necessarily the activity itself.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@DaneLady:  Honestly, I don’t remember. I fall into the “overweight/obese” BMI category, so my takeaway was “exercise won’t hurt my chances of getting pregnant!” and I kind of skimmed over the other stuff.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hi all,

Just a comment on Bunny’s previous comment. I used to exercise 6 days a week at what I would call a moderate pace. I would run for about 20 minutes, 3 days a week and do weights 2 days a week. I have been doing this routine for years. About 6 months before TTC, I decided to get in the best possible shape I could. I didnt’ change my diet, and only increased my running to about 40 minutes, 3 days a week. This slight change resulted in my gradually losing 8 pounds over 5 months. I am 5’3″ and went from 130lbs to 122lbs. My periods became irregular and basically completely stopped for a few months. I’ve since had to drastically cut down on the running and gained about 6-7 pounds back and it seems to have done the trick. I always had a healthy BMI (23.2) and was shocked that the amount of exercise I was doing affected my periods. Just something to keep in mind.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I wasn’t really active before getting pregnant (weight had crept up and I was a size 12/14 at 5’3″), but once I got PG with my son, I really started to live a healthier lifestyle.  

I did prenatal yoga through my entire pregnancy, walked around the neighborhood, and started swimming.  I also traded in my unhealthy diet for one filled with lean meats, fresh fruits/vegetables, etc.  

So, I would suggest those activities at least during your pregnancy, if not before, and the healthy diet is key.  All of the above allowed me to safely lose my own fat while pregnant, while still gaining baby weight, and I walked out of the hospital from giving birth in pre-pregnancy jeans.  And it was a great kick-off to my post-partum weight loss 🙂

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