(Closed) What is your pregnancy workout plan?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
44 posts
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m 9 weeks pregnant right now, I haven’t worked out since week 7 because I have horrid morning sickness & I’m not really eating much. When this lets up I plan to go back to spinning and light weights 3 or 4 times a week.

Post # 3
3376 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I had such optimistic plans before I got pregnant – I thought I would continue jogging as long as possible, as well as keep up with my strength work (just not increasing weights at all).  Well, “as long as possible” ended up being about 6-7 weeks.  I had cramping and spotting during my first trimester, which made me really nervous, and I just started to get tired a lot easier than I did pre-pregnancy.

So, my adjusted routine (I’m 14 weeks tomorrow) is walking almost every day (I go out for walks around my neighborhood, around 2-2.5 miles), doing prenatal yoga a few times a week, and doing a prenatal workout video 2-3 times per week that focuses on toning and maintaining strength appropriately for each stage of pregnancy (I do Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project – it’s 9 DVDs with a different workout for each month).  My goals now are to stay active, but not push myself too hard – I’m walking slower than I would before, taking intensity down when I start to get short of breath, and giving myself a break on days when I just don’t feel up to it.

Post # 4
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m still doing what I was prior to getting pregnant: a brisk jog and light weights 4x/week.  So far, it’s still manageable, although soon I know I”ll have to change some of the weight exercises that involve laying on my stomach (flat on back is still fine). 

I’m planning to keep it up as long as possible, and adjust accordingly as things go along.  Everyone I’ve talked to or read about said that working out while pregnant was really helpful, so I’m not giving it up unless I have to.  Even once it’s just light weights and waddling, it’s better than nothing ;).

Post # 5
4499 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Pre-pregnancy, I enjoyed running. I managed to get out about 4 days/week (not as much as I’d like — I have a toddler to watch & a husband who also needs time to get out and run!). 

I’m 13 weeks now and have been having very bad morning sickness. I have been so weak that all exercise is difficult. I walk to where I work & back home 5 days/week, which is about 4-5 miles/day, but that’s it. So — not a lot of exercise, honestly, since about 4-5 weeks pregnant. I am not letting myself feel guilty about it, either. ๐Ÿ™‚

Once I get my strength back up, I plan to:

-Resume running (hopefully, or else an easier type of cardio) 3 – 4 times/week, if I am up to it. During my first pregnancy I really did not enjoy running, sadly. I’ll try it again this time, but if it doesn’t work, I guess I will use the elliptical machine or even the stationary bike in our gym instead.

-Continue walking to/from workplace

-Attend a prenatal yoga class once or twice a week (not so much because I love yoga, but because I have heard this is a good way to make friends). 


Post # 6
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was working out 4x/week doing strength training/circuit and cycling classes at the gym prior to getting pregnant.  I continued that until 6 weeks, then was completely exhausted and had some spotting/my gym took a break from offering classes for a few weeks and I went on vacation and lost my routine.  I was back in the gym around 9 weeks and have continued to go 2-4 times a week depending on scheduling and such.  I go to the same classes as pre-pregnancy just modified for what I feel up to and no laying on my back now (28 weeks). I also threw in some zumba classes for those weeks I was really tired or not feeling great.  If I don’t get to the gym at least 3 times a week I walk 2+ miles on the other days, sometimes when I feel good I do both anyway (to get my dog out).  I did have morning sickness(mostly in the evening or after meals) during the first trimester, but working out I truly believe has kept my energy up and made me feel so much better so far through this pregnancy. (Also, I’ve kept my weight gain within the desired range which is helpful for feeling well too.)

Post # 7
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

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blueabz:  I’m with the others… I had high hopes! Prior to being pregnant I did CrossFit and yoga. I said I would work out my entire pregnancy. Yet my body had other plans…once week 6 hit, I got a ton of morning (more like ALL DAY) sickness and fatigue, with some occaisonal dizzy spells. So now at week 9, I haven’t worked out much in 3 weeks. Literally only 3x. ๐Ÿ™ I’m hoping to pick it back up in the next few weeks. Feeling somewhat ok today, so I might try for a workout… we shall see. 

Post # 8
3003 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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blueabz:  I’m not pregnant anymore (my little guy is 2.5 months old) but I worked out like crazy when I was pregnant and I loved it. I do think it helped during labor and I loved reading about the benefits to my baby. I coach alping ski racing for work so I downhill skied about 4 days per week. I also cross-country skied, backcountry skied (where you hike up a mountain with no chirlift) did a circuit/TRX class, ran, hiked, spin biked, lifted weights, swam, and did yoga (both prenatal and regular). I did stop running at about 18 weeks (I’d planned to run until my belly was too big) because it made me feel like I had to pee! I stopped biking at about 35 weeks because my belly was getting too big. I really toned down the high-impact stuff at the circuit class towards the end. The last month of my pregnancy I just walked, hiked, swam, did yoga, and did planks for core strength. I didn’t feel uncomfortable on my back until about 32 weeks. Good luck to you! I think exercising during pregnancy is awesome (and important) plus I just love to be active. Ok, and shameless brag, here’s a pic of me hiking at 31 weeks and skiing at 28 weeks.


Post # 9
213 posts
Helper bee

I’m still really early (5 weeks) but my plan is to continue walking and hiking a lot, doing elliptical 3-5 times a week and light weight training through the first trimester.  I’m going to transition to less of that and more swimming and prenatal yoga during the second and third trimester.

Post # 10
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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blueabz:  I loved exercising before getting pregnant, running (usually outside) was more of a fun thing to do than a way to stay fit.  And it’s really bumming me out to a ridiculous degree that I hate, just hate exercise now.  I’m 21 weeks with twins at the moment, carrying around 20 pounds more than I was before, and my boobs are insane, it’s really hard to run with 36DDD boobs, I tip my hat to naturally well-endowed women because I can’t wait to have my old boobs back.  I bought this super-constrictive sports bra for way too much money at Victoria’s Secret and it works great but it’s a huge pain to actually put on, which sounds stupid unless you’ve tried on this bra because no kidding, I have been shouting in frustration for five minutes trying to put on the bra.  I call it bad names routinely.

But the worst is that I’m used to pushing myself and challenging myself when running and now I have to think about being careful all the time, I dropped my speed significantly and am only treadmill running now (the hubs was worried I’d get too hot outside or get into trouble far from home) and it just isn’t fun anymore.  And while I know it’s just the dumbest thing, being in the gym and feeling fat – and I know in my head it’s not fat, it’s baby, but you see all the girls with awesome bodies and I feel the size of a boat.  So that long-winded answer to your question is I’m trying to keep up the same routine of around 5x/week but realistically I’m blowing it off far more than I’d like because I detest going to the gym now.  Sad ๐Ÿ™  I realize it’s beyond weird that one of the things I’m really looking forward to when the babies are here is to go for a solid run, but I’m looking forward to booze and cold sandwiches more ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
69 posts
Worker bee

I’ll be 32 weeks pregnant on Monday, and I’ve maintained my pre-gregnancy routine: 5 days a week of cardio and bodyweight/weight exercise, 3 days of walking/hiking. Up until about 24 weeks I did not have to do much in the way of modifying my workouts (except for exercises that required me to lie on my stomach- I think I had to substitute another exercise starting at maybe around 16 weeks).

From 24 weeks onward, I’ve gradually had to modify more: For some reason, there are days when I can do regular pushups, and there are days when I can only do a few and then I have to switch to “girl” pushups. Some exercises are just harder to do with a big belly and the extra weight I’m carrying these days. On the whole though, I’ve really enjoyed working out through this pregnancy, and find that I have more energy when I do (I had to take one week off recently because of a dislocated rib, ouch). I realize that I’ve been fortunate in that I haven’t had any complications that have prevented me from staying active. 

Fun “workouts”: we did a lot of hiking at high altitudes in Peru and saw Machu Picchu when I was 24 weeks pregnant ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 12
1351 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I was in the middle of a 30 day yoga challenge when I finally got my bfp after ttc for a year. I quit the challenge, and am at 5 weeks 2 days today. I’ve been walking at least 30min a day. After we hopefully hear the heartbeat at our next apt, i plan to get back into my yoga, and I ordered a barre dvd since I love barre. I have had no morning sickness, but hear it’s coming.

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