Post # 1
I’m curious if any pregnant bees (or previously pregnant!) worked out during their pregnancy. Is there some sort of “rule” where you don’t want your heartrate to get over a certain level?
I am doing what I can, which isn’t everything in my fitness class, but it’s MOST things! I’m very curious if anyone knows the answer the heartrate question. I asked my OBGYN nurse and she said she had no idea.
Post # 2
I do!!! I have had to change things up a bit from what I am used to doing, but I still have remained to stay active during my pregnancy. Once you hit the 2nd trimester, avoid any sort of exercises that involve you laying on your back. It could have negative effects on the blood flow that is supplying the baby with what it needs. I also avoided any ab crunches or direct ab work probably earlier on than most. Other than that, I do different variations of exercises if need be and I don’t push myself if I’m not feeling something. As far as heart rate, from everything I have read, the heart rate thing is just a myth. I don’t push myself or over exert myself too much…I have had to cut back on my sprints and running, but I do keep my cardio at a fast paced walk on a higher incline to keep my heart rate up and activate my glutes. I’m hoping that by keeping up with exercise and all, it will keep the weight gain low & keep my muscle tone….and I’ll be able to get back on stage for my 5th fitness/bikini competition next fall!
Post # 3
Commenting to follow. I’ve just been walking a lot and have completely stopped my normal workouts out of fear. I’m also pregnant with twins and am high risk so my situation is a little different.
Post # 4
You’re making me feel so much better! I joined a “boot camp” which meets twice a week for 60 minutes. We do different stuff, but it’s a mix of cardio and weights. I’ve already lessened my weights to lighter ones. Things we do include:
-ab work (laying on our backs, but I will be done with at 7 weeks)
-jogging/running a couple laps at our pace
-rows, presses, squat presses (all easy to use a lighter weight on)
-running up and down a hill at least once, but usually not more than twice
-burpees and jumping jacks (which I’ve had to modify as I get woozy after too many)
We get a really good stretch at the end and it’s really fun. I kind of dread going, like I would rather sit on my couch or doze off while watching netflix but I’m always happy that I did it once I get home!
Post # 6
That sounds pretty hardcore and sounds like something I would really like!! That’s usually how I feel some days too…I don’t want to workout…I would rather lay on the couch or sleep or something, but once I’m done, I feel great! Congrats on your pregnancy by the way! Sounds like you’re doing everything right & within your realm. Just listen to your body…I know that’s cliche, but seriously, just listen to what your body tells you!
Congrats to you!!! Twins have to be SO exciting!!! 🙂
Post # 7
My doctor said don’t worry too much about that heart rate rule (which I hadn’t even heard of before I saw him at 9 weeks) since I was previously active. The main thing is to not go crazy with anything new, but if you’ve been working out regularly you are fine to continue. For me, I have been doing mostly the same stuff, but I find I get tired or hungry more quickly so I don’t have the endurance I used to. I like the ellipse for cardio and do mostly free weights. Have avoided abs, and after 12 weeks I haven’t done anything where I lie on either my back or stomach.
Post # 8
I personally wouldn’t be comfortable with my heartrate going over ~160 while pregnant.
Post # 9
You have been more help by just responding here than the nurse at my clinic! When she called to confirm pregnancy I felt like I was speaking to a wall. She had no advice on if I could still work out or not. She said “I mean….you can….but you don’t want to overheat….I mean….yes….” It was the most unhelpful conversation I’ve ever had! So thanks for replying.
(I also asked the nurse if she could recommend a type of prenatal vitamins. She couldn’t. She scheduled me for a blood test and when I asked “what time is the lab open tomorrow?” She said “I really don’t know” and she’s not new…I’ve seen her working there for at least 3 years.)
Post # 10
I also told my instructor privately that I am pregnant and very early on and not to worry if I lessened up my intensity. She was really professional and awesome about it and has sent me modifications for stuff privately to my facebook account!
Thank you both for your input!
Post # 12
I’m apparently four weeks pregnant (hasn’t sunk in!). I’m a runner and intend to continue running as long as I can. I saw my doctor yesterday, and she said core body temperature matters much more than heart rate. Just don’t overheat. Luckily it’s winter in Australia so it’s freezing cold! That said, I’ll probably aim to stay under 160BPM too.
I also intend to keep doing my regular yoga class (NOT hot yoga) and just skip out of major inversions and twists
Post # 13
My doc told me nothing over 140 bpm. I’ve cutting out running because of it. I’m probably playing it safe, but oh well!
Post # 14
I am nine weeks pregnant and have continued to work out. I have not restricted myself to keeping my heartrate below a certain limit because that’s hard to measure… a lot of heart rate monitors are inaccurate. The general guideline I have heard is that if you did it before you can probably continue to do it. If your doctor says otherwise then perhaps you should get a second opinion.
I do give myself more time between sets and I drink more water.
With my workouts I have noticed that my comfort level has changed a bit and I was easily able to recognize it. My fingers and toes get a little tingling feeling now when I push it. Look for signs. Trust your body.
Post # 15
I crossfit and have been told by my OB that I can continue my workout routine for as long as I feel comfortable – up to the day I deliver! Even being on medication for high blood pressure she said it’s totally fine. I’m 11 weeks and I’m still doing ab work, burpees, etc. When I get a bump I’ll start modifying things like burpees, but I’m still running, lifting, etc.
The only big thing I did differently was give myself a break if I didn’t feel like going to the gym. If I was feeling sick or tired I didn’t push myself to go, I let myself stay home and lay on the couch. There was a solid two weeks where I didn’t go because I wasn’t feeling up to it. Now that I have a bit more energy and am not feeling quite as sick, I’m back at it.