(Closed) Working Out While Pregnant

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

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MrsD41503:  Great thread! I had the same question–it looks like we have to jsut listen to our bodies and make sure we don’t overheat. I worked out yesterday for the first time since we found out we’re expecting and I got a bit light headed but I think that can be remidied with more water and time between sets.

Congrats on the little one mama, and keep up the great work/activity! I’ll be cheering you on as I try to do the same.

 

Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Just wanted to add that we have MANY pregnant women in our regular Bikram hot yoga classes. Lots of them have continued to practice up to the week (and even the day!) they deliver. Lots of healthy hot yoga babies born πŸ™‚

Post # 34
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

I did yoga in my first trimester, then the session ended and I didn’t continue because I ended up missing a bunch of classes because I was just too tired to go… most of 2nd trimester I just sat around a lot, being sore and tired. Then after getting diagnosed with GD I started using our stationary bike for 15 minutes after meals, just breaking a light sweat, it really helps with my sugar levels, and between that and having to modify my diet I am feeling a ton better now in terms of energy levels and soreness πŸ™‚ I’m getting closer to my due date now so it has started to get harder but I still manage at least 1 session of light excercise plus walking and I’m still feeling pretty good!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

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MrsD41503:  Thanks! 5 weeks to go!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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courtneysokal:Β  while people can and should make informed choices, I did hot vinyasa-style yoga previously and was told by my doctor to not continue any type of hot yoga. I think exercising while pregnant is really important and healthy, but just because some people continue to do a specific type of exercise doesn’t mean it is recommended.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

All my friends worked out while pregnant! Mostly low impact workouts – especially toward the end. Like Pure Barre and Barre3. 

Its great to stay active and healthy as much as you are comfortable and everything is clear with Doc.

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
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SouthernBee00:  I have spoken with my doctor about this and she has said that studies have shown your core body temperature does not increase by more than a couple degrees when doing hot yoga. She told me that it is not recommended for women who do not have a consistent Bikram or hot yoga practice to begin when pregnant. But those who practice in the hot room on a regular basis are fine to continue practicing throughout a normal, low risk pregnancy. 

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’m 32 weeks pregnant and still doing my gym stuff – squats, hiit sessions (grit classes) pump classes and Iv just stopped running and now walk at a brisk pace. There are some things I don’t do, I modify to suit me , like jumping squats, but I’m still doing burpees etc. I might stop those soon. I was told it’s fine as long as I feel fine. And I have been!! I stopped doing back ab work after first Tri and just do planks for abs now. Exercise is so good for baby!! And you!!!

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I just asked my doctor about exercise yesterday and he said aim for 85% of the peak heartrate you would do prior to being pregnant.  He also said that an easier measure is just make sure that you are able to hold a conversation during any aerobic activities.  I’m only 7 weeks, so not sure about later on… I’ll have to ask as it gets closer πŸ™‚ 

Post # 43
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Newbee

While it seems you’ve gotten tons of responses already I’ll just add my 2 cents πŸ˜‰

I do Samba dancing (which is high energy Brazilian dancing) at 31 weeks pregnant and have done my whole pregnancy. I’ll be performing at 38 weeks pregnant and absolutely rocking it!

If you’re interested in seeing how fast and intense that gets feel free to check out on YouTube. But it’s completely safe during pregnancy πŸ˜‰

I have only heard about not starting a new fitness regime while pregnant as your body is not used to it. So just stick to your usual and you should be just fine!

This is my 3rd btw. So a little experience and I hope I’ve helped!

Post # 44
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m 24 weeks now and I wondered about this, too.  I finally went to a maternity-specialist physio for ‘real’ answers two weeks ago.  As people have said, the rule of thumb seems to be that if you did it before you were pregnant its good to continue within reason (no downhill skiing, no rock climbing, no abs.)  She said I needed to focus on the ‘perceived effort’ of exercises and not get so out of breath I couldn’t hold a conversation.  She said that if it made me feel better I could wear a heart-rate monitor and keep it below around 150, but since resting heartrate increases when you’re pregnant this is a pretty rough guide. 

Having said that, she sent me to pregnancy-specific pilates classes and banned me from running and combat class (boo hoo!).  They were ruled out for me because I quit everything for 6-8 weeks of morning sickness and also because of my history of recurring lower-back injury. Pregancy hormones make you really stretchy, which makes that kind of thing more likely to recur. Spinning and pump are okay until my due date and pilates is to prevent recurrence of my back issue (but again, may not be important for other people).  

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