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Who's still working out? How do you feel? What are you doing?

post #1 of 44
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I recently stopped my power walks and switched to swimming because my back and knees were not happy campers (and the whole "having to pee every two blocks" thing was getting annoying).  I am LOVING the swimming pool and feel like I can get a much better whole body workout than I did while walking.

 

Anybody else still working out?  What are you doing and how are you feeling these days??

post #2 of 44

Yep, still working out here! I just went for a nearly 3 mile run about 2 days ago and spent an hour in the pool today. I am just keeping  a mix of swimming, elliptical, running, and walking. I have big plans for 2012 including a marathon, so my goal is to just keep moving. I can't do long runs anymore, but I do what I can.

post #3 of 44

Still working out as much as I can, it's been about 4x/week the past few weeks, things keep coming up.

 

I am alternating walking with videos, although walking is getting harder to do both physically (it makes me cramp up like nothing else) and with timing, now with the time change, i have to either walk in the dark or on the treadmill, so i have been walking less.

 

I have several prenatal videos that I do, and occasionally will do a regular non-prenatal video, making sure to pay attention to my heart rate and fatigue level, take lots of breaks, and modify the core work.

 

My arms actually look fantastic, better than they did pre-pregnancy!  This is the first time I have ever done more than walk or swim during a pregnancy and it feels really awesome to be doing weights and squats and lunges and I know that it will help me bounce back even faster after the birth :)

post #4 of 44

wow, erika, you rock!  third trimester running?  you go!

 

i still workout religiously- it's one of the few things that i don't compromise on.  it's part of that whole "taking care of myself" excuse i get to pull when i'm pregnant- the rest of the time, i feel like everyone else's needs come first.  but i gotta exercise these days.  exercise really helped me through labor last time.  i walked the baby out.  :)

 

if i'm up early enough in the morning, i strap on weights and go hiking for a few miles.  usually, though, i'm up too late working the night before, so i end up on the treadmill for a few hours at night.  i crank up the incline and the speed and try to keep up.

 

i'm really tired these days.  i know i'm short on sleep, much shorter than i have been with any other pregnancy, and i feel like it's affecting my endurance.  but i still feel strong, so that's good.

post #5 of 44

well I took the last week off because we were traveling but I'm aiming for 3-4 days of exercise...mix of NIA classes, walking and prenatal yoga via DVD. 

post #6 of 44

Here.  I'm still doing Zumba, but modifying the jumping actions.  Sometimes I hop on the treadmill or  in the pool.

 

Since my gym time is my only non-Mommy time I *always* go.  In fact, once I put my kids in daycare and then marched my ass down to the showers and spent the entire hour showering, sitting and drying my hair.  And I felt not one ounce of guilt...

post #7 of 44

I forgot to include how I feel: TIRED. Seriously exhausted. Working out is getting harder and harder and harder to do. I used to be able to go for 90 minutes on the elliptical and now I can really only pull off 30 at a time. I would also do 90 minute runs, but now going for 30-45 minutes wipes me out. Oh, and running is starting to make my pelvis hurt so much that I am pretty sure it is about to be packed up. And yet, on weeks that I don't do any exercise (I cut way back due to more weight loss just recently) I feel that my stress level is much higher, so I know I need to keep going.

 

I was thinking about going to the YMCA tomorrow to try out some of the equipment they have. It is getting cold here and running outside, while fun, is a bit chilling.... and I really don't want to risk slipping on the ice that I know we will have here any day now :) I was also looking at my arms and realizing that they could use a bit of attention, so I want to try out the different weight machines.

 

I really, really, really want to do the Warrior Dash with my husband this year and so I figure that is motivation to step outside the running box and get myself fit in other ways so that I can really kick some butt on those obstacles :)

post #8 of 44

At nearly 32 weeks, I am doing prenatal yoga twice a week and vinyasa yoga once a week.  I teach all three classes, so I don't spend every moment of each class on the mat, but I get a good workout each time.  The vinyasa leaves me a bit sore the next day, but I feel great doing it.  I try to walk (not powerwalk, more or less purposefully stroll on the beach in the soft sand for an hour), an additional once or twice a week, but that doesn't always happen. Swimming sounds wonderful...

 

Erika, I LOVE that you are still running!  I never saw myself as giving up running ever, but somehow it slipped away during this pregnancy :-(

post #9 of 44

I'm tired too, i will be 35 weeks tomorrow and definitely slowing down.  But I definitely will try and keep it up at least every other day, as conditions allow (right now I'm laid up with a hugely painful hemorrhoid :(  but I actually did some pilates leg boxes and lifts in bed, lol)

post #10 of 44
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Erika - I can't imagine how you're still running.  I was training for a half when I found out I was pregnant, and literally overnight I had to stop because I was so short of breath all the time. 

 

Angela - Your post made me laugh!  I was actually excited that the Y has childcare starting at 6 weeks of age, because I KNOW that's the only *me* time I'm going to get, so you'd better believe I'm going to milk it!  I'm not much for long-term childcare, but this kid better get used to being dropped off at the gym's center every day (if only so I can shower and blow dry my hair, haha)!!

post #11 of 44
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Erika - I can't imagine how you're still running.  I was training for a half when I found out I was pregnant, and literally overnight I had to stop because I was so short of breath all the time. 



You know how? VERY SLOWLY! ROTFLMAO.gif

 

I quit at different points. In the beginning my morning sickness was too horrible and then I did running again starting around week 15-20 or so and then my pelvis was always so sore that I quit again for about 5 weeks and focused on swimming and have been running again since that point. It is hard though, this is my 4th kid and my stomach muscles don't help me hold much in or give me much support at this point.

 

It is for sure a balancing act of challenging myself while not pushing too hard. Just a few years ago I was completely a couch potato (mostly bogged down with studying for school) with horrible joints and weighed close to double what I currently do (even at 32 weeks pregnant) and now that I have been really active and remembering this side of my person, I don't dare want it to slip away and fall back into my old habits again. So, I am trying to keep the balance of staying active and healthy without pushing my body harder than I should. Whenever I do, I spend all night awake with contractions just to remind me that sometimes I need to back off on myself a bit.

post #12 of 44

I walk. That's about it. LMBO. Between six classes and working part time (I don't have a desk job..) that's all I have time for. I try walking every day though I've gotten pretty slooooow. I'm pretty exhausted. 

post #13 of 44

I'm still biking to and from work-- so about 8 miles a day, with some hills in each direction.  My pace has actually stayed pretty consistent since early pregnancy, though hills FEEL much harder now.  Also still taking long walks with my 2 year old, though I'm carrying him in the Ergo less and making him walk himself more.

 

Last pregnancy, I stopped exercising more or less entirely at 32 weeks, and that is exactly the point at which I started to feel super crappy all the time.  So I'm excited to still be going at 33 weeks this time and hoping it's going to help me continue to feel somewhat human as we get into the home stretch here.

post #14 of 44

Im 32 weeks and the tiredness is really hitting me. Im gladdened to see other people are feeling the same thing, because i dont remember feeling like this in previous pregnancies (i think ive just completely forgotten) Ive been in the habit of walking 3-4 miles at least 4 times a week, usually to take my kid to school. I just cant do that anymore, and take public transport when i can.  I cant even do a walk around the block without having to have a few rests here and there. I just cant seem to get my body to pull me through it. My legs are definitely bigger and sort of chunk along. Im not getting any pain, but definitely get, what i think are braxton hicks (hardening of the uterus) when i pull  my stroller up  several flights of subway steps.

 

Today i planned a long walk, but all i wanted to do was go home and sleep.

 

Lately i havent been sleeping too well, (that U2 song ''ím wide awake! im wide awake, ....im not sleeping....'guitar solo...) just keeps going through my head i the middle of the night.

 

Last night however, i slept well. Still exhausted today though. 

 

Is it the progesterone or something? Does it go up dramatically at this stage of pregnancy? Someone said their husband ate some of their placenta, and felt like he was drugged. 

 

Anyway, i would like to keep the weight down, but...hey.

 

I will definitely try and keep up the walking, but why is it so hard??

 

 

Oh, and another thing, i will moving to an apartment with a 3 story walk up. The timing couldnt be better (scarcastic) in that i will be about 33/34 weeks then.

 

Im trying to look on the bright side, think of all the exercise ill be getting!!!!  Ill probably have to take it reeaally slowly, and take about 20 mins to climb the stairs, taking a long rest between each flight.  I hope this isnt actually dangerous.....

 

 

 

Does anyone know why its so hard to exercise at this stage of pregnancy?

post #15 of 44
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Does anyone know why its so hard to exercise at this stage of pregnancy?



Ummm... Other than the weight gain, sore joints, sleep deprivation, wiggly baby, BH's, incontinence, pelvic pressure, shortness of breath, swollen ankles, and squished lungs?  No idea.  winky.gif

post #16 of 44

I've had to slow down recently. No more jogging with DS in the stroller, just walking about three miles 3x per week. And yoga every day. And a swim once a week. But I must go SLOW or I feel terrible and get a bout of BH. Glad to read that other mamas are still sweatin' :)

post #17 of 44

I'm walking the dog up and down Seattle's steep hills at least three times a week, doing my transverse abdominal exercises when I remember, and squatting/kegeling as much as I can. I'm hoping to make it to a few more prenatal yoga classes before I deliver, but lately I have been using the time to sleep in (Saturday morning) rather than get up and go. I'm looking forward to doing more rigorous exercise after the LO comes.

post #18 of 44

Just walking and yoga over here. I'm missing some of the physicality of my yoga practice these days, and jogging... but honestly if there has to be a time of year when I don't jog, the cold November rain, the darkness of December and the inevitable snow in January are probably good things to skip ;) I wish I was a swimmer, but our public pool is just the NASTIEST place and this time of year there are so many colds/flus going around... (Add to that, there are signs requesting that people not SHAVE in the POOL for example, no doubt because it happened often enough to justify a sign!)

post #19 of 44
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 (Add to that, there are signs requesting that people not SHAVE in the POOL for example, no doubt because it happened often enough to justify a sign!)


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post #20 of 44
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 (Add to that, there are signs requesting that people not SHAVE in the POOL for example, no doubt because it happened often enough to justify a sign!)



Our YMCA has a sign requesting people to not shave in the sauna, so I am assuming that it has been an issue in the past. I cannot imagine shaving in a swimming pool.... yuck!

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