I just go with a series of 5 different movements that I rotate between, based on some of the routines we do at the studio. I'm beginning to get a good sense of what to pair with what. For example, kb swings are great to pair with lunges and planks. Then I might add in mountain climbers and rolling pushups, presses and squats. My sense is that as long as I'm varying my movements within the workout so I'm hitting all of the major muscles groups and as long as I'm getting my heart rate up, it's all good!
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I admit, I fell off the fit wagon for a little bit. It got so hot that I can't even get my walk in at 9 am. The heat was making me very nauseous too.
At 17 weeks I hit 175lbs which is a 38lb gain! I was getting bad chest pains and so tired all the time.
So I joined a gym! I'm so excited. It's only been 3 days straight of working out but I feel so good. My chest pains are gone and I have more energy. Working out in the AC is so much better during pregnancy. I can do an hour of cardio without feeling like I'm going to faint.
Has anyone done Zumba while pregnant?
I love it! I did a few classes before and always felt like the skinny girl with nothing to shake. Now that my boobs and butt have tripled in size I can really shake it. LOL
Vegchica: I tried a water zumba class earlier in my preg. Less impact. But I still didn't really like all the shaking. Glad you were able to join a gym! Sounds like a must with strong heat.
AFM: I didn't make it to the gym at all this week but got some walks in. And I'm going to a prenatal yoga class in a couple hours. I think I'll go to the gym tomorrow morning. DD has been protesting going to the childwatch at this bigger Y. But she'll have to suck it up for a bit. I do think she is mostly fine and distracted while I'm away bc sitting and coloring most of the time.
Hi fit mamas, how are you all doing? I was really, really sick last week so didn't do a thing. We did a family 10K race on Saturday, though, and it was a ton of fun. I'll still call it running (even though we walked some of it) because it was just under 10 mins mile pace! I felt really great the entire way around.
Gym yesterday but nothing today... tomorrow I will get to the gym. I will, I will... but it will be early.
Zub - I don't know how you're doing a 10k while still sick - does it help with the nausea at all? That's amazing!
I'm walking 30 min's - 1 hr everyday - sometimes the elliptical instead. Trying to vary the walks - hills, length etc. Still doing prenatal yoga once a week, I'd like to go twice, but I always seem to busy the next time it's available.
Doing home weights & legs when I can too.
My body feels good, stamina is good. I'm gaining almost the same amount with DS, but I'm eating a lot of healthy fats, nuts & seeds, so I'm not surprised it's still climbing like it is.
So between my hips and my right ankle walking every day really wasn't working and DH and I can't get our schedules together for me to get to the pool. I was just in so much pain every single time I was walking. Last week I came across a belly dancing for pregnancy and labor dvd. In my early twenties I suffered with what seemed to be chronic pain and the only thing that really helped was belly dancing, so I ordered the dvd. I love it! I felt like I got a nice gentle work out and no pain in my hips or ankle. I'm going to try to add walking back in too now that I'm doing this and it's helping pain wise, but it seems like a good option for days that are either just too hot and sticky or raining too hard for me to go out for a walk or that I'm just too sore. I also really like that there's a prep for labor component to this. I don't know for sure that I'll use it that way, but I think it would be a good tool to be able to use.
undertheoaktree-that sounds super cool! What's the labor component like? Belly dancing moves to use in labor? It sounds really fun!
I'm still doing a walk every day...it got insanely hot here...so I feel like it's doing even more for me now than it used to despite not really increasing the length. It makes SUCH a world of difference too...if i miss a day, then my back starts hurting, and I just feel 'off'. I sort of fell off the prenatal yoga bandwagon...I was following a video from the library and returned it once I got another yoga dvd that I love more, but since then I've hardly done it! I need more motivation in the evenings to actually do it!
I'm looking forward to moving because we'll be car-less, so in addition to my daily walk without ds, I'll also be walking anywhere we go in town which I think will only do good things for my body!
There's a nice visualization/stretching section at the end of the workout which is supposed to be added in the third trimester. There are also segments about belly dancing for labor and on the woman who does the DVD's labor. It seems like she's suggesting doing many of the various hip motions during labor (and shows them standing, sitting, squatting and in her labor reclining on a bed). The movement is supposed to help the baby to descend and to manage pain during labor. It makes sense to me. I know that I took belly dancing classes after a year and a half of horrible back pain years ago. Within a few weeks I was off of all the medications I had been taking to manage it. I've had hip pain for a few weeks here now and it is so much better after a couple of dancing sessions. The rest of the workout is also supposed to help with muscles that are used during labor and delivery in terms of toning them and helping to loosen the pelvis so that it's not so stiff or tense during labor.
Under- that is really interesting!
In our yoga class we do a lot of hip swaying and dancing type moves to get baby into a better position, relieve pain etc. She's not doing belly dancing specifically, but the moves feel great! Some are on hands and knees, some standing. This little bean usually hangs pretty low in my pelvis, but after yoga class he's always moved out and kicks me up higher - so I definitely can see how it works!
It really does make sense that it would make more space and loosen things up while in labour - now that you've mentioned all this I'm thinking I'll practice more of these at home to keep things limber.
Really interesting discussion on the belly dancing. It makes total sense that it would help.
springmum, I can only exercise first thing in the morning and after I've timed my zofran and small pre-workout breakfast! I feel mostly fine when working out but a few hours later the nausea really hits. In the beginning it did make things worse and I coudn't exercise for most of the first trimester even with copious amounts of zofran. heck, I couldn't move!
I ran 5 miles this morning and it wasn't that comfortable. i had a lot of cramping and BHs (never had these before, really) and I was freaking out an hour later when it wouldn't stop. I called my midwives and have been on the phone with them a few times today. I think I may have a UTI but I'm going in tomorrow to have things checked out. I have been a bit panicked today about it. Needless to say that I won't be running or gyming it until I know what's going on. Running is my absolute therapy, though, so I'm hoping they can just confirm it's nothing to worry about tomorrow.
Thanks, bostonmummy! I got checked out today and all looks good. I asked the midwife flat out if I needed to stop running (i was panicking a bit because it is my one source of stress relief) and she said it was fine to continue unless the pain got worse, or of course if I have any bleeding. I think the sickness has just taken a lot out of me but without running I become a crazy woman!
Oh, yay, Zubeldia! I'm so glad to hear you're okay and that it seems like you can continue running. I completely understand — if I can't get in my exercise I go nuts! Over the Memorial Day weekend we ended up going canoeing one day instead of hiking, and I was going crazy because I couldn't get my heart rate up. I was craving the endorphin rush I always get with rigorous exercise. My husband was merrily paddling along and remarking how beautiful the river was, and I was looking longingly at the runners along the riverside path. LOL! So, I'm glad you can keep running for now, too!
Thanks for getting it, Boston! people think I am nuts! I saw my Dr. today (midwife was really wanting me to get checked out a little more) and she agreed that the fatigue is likely life related. Going to try and take it a little easier.
Nothing today in the way of exercise (except taking my toddler to gym class, which is always exercise in and of itself as I chase him around trying to get him to listen!). We went on a 5 mile family run yesterday, though. Hoping for the gym tomorrow.
Hey, Fit Mamas!
Does anyone have a recommendation to offer for a prenatal yoga DVD? Evenings in our house are tough to negotiate and none of the studios around here provide child care. :/ I *loved* the class I took when I was pregnant with Rowan, so I'd like to try doing something at home.
Delaware Mom-I bought a prenatal yoga dvd when I first got pregnant, but I have not tried it yet. It is the element Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga dvd. I really should pull it out and use it. I'll let you know what I think of it.
Zubeldia- I think it is fantastic that you are still running! I am not. I participated in a family fun run at the school where I teach (and where my children all go) last month. I hadn't run since mid Feb when I got my BFP and hypermesis flattened me. I ran about half a mile and it felt amazing, but afterwards I had a lot of BH's and I decided to just walk until after the babe is born. I have a history of preterm labor and birth, so I am being cautious.
I walked 2 miles today on the treadmill. I love my treadmill. It is in the basement and it is much cooler there than outside. I really hate the heat even when I am not pregnant.
I am considering doing some yoga this afternoon...
I'm going to a prenatal yoga class this evening. I haven't been working out at the gym much lately though. Was gone all last week but now I need to get back there. They offer a prenatal water class I want to go back to. I did it once a couple months ago.
I have 2 prenatal yoga DVDs. My favorite is the prenatal bikram one. It's taught by Bikram's wife, Rajashree. I did a lot of bikram yoga before getting pregnant w/my daughter. This DVD is mostly exactly the same as a bikram class (except no heat when you do it at home) - and she shows you how to alter the poses for pregnancy.
I also have one that my mother in law bought me. I don't remember it too well bc I haven't done it since my last preg, but it's by Shiva Rea. And for someone used to doing yoga, it's sort of a joke. I did it more at the end of my pregnancy. I may did it out to do w/my daughter for times when I can't get alone time for yoga or make it to a class.
I'll have to look into those prenatal DVD's, I need more motivation doing a home practice. I'll have to skip prenatal this week. I'm doing home exercises daily instead, but lacking in the walking b/c it's still 80+ here overnight during this heat wave, so I need to move indoors (harder to do without DH handy to watch DS) I did the elliptical last night, and hoping to do it again.
time to check in! How's your week going? Mine is not off to an auspicious start, though I had a super workout yesterday. 7 miles on the elliptical - but I felt really great - followed by some weights. Today I just walked the dogs a couple of miles but I'm hoping to run tomorrow.
What are your plans and what have you been doing?