I know that the topic of exercise has already come up, but I was wondering what you all think about raising your heart rate HIGH.
I workout every morning, doing cardio for about 25 minutes (either bike or elliptical) then strength training (usually on circuit training weight machines, but some free weights) ending with stretching and some ab exercises. I have been doing this on a regular basis since before I was pregnant.
I am not worried about the weight lifting, because I know what I am doing and I will know when it's time to move the weight down and take it easy. Working the abs...I actually wanted to get your opinion about this too. I was planning on doing my normal routine, until the muscles start to separate and become too weak to put strain on them. I thought I would continue the ab exercises for at least a few more months.
But what I am really concerned about is the cardio. I tend to really workout hard. I get my music pumpin', and my heart rate and pulse go way above what they say is "safe" during pregnancy. I am always able to breath well, and I stay well hydrated, and I am never dizzy or lightheaded. I remember other mamas in previous DDCs saying that their heart rates went above the recommended number, but they weren't concerned because they felt their bodies were used to it.
Dr. Sears, in their Pregnancy Book, says "To avoid accelerating your baby's heart rate, keep your heart rate below 140 beats per minute." I haven't actually tested my HR in a while. I rely more on how I feel. If I had to guess, on a good day when I am at the peak of cardio, my HR might be around 170-180?? But not really sure, to be honest.
I really enjoy my workouts, and I don't want to water them down, especially when I am still feeling so great! If I could keep it up, I know the exercise will help me have a healthier pregnancy and quicker recovery.
What do you all think?