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Working out?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Before I got pregnant, and for the first month of pregnancy (before I knew I was pregnant), I worked out very hard. I was doing the Insanity workouts, running, and doing about 2-3 hours of Vinyasa yoga per week. I was about to continue my kung fu training in China when I found out I was pregnant.


Then the morning sickness and exhaustion hit me like a ton of bricks. Now I can't climb a flight of stairs without retching (literally). After even minor exertions I find myself hunched over the toilet bowl gagging up. Not to mention that I'm winded just by a short brisk walk. I can't keep up with my SO anymore because I'm out of breath.


I haven't worked out at all in a month and my muscles have turned to mush. Even the SO commented that I have nothing but bones in my upper back (used to be very muscular). This is a huge concern for me because I am normally a very fit and active person. These days I find myself sleeping up to 12 hours a day and lying around in bed with nausea for the rest of the time - that is, when I'm not at work.


Is this happening to anyone else? When I search online all I find are ladies who are heavily pregnant triathletes who seem to have no issues whatsoever with working out hard while pregnant. Whereas I'm not even big yet and I can't get myself onto a yoga mat. It makes me feel inadequate and anxious that I will be a giant, out of shape blob after the baby is born.


On the other end of the spectrum are the sites that suggest women do a couple of half-assed side stretches a day or whatever and that's enough of an effort. Well, not for me, I like to WORK OUT. I wish I didn't feel like the only one on the planet who has this problem.



post #2 of 15

it gets better. by the end of the first trimester most women are done with morning sickness and the exhaustion decreases after the first trimester is over too. after that you should be able to be more active again and build muscle back. for now, do what your body can handle and know that it won't last forever. 

Edited by Marissamom - 4/28/12 at 10:39am
post #3 of 15

I hope it gets better as well.  I'm an avid water-skier and used to do the Insanity workouts to get in shape for the season.  Yeah, that isn't happening this year.  I've resorted to jogs with my son in his chariot, and yoga/strength training videos.  Don't lose your back muscles, they will be SO important later on.


Ginger tea has been helping with the nausea in the morning, but not so much with the running.  Try throwing in some meditation to help.

post #4 of 15

I'm with you!  I'm a cross-fitter (talk about a hell of a workout!) and I haven't done even a squat in over 9 weeks.  I have HG which makes me nauseas all the time and if it wasn't for the diclectin, I'd be vomitting on top of the nausea.  Exhausted is a way to describe it, almost like a hang over 24/7 for 10 weeks.  Blah....


With both my other pregnancies, I was feeling great about the 4th or 5th month so I'm patiently waiting for this to pass and I can get back into my routine.  


While frustrated, I try to remind myself that this is what my body needs right now and what my "normal" is, just isn't my "normal" right now.  A walk around the block seems like an effort and for now, I just insert that as my workout.  


I honestly just had to come to terms with it, knowing that in "x" number of months (differs for everyone), I'll be back at it.  And more inspired and enthused than ever before because I'll have been off for so many weeks....


Hope that helps?



post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Yes! "Hangover" is a great way to describe how I feel all the time, though of course I probably don't have it as badly as you. You have my sympathies with the HG. Can't imagine what that must be like to deal with.


It does help, thanks... I was just getting really discouraged. When I was young I was overweight and for the past 15 years have been trying to push myself more and more and get into better and better shape. I was almost finished the 60-day Insanity course when I found out I was pregnant. You can't even see my ab muscles anymore and I've gained what seems like a lot of weight. My pants don't fit and I have a layer of flab hanging out over my waistbands. It's very discouraging and not doing much for my self-esteem. Plus all my joints ache because they are not getting worked out.


Now I'm at nearly 12 weeks and the nausea is gradually starting to taper off. Hopefully soon I'll be able to start taking some daily walks and working up to a full workout again.

post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 

For those of you who do work out, what kind of workouts are you doing in the first trimester and what do you plan to do beyond the first trimester?


I very much hope to be able to take up a vigorous workout routine again sometime soon, but I'm not sure what to expect physically as my body changes. It would be great to be one of those muscular and fit pregnant ladies, but I guess that's the luck of the draw. It's up to my body to decide how well I'll be able to tolerate exercise. These days I nap at my desk at work! Not very active!


Edit: I'd written "third trimester" but I meant "first trimester"! Of course, I also want to know about the third trimester, but most of us aren't there yet.  ;)

Edited by jeunesdragons - 5/10/12 at 7:08pm
post #7 of 15

I try to stay lower impact because I have joint issues during pregnancy, walking, swimming, yoga, pilates... I also do squats, plank position (though eventually the belly starts getting in the way there). Just about anything works though. just stay away from anything that hurts too much and don't get overheated. later on you'll need to avoid anything were you're laying on your back for more than a few seconds, and possibly modify some things as your belly gets bigger. 

post #8 of 15

Hey mama - hope you're feeling better!  I do a lot of walking as my pregnancy progresses. Different this time around will be that I am still planning on doing the heavy lifting with CrossFit.  All adaptable to my abilities at the time, but I have no intention of lessening the amount of time I spend in the gym.  Besides, I think some serious squatting will help in labour!!!  :)


My goal by end of pregnancy is to have my arms and back looking the way they did 11 weeks ago when I could no longer keep up the training b/c of the nausea/vomit routine.  :)  Plus, it will help get me back in the game after pregnancy when I can return to weight lifting sooner and fitter than I would be if I hadn't trained throughout.  


I guess my advice would be to listen to your body, find your capabilities day to day, and do what feels right.  My challenge is that personally, I can sometimes mistake "wanting a break" for laziness.  Yes, it's much easier to do a mild stretching session over a tough lifting session.  If I'm feeling good then I need to kick my butt in gear to make sure I do the training I want to.  I just keep thinking "arms!  arms!  arms!  No more jiggly arms!"  LOL.  


I'm happy to keep this thread going b/c sometimes you need inspiration from other mamas out there who have the same goal from a training perspective during pregnancy!  We'll motivate one another!

post #9 of 15

BTW, tomorrow morning at 10:30EST I'll be back at the CF gym for the first time in 11 weeks.  Part of me is terrified and part of me is excited.  The goal tomorrow?  Good warmup including rowing, push ups, sit ups, lunges, planks.  Then some mobility using a foam roller.  Then some body weight exercises of pull ups (with a band) and getting back in the right positions for squatting.  


Pretty easy considering what I'm used to but I'm going to give myself a solid two weeks before I add any weight to my workouts.  Two reasons:  firstly I don't want to over-do it the first couple of weeks back and secondly, I'm afraid I'll puke.  :)


Then for the rest of the weekend, we're going down to Toronto for a Mother's Day weekend so lots of walking.  I'll see how I feel come Monday!!!!

post #10 of 15

I am a crossfitter too!  Just went back to the gym this week after 4 weeks of medical restriction for pretty extreme morning sickness.  It felt so good to be back!

post #11 of 15
Originally Posted by HoosierMusicMommy View Post

I am a crossfitter too!  Just went back to the gym this week after 4 weeks of medical restriction for pretty extreme morning sickness.  It felt so good to be back!

Yea~  I'm already getting tons of questions like "wow, are you sure you should be lifting heavy stuff right now?" and "Isn't cross fit too hard on your body during pregnancy?"  LOL.  I'm so excited to be a pregnant cross-fitter.  The pregnant mamas who have been in there in the past look so awesome as they doing overhead squats with a belly.  Hee hee.  


On a bummer note, I had to cancel yesterday b/c of my son so next week I start back.  Soooo excited!

post #12 of 15

It's so good to connect with other athletic mamas. Jeunesdragons, I hope you're feeling better and enjoying your active life to the extent that it's comfortable for you. 


Yup, I can definitely join the chorus of reassurance that things do get better in the second trimester. My physical activity is mostly outside: I ride to and from work, now on a tandem recumbent tricycle with my husband--more on that below, and we hike and go dragonboating on weekends. In the first trimester, I did experience a lot of fatigue and near-constant napping, but most days I wasn't too tired for cycling or walking. I think I was lucky in that those are activities that allowed me to dial back the intensity while continuing to do them, although I did feel like a slug on a bike at first! Now I'm still slower than I used to be, especially going uphill, but I'm not taking a nap every two hours. 


The tandem recumbent is amazing. There's this beastly three-mile hill we have to climb just before we get to work (we're rewarded with a swift one-mile descent, but then we have to manage that ogre first thing on the way home), and I've started getting short of breath about a mile from the top. It's not easy to stop, since the hill is fairly steep and I worry about not being able to get started again. The recumbent riding position makes it easier. I can still feel the burn in my quads, but I'm not panting and flushing (and I'm sure the drivers whizzing past felt sorry for the poor pregnant lady huffing and puffing up the hill). Because it's a trike, I also don't have any concerns about losing my balance. Because I'm essentially reclining, the bump doesn't get in the way. The only downside is that there's more pressure on my bladder and hence more trips to the woods for relief. 


Besides hiking and biking (triking?), I do my old ballet-class stretching exercises daily and lift free weights, all things I've been able to adjust to my lower energy level and wider girth. My biggest difficulty is down onto and up off the floor for things like crunches; I sound like an old dog shifting position. Our cats also take advantage of me and sit on Mt. Bump, which isn't the most comfortable experience!


Blessings to all,



post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

Oh, I hear you about the floor positions. Even getting out of bed I have to hoist myself up on my arms instead of sitting up the way I am used to! I feel like a blob.


Unfortunately for me, even though I feel great in the second trimester - full of energy and zero nausea - I have been dealing with some pretty bad cramping and ligament pain which has really interfered with exercise. The doctors have even told me I shouldn't walk very much (which really, really depresses me). Currently I get about a mile of walking in each day, but I've been sneaking that in since I'm not "supposed" to be doing it and my family would kill me if they knew. I was in the hospital last month for preterm labor, so everyone is being overly careful. However, it's true that I was in a lot of pain and could barely walk for a few days. There is absolutely no way I could handle jogging or cycling. This makes me feel really discouraged, but I'm trying not to let it get me down.


I also have had a lot of trouble with yoga, but I've been trying my regular routine and it's just too much for me. I'm way out of shape now and get tired much more quickly. Plus some of the postures are impossible or uncomfortable. Soon hopefully I can get a prenatal yoga DVD or something and try that out.


At least I am able to do the alignment and pelvic floor exercises - while not always easy, they are gentle - and hopefully I'll be fit enough to give birth!

post #14 of 15

I have been swimming.  I had wanted to swim and walk, but with the heat the way it is and my tolerance for it being nil it seems like swimming it is for the rest of the pregnancy.  I have been getting in at least 3 days a week, but my goal now is 6 days a week for a total of at least 3.5 hours.  I had been swimming for 30 minutes at a time, but today I did 40 and it felt great and I felt a little more fatigued after, which was great!  Now, I just need to get motivated every morning to get to the pool during lap swim.  Sunday will be the hardest morning since I have lots of demands on me on Sunday morning, but I am determined to get my ironing done by Saturday night to make it happen.  I feel so much better when I do it.  I swam during my last pregnancy and it made all the difference in the world!

post #15 of 15

It's inspiring to hear about your structured physical activity!!! I rarely am able to carve out actual work out time lately. All my exercise is coming from intense gardening and remodeling work right now. lol.gif

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