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Let's Stay Active!

post #1 of 101
Thread Starter 
One of my goals for this pregnancy is to stay more active than I did with my first. Does anyone else want a place to stay motivated with me??

I'll start: walked for 30 minutes today! Ate a couple of gluten free brownies beforehand.....but we'll keep that a secret eyesroll.gif. I'd like to at least take a good long walk nearly every day, with other exercise thrown in every few days too.

Here's to healthy mamas!
post #2 of 101
i pole dance, do silks and the trapeze. as well as run. so I am hoping to stay as active as I can during this pregnancy so that I can pop back into shape after the baby gets here.
Yesterday I did two hours of pole but today I did nothing. greensad.gif Tomorrow hopefully I can go dance again.
post #3 of 101

I need the accountability!  I need to get active again first though.  During my 4th pregnancy I kept practicing karate (no contact sparring or rolling jumps, obviously) until the beginning of my 3rd trimester.  This time I'm a slug!

post #4 of 101

I'm in!  I gained 60 pounds with my son and am hoping to stay in better shape this time.  My eating is pretty good, tons of fruit and healthy protein, but I've been too tired and sick to be super active until the last few days.  I did some lifting and some squats today and took an hour long walk this evening.  Usually I don't have to do much to stay in shape, my body is happiest at size 2 and stays that way without much effort, but when pregnant I'm a different beast and my body is VERY good at gaining weight!  I hoop dance, walk, lift free weights, do yoga and basic floor exercises usually.  Leg lifts and push-ups, that sort of thing.  My goal is to eat less sugar this time, up the protein and get some form of activity at least five days a week.  I could use the accountability as well.smile.gif

post #5 of 101
Thread Starter 
I gained about 50 pounds the first time, and I felt like such a whale! It was a lot on my 5'2" frame, though thankfully I did end up losing it all and a couple extra by about 12 months post partum. I've been on a pretty crazy sweets kick the past couple of weeks which is totally out of my normal eating pattern (primal/paleo for the most part), so that needs to stop too!

Lots of walking, some kettle-belling, and yoga are my plans!!!
post #6 of 101

So far my exercise has been zero, as of a month ago when all the fatigue and nauseau kicked in! Still napping during the day (about 11am now and thinking its almost nap-time actually!), but this week things are finally perking up (10 weeks 4 days) and my energy is starting to pick up. I can finally work from my office and not lay on the couch sleeping and intermittently working from home, and have had a few outdoor walks (leisurely, but still so nice to be outside again!) So hoping by next week I can pick up on the exercise again - wanting to do lots of walking and moderate hiking, a bit of mild weights and yoga at the very least. I live in such a small place that this week its been difficult to go walking anywhere where I might run into someone I know as my belly popped this week and we haven't told family yet so are worried about the news getting out :) But next week, walking-central here I come!
 

post #7 of 101

We're car-free so walking and/or bike riding are every day things for me and I randomly do things like squats/push-ups/using 2 y/o as a barbell. Ha. I also run 5k's sporadically.

On average I walk around 3-4 miles a day, (walking to/from DS1's school twice a day is at least 1/2 of that amount), but with summer coming that could easily cut in half.  I'm hoping to keep up with walking at least as much I do when schools in session.  

 

I'm not necessarily looking to keep myself from gaining, but I do think it's important to try to stay as active as I am when not pregnant.  I tend to be a big gainer in pregnancy and I'm ok with that.  I gained 80 pounds with DS1 and 60 pounds with DS2 despite the fact that my diet during those pregnancies was pretty good.  I'm curious to see if this pregnancy is different though now that I no longer eat grains, aside from the occasional gluten-free treat from time to time.


Edited by itsajenism - 6/14/12 at 3:40pm
post #8 of 101

I would love some accountability! We are an outdoor loving family who go hiking as often as possible. I need to start walking the dog and the children 2x a day again but I also really want to add yoga again, if for no other reason than to keep me from murdering my 3 yo! OMG I have NO patience and he is so 3!!!!!!!!!  Like I said, I think I need some...namaste.gif

 

Also, if it does end up being twins, I want to stay fit and keep them in good positioning so that I don't need a section. I find out in about 10 days if baby b is viable or if it was indeed a vanishing twin. My body, my hunger and my size all scream - twins!

post #9 of 101

This is me!  I was a strict vegetarian while preg with DS and although I did eat ice cream a lot my diet was mostly very healthy and I still gained so much!  A lot was water weight and I'm wondering if more activity will keep the swelling down, though I remember doing lots of strenuous uphill walking for weeks to try to get my labor started with no luck.  I would really just like to maintain more muscle and be as fit as can be.  I had a long labor with my son and I strongly believe if I'm in better shape I'll be better equipped to handle the physical demands of birth.  I've been making a habit of taking my son out for evening walks because it's just too hot during the day to do much outside.  I'm a wimp about the heat.  I try to stay out for at least 30 minutes to an hour and if I can stay on top of it, hit the free weights for arms and back every other day.  The best thing anyone ever said to me when I was pregnant with my son was my dear friend Marisol.  I was on the phone with her and had just complained about gaining, at that point, fifty pounds at eight months.  She exclaimed, "Good for you, mama!  You NEED that weight for your baby.  Trust me."  She was the only person who didn't shame me or raise their eyebrows at how big I had gotten, and she was right.  Two weeks out I had lost thirty pounds and the rest plus some came off by the time he was eight months old.  I'm trying to remember that this time and not get caught up in the scale, but instead get caught up in being the most healthy, badass, beautiful pregnant lady I can be.  

post #10 of 101

I've been trying to get in a good 30 min or so walk each day (we live about 15 min walk from downtown where I work - so it's not hard, unless I'm running late!)  I've also been getting in 20-30 min of prenatal yoga or pilates every other day for the past week and plan to keep that up.  I want to start a little weight training regimen, too, but haven't pulled that together just yet.  My other big thing is drinking water - I'm on my 4th mug today so that's really good for me. 

 

I'm not going to try and suddenly get into shape after a year of slacking - but I would like to keep up with walking, flexibility and strengthening.  I just want the focus to be taking care of myself and baby.  I can start working out harder after babe is born and nursing is helping with my metabolism!

post #11 of 101

I SO need the accountability, too.  My midwife gently fussed at me for not doing anything right now.  I've had a crazy sweet tooth, too.  I've actually already gained 10 pounds, but no one but me and hubby knows that- I'd already gained it when I went to see the midwife.  LOL  Of course, that's not uncommon for me in pregnancy, to gain a bunch right out of the gate, so to speak, but I certainly don't want to *keep* gaining that much!

post #12 of 101
What a wonderful thread! I really need to start doing more, I feel so lazy but the afternoon sickness and being so tired has really worn me out. We are trying to start a farm, so the first 4-6 weeks of this pregnancy I was building fences and a small little horse shed and being very active. But we got done with phase 1 of the fencing so I have not done that in a while. And I was training to run the warrior dash but being sick and having my boobs go up 3 cup sizes made running unbearable so now I'm not doing that anymore either. I'm so lazy. I have been doing some squats and pushups and body weight style stuff every few days though, and I work my horse 2-3 times a week. I wish I could ride her though! But you never know what could happen and I would hate for her to spook while I was on her and get thrown. She's my new horse so I have never been on her nor seen her be ridden but I am going to have either my best friend get on her or my brother sometime really soon so I can see what she does. That way once I have this baby she will be ready to go! After the craziness of taking care of a neighbors farm for the last week I hope next week I can get walking a few miles a few times a week and also hope to go back to a more primal way of eating, I thought that adding back grains would be good for me to do because I am pregnant but I'm slowly figuring out that I think grains and refined sugar is what's making my afternoon sickness so bad. Does anyone else take a lot of vitamins? I am just wondering because the only person I know IRL that was pregnant didn't take them at all, but I take a lot of them everyday. The midwife said they are all good and I feel good taking them, just wondering what other people think.
post #13 of 101
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Oh wow itsajenism and Pogo, we are all grain haters, lol!! I don't ever even crave bread/crackers/chips normally, but while I'm pregnant my body screams for the extra carbs and just eating extra fruit and sweet potatoes doesn't cut it! I've been have Udi's gluten free bread in the morning for toast with my eggs, and I've actually gained less and felt better so far than with my first pregnancy. I need to control the sweet tooth, but I'm okay with the gluten free bread while pregnant.

No walking yesterday (friends were watching DD while Hubby and I met one last midwife, then we hung out until 11:30!), but my sides are so sore today! Maybe from the incline walking the few days in a row beforehand. Will walk DD later today and walk on the treadmill tonight too!
post #14 of 101
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Originally Posted by Pogo0685 View Post

I have been doing some squats and pushups and body weight style stuff every few days though, and I work my horse 2-3 times a week. I wish I could ride her though! But you never know what could happen and I would hate for her to spook while I was on her and get thrown. She's my new horse so I have never been on her nor seen her be ridden but I am going to have either my best friend get on her or my brother sometime really soon so I can see what she does. That way once I have this baby she will be ready to go!

So jealous! I have been horse crazy my whole life, and took lessons in Hunter/Jumper in junior high and high school. One day I'll have horses of my own! DD is 15 months and is starting to show signs of the horse crazy too smile.gif

For vitamins, I take a prenatal, 2,000mg of fish oil, and 8,000iu of carlson's D-drops every day. I do think they're important for me and baby, for brain development and for all the reasons vitamin D is important on it's own!
post #15 of 101

I'm kind of excited to see some others in here who eat primal!  joy.gif

 

Clarasmama, I feel you on the craving more carbs.  I tried eating more sweet potatoes and fruit/veggies but it doesn't seem to be satisfying the craving.  I've had a few pieces of GF bread, and some GF oatmeal which has helped the craving but also leaves me feeling sick.  I'm curious to see what cravings are like later on.  

 

Pogo, I'm taking about the same as Clarasmama - prenatals, fish oil and Vit D.

post #16 of 101

Pogo - I'm taking prenatals, a b complex for stress, and vit d.  I take the prenatal and b complex at bedtime so it doesn't make me sick.  The D I can take any time of the day.  I've been meaning to start fish oil, but haven't yet. 

post #17 of 101

I take raw prenatals, fish oil, vitamin C and when I think about it I take a wheat grass/barley grass/spirulina/chlorella green blend that's tolerable in smoothies or mixed with OJ.  I'm hoping to be more consistent with making big batches of raspberry leaf tea and drinking it iced this summer, but the sun tea jar I bought freaking broke the first time I used it.  How have you ladies been doing with the activity?  I've managed to take a good walk the last four evenings and I've been doing some arm exercise here and there.  I need more ideas that don't involve getting out in the miserable heat during the day.  It's far more tempting to stay inside and nap/munch the day away when it's this hot out!  I would like to do a series of yoga asanas that are good for pregnancy but am unsure where to start.  I was doing some intense yoga before my miscarriage but found that I was prone to dizziness if I did too many pose changes- for example, downward dog to plank to cobra to downward dog and then standing back up would send me spinning after several rounds.  Nobody else in my class had the same issue and I'm nervous to return because I'm not sure I could keep up or if it would even be good for me. I get overheated easily, my yoga instructor says that when my body generates heat it traps it rather than letting it out, and that I'm some 'type' that I can't remember but apparently the fact that my fingers and toes are always cold is a sign of this.  Anyone here know anything about Ayurveda or alternative health?  

post #18 of 101
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Originally Posted by hotsauce View Post

 I need more ideas that don't involve getting out in the miserable heat during the day.  It's far more tempting to stay inside and nap/munch the day away when it's this hot out!  I would like to do a series of yoga asanas that are good for pregnancy but am unsure where to start. 

Have you checked youtube? I find tons of helpful stuff when I look in the right places! I put together an entire kettlebell workout of YouTube videos a while ago, I'm sure you could find some yoga ones too for ideas.
post #19 of 101
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Originally Posted by itsajenism View Post

I'm kind of excited to see some others in here who eat primal!  joy.gif.

We're everywhere! The Udi's white rice bread doesn't seem to bother me at all, but I did have GF oatmeal a couple of weeks ago and felt terrible. I tried to fight the carbs with DD, but I definitely need them.
post #20 of 101
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Today my work group went to a batting cage/mini golf place, so I played mini golf and hot some softballs! It was fun smile.gif And I think I successfully avoided letting on that I'm pregnant...haven't told them yet. Maybe in a few weeks.

After DD goes to bed I'll walk on the treadmill, so plenty of activity for the day!
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