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post #1 of 43
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Let's talk exercise. Between morning sickness, the heat (up into the 100's), and a little fear (I started bleeding while exercising with my miscarriage), I have NOT been doing a good job of staying active this pregnancy. I used to run and do yoga, but lately I've only hooped. My hubby plans to pick up some pregnancy books/dvd/cards for me that a mama acquaintance wants to pass along to me, so I hope to find some inspiration there. What are you mamas doing for exercise? What resources inspire you to continue (or start) exercising during your pregnancy?

post #2 of 43
I was trying to lose some weight and get back in shape before I got pregnant, so me goal for this pregnancy is to be more fit at the end of it than I was going into it, I was incredibly fit and healthy during my last pregnancy, so I'm going to try to follow some of the same things. I'm using my heart rate monitor to keep that in check during my cardio (which will be the elliptical, rower, or walking). I'm planning on 4-5 times a week. I'm going to do some light weights 3 times a week and hope to get some yoga in 2-3 times a week as well. I realize that some of this will change as my pregnancy progresses. Mostly I want to watch my diet & make sure that I'm eating fairly clean and not giving into too many of my unhealthy cravings. I'm not off to a great start this past week since I've been on vacation, but I'll get on track next week.

I should mention that I have a health & fitness background. Basically a pregnant woman can safely exercise around the level she was prepregnancy, but toned down a bit. Don't start anything new (training for a running event, for example). Keep your heart rate at 75% of your max or below & listen to your body. If it starts feeling "off" then stop. There are some great books, videos, & online resources out there. I used a site called BabyFit last time (www.babyfit.com) which was helpful. I'm just hoping to stay motivated - especially after keeping up with a. 2-yr-old on top of it!
post #3 of 43

My fitness plan includes prenatal yoga (hopefully twice a week) and aquanatal (hopefully also twice a week), plus walking the dog. I'm planning on starting the prenatal yoga tomorrow. It's been a couple weeks since I've been to a regular yoga class (I try to go once .a week), and I definitely need to do this for myself. I'm probably going to feel a little goofy as the smallest person in there, but, whatever. I loved it last time. I went to class every week including on my due date. I would also like to bike to work, but my job is really physical (I teach elementary dance and theatre), so I'm afraid I will be too whooped at the end of the day to bike home. Might just save the bike riding for short leisurely trips around town. I'm also trying to figure out some sort of dance class- I know this sounds like a lot, but I need the dance class for, sort of professional development- ideas for the classroom. And I need the yoga to keep me sane and work on my hip flexers before labor. And I need the swimming for cardio. Maybe I will postpone the swimming for when I get bigger. As I recall, the zero gravity and the endless supply of hot water in the showers was super appealing.

post #4 of 43

I have worked out 5-6 days a week for the past 3 years and did so my entire last pregnancy. I did a 10k 6 mo pregnant last time. I was training for a half marathon when I got pregnant this time... Not sure I am going to keep going with that or stick to 10 and 5k's. If I do the half it will be a walk/jog combo I am sure and instead of the one I was planning at the end of September I will probably do one mid August and then back down the miles a bit. i only run twice a week usually then do workout videos or online workouts the other days. i typically don't change my routine much the first trimester, other than slowing down (my pace running has dropped by a whole minute already and it has only been a week!). Once the belly starts showing and getting in the way I tone down a bit. I have a few pregnancy DVDs I enjoyed last time and will do again this time probably starting second trimester. I am a little concerned because we were not trying to get pregnant and I am signed up for a soccer league that starts next week. It is super bottom, beginner level, so I am hoping it will be tame. If it turns out to be aggressive though or I feel like I might get hit with the ball where I don't want to I will bag out. I already paid the money so no one should be upset about it, it will just mean more playing time for them and there are plenty of ladies on the team. I go back and forth being concerned about activity level and miscarriage, but I have had miscarriages while sedentary and while active and healthy pregnancies under both circumstances, I just need to be vigilant about listening to my body and eating healthy.

post #5 of 43

Planning on taking it really easy this next week, just for peace of mind. After that, I will be going to water aerobics at the gym and lots and lots of swimming. The class is really paced and definitely something that is easy enough while still getting the heart pumping. Three times a week or so I bike, elliptical, or treadmill for 30 minutes, so going to continue that as well. I just started working out regularly (at least cardio and the water aerobics) when I got pregnant, so I'm going to continue and hopefully be in good shape for birth!

post #6 of 43
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I often feel like prenatal yoga in the first trimester doesn't provide a good enough workout. I got a prenatal yoga video, and they had a routine that focused on morning sickness, which excited me, but it was *so* modified that it felt more like a rest than an exercise.

post #7 of 43
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I often feel like prenatal yoga in the first trimester doesn't provide a good enough workout. I got a prenatal yoga video, and they had a routine that focused on morning sickness, which excited me, but it was *so* modified that it felt more like a rest than an exercise.

 Okay, I went to my prenatal yoga class this morning. It was led by one of the women who taught it 4 years ago when I was pregnant with ds. It was so lame.The class started about ten minutes late. And then, there was like a five minute check in with each mom at the beginning of class to talk about how we have been feeling, concerns. Then the instructor had to talk about when she was pregnant (like a million years ago) and how each of our experiences was like her's, or not. So that took another 25 minutes.rolleyes.gif It was the wimpiest class I have ever taken. So glad I didn't buy a punch card today and just dropped in. I think there were four different instructors when I went before, so maybe I'll go back if I know she's not teaching. There's one other place in town that offers prenatal yoga that I can try, and it is the same studio that I have been going to regularly for about a year. So hoping I can find something that works!

post #8 of 43

When I was preggo for DS#3 I was in fantastic shape, I was running 6-8 miles 3-4 times a week, spinning 90 mins 3-4 times a week, weight training (pretty heavily at that... I had huge shoulder muscles! haha), and eating very lean and healthy. I continued to do what I could for as long as I could, which was quite a bit actually. The morning of the day I went into labor I spun on a spinning bike for 90 minutes! I was in labor for 3 hrs, and he was so easy to pop out!

 

But, After going through my divorce four years ago, I moved to another city to go to school, and when I did that, I sort of fell away from working out. Although I was still active. At this point though I am not sure where to start. I have been walking more, but even that makes me feel tired and when I get back home, I just want to sit down. I am not sure if I should push a little so that I can start getting some cardio into my life, or maybe I should wait for the 2nd trimester when I will start to feel better. 

 

Ugh. My mother was right, duh.gif  I should have started working out way back in January, long before I had my IUD taken out, then I would be prepared for this and ready.

 

DP has been talking about getting a spinning bike for us, I think I am going to start begging for it so it will happen sooner. 

post #9 of 43
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Originally Posted by ClumsySugarPlum View Post

The class started about ten minutes late. And then, there was like a five minute check in with each mom at the beginning of class to talk about how we have been feeling, concerns. Then the instructor had to talk about when she was pregnant (like a million years ago) and how each of our experiences was like her's, or not. So that took another 25 minutes.rolleyes.gif It was the wimpiest class I have ever taken. 

 

 

I have done those "prenatal" classes before, they're really really lame, I always feel like its a joke! Maybe try one of the normal yoga classes, and just listen to your body about what to do and what not to do. At this point you can still fully engage your abs and do most things without hurting yourself, its when your massive belly gets in the way that you'll have to pull back.

post #10 of 43

I have a prenatal yoga DVD that I used last time, I enjoyed it and found it challenging enough, but I had never really done yoga before. It has modifications for second and third trimester, bit I did most of the first trimester moves the whole time. It is a burned dvd though that some one gave me a long time ago and there is no info on it. I will have to put it in and see who made it and get the info here soon.

 

I am pretty sure it is this one, but I will have to double check when I am not being so lazy.

 

I have a problem with the soccer thing. I guess no one wants to be the goalie so we are supposed to rotate. I do not know how to get out of it without telling everyone why I don't want to use my body as a shield for the ball! I really did not want to tell everyone yet, but I guess it was going to come out sooner or later. I do not think anyone is going to be kicking the ball really hard and I know the baby is still very deep in my pelvis, but getting hit in the gut with a ball is still a bad idea, right?! :)

post #11 of 43

I don't know, I haven't really been taking it to easy. I am listening to my body, and everything I've been doing hasn't seem to bother me. I am still running 5-7 miles, I have been taking breaks if I need them. My sister has been in town so Wednesday we went White water rafting, then hiking on Thursday to our Ape Caves, and yesterday to the lake to boat and swim. It's been a very active week. I think tomorrow I will go on a run and finish up with some yoga. I am starting way heavier then I did with my last pregnancy so I want to do my best to stay active for both of us. 

 

I will say this, it has been very very hot here and today when I went for a run my DH came searching for me....I guess he was worried it was so hot and I was taking longer then normal. I feel very loved, LOL! joy.gif

post #12 of 43

I went to the gym at least 3-4 times per week before getting pregnant. Now, I am struggling to make it 3 times a week, this past week I only went twice - oops.

I'm really tired and don't want to go but force myself because I know I need to keep active (DH & I go together which makes it easier to motivate). I've only been doing cardio, either treadmill and stationary bike combo or elliptical. I've stayed away from weights and the other machines I used to use, I might go back to them later in my pregnancy but am afraid to push it too much during the first trimester.

 

I love hatha yoga (haven't practiced in a few years though - keep meaning to get back into practice) and was thinking of checking out a prenatal yoga class but from reading these posts, they sound pretty lame... Maybe I'll look into some DVDs instead (sarah2881 - did you confirm the name of the DVD you liked yet?).

post #13 of 43

Heh, I hope I'm not the only one not doing regular work outs in this DDC.  I am very active with a lot of walking and hiking and going to the pool with my 2yo, but haven't been to the gym since I was pregnant with him.  We just joined the Y a couple of days ago so that I can check out some classes (with childcare) and have access to a pool for us come winter.  

 

Has anyone else experienced diastasis recti with pregnancy?  I've been working with the tuppler technique for awhile and will continue through this pregnancy.

post #14 of 43

well this last week I did 3-5 miles runs. I normally do 4-5 at 5 to 6 miles but I've been pretty tired. I was going to go for a run today but I have been very nauseated so I will go in the morning. Hopefully this week will be better for work outs.

post #15 of 43

Okay, so Friday and Saturday were good exercise days for me. Friday I biked ten miles with a friend. Saturday I biked around town to and from my folks' house, my regular yoga class om.gif , ansd home. 

 

This week will be more difficult to plan exercise wise because I have to work in the afternoons and dh is going out of town for work on Wed. Okay here's my plan:

 

Mon: walk the dog, bike to/ from work and childcare

Tues: walk the dog, bike to/ from work and childcare/ maybe get dh to watch ds so I can try a different prenatal yoga class

Wed: bike ds to school, yoga in the A.M., walk the dog, bike to/ from work

Thursday: walk the dog, bike to/ from work and childcare

Friday: walk ds to school, Bike with my friend, walk the dog

 

The only problem with biking to work is that I teach 6-8 year olds and I may be too pooped to bike after class. I guess we'll see how tomorrow goes.

post #16 of 43

Ok I ran this morning 5 miles, Plan for the rest of the week:

 

Insanity workout in the am/walk with DD after work

Run in the am/relaxation yoga pm

Insanity workout in the am/walk with DD after work

Run in th am/relaxation yoga pm

 

 

Ok now I've said it outlout (or wrote it), so now I have to do it! LOL

post #17 of 43

I have been running regularly for the past year, but I recently started doing reformer Pilates and fell in love! I think it is a better option for me, a lot easier on my joints and great for my posture (which could use some help). I am planning on keeping it up for as long as is safe while I am pregnant, with some modifications of course. I am also interested in trying Zumba classes! And perhaps some prenatal yoga - I've only taken a couple of yoga classes before, it intimidates me but I think I'd love it.

post #18 of 43

Ugh... It's very official. I AM LAZY! I went for a 3 mile walk last Thursday, and said I was going to make sure I got back into it, heh! I didn't, I keep saying I am tired, or feel sick, but I know if I just get my butt out there, I will feel good! I felt fantastic last Thursday, seriously the best I have felt in weeks. But then life seems to get in the way...  

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Ugh... It's very official. I AM LAZY! I went for a 3 mile walk last Thursday, and said I was going to make sure I got back into it, heh! I didn't, I keep saying I am tired, or feel sick, but I know if I just get my butt out there, I will feel good! I felt fantastic last Thursday, seriously the best I have felt in weeks. But then life seems to get in the way...  

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I'm right there with you. I went on a nice walk last week and was motivated to get back to the gym, but then I started feeling cruddy again. Nausea, vomiting, so tired (still not sleeping well). I'm trying to make it a plan each day, but then it doesn't happen. It's so frustrating. I'm really going to try to go tomorrow. Wish me luck.

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Originally Posted by maydaymom10 View Post

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I'm right there with you. I went on a nice walk last week and was motivated to get back to the gym, but then I started feeling cruddy again. Nausea, vomiting, so tired (still not sleeping well). I'm trying to make it a plan each day, but then it doesn't happen. It's so frustrating. I'm really going to try to go tomorrow. Wish me luck.I 

I am 100% sympathetic. I have a regular mysore practice 5 - 6x week. I haven't been able to get up out of bed since the morning sickness started. the room is spinning for a lot of the day and i mostly concentrate on trying to get through the day alive. i tried to do some simple yoga poses and it just sent me spinning even more. I forced myself last week when i wasn't so nauseated at 6am to go to practice. i walked into the studio and did the sun salutations and basically had to take padmasana where my teacher helped me with breathing. it's horrible and i had no idea i would be so nauseated all day long.....being such an active person its very frustrating to be couchridden for most of the day. i had to take medical leave from work as well. here's to counting down to the 2nd trimester and being able to get back to the mat.....

 

we must remember though that nothing is permanent and everything is temporary, this too will pass ---- this is what i try to remind myself in moments of intense frustration and pain.

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