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Working out in early pregnancy

post #1 of 11
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I LOVE cardio and NEEEED it...just makes me feel super centered and at peace in life. 

 

Is it ok to go jogging?  My plan is to jog like normal and just stop and rest if need be.   I heard I shouldn't let my heartrate get above 160.  ??? 

 

Anyone else love to work out?  I went swimming the other day but it just wasn't the same.

post #2 of 11

I've felt in the past that it's fine to go jogging - there are some women who do it late in pregnancy which does seem to bring more risk of injury. For a few months though, you won't be huge and I'd keep it up when you can.

 

My BIGGEST struggle is exercising first trimester, but I feel that is THE TIME to get a good handle on curbing weight gain. My take is for me personally, I don't need to gain a pound during the first trimester, not until the baby actually gets bigger and my blood volume increases more and the placenta grows further. I am overweight to begin with.

 

I feel that if I work out in the morning, I am going to be shattered for the rest of the day. Does anyone else feel that way, and if you do work out in the morning, how DO you feel the rest of the day? I did P90X last year and loved it when I did it. I haven't done it much lately but would love to do at least one day of upper body strength and then do 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels a couple other days.

post #3 of 11
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I went jogging today, this morning. I went on an empty stomach after a long night waking up a lot with my son. I was pretty tired but my mood was so down that I thought some cardio would help lift my spirits. I went for about 30 minutes, and did a couple nice sprints. Definitely helped lift my mood but I was exhausted the rest of the day. Still I think it was totally worth it. I'm thinking it will go easier tomorrow. (I had to take 2 weeks off due to a sinus infection)

During my last pregnancy I just sat around a lot and lost all my fitness, which made the 3rd trimester pretty blah. I want to do things very differently this time around and stay active so that I still feel vibrant and fit at the end. I gained about 40 pounds last time...thankfully I lost it all before getting pregnant again but I would like to try and gain less this time. The fitness is the main thing though.

CookAMH, I think for me what helps the tiredness after exercise is making sure I eat enough. It's hard to do during pregnancy. But I notice refueling immediately after exercise really helps...usually with fruit then a solid meal.
post #4 of 11

I feel the same way! I want to stay strong and keep the strength I've gained this past year to benefit me for labor and post partum.  Maybe I'll start an exercise accountability thread tomorrow, right now we're headed to bed. And I'm going to try and get up at 7 to do Shred. It's short...I can do it. 

 

Thanks for your feedback. I really don't want to be sitting around either and turing to mush muscle-wise.

 

I have ten pounds from each of my two pregnancies left...I had so hoped to get that off before this pregnancy.
 

post #5 of 11

My doc says hr shouldn't go above 140. I do yoga when I'm up for it and plan on adding in swimming. I would think that if you jog regularly when not pregnant that jogging wouldn't be a problem now. I bought a heart rate monitor yesterday. I got one for about $60 from Polar which has an excellent reputation. 

post #6 of 11

My doc says hr shouldn't go above 140. I do yoga when I'm up for it and plan on adding in swimming. I would think that if you jog regularly when not pregnant that jogging wouldn't be a problem now. I bought a heart rate monitor yesterday. I got one for about $60 from Polar which has an excellent reputation. 

post #7 of 11

I've been working out for about 25 minutes a day doing Wii Fit (hula hooping, jogging, etc).  I have no idea what my heart rate gets up to, but I am a low risk pregnancy and I am overweight to begin with.  My last two pregnancies, I didn't eat any more than I usually do (and I am a pretty good eater, in terms of balance) and I gained 50 pounds with each of them.  This time, I am hoping to keep my weight gain to under 35, and at 6.5 weeks, I haven't gained a pound yet.  Additionally, the BIGGEST benefit to me is that if I exercise, I don't feel barfy for the next 4-5 hours which is a major plus for this emetophobe!

post #8 of 11
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Ok...did a 20 minute jog yesterday followed by 45 minutes of Kundalini yoga...I was exhausted and ate a MASSIVE dinner!!!
post #9 of 11

Working out in the first trimester just doesn't work for me.  Before my last pregnancy and up until the weather got really cold here this fall I was running a few times a week. And I am still doing a weekly Tai Chi class and the occasional 10 or 15 minutes of yoga.  But I am so tired now I can barely handle my chores and still have energy to chase my 2.5 yr old around.  Last pregnancy I didn't have the toddler or the outdoor chores (shoveling, carrying in wood, feeding chickens, etc..) and I slept nearly all the time.  My midwife said it was perfectly fine and that I should listen to what my body was telling me ("this stage is really hard work, take it easy!"), my second and third trimesters I was probably as strong as I've ever been.  I did yoga every day, sometimes twice a day, right up to the end, walked miles in the city with my dog, and felt really energetic and fabulous.  I gained exactly 35 lbs, had an 8.5lb baby, plenty of milk, and without any dieting was back to my pre-pregnancy weight just after my baby's 1st b-day.  If you feel up to it and it's really important to you then go to it girl!  But keep in mind that, especially if you are still nursing another child, getting adequate nutrition during this first trimester is super important, and taking it easy now doesn't mean that you won't be able to work out later when the pregnancy is really up and running and the early icky symptoms (nausea and fatigue) wear off.  
 

post #10 of 11

Oh glad to find this thread! I practice Baptiste power vinyasa and have been practicing 1 1/2hrs 5-6days a wk. I love it and don't want to give it up or slow down yet because it still feels good for me. While it does still feel good I want to continue as long as I can.  My concerns are all the twists, back bends, chutarangas (low push-up) and asanas lying stomach down. I know that as I get bigger modifications will be necessary, I guess I am concerned about when I should start the modifications...My teachers are knowledgeable and when I talk to my midwife I am sure she will clear things up too. With DD#2 I did prenatal yoga once a week I felt great and her birth was awsome.  I bet you all understand my concerns, right?! :) 

 

I can't run even when I am not pg, so all of you runners/joggers are amazing to me!

 

Deborah- Swimming durning pregnancy is amazing too! I need to get on that...even if it's not lap swimming. Just being in the water feels amazing! right!?

post #11 of 11

I do a circuit training hour of exercise with weights every other day.   Probably will have to quit if preterm labor symptoms begin again this time.  I'm hoping not to end up on bedrest.  Enjoying my hard exercise routine while I can....

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