So what are y'all doing for exercise? I try to walk at least 20 mins daily, and yesterday, I found an enjoyable prenatal yoga program on youtube.
I try to do a nice long round of sun salutations every day and I've started adding in the daily routine stuff from spinning babies. I walk occasionally, but it's already 90+ degrees here and there are so many bugs that swarm me when I leave my house, I prefer to just pretend chasing my two girls around air conditioned stores and playgrounds is enough exercise.
Here's the yoga link:
Before the last cycle when I finally conceived, I was getting into High Intensity workouts - Jillian Michael's videos mainly. They were really good for me, even if they kicked my butt. I stopped because I was concerned that the high intensity stuff was affecting my fertility...and maybe it was...But now I just have a hard time getting back into the routine of exercising regularly (other than walking). Of course, first trimester blahs have not helped.
Now that I am finally starting to feel better, I want to re-focus on fitness. I am thinking between yoga and bellydance, I should be good.
But I need ideas for abdominal exercises, some light free-weight exercises....and kegels. I am so bad about doing kegels.
With DD, I did "Perfect Pregnancy Workout" by Karyne Steben. The DVD looks a bit old-fashioned but I loved the workouts and did them until the last month. She's a trapeze artist and it's mostly bodyweight exercises plus some stretching in there. I also really like that she incorporated Kegels into the workout. This DVD is actually what turned to bodyweight workouts because I found them more effective than Pilates. As soon as this cold is over and I'm feeling half way up to it, I plan to do the DVD workout twice or 3 times a week. I also walk on average 40min- hour per day (we live in the city and don't own a car - yet).
I'd love to go swimming more but I hate the chlorine and washing my hair so often. It gets so dry..
LilyKay, the lady on the "Perfect Pregnancy Workout" is buff! The cover alone is a bit intimidating. Nevertheless, I ordered a copy for my library, along with "Prenatal Pilates." I can't wait to try them out.
So far I am still mainly walking, having a hard time feeling up to exercising after I get off work at 7pm. On the weekends, my exercise consists of walking the dog, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds.
Definitely can tell I need more stretching and back/ab strengthening.
I've been running (although not as regularly as I'd like.) I'm actually kind of liking running while pregnant. Usually I'm very "self-competitive" and pushing myself farther, faster, etc. I always certain time and distance goals to make. Now I have a totally different attitude about it. It's no problem if I need to take walk breaks or stop altogether (or pee breaks, lol) and if I end up running at a 10:30 minute mile (non-preggo I usually ran about an 8:45/mile) NBD because I'm still out there doing something. It's really kind of made me rediscover why I love running in the first place.
Other than that, I try to do some planks, push-ups, dips, and squats (because I can do that at home :) ) But again, so far not with any regularity. Now that I'm feeling more human I hope to make it more routine. Oh, and adding bike rides and swimming in now that we're finally getting some nice weather.
I recently found this blog http://diapers-and-dumbbells.com/ but haven't really checked it out yet. The writer is a fitness model and it's all about her workouts during her pregnancy and recovery. From my brief glance through I did see she has a few core workouts.
So I realize I should ask my midwife this, but I don't go back for a few weeks. What sort of exercise is generally considered "ok" during pregnancy? In my case, I was not particularly active before my pregnancy, but I would like to be moving more, and being healthier. For some reason I thought biking and running were out? Not that I think I could pick up running right now, but just curious how much I can ramp up from where I am now. Taking the kids biking (them in bike seats) would be nice this time of year, if that is safe.
I have been doing a prenatal swim class and love it! DH and I walk on a semi frequent basis but this spring the mosquitos have been horrendous.
michelleepotter, I signed up for myfitnesspal but I haven't figured out how to use it on my computer, just on my phone through the app. I would love an accountability partner for tracking food and exercise there.
You can also keep up with your friends from the phone app. On the main screen, the News Feed shows what your friends are doing, and you can comment on their posts. You can also click on your friend's name to go to their wall and post something or send them a private message. Just like Facebook.