(Cross-posted in fitness)
I wanted to ask other woman about their experience staying physically active during pregnancy, especially if you’re continuing activity that you were doing before getting pregnant.
Some background: DH and I are working on making a baby—his first, my second. We just started trying this month, but last time it didn’t take me long, lol. I had a really easy first pregnancy, and I was fairly active in terms of walking and yoga and such, but at that time I was in my mid-20s and didn’t have a set exercise routine. I just turned 34, and in the last three years I’ve gotten to love working out. First I did different exercise videos, and then I got into pilates, and in the last few months I’ve been doing this intense crossfit class about four times per week, and loving it (it’s offered for free at my work – best job perk ever). I also just started doing pole dancing and aerial hoop classes, which are insanely fun. Plus we live pretty central and walk/bike all the time. I certainly don’t have a perfect bikini body, but in the last year I’ve built up more strength than I’ve ever had before in my core, arms, legs, and chest, and my endurance is better than it’s ever been. I love feeling strong and healthy, and I love the feeling of exercise. I really want to try to maintain as much of that as possibly during the pregnancy.
I’ve been online doing a bunch of research, and read some medical journals and such. It seems like in general, the prevailing wisdom is that you can keep on doing the activities that you were doing before pregnancy, so long as you listen to your body and don’t push the intensity too much. And in general, it seems like your body naturally starts slowing down. I’ve also read that prohibitions against getting your heart rate up too high are no longer considered evidence-based, but many doctors recommend keeping your intensity below a 5 – 7 on a 10 point scale. And I’ve read that you should watch out that you don’t get too overheated, and also be aware of the effects of the hormone relaxin.
So I guess in general, these are my questions:
- What was your exercise routine before pregnancy?
- How did you continue that during pregnancy?
- What modifications did you have to make as the pregnancy progressed?
- Overall, how did you feel about exercise during pregnancy?