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Exercise During Pregnancy

post #1 of 60
Thread Starter 
I haven't seen any threads on this yet, so I thought I would start. I think exercise during pregnancy is so important. It helps ease the mind, it makes labor easier, bouncing back easier, and so much more. Because I'm overweight, I actually weighed less after my fourth baby was born than when we got pregnant. I'm currently running 4-5 days a week, for about 3 miles. Of course, I'm eating well, replenishing after each workout, and drinking lots of water. I have a commercial grade treadmill at home, so I'm able to run during my DS3's quiet/nap time, while DS2 amuses herself with various things. It feels really good.

I'd like to stay accountable for my exercise, to keep it up throughout the pregnancy, even if it means slowing it to a walk, or cross-training later on. I'm curious as to what others do and if anyone else is interested in keeping an area where we can encourage each other. smile.gif
post #2 of 60

UGH!  i so want to exercise.  maybe this would help.  last pregnancy/winter, i walked daily, w/ the kids.  a couple miles a day. 

 

it's too cold this year.  

 

i agree w/ everything you said!  

now to figure out what to do (i do not run well.  i'm very busty and w/ breastmilk find it terribly painful, and even wearing 3 sports bras isn't enough)- but i love dancing, pilates, and core exercise!

 

but 5 min planks w/ toddlers is like asking for someone to tear down the christmas tree, while someone else feeds the baby crayons, and another 2 decide to use the bunk beds and a sleeping bags as a slalom...  

 

so, i guess that's an 'i'm in'- and will do some sort of core exercise today when i lock everyone away for quiet time!!!!

post #3 of 60
I workout everyday here! I was a runner in college, but now that I have little kids I can't find the time for that anymore. I am a Team Beachbody Coach and I'm almost through T25 and I will start P90x3 (30 minute workouts) on Jan 6. I plan on doing Les Mills Body Pump after that through the end of pregnancy.

We are starting a challenge group in January. It would be fun if us pregnant mamas could be in there together!
post #4 of 60
I wasn't allowed any exercise for the last 7 weeks because of the stimulation with the IVF and the danger of ovarian torsion and my previous mc. Now I was given the green light to start again after we saw a healthy heartbeat and the ovaries are back to normal size. Usually I run about 3-4 times a week for 1-3 hours, have done about 25 marathons and ultramarathons in the last 8 years, so I would consider myself pretty fit. But with the pregnancy it is now very hard. Today I was out walking/running for 45 minutes, but didn't manage to run more than a couple of 3-5 minute stretches even though I ran very slowly. I currently get out of breath very easily and sometimes there is some weird stretching and pulling in my lower abdomen. I am too scared to ignore this. Oh, and then there is the nausea, which isn't pleasant for working out. So in general, for me it doesn't really ease my mind yet, I am too scared of damaging sth.
post #5 of 60
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HouseofPeace I get you! Sometimes chasing toddlers and doing heavy housework is enough. wink1.gif

WendyJo That's really cool about being a Beachbody coach. I've only been able to get through Power 90. I have P90X, but surrender.gif Are there ab workouts in the programs you're going to be doing? Do you just leave them out or work your core in some other manner?

Friederike Amazing! Marathons and Ultramarathons! bow2.gif I've only ever dreamed of that. I've read Born to Run and Eat and Run and love them both. Someday... Definitely ease back into exercise though and listen to your body! You are growing a baby in there. smile.gif
post #6 of 60
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Originally Posted by Friederike View Post

I wasn't allowed any exercise for the last 7 weeks because of the stimulation with the IVF and the danger of ovarian torsion and my previous mc. Now I was given the green light to start again after we saw a healthy heartbeat and the ovaries are back to normal size. Usually I run about 3-4 times a week for 1-3 hours, have done about 25 marathons and ultramarathons in the last 8 years, so I would consider myself pretty fit. But with the pregnancy it is now very hard. Today I was out walking/running for 45 minutes, but didn't manage to run more than a couple of 3-5 minute stretches even though I ran very slowly. I currently get out of breath very easily and sometimes there is some weird stretching and pulling in my lower abdomen. I am too scared to ignore this. Oh, and then there is the nausea, which isn't pleasant for working out. So in general, for me it doesn't really ease my mind yet, I am too scared of damaging sth.

definitely listen to your body!  WOW- what an athlete!!!!  amazing!

 

pregnancy is crazy, and some seasons you will find it easier than others to do activities and such.  i LOVE the 2nd trimester for energy and also just comfort.  but while i danced through my first trimesters, it was always only as intense as was comfortable!  

post #7 of 60
Zumba, as many times a week as DH will watch DD. Love it!

I did Zumba until 38 weeks with DD. I felt physically recovered from labor around three days after. I definitely credit Zumba for that.
post #8 of 60
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Originally Posted by HouseofPeace View Post

UGH!  i so want to exercise.  maybe this would help.  last pregnancy/winter, i walked daily, w/ the kids.  a couple miles a day. 

it's too cold this year.  

i agree w/ everything you said!  
now to figure out what to do (i do not run well.  i'm very busty and w/ breastmilk find it terribly painful, and even wearing 3 sports bras isn't enough)- but i love dancing, pilates, and core exercise!

but 5 min planks w/ toddlers is like asking for someone to tear down the christmas tree, while someone else feeds the baby crayons, and another 2 decide to use the bunk beds and a sleeping bags as a slalom...  

so, i guess that's an 'i'm in'- and will do some sort of core exercise today when i lock everyone away for quiet time!!!!

This made me laugh. I don't work out at home. I'm shopping for a gym membership, somewhere I can swim.
post #9 of 60

The fatigue is taking me down in regards to exercise.  What should I do?  Should I fight through it and force myself to work out anyway? I just feel like a big blob right now and all I want to do is lay down.  I was in a regular exercise routine for months before pregnancy and was just getting compliments on how my butt looked when I got my bfp.  Now I'm worried my hard work is all gonna go away.  

post #10 of 60
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Originally Posted by OtherSoul View Post
 

The fatigue is taking me down in regards to exercise.  What should I do?  Should I fight through it and force myself to work out anyway? I just feel like a big blob right now and all I want to do is lay down.  I was in a regular exercise routine for months before pregnancy and was just getting compliments on how my butt looked when I got my bfp.  Now I'm worried my hard work is all gonna go away.  

i'd say rest right now.  honestly, this is one of the harder phases in pregnancy up until the end of the third trimester.  it's kinda surreal b/c you don't look pregnant, it doesn't seem like things are going on, it seems like while you're small and 'not that pregnant' you should be able to do normal.... but it's a myth!!!  the beginning of the first trimester is a time i always look back on and think- oh yeah, that was hard!!!

 

and for the blobbishness, it gets better.  and you will have energy to work.  i'd like to say you can keep a nice butt, and i know some girls that can, but my butt gets pregnant just like the rest of me.  so while i normally like my fit body, i get what i call 'refrigerator butt' somewhere in the 2nd trimester.  my body stores loads of fat there for my breastmilk supplies and while it's annoying for my vanity, it's worked out well for my nursing toddlers and nursing newborns.

 

try and do something- sometimes you can push past the ugh and then feel better afterwards.  and keep doing things that make you feel better.  but if you end up feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, then back off.

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post #12 of 60
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Originally Posted by HouseofPeace View Post

i'd say rest right now.  honestly, this is one of the harder phases in pregnancy up until the end of the third trimester.  it's kinda surreal b/c you don't look pregnant, it doesn't seem like things are going on, it seems like while you're small and 'not that pregnant' you should be able to do normal.... but it's a myth!!!  the beginning of the first trimester is a time i always look back on and think- oh yeah, that was hard!!!

and for the blobbishness, it gets better.  and you will have energy to work.  i'd like to say you can keep a nice butt, and i know some girls that can, but my butt gets pregnant just like the rest of me.  so while i normally like my fit body, i get what i call 'refrigerator butt' somewhere in the 2nd trimester.  my body stores loads of fat there for my breastmilk supplies and while it's annoying for my vanity, it's worked out well for my nursing toddlers and nursing newborns.

try and do something- sometimes you can push past the ugh and then feel better afterwards.  and keep doing things that make you feel better.  but if you end up feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, then back off.

I totally agree with this. Listen to your body and don't be too hard on yourself if you can't get through a workout. However, I always feel better once I push play and get my workout done. I have a lot more energy!
post #13 of 60

Thanks ladies.  I'm thinking I'm at least going to go for an hour long walk everyday and maybe that might even make a difference with the fatigue.  I also want to keep up with my squats/arm work out but we'll see.  

 

I also ordered a bellydancing dvd!  I have heard that bellydancing was originally intended for pregnant women and preparation for labor!

post #14 of 60
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Bellydancing made me think of something my midwife (from my homebirth) posted the other day: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/20/pregnant-ballerina-mary-helen-bowers_n_4480459.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009
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DH and I haven't dtd since conception. He expressed concerns about harming the baby, even though this is our fifth time around. The 8w m/c before DD3 really messed with both our heads. He even said he is worried about me running, not that he wants me to stop running or wants to stop dtd. Just those irrational pregnancy fears. I hope they don't mean anything. greensad.gif
post #15 of 60

So, I've been awful sedentary but I know I want to be more active.  I have a history of MC so I was sort of considering just starting with short walks and some simple yoga stuff.

 

Any ideas would be welcome.  I sort of think in some ways maybe I should just do the nothing that I've been doing for a little while as nearly all my mc's were in the 5-7 week range.  Thoughts?  I just don't want to go into labor and not have any strength behind it. :\

post #16 of 60
This is a great thread!! My morning sickness has really kicked in, so at this point just walking my kiddos to the park every day is prolly my limit greensad.gif. I do also plan to do a lot of swimming and prenatal yoga. I would love to keep/get my core strong during the pregnancy, but I'm not really clear on which ab exercises are ok and which aren't. I do a weekly mommy and me gymnastics class with my. 2yo and we do some rolls and tucks that seem ok so far.

I've also been kegelling and squatting like crazy!!
post #17 of 60

I totally understand.  My morning sickness is really ramping up.  

 

After feeling sick all day I noticed it went away for a bit after having coconut water, so I took the opportunity to do a work out.  I did 100 squats with a 20 pound weight and then a bunch of arm workouts.  It was enough, I was sweaty and tired afterward.  Nausea returned after dinner.  

 

Tomorrow I'm gonna try to do some cardio.  I COMPLETELY understand the miscarriage fears about cardio.  I have had 2 MC's this year (pretty sure they are due to nutritional/hormonal factors though, as I sat on my butt with them the entire time) and I am nervous about pushing myself too far right now.  But then I think about if I were an animal in the wild, I wouldn't have the luxury of just sitting on my butt the entire time.  So I'm super determined to stay fit this pregnancy. I think a healthy egg/pregnancy can withstand exercise to a degree.  Just gotta listen to my body...and work it in between the fatigue and nausea.

post #18 of 60
Thread Starter 
I took the weekend off from exercise - I usually do. And I was SO hungry all weekend! It was like I couldn't get enough. I'm hoping to be able to control myself a little bit better today and to get my normal 3 mile run in. My three older kids are at my parents though and my youngest (2) and I need to go get the car inspected. We have an ice storm, which is why the kids stayed with my parents last night (2nd night). Our first family Christmas party was cancelled too. greensad.gif
post #19 of 60

i saw that ballerina pic (and read the article a little while back) and thought - i danced til 5 months pregnant w/ a few kids, but my butt was 10x her size anyway... and my thighs always double too, no matter how much i exercise.  but i do stay active.  i just don't start at Victoria's Secret skinny..... nor would i ever want to.  

for mama's w/ history of m/c, do stretches, and squats, and simple things, but wait.  it's a delicate time.  and you don't want to do anything that makes you think 'if i only hadn't done that!'..... but w/in reason.  

 

i've been so slammed that there is no time for exercise (but i do dream about it!) does never sitting down count?

 

yesterday is a great example of my life....

 

wake up at 8 to get breakfast for kids (sourdough brown rice pancakes and eggs) send 2 girls w/ daddy to church early while i clean up and get other 3 kids ready and feed myself.  go to church, which is another 2 hours of me either sitting w/ 4 kids and trying to keep them still, or walking in the back of church w/ the baby rocking to keep him quiet and nursing him.  Daddy plays bass, so during music time, holding baby and dancing w/ kids.  go home and put kids down for quiet time, run out to buy food (and look at make-up which i'm thinking of buying for the first time since almost high school, and smelly things b/c i love smelly things) come home and make food and sit down and eat it, then make toffee, cream cheese mints, and peanut butter kiss cookies for gift boxes.  wrap gift boxes for 2 families, head out the door again to do Christmas pageant (which somehow i ended up writing and directing), Christmas pageant until bedtime (7:30) which means no more sitting again, plus wrangling about 13-15 kids, finish pageant but have to keep kids quiet for rest of service, while holding 10 month old, drive to chipotle for dinner (in pageant costumes- one sheep, one angel, and one Mary), and back home around 8:30 for bedtime.  today isn't a little slower in the morning, but the schedule is still intense!!!

 

so, i dream of exercise..... but will start it when our days are a little less intense!!!!!

post #20 of 60

I hear all of you mamas who already have multiple LO's to look after...it is incredibly difficult to exercise!!  HouseofPeace, I think never sitting down counts for something - I feel exhausted at the end of the day, every day!

 

For now I just do yoga - set the DVR to record Wai Lana on PBS, so I can do it whenever is convenient. That seems to be the easiest to squeeze in early in the morning, after my toast & pregnancy tea but before the kids get too whipped up. Otherwise, I find myself turning into a jungle gym, with a toddler hanging off my leg while I attempt a balancing pose!  When I do yoga, it energizes me and helps my body feel relaxed and less sore. Then I find I have to eat right away or I feel sick!!

 

Even though I have a membership to the rec center (DH always buys us a year's couple's pass) and they have daycare, I find I'm too exhausted to do anything there, which makes me feel like a goober for wasting money. And if I do try to work out there and don't take snacks (or take the wrong snacks!), my stomach is messed up for hours. First trimester is a sucky time to exercise! But I know I'll get back in the swing next trimester. :wink

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