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Exercise?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

I am just completing phase 1 of Body Revolution.  I don't want to continue it while pregnant, but I do want to continue strength training and cardio.  I have to do this at home, and would prefer DVDs.  Can anyone recommend something that would work for pregnancy?  I know there are prenatal DVDs out there.  I'm just not sure how to choose which ones to buy.  I have really enjoyed Body Revolution.  I just started exercising seriously in November and don't want to lose my momentum.  I feel so much better!

Thank you for your help.

post #2 of 30

Hello Bramblebaby! :rainbow

 

I've been thinking a lot about staying healthy and fit during my pregnancy as well. This is my first pregnancy (is it yours too?) so I was unsure about how much I can strain my body, and how much extra I should be eating, etc... I'm glad you started this thread! 

 

I went around the forums searching for advice and I came across a post by someone in the September 2014 due date club:

Quote Marcimama:
 

If you are a relatively normal and healthy weight now, I wouldn't become concerned with your actual weight, not eating "too much" or what takes place with your body as it changes. Many woman "bounce back" even from extreme weight gains. I am a relatively normal weight for my height but each time I gain about 30lbs... which is startling to even think about! Each time I am back down to all but about 10 lbs and I "hang on" to that until I stop nursing... then it just sort of goes away. I know that isn't everyone's experience, but it is for many many women.

 

Eat good food, eliminate junk, sugar and processed foods... but eat good and eat as much as you desire. 

Eat lots of protein, most of all.

Stay active. Walk, yoga, continue excersize that is safe.

 

 

Blue Ribbon Baby has good thoughts on this.

 

 

My personal plan includes:

- No gluten, sugar and processed foods (I was doing that prior to getting pregnant).

- Eat protein like eggs and milk (meat) as well as veggies and some grains to my fill. Similar to the Brewers Diet on BRB (above)

- Drink lots of water.

- Keep up on my iron (because I get anemia)

- Do one active thing a day: long walk, yoga, zoomba, ect.

- Practice relaxation and labor techniques.

- Get good rest.

post #3 of 30

Yoga, pilates and nice walks is what I'm going to stick to.

post #4 of 30

It's alright for me to continue doing squats, lunges, and core strengthening exercises (crunches/pilates style), especially so early on, right?

I think I'm being slightly paranoid about how fragile the pregnancy is.. ? But I don't know.. I think I've let some of the miscarriage stories get into my head...

post #5 of 30

You're fine, there's some great pics of a mama doing crossfit (lifting) at 8 months pregnant. As long as you feel good, and make sure you're eating enough calories to compensate for the expenditure. 

post #6 of 30
post #7 of 30
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Originally Posted by Right of Passage View Post
 

You're fine, there's some great pics of a mama doing crossfit (lifting) at 8 months pregnant. As long as you feel good, and make sure you're eating enough calories to compensate for the expenditure. 

 

Thanks Sami! You've restored my confidence... it's just I'm feeling the need to eat more snacks already and afterward my body wants me to use the energy by doing little bursts of exercises... so I've been following those cues haha .. I do appreciate your support for following one's own intuition! I've always been hyper-in-tune with my body.. so much so that my parents just thought I was absolutely nuts haha.. I'm ALWAYS paying attention to the rhythm of my heart, or tuning into my pulse in different areas of my body (I probably DO sound weird to most people here..) 

But to me this just means it's easier to listen to what my body wants.. I hope :)

post #8 of 30

That's it, I'm on my way back to the gym tomorrow. 

post #9 of 30
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Originally Posted by Diamhim View Post

That's it, I'm on my way back to the gym tomorrow. 

 

Right?! Inspirational woman... "I... strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body's capabilities to kick ass." Awesome. :Peace

post #10 of 30

Right before I found out about this pregnancy I was training for a mountain 50K ultramarathon.....obviously those dreams are now on hold! Anyway, I've significantly cut back my training to running around 5 miles a day. I ran about this much last pregnancy with no problems up until the day I delivered. I also have a horrible case of RLS ( restless leg syndrome) and it gets a billion times worse in pregnancy. Exercise is the only thing that cures it! 

post #11 of 30
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Originally Posted by Naftalita2012 View Post
 

Right before I found out about this pregnancy I was training for a mountain 50K ultramarathon.....obviously those dreams are now on hold! Anyway, I've significantly cut back my training to running around 5 miles a day. I ran about this much last pregnancy with no problems up until the day I delivered. I also have a horrible case of RLS ( restless leg syndrome) and it gets a billion times worse in pregnancy. Exercise is the only thing that cures it! 

50K Ultramarathon? Now that's bad ass. You guys are really inspiring! 

post #12 of 30
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Originally Posted by Naftalita2012 View Post
 

Right before I found out about this pregnancy I was training for a mountain 50K ultramarathon.....obviously those dreams are now on hold! Anyway, I've significantly cut back my training to running around 5 miles a day. I ran about this much last pregnancy with no problems up until the day I delivered. I also have a horrible case of RLS ( restless leg syndrome) and it gets a billion times worse in pregnancy. Exercise is the only thing that cures it! 

 

Wow!  I'm impressed!  All I can do is yoga these days :o

post #13 of 30
I kept meaning to start up some exercise routine...but that never happened. I want to do something while pregnant though, but have NO idea what to do. :/
post #14 of 30

I'm doing yoga 2-4 times a week (about 30 minutes per session only).  I also walk quite a bit.  I sometimes choose to walk up to our apartment (it's 110 big steps and if I climb them really fast, I get a little cardio, haha) over the elevator.  I sometimes also run to catch the buss, so I guess I could include short sprints, lol.  I used to work out a lot, but having a small child and working a physically demanding job (even if only part-time) put a wrench in that.  If I had a sedentary job, I would definitely work out more.

post #15 of 30

Hey all,

When I was pregnant last year, the midwife told me that I could continue exercising but maybe keep it at 80% rather than 100% of my capacity. She said that when you get very overheated, the embryo/fetus gets overheated, too, and it takes the embryo/fetus a lot longer to cool back down than it takes you (she cited some medical research, but I didn't get the actual citations). She suggested that if I get very overheated from working out, to take a cooling shower right after, or use a cool water bottle against my belly. I hadn't heard that before, about overheating, but it seems reasonable.

 

I think the other main thing is that if you are relatively fit, and have been working out, it is fine to continue. If you have been a total couch potato, don't suddenly start an intense crossfit regimen! They say that for people who aren't pregnant, too, but I guess it is more the case for us. Now isn't the time to suddenly start an intensive new training program, but it IS important to be fit. Women who are fit and have strong muscles (especially strong core muscles - back and abs) have easier pregnancies and easier births.

 

I was doing aerial yoga regularly before I got pregnant, but I can't do it now that I am pregnant (too much direct pressure by the sling on the abdomen). My intention is to go back to spinning and regular yoga but so far I have been slacking! I need a workout buddy that will keep me accountable! (I am doing a good job staying off sugar, though, so yay).

post #16 of 30
I did water aerobics during the summer, my last pregnancy. I started Insanity on Monday then got a BFP Tuesday night, so I'm not continuing. I want to keep moving. There is a pregnancy kettlebell DVD that I have e wanted since #2,maybe I'll get that.
post #17 of 30

Holy moly, I was on the elliptical for a pretty laid-back 45 minute workout today, and I am so exhausted now! Yikes!

post #18 of 30
I did a short Wii Fit workout. I'd like to find some prenatal yoga videos online, but can't do that until the kids know. :/
post #19 of 30

lmevans - you CAN do regular yoga. The two things to remember: don't do very deep twists (keep the twist more in your upper body) and they say not to do poses where you lie on your stomach. I understand that when it comes to bow pose (lie on stomach, lift chest and lift legs - that's a lot of pressure on the abdominal region) but I kind of thing they take it a bit far. I was told not to lie on my stomach during the transition from downward dog to cobra, which I think is silly. After all, I sleep on my stomach! But that's what the yoga folks say. So, if you avoid twisting deeply and putting pressure on your abdomen (or lying on your stomach at all), you should be fine, especially this early along.

post #20 of 30
Cool, thanks for the info! smile.gif
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