I started trying to get into an exercise routine this month. I only manage to get in a work out 1 or 2 days a week. I've done better this week (two days in a row, hoping to make it 3 today), but I just found out I'm pg. I have a recent history of m/cs so now I'm afraid to do much. I have a prenatal dvd that I think I'll try to do 2-3 days per week, alternating with light cardio on the other days. I weigh about 150 now and should really be around 120 (115 in a dream world). I'm hoping to trade some of my excess fat weight for baby weight. Not sure how that will go. Glad you guys are here for support.
If you have a bit more weight on you now you don't need to gain as much for this baby as your body can get some energy from what you are storing. I would suggest not increasing you calorie intake until the 4th or 5th month and when you do just minimal increase. Just eat clean & healthy and should notice a difference.
I'm going to join in here as best as I can :)
My normal "workout" is my farm chores, morning and night. Hauling grain and water buckets etc around to make sure all the critters get fed. Because we live rural, going to a gym or a pool isn't really an option for me. So, I'm looking for ideas on how to do my wokouts at home. I'm planning to do a lot of walking in spring/summer, but in winter our weather is just too cold for being outside any longer than necessary.
I'm looking for a good prenatal yoga DVD or two (or three, variety might help me stick to it). I'm also thinking of hauling out my Wii fit again and getting going with that.
Married to my wonderful DH 5/2010, Mom to DS1 Kayden 7-14-2011 and DS2 Jakob 8-29-2013
Owned by Friesians and Drum Horses, plus the dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens
How's it going, girls? Are you feeling up to exercising these days?
I've been in a pretty good routine now for ~1 year. I run a few times per week (3.5m-5m) and do some yoga here and there, for a total of 4 workouts/week. It's nothing crazy, but it really helps my mood and I really look forward to exercising. It's my "me" time! I really want to stick with it for most of the pregnancy (obviously making adjustments when I get big), but I'm really nervous that I won't have the motivation during the first tri. I didn't really exercise during my last pregnancy. I ran 3.5 today in 30 min, so I was happy. I'm only 4w, though, I know it's going to get harder!
Hope everyone is keeping moving and feeling great!
I was almost 2/3 of the way through doing P90X when I found out I was pregnant. For the past month+ (starting when one of my 2 dogs died in September, really) I haven't been consistent though--I skip a lot of days, although I don't skip any of the workouts. My intention is to finish the program without skipping anything no matter how long it takes me (even if it takes me 180 days instead of 90.) But now I'm thinking this may be overly ambitious--just finding the energy to make myself do it is getting to be so hard. It's 1.5 hours of hard-core working out every day. I feel so good and proud of myself after I successfully complete a workout though. So I think I'm going to play it by ear. I just finished an hour of kenpo karate. :) I think if it gets to be too much I will officially quit the program and just make sure to replace it with something gentler.
Also, I walk my dog on a course that's 1.25 miles long, while carrying my 25-pound toddler on my back in the Ergo, and throwing tennis balls the whole way, almost 7 days a week. So just doing that is probably a very good thing to keep up--except it's about to get very cold where I live, so I don't know, we'll see.
Whatever happens I am determined to stay as active as I can through this whole pregnancy. Last time I just lay around my entire first trimester and let the sickness rule me. I didn't really work out except for yoga and some walking after that. I ended up gaining 60 pounds and feeling miserable and powerless towards the end. (Maybe that's just what my pregnant body does, and if so I'll have to accept it, but I really really want to take charge of my fitness more this time.)
I normally try to exercise and was planning on running a 1/2 marathon in March but 3 broken ribs and a broken tailbone have me kind of stationary for a while. I really want them to heal before the ribcage expansion starts. I'm hoping to get my trainer hooked up for my road bike seeing it just snowed here and there will be no road riding.
I'm curious about pre-natal yoga and will certainly look into it. For now I'm just going to try some light walking with the dogs and lower extremity strengthening.
I teach group fitness. Pilates, yoga, muscle fit. I have had the hardest time being motivated! I also feel like I am getting out of breath more easily than I used to. I exercised until the end of my last pregnancy, with the exception of a few weeks first trimester from extreme nausea.
I tried a moms to be swimming class which I loved, but the chlorine gave me a hard time.
Ebegreen, I did not do any pilates that didn't feel right. Almost any ab exercise felt weird, so most of pilates was out. I also had to modify my yoga practice due to the ligament streching. Like everything else, listen to your body. If it doesn't feel right, take a break or ask the teacher for a modification.
oh my goodness, you girls are all sorts of amazing!
I had just started following the couch to 5k program a few weeks before I found out I was pregnant. Thought I would keep it up for a while through early pregnancy at least. But seriously, maybe 3 days after my positive pregnancy test - symptoms hit me hard. It's been 3 weeks and I can't do anything between the nausea and exhaustion. When I'm not tired, I feel sick. But most of the time I just feel sick and tired. I work odd shifts (11:30am - 9pm). I get my kids on the bus at 7:20 and most mornings I fall back asleep until 10. Then I get showered, start dinner and get to work (where I work at a desk). I've tried doing some prenatal yoga (thinking it would be a little easier to do) and even that I couldn't handle more than 20 minutes of.
I'm hoping these symptoms subside in the next few weeks and I can at the very least get some daily walking in. I walked 5 miles 3-5 times a week with my first pregnancy until about 3 weeks before birth (then I still walked about a mile at least twice a week) and I still gained 70 lbs, but I think it helped with losing the weight after. I gained a lot but still stayed sort of fit, if that makes sense.
I'm about 9 weeks now, so I figure the hardcore symptoms should start tapering off in the next 3 weeks. I haven't gained much weight (2 lbs) but I'm feeling squishy and blah. I live in a VERY snowy and cold area, but if I can get in the walking habit soon the cold won't deter me so much. I walked all last winter - I'll just have to exchange the coffee I used to bring with some RRL tea. :)
Anyway, I'm amazed (and jealous!) at what you guys have been able to keep doing! :)
mom to two boys (9/19/98) (8/24/03) and soon to be # 3 (7/2/11)
I love to exercise- yoga, gym, anything really... but after a miscarriage in my last pregnancy I'm just so hesitant. I know it's probably safe but I just am afraid to push anything. Anyone else feel that way?
not exactly exercise since still spotting. but sort of exercise because i have been moving a lot and on my feet a lot. i have spent the past two days at a workshop where i am building my own bamboo bike! i am just building the frame and will get components once this baby is born and i am healed and am at a point where i have some time for riding a bike (maybe when this little one is 6 months old?) if i didn't have spotting i think i would be getting the components now and riding this bike daily. i miss riding my bike so much. i miss exercise so much. this weekend has been so good for me emotionally. i think i may go talk to a different doctor about the spotting and exercise and see if i might be able to ride my bike some. or if not ride my bike maybe i can do something else. i really need to do something.
mama to two amazing children son 10/27/07 and daughter 07/07/11
Today, for the first time in 6 weeks I finally was about to do something! All I did was a 40 minute walk (it's freezing out!) but it's the first activity I've been able to do (besides eat, sleep and work!) Seriously, my legs feel like jello. Now I just have to keep it up! So glad the first trimester symptoms are finally waning :)
mom to two boys (9/19/98) (8/24/03) and soon to be # 3 (7/2/11)
All my grand plans fell hard on their butt as soon as my symptoms really hit. :( I am so sick and exhausted it's a struggle for me to get up and walk into the other room most of the time. Also it became so miserably cold outside that I can barely stand the thought of going outdoors. I'm freezing enough as it is! I am waiting it out and really really looking forward to the 2nd trimester! In the meantime I'm going to just try to take walks whenever I feel up to it.
I would like to join. I'm feeling really out of shape and sick all the time, but I'd like to do 5-10 minutes twice a day on the elliptical to start, then move up from there. I really want to tone up a bit and strengthen my abs.
I did an exercize program called crossfit before we got pregnant, and about a month into the pregnancy i had to switch to the "crossfit moms" program because the regular workouts were making me nauseous, i usually just workout mon-fri and take the weekends off, but i love it.
There's light weights involved, and cardio
I don't really work out now but I think I'd like to start some sort of program. I just don't want to feel round and unable to move too much during this pregnancy. I know they say don't start a program now, but I figure I can certainly walk and do yoga, right?
Lisa, Mama to two 2-26-09 and 6-15-11
"Hey baby, do you like trains?"
I have been a runner for a while and definitely wanted to keep it up for at least the beginning part of my prenancy. I have been feeling less of a drive though (and being tired and nauseous makes it a little less appealing.) I still try to get some running in and i also like to swim. I love yoga and would love to try prenatal soon as well : ) I had a weird experience yesterday though. I went to my OB work-up meeting with a nurse and she told me I "should not run durring pregnancy." that is was too "high impact." I have heard otherwise from so many other sources and this statement amongst other things made me want to switch providers. Sorry to wine! It just really threw me for a loop! I appreciate hearing everyone's excersice story and I hope i will soon develop a more regular routine : )
In my excersize program they say that in the second trimester; "All of your joints are looser due to the relaxin hormone, so ballistic exercises should wait."
I don't know if running counts as a ballistic excersize, but I could see it since it hits the knees pretty hard, maybe bike riding would be a good alternative?
in the book i have on exercise in pregnancy it says that running for the entire pregnancy is one of the best exercises you can do. if i didn't have spotting i would be running right now. well maybe not it is really wet and rainy and the road is very slippery. but i wish i was running right now. i think running is safe but listen to your body. i can only run in minimalist shoes regardless of pregnancy or not. if i wear running shoes that claim to be good for my poor arches and other foot problems my hips end up hurting so much i can hardly walk for days (even when not pregnant) if i have minimalist shoes i have to pay more attention to my body, run a bit slower and i don;t get sore!
mama to two amazing children son 10/27/07 and daughter 07/07/11
I have been such a slacker this pregnancy. Ugh. I did really well with my 1st-had a super-easy pregnancy, ran until 24 weeks when my SPD got too much with running, but continued to walk several days a week until 37.5 weeks when my sacro-iliac joint subluxated. With my 2nd, very little running due to earlier SPD and a baby who didn't like to sleep, but it was a different time of year, so we took lots of walks. Now, I am queasy and exhausted most of the time, plus it has been unseasonably cold around here (yes, I know it's NC but I am a total wimp with the cold and have been extra cold this pregnancy) so we've barely gotten out. Neither kid naps, DH works 2 jobs, and there are not many gyms etc where we live (boy, what a pity-party I'm having, LOL) I am going to look into SOMETHING so I can get out more as I would like to be in better shape than I am now for the delivery. I gained 35 lbs with each baby before, but I'd love to gain less as I figure it's only going to be harder to lose with 3 kids and being almost 40. But, also the holidays are not working in my favor-ay yi yi!! :)
So hopefully this thread wil get me off my heiney and doing SOMETHING!