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"Maternity pictures are taking all forms these days, but one pregnant mama in Connecticut didn’t want the flowy dress and garden setting. She wanted photos that showed her fitness journey throughout pregnancy." Pregnancy Doesn’t Stop This Mama From Doing CrossFit
Are you focused on fitness during pregnancy?

Do you still exercise regularly?
 

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I'm focused on doing what feels right and these days doing yoga feels right and the occasional walk around the neighborhood. I've never been heavily into fitness, though--I like to keep fit and feel good but "working out" and being hardcore about it doesn't resonate with me.
It has been many years since I have been pregnant, but even back then doctors told us that if we did it before pregnancy (exercise) we can do it during pregnancy. Our bodies seem to have a magical way of telling us what is right for our own bodies. I walked daily back then and still do today. It's my escape...
 

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I'm still going to the gym twice a week and walking on the treadmill at home another 3-5 days. But I'm only 7 weeks and I'm battling tiredness right now. I had lost 20lbs before I got pregnant though, and I really don't want my weight to spiral out of control.
 

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Yep! I'm a beachbody coach (currently doing Insanity and 21 Day Fix) and I'm also a runner. I'm listening to my body and definitely feeling the exhaustion, but trying to stay active. It's so important to keep up your activity levels when pregnant, as much as you can!
 

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I'm still going to the gym twice a week and walking on the treadmill at home another 3-5 days. But I'm only 7 weeks and I'm battling tiredness right now. I had lost 20lbs before I got pregnant though, and I really don't want my weight to spiral out of control.
The tiredness is REAL, girl! I'm right there with you! I refuse to gain a 5 year old this time, lol!
 
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Yep! I'm a beachbody coach (currently doing Insanity and 21 Day Fix) and I'm also a runner. I'm listening to my body and definitely feeling the exhaustion, but trying to stay active. It's so important to keep up your activity levels when pregnant, as much as you can!
It's an excellent program and works great! Glad to have you here!
 

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Since I've been doing pilates twice a week before my pregnancy, the doctor said it's fine to continue. Obviously some things I should avoid. In any case don't start a new type of exercise during pregnancy. :smile:
 

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During each of my pregnancies, I did free weights, weightlifting, bicycling, walking, running, and the stationary Lifecycle level 6.

It did not make labor very easy, but I was able to endure labor and recovered very quickly! I was able to bicycle to the gym and do an exercise class hours after my second homebirth.
 
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I completely lost interest in going to the gym when I found out I was pregnant, because the fatigue and morning sickness then cold/flu illness that followed was just so overwhelming. I barely got off the couch for 6 weeks. But after that I've made an effort to do some walking on most days, because I've heard that being fit and healthy can make for an easier labour (not sure if that's true, this is my first). I would just take it easy, and try not to overheat. Walking and swimming are recommended as good exercises during pregnancy.
 

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Yeah I'm 18 weeks pregnant tomorrow and I exercise 5-6 days a week. Cardio, strength training, HIIT, kickboxing + more (though it's getting a little tougher now my bump is finally trying to make an appearance).

The key is to listen to your body. Don't push yourself to workout when you're tired or just plain don't feel like it. If something doesn't feel right, check your form or modify it to a lower intensity, and if it still doesn't feel right, give it a miss. It's that simple.

It varies from person to person, but for me, exercise has always made me feel much more at peace with myself, it puts my mind at ease, and that's a feeling I really need right now :dizzy :)
 

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I would like to be. I have exercised consistently since I was a preteen. In the past couple years I've gotten into some new stuff like yoga and resistance/strength work which I am really enjoying. I'm hoping the yoga I've been doing will help with pregnancy and I hope to keep it up while I am pregnant.

I might start taking it a little easier though, depending upon what my body is telling me. I can go pretty hard sometimes which I'm sure is not necessary when pregnant. I probably don't need to be doing sprints or mile repeats after the first trimester, not like I will be training for anything anyway lol. I also do a lot of jumping/agility exercises which I might cut down on later on in pregnancy. Towards the end I'm thinking I'll go on long walks for cardio.

I will have to see how it all plays out. I could see morning sickness having a serious effect on my motivation. As it stands now I like working out in the morning so that may have to change. Overall I'd like to stay fit because I think it will make pregnancy and delivery and LIFE easier.
 

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In most cases exercise during pregnancy is safe. The doctor recommends staying active during pregnancy as long as it is comfortable and there are no other health conditions suggesting otherwise. There are different benefits of exercise during pregnancy for you and your baby such as it boost your energy, help you sleep better, reduces stress, reduces back pain, etc.
 

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Hello ladies. It is very important to stay active and exercise regularly during your pregnancy. Exercise during pregnancy will keep you in great shape, but more importantly will help the development of your baby as well. Studies show that pregnancy exercises and a fitter body are more likely to help you through the long intensive hours of labor. Stay fit and have a healthy pregnancy! women who are pregnant should not exercise for longer than 30 minutes. Even though may feel good, and that can keep going, your pregnant body can only handle so much. A good workout program at the beginning of your pregnancy is one that is performed three times a week. Intensity Throughout the pregnancy, you should aim to exercise moderately. Again, the idea is not to improve our physical fitness, rather maintain. Overtraining can be damaging to you and your body, as well as your baby's. Learn how to take a pulse, and do not exceed 15 to 20 beats per minute more than normal. If you find it difficult to talk while you are exercising, you might be exercising to heavily while you are pregnant. good luck.
 

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Lately, I've been feeling very self-conscious about the lack of exercise and the size I'm growing to but I guess as a first-time mother, this is something that's very common. I'm still learning :smile: I had a friend who was pregnant and did yoga but nah, I think that's too much for me!! I only go for walks in the evening with my hubby so at least I move around and keep active.

A friend of mine recommended that I got to a myotherapy practice to solve any sleeping problems I had but I was super hesitant about it. Because what the heck was that??? Turns out it helped me heaps in gaining back the confidence I needed to be mentally strong in my pregnancy. The pregnancy massage was divine. I'm not sure if it'll do the same for everyone else but I'll just leave the link here if anyone wants to go to it. It's called Adaptive Myotherapy - adaptmyotherapy.com.au
 

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There are a lot of reasons and benefits of moving more during pregnancy. Some benefits are; labor and delivery may be easier (no guarantees of course), lowering your gestational diabetes risk, relieves pain, You may be less prone to morning sickness and many more.

Best activities for mom-to-be are walking, water exercise, prenatal Pilates, weight training and prenatal yoga.
 

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Not all the time, since I focus more about with the nutrition I intake to feed my baby while it is inside my body.
 

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Hello ladies. It is very important to stay active and exercise regularly during your pregnancy. Exercise during pregnancy will keep you in great shape, but more importantly will help the development of your baby as well. Studies show that pregnancy exercises and a fitter body are more likely to help you through the long intensive hours of labor. Stay fit and have a healthy pregnancy! women who are pregnant should not exercise for longer than 30 minutes. Even though may feel good, and that can keep going, your pregnant body can only handle so much. A good workout program at the beginning of your pregnancy is one that is performed three times a week. Intensity Throughout the pregnancy, you should aim to exercise moderately. Again, the idea is not to improve our physical fitness, rather maintain. Overtraining can be damaging to you and your body, as well as your baby's. Learn how to take a pulse, and do not exceed 15 to 20 beats per minute more than normal. If you find it difficult to talk while you are exercising, you might be exercising to heavily while you are pregnant. good luck.
Yes, I agree with you. Moderate exercises during pregnancy have many benefits. But one should avoid intense exercises. Exercise not only helps in baby's development but also help to reduce pregnancy discomforts.
 
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