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Alright, before I plopped into baby land I was very conscientious about my body both nutritionally and physically. As soon as I got pregnant I just stopped. I was tiered and I just didn't want to anymore. I gained 45 pounds with the pregnancy...........luckily (if you can call it that) I lost ALL of it within like 3 weeks after delivery because I got so sick and had bad PPD. So, I figured well, I don't really need to exercise. Well, now I am saggy, not fat, but saggy and really want to get back in shape. BUT we are TTC and I'm afraid it is just a pointless effort. In-fact I think I might be pregnant already, just haven't done the test to know for sure yet.<br>
Any helpful suggestions, any advice or anything!?<br><br>
PS- I think part of my fear is the miscarriage factor. I've had 2 so far and just wonder if exercise might make it happen again.
 

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It's not pointless! Okay my disclaimer-I totally did not lose all the 40 pounds I put on during my pregnancy (DD is 21 mos today!), I still have 10 to go and I never exercise anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> which is why I am not back to my prepreg weight. That said, I exercised before and throughout my pregnancy, until the day before my water broke. I know I had such a great pregnancy because I was working out. I had energy until the very end.<br><br>
I had a miscarriage and infertility for 3 years before I conceived my DD, so I get your fear of mc. But moderate exercise shouldn't increase the risk (talk to your doc about your particular medical issues, of course). I wouldn't start training for a marathon or anything but you may find that exercise would be helpful for fatigue during pregnancy too, which will be that much more difficult with another child to take care of, I am sure. I read a couple books on this stuff while I was TTC and everything I read convinced me how important exercise was for pregnancy. I only read one thing that said to lay off the working out during TTC, but that was in the case of infertility and if all else was failing, why not try that too, so wasn't a particularly compelling argument-wasn't an argument at all, really.<br><br>
I also considered exercise important training for labor and didn't want to end up with a big weight problem after pregnancy. If I hadn't layed off the exercise and eaten an all-carb diet during the first trimester I am sure my weight gain would have been less than it was. Exercise can be helpful for depression too but I don't know if it helps with PPD. You may want to look into that.<br><br>
So why don't you start with walking or something easy to get into? I need to get back to the gym desperately as I wouldn't consider getting pregnant again at this weight.<br><br>
Definitely get back to it. But don't go crazy. Moderate cardio and strength training is so good for us during TTC and pregnancy.
 

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Thanks, I think I just needed someone to remind me how important it is. I just fell of the wagon somewhere along the way.
 
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