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I'm going to re-word this hoping someone will answer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I feel a great need to physically prepare for birth. I am planning to have a v-bac. I am very over weight and I have been very exhausted this pregnancy. My weight has been going up and I can't change my diet any more so I think I would like to exercise to try to help things. I'm 29 weeks pregnant right now, BTW.<br><br>
Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do at home?<br><br>
(I really suck at Yoga and my lack of grace at this point makes me not want to attempt. ALso, we can't afford out of home classes, not that anyone offers them for pregnant women). I have an exercise/birth ball and a few pregnancy friendly exercise tapes, but it's hard to do them as I don't get much free time (AKA DS is wanting to be picked up/wants to nurse the whole time I'm doing a tape). I plan on swimming when the weather is better, hopefully no more than a month or so away.<br><br>
Thanks for any advice!!!
 

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How about just going for a walk? MAybe you can talk your son into going into the stroller while you go on an adventure around your neighborhood, the mall, the zoo whereever.<br><br>
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Don't do anything too hardcore or crazy seeing as you haven't been exercising prior to 29 weeks. At the most I would do some stretching, walking and swimming.<br><br>
I have a friend who did NOTHING for her third pregnancy (and I literally mean NOTHING... kids in school, doesn't work, no exercise and slept all day without cleaning or cooking or anything) and when her doctor asked her to start walking she went into preterm labour because her body wasn't used to any exercise. Every time she walked more than five minutes she started getting contractions. (not saying this is you! But best to start now than wait a few weeks and have it kickstart something too soon).
 

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We live in a pretty bad neighborhood with no sidewalks in a lot of places and DS won't sit in a stroller (he will walk, but after a while he wants to be carried and I have a hernia). We have a walking trail behind our house but it hasn't dried up yet (aka swampy from having rain everyother day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: . DS keeps getting stuck when we try going on it).<br><br>
I don't mean to sound like I'm making excuses. I used to do WATP when DS had his nap, but I'm so tired I take that time now to nap or do other things I can't seem to get done (maybe I need to shift my priorites <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">: ). I've tried getting him to do it with me or making it into a game (it worked once, lol!) but then he just wanted me to pick him up and it was hard to do both. I also have a pregnancy one, but I find it a little harder than the 1 mile WATP; both are about 20 minutes.<br><br>
Are there any sites anyone knows of with things to do with an exercise ball? I didn't get a book with mine so I'm not sure. I spent the last month of my other pregnancy just sitting on it because I didn't know what I was supposed to do, lol!
 

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We're due the same day! I walked on my treadmill a LOT until about 25-26 weeks, but now it just makes me contract like crazy, so it's not worth the risk to me.<br><br>
So now I'm just a lazy sloth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I hear ya though, cause I've gained more weight since stopping the walking and it's a bit irritating! I have more than enough cushion as is....<br><br>
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How about walking at a mall? Are there any parks near you with paved trails? Would your son ride in a wagon as opposed to his stroller? What about just doing "laps" in your back yard while he plays nearby? I strongly recommend you do something. I've read information lately that says walking (for ANYONE) is just about the most healthy exercise one can do! In regard to pregnancy, the better shape you're in when you go into labor, the less laborious it will be!<br><br>
I don't know anything about exercise balls -- they look like something you'd lay on your tummy to do. Something we'd NOT want to do at this point!
 

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Those are good suggestions, but for numerous reason, most wouldn't work for us (as I was thinking of why, I was struck by how pathetic where I live is. Maybe I need to move to a bigger town that has decent places to walk <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: )<br><br>
Maybe what I should do is sit DH down and tell him how important it is for me to exercise and get him to "distract" DS while I do a WATP tape. At least I wouldn't have to worry about the car breaking down, gas, ect..., DS would be cared for and it something I know I can do and work myself back into at my own pace. Surely I deserve 20 minutes of me time a day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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i am somewhat in the same boat. i just found out i'm pregnant, and as i said in another thread about weight, my first priority (after two miscarriages) is to pray that this baby sticks. but i also want to have a v/bac and am starting out this pregnancy about 20 pounds more than i'd prefer and somewhat out of shape after a winter of little exercise.<br><br>
i don't know much about exercise with a birth ball. you can sit on it and kind of sway your hips, or move them in a kind of circular motion. also, kegels are a subtle but important exercise that can be done just about anywhere. there is the yoga cat pose that is gentle but affective, especially if your back is sore at all. can you hold your child and dance around with him? or just dance around with him without holding him? how about play tag -- i know running is out, but maybe if you just walk kind of quickly in limited spells that might feel like an accomplishment (who cares if your little one tags you continually!). swimming is a great idea too. if you have a sandy beach around just walking in the sand can be a good challenge.<br><br>
i'm hoping to have a walking routine every morning with my daughter in the summer. she goes on a walk every morning with her kindergarten, so this shouldn't be so different for her. luckily we live near a network of trails. i also want to swim. i've gone in and out of having yoga routines, so know i need to get myself into that frame of mind. good luck to you!
 

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I would talk to your husband and get half and hour a day to yourself. You can vary your routine, mix it up, don't do the same thing every day. One day stretch, another day take a long walk, next day lift light weights, then the next day do a workout tape. I make sure I get an hour a day for exercise. Now that I stopped going to the gym I walk several miles with my dog. Sometimes I brng DS in the wagon or the jogging stroller; othertimes I go off on my own (especially if I want to walk quickly!)
 
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