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<p>Okay so...About three weeks ago my best friend and I started swimming laps for exercise/a break from the kids...This past wednesday I swam 1600 yards and it was hard. It's always hard in the beginning. The thing is...is it bad for me to be building up to it while I'm newly pregnant, pushing my body harder than it's used to? We only go twice a week. This is my fourth pregnancy but I didn't have any changes in activity level during the others so I'm at a loss. I don't plan on starting my prenatal care until 16 weeks or I could ask then...</p>
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<p>This is my first, so I am not the expert here, but I've heard you are supposed to keep your heartrate below 140.  But I've also heard of healthy, happy mommies who keep up with their running routines during pregnancy...so who knows?</p>
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<p>I think you should be fine, but maybe just take it easy if you notice any light headedness or really high heartrate?</p>
 

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<p>Personally I don't plan on exercising in any special way besides walking a lot and stretching, which is what I normally do anyway. But I think I read somewhere that the heartrate of 140 recommendation is outdated, that now they just recommend you do what you're used to (? someone correct me if I made that up) so if you're a marathon runner then it's probably fine to keep running marathons as long as you can but if you never run then now probably isn't the time to start training for one. I guess if I were you OP I wouldn't push it too much in the beginning but just do what feels good and slowly build up to more and not worry about it unless you start feeling bad. I don't think 1600 yards sounds excessive if you aren't sprinting or anything.</p>
 

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<p>Thank you so much ladies! </p>
 

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<p>If you feel good, go with it.</p>
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<p>I'm still running, 4-5 miles a few times/week.  (when I'm not to tired to get off the couch!)  I feel great while I'm running and feel more energetic afterwards, so I don't see any reason to stop.</p>
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<p>I think if you cramp or spot during or after your swims, or if you don't feel well that would be a reason to stop, otherwise enjoy!</p>
 
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Awesome, I'm going to go with that. Continue on and just keep track of how my body is handling it. Yesterday I swam too hard in the beginning and got so dizzy that the pool was spinning, but I know how to avoid that. I can do a lot of kicking with a kick board too or something easy like breaststroke. Maybe I'll up it to four times a week since I'm cutting back on intensity. </p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>copper.kettle</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283269/exercise-regimen#post_16090520"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>If you feel good, go with it.</p>
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<p>I'm still running, 4-5 miles a few times/week.  (when I'm not to tired to get off the couch!)  I feel great while I'm running and feel more energetic afterwards, so I don't see any reason to stop.</p>
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<p>I think if you cramp or spot during or after your swims, or if you don't feel well that would be a reason to stop, otherwise enjoy!</p>
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<p>i do yoga once a week, and hike a few times, and I'll only do that or switch hiking for yoga as the snow falls here.  The big thing is not starting anything aggressive while you are pregnant, like going from sedentary to 5ks.  Go based on how you feel and you'll be ok.</p>
 

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<p>So. I've been training for a marathon since June. I've been running for much longer than that. Both my PCP and the midwife I am planning to see have given me the okay to continue on. Basically, I was told that a good general rule is that if you can carry on a conversation during your workout, you should be fine. I have scaled back my training a bit and will not be focusing on a specific finish time, just finishing will be nice. I have noticed a difference already in my long runs though (they are much harder). But, my training peeks next weekend and then tapers until the race which is in a month or so from now. After the race I plan to continue running, but not marathon distances, as long as I am comfortable.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>crunchybug</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283269/exercise-regimen#post_16095293"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>So. I've been training for a marathon since June.</p>
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<p>Whoa momma, that is awesome.  I live on the boston marathon route and I always love seeing the ladies with the little bumps and the cute sayings on their shirts about 2 running, etc.  Good luck with your training, that will be so awesome!  and impressive, yoga this morning was a lot harder than I expected. </p>
 

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<p>Up until this pregnancy, I would go to Pilates and cardio train a few times a week. But when I am pregnant, my body just doesn't crave exercise the way it usually does. I only crave walking for fresh air.</p>
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<p>I want to be more active this time around, but I have that feeling all over again of just being tired.</p>
 

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<p>I've been running on the treadmill 2 or 3 times a week, doing 5k's mostly.  I run a 10 min mile, so decent, but not outrageously intense.  This past week I couldn't quite finish and just listened to my body, slowing down when I needed to.  I'm going to just keep doing this.  I'm exhausted though, I don't even know how I'm going to get back on the treadmill.  But I will keep up the exercise this time.  Last pregnancy I gained 50 lbs and was so incredibly uncomfortable, and it took a long time to lose it all after Nora came.  I can't do that to myself again!!  </p>
 

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<p>Anyone have any experience with prenatal yoga.  I have 2 DVD's that I want to try but have any of you ever done a class?  I did yoga occasionally before preg. But I am really wanting to get in touch with my body.  Of course right now it is taking all of my effort just to go to work and walk around.  Shew....  I am ready for bed.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OakTreeMom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283269/exercise-regimen#post_16097406"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Anyone have any experience with prenatal yoga.</p>
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<br><br><p>Destination Maternity near me has free classes and I did them from 6 to 38 weeks with Chase.  Loved not only the me time, and the stretching, but bonding with the other moms.  This time I'll do my Vinyasa Flow 85* class (not prenatal) and then add a prenatal class from 10 - 17 or 24 weeks.  Want to get past the gross feeling first :)</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>OakTreeMom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283269/exercise-regimen#post_16097406"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Anyone have any experience with prenatal yoga.  I have 2 DVD's that I want to try but have any of you ever done a class?  I did yoga occasionally before preg. But I am really wanting to get in touch with my body.  Of course right now it is taking all of my effort just to go to work and walk around.  Shew....  I am ready for bed.</p>
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<p>I loved prenatal yoga with DD. I will pursue it again this time around. Currently, I am still going to the gym and running 4-5 days a week and doing a Thai Chi class. I do yoga at home. </p>
 

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<p>Oaktree, I don't have any experience with prenatal yoga.  I would love to take a class, but sadly the $ and time just aren't there.  I can't see how you wouldn't enjoy it though, if you already like yoga, and I'll bet most places will let you try a class or two before you commit to a package?</p>
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<p>tjlucca, you are working out a lot!  Nice job!  I'm jealous <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="width:23px;height:18px;"></span>  Do you have a hard time finding the time or energy?</p>
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<p>I made it on to the treadmill last night.  I ran 3.4m in 30 minutes, and felt amazing.  I LOVE how I feel when I'm running, the hard part is finding the time and the energy.  I used to be a late afternoon/early evening exerciser, but now I hit a wall and I'm just too tired by that time.  I had taken a really long nap yesterday afternoon, which is why I felt up to it in the evening.  Anyway, I was thinking about trying to set realistic weekly goals for myself, and then I was thinking about maybe starting an Exercise Goal thread or something.  Even if it's just getting on the floor and stretching for 10 minutes 2 days this week, or taking a long walk or two, ect.  My fav part of exercising is the ME time, and I really want to at least continue to carve that time out.  I don't want to get out of the routine, kwim?</p>
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<p>So, would you ladies like a thread oriented to simple weekly exercise goals?</p>
 

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<p>Copper, I like it!  I would like the accountability even if its walking at work during lunch even though its <img alt="cold.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/cold.gif"> right now.  I think I am going to give the yoga a shot also.  Maybe not an organized class because we are a little tight on $$$ also, even though I would love being with the other Moms.  I will do the DVD's anyway.  I am in!</p>
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Anyway, I was thinking about trying to set realistic weekly goals for myself, and then I was thinking about maybe starting an Exercise Goal thread or something.  Even if it's just getting on the floor and stretching for 10 minutes 2 days this week, or taking a long walk or two, ect.  My fav part of exercising is the ME time, and I really want to at least continue to carve that time out.  I don't want to get out of the routine, kwim?<br><p> </p>
<p>So, would you ladies like a thread oriented to simple weekly exercise goals?</p>
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<p>Yes! Lets do it! (By let's I mean you...lol! jk.)</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>copper.kettle</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1283269/exercise-regimen#post_16098817"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I made it on to the treadmill last night.  I ran 3.4m in 30 minutes, and felt amazing.   My fav part of exercising is the ME time, and I really want to at least continue to carve that time out.  I don't want to get out of the routine, kwim?</p>
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<br><br><p>Wow!  That's a GREAT time.  I'm impressed!</p>
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<p>I would love a thread for exercise accountability!!  I need it!  Start it!!</p>
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<p>Last night I did 2 miles on the treadmill (ran at 6.0, took 22 min) but I did need to stop and walk every so often.  It's all in my head but I'm just afraid to work out too hard.  I know it's safe but I'm just so afraid to overdo it!  </p>
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<p>I'm still exercising and I hope I can keep it up throughout pregnancy. I've been taking it a little slower though, partly because I've been so tired and partly because I'm so paranoid about losing this little bean. I know its silly, but I can't help but be nervous. </p>
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<p>I'm impressed at all the running on this thread. I usually row more often than I run, but my boobs hurt just walking around lol. </p>
 

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<p>One mile in the pool tonight. I did have to stop quite a bit due to dizzy spells, but I made it eventually! </p>
 
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