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I have two children three and under and I am 20 weeks along. How am I supposed to find the time or energy to exercise?<br>
Any of you other mothers of more than one, how do you do it? I take them for a walk in their wagon once in awhile, but mostly I don't have the energy for that. I know I should be walking like a mile or two every day or something, but there is no way I can do that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Give me your tips for fitting in a good long walk or something. Thanks<br>
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Exercise is only easy for me when I'm involved in an organized activity or use it as part of my life (used to bike to work). These past couple/few years that's been hard to do.<br><br>
So, I just do little things, like take the stairs instead of the elevator, park a little farther away from work/store, Taylor sit at home, squat when I can, kegels (when I remember) and eat the best I can (an advantage of being pg in summer!).<br><br>
I know it's not much, but I hope it helps!
 

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my midwife suggested asking dh to watch my dd (2.5) for 30 minutes when he gets home from work.<br><br>
i haven't been very good about getting my walking in. i think it was easier to get exercise when dd was a little younger 'cause now she's half and half about the stroller. sometimes she wants to be in it and sometimes she wants to hold my hand and walk at toddler speed and sometimes (a lot of the time) she says she doesn't want to go. often she will want to go if we all go together (dh, dd, me and the 2 dogs). anyway, dh is theorectically in support of the idea of either going with us or staying home with dd while the dogs and i go, but we seem to be having trouble implementing it. the dogs are much happier if they get walks and i know i'm better off, too. my midwife said walking was the best exercise so i'm really gonna try to get with the program before i get so big and out of shape that all i can do is waddle to the couch and back!<br><br>
hth<br><br>
p.s. i'm 27 weeks today.
 

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Could you join a gym w/ a daycare?? I belong to the YMCA and they have a great child care program which allows me to have up to 2 hours to work out.<br>
I know some gyms can be costly, but some (I know the Y does) have special financial aid or sliding scale fees for families that cannot afford regular member prices.<br><br>
Do your children nap? If so, perhaps you could pop in an exercise video and work out while they sleep.<br><br>
How about a bike trailer for the kids and you can bike and pull them~ great exercise!
 

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Is your younger child small enough for the sling? My dd is 2 1/2 and about 30 lbs and I walked a mile with her in the sling a couple weeks ago (I was 30 wks at the time with a giant belly). You could push the other child in a stroller. Walking with that extra weight is great exercise!<br><br>
Taking your kids to the park is good exercise too--just walking around with them and pushing them on swings etc. Every little bit is good--don't get the "why bother" attitude. A few minutes here and there really adds up.<br><br>
peace, beth
 

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I know this is hard. I'm 31 wks. with #3. My ds is 5, dd is 15 mos. When I found myself pregnant again so soon and concerned about adding to the weight I still hadn't taken off from preg. #2 I just made it a priority. I decided I would do it, take the time for myself with no guilt, and dh would just have to buck up and keep the kids when I needed him to and he absolutely does. Sometimes I have to wake him up in the morning (he works nights), sometimes he has to put things off for a bit, etc. but he knows that this is important for all the reasons I'm sure you already know about.<br><br>
At this point, I get cranky if I don't walk and I have never been a fan or consistent exerciser in my life. There's a good book that I like called Birgitta Gallo's Expecting Fitness. I think she has a site, too. <a href="http://www.expecting-fitness.com" target="_blank">www.expecting-fitness.com</a> I've never visited it though. Anyway, I think it's great and practical. I pick and choose my exercises and get in a good walk. Most books I've read say 20 min. 3-5 times a week is enough.<br><br>
My advice is make it a priority. With 2 under 3 you need the time just to clear your head (if you are like me). Gyms and Y's are too pricey for me but I do go to our Rec. Ctr. However, the childcare there is too pricey, too. I understand your obstacles but it's been totally worth it to make my exercise a priority. I look at it as my time now. I deserve a little peace, right?
 

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I just reread Beth-TX post and I totally agree. It's kind of like the eating thing. I make a sandwich with no lettuce and tomato because I'm lazy and starving thinking "What's the point?" But a little lettuce and tom. is better than none at all, isn't it? Do whatever you can.
 

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Hi! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br><br>
As you know, I'm 32 weeks PG with 2 little kids. I exercise 5-6 days a week and have since my first tri ickies ended at about 16 weeks.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Well, regular exercise gives you more energy, so if you can force yourself to do it the first few times, you'll find you need it more and more. And try to take a nap most days with the kids, or while Hero naps and Serra plays quietly.<br><br>
As for time... Well, I take the kids for a walk in the double stroller sometimes. I'm getting a new one (should be here soon!) and if it gets here before y'all come to visit, I'll give you my old one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> (Save room in your car.) That'll help. I also do exercise videos after DH and DS go to bed. Marian likes to watch and join in, and if she does to bed earlier, I do them alone. Oh, and my prenatal yoga video and bellydancing videos are easy to do with the kids around. I can make copies of them for you if you bring some blank tapes. I go to yoga class once a week. On the weekends, I make sure DH takes the kids for at least an hour on one morning so I can exercise alone. I also stay up later than the rest of the family, so if I haven't gotten my exercise in earlier in the day, I'll do it when everyone else is in bed.<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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beth-tx -- hats off to you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"> a mile in a sling with a 30 lbr. whew! i find it easier to just carry my 30 lbr rather than put her in the sling at this stage, but in either case i'd be whupped at the end if that hike. you go gurl!<br><br>
2much2love, my advice is see if you can get dh to help and watch the kids while you take 30 minutes to walk or see if they'll all come with you. every little bit does help. that's what i keep telling myself...
 

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What a wonderful bunch of replies!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
You are all right. I just need to make it a priority. I just had my ultrasound this week so that kind of jolted me (There is a baby in there!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> ) I can't ignore this pregnancy any longer. Dh does school in the morning and works late evenings so afternoon would be my time to get help from him. I do try to nap when the girls nap but perhaps if I used that time to work out a little I would feel more energy and less need to nap after a few days. ??? I think I will just set a goal. I think walking a good mile or until I get absolutely exhausted 3 times a week and a little yoga daily is a good start. You think?<br>
Anyway, thank you all so much for the encouragement.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
Whit, I will bring a blank tape and will definately take your stroller off your hands if you'll let me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> See you soon!
 

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That's what I do. Plus I have a treadmill, and sometimes she will play next to me in the room with the treadmill, but she was 4 in May. There was a period of time where she really balked at going on walks with me in the stroller, so I told my husband that I would just have to wait until he got home. He kept telling me to get my exercise in while he was at work, and I told him that I couldn't do it because she just threw too big a fit, so he had to resign himself to me walking out the door when he got home from work.<br><br>
Now what I do sometimes is take her with me. I'm so freaking huge at this point that she doesn't slow me down toooooo much. I mean, she can definitely dawdle, but I find that if we play "tag" she can run pretty fast. She gets ahead of me and I have to trot to catch her. Then she gets tired and makes me carry her, so I get an upper body workout. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So maybe only take your kids if you absolutely have to. :LOL She is above the weight limit for my slings, and my belly is too big anyway for it to work right at this point. I could probably put her in the backpack though, and maybe that would offset the belly weight in front.
 

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I have no time or energy to do anything! I have an exercise bike ( I can do that right??)<br><br>
But my problem is that going outside where we are is not an option. The last time I went outside i passed out....so I'm avoiding the oudoors (the heat index has been consistently over 100 and way too hot for a pg women and a toddler!<br><br>
So, I try and walk the mall...but I don't get there often! I'm gong to try the exercise bike....
 

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I have a 3 and 5 year old and am newly preggo. I owe much of my excercise freedom to my Chariot. It's a bike trailer/stroller like a burley if you've seen one of those.<br><br>
This thing is amazing!! It has a big stroller wheel that fits on front and a handle for pushing so I use it every day either pushing the kids to the store for groceries...I can even fit 5 bags of groceries in it and it's easy to push. I have been known to have 2 inside and 2 friends standing on the sides.<br><br>
I also bike with it here there and everywhere. I have a trailer bike that attaches to my bike so I can ride with 5 year old who actually pedals and helps me up hills.<br><br>
In my case this peace of equiptment gives me no excuse to drive...do you live close to downtown? I live in asmall town so it's little easier.<br><br>
I really like biking when pregnant...Near the end it gets my uterus up off my bladder and seems easier to me than walking!<br><br>
I should say that these rigs are not cheap even second hand, BUT it is the BEST investment ever!<br><br>
It has plastic pull downs and built in screens so I can even take them out in freezing weather and they are toasty...it even ploughs through snow with ease.<br><br>
They make them now with baby hammocks in them too!<br><br>
Good luck getting moving sister!
 

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Doggone, you must have incredible leg muscles! I don't think there is anyway I could pedal a bike up the hill by my house. My daughter just started preschool and I think I'm going to start taking her in the jogger stroller since it is only a mile. I just have to get myself out of bed in time.
 

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I have a 21 month old and a three year old and I walk almost every day with them (weather permitting). You may want to consider investing in a double stroller or it looks like your friend, Whit, has one to offer you. I usually walk for about a half hour. then I let the kids out to play. Then I walk for another 1/2 hour to 45 minutes then the kids finish by walking with me. I am fortunate enough to live by a college town, so we walk around the town center and the campus; there's plenty of places for me to let the kids out to play. We usually spend some more time outside playing ball or running around together.<br><br>
I also practice yoga. I am down to 3-5 times a week since I have been pregnant. I still nap when my kids do. I have energy, but I find being outside for four hours in the beginning of the day with two active children makes me tired.<br><br>
Once it gets icy/snowy here, I will join the local Y and start swimming very early in the morning.
 

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As MamaOui suggested, "very early in the morning" definitely works. Though I have only one child (I am pg with #2), the only time I can go to the gym is at 5 am while he is still sleeping or 8:30 pm after he goes to bed. I teach elementary school during the 8-4 hours, and I spend the early evening with ds, so those really crummy times for exercising are all I've got. I still manage to do it 6 days a week, but it's definitely a huge priority with me!
 
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