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Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I work out regularly -- mostly running and weights. Can I stick to my current routine now that I’m pregnant?

Re: I work out regularly -- mostly running and weights. Can I stick to my current routine now that I’m pregnant?

The Bump Expert

Probably, although you should clear it with your OB just to make sure. For most women, exercise during pregnancy is not only safe, it’s highly recommended -- especially if you’ve already been working out. A few basic dos and don’ts:

DO...

Dress comfortably
(If it's easier to move around, injuries are less likely.)

Drink plenty of water
(Hydration is especially important once there's a baby in your belly.)

Warm up and cool down
(Since your heart rate is higher during pregnancy, give yourself extra time to return to your normal resting rate after workouts.)

Stay in tune
(Recognize that your body is changing: Your joints and ligaments are looser, your balance is off, and it’s harder to get up off the floor.

DON’T...

Play contact sports
(Getting tackled should not be on your agenda. Also stay away from ones where you risk dangerous falls such as downhill skiing or horseback riding.)

Exercise on your back
(In your second and third trimesters, avoid lying flat on your back for any length of time -- this position can reduce blood flow to your brain and uterus.)

Overdo it
(Don’t allow yourself to get overtired or overheated.)

watch: more on exercises to avoid during pregnancy

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

i can do exercice eventually a dont do exercice is safe for my bebe

male937 |

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I used to work out regularly but I haven't for almost a year.

BABYSHENDOCK |

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Is it okay to continue dance classes? Dancing, jumping, leaps etc- is this all okay during all stages of pregnancy?

BabyBeamon |

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I was training for my 6th marathon before I found out I was pregnant. I am 7 weeks and can hardly get out bed and am throwing up all day. i haven't even gone for a walk in the past week and a half. I am so depressed!

erika5338 |

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Stop listening to litigation scared MD's who tell you to not do anything and to wrap yourself in bubble wrap nonsense. Women aren't made of glass, and neither is your fetus! Unless you're high risk, just keep on keeping on. If you were doing it before, keep doing it. If it's new, think it through carefully. Either way, LISTEN to your body. It will tell you what you should or shouldn't be doing better than any MD. I plan on continuing to ride until I'm too big to hoist my fat ass up in the saddle, and I plan on continuing to lift weights and do kickboxing (no sparring, only pad and technique work [limiting myself to forms, pad work, and kata]) until I hatch.

ktnzgtklws |

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No more running on pavement. The pounding impact is not good for the pregnancy. You can still run in a pool though, do the elliptical, ride the bike, and power walk to your heart's content. I run in the pool because running is required for my occupation (military) and after the baby's born, I only have a small window to get back into shape. Running in the pool at the YMCA or community rec center allows me to get teh cardio benefits and keep those running muscles working while I'm pregnant.

chocolatelabradors |

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i do alot of stretching and i walk alot and i also do light resistance weights i worked out daily at the gym before i was pregnant so i want to have an easy birth and keep my body in healthy shape while being pregnant

williams22 |

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I have been doing Curves. Is that okay for pregnant ladies? Do we need to avoid any of the machines?

cnw109 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I joined Curves for Women and love it!!! Only 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week...and I have more energy when I'm done :)

holliejollie |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I was exercising a couple hours 4 days a week before I was pregnant, but for the first few months of pregnancy I couldn't get up the energy to sit at my desk for 8 hours, let alone get on an elliptical or lift a weight. As soon as a pregnant woman is up to it, though, my docs have said it's great to get exercise, with heart rate under 150 and stick to lower impact things (plus, my boobs are so big now that running would be miserable). The best advice I've gotten is to do EXACTLY what feels good, and not feel like I have to keep pushing myself like I did before. Our bodies are incredibly busy on the inside, and if growing a baby is all you can manage, then your body's telling you it needs the energy to grow the baby and you shouldn't beat yourself up over not being able to get to the gym.

cayleyrice |

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I used to work out, but I consider my job to be a pretty good workout. I'm on my feet a total of 7 hrs and 20 mins of my work day which sucks especially being pregnant. A lot of bending and lifting although I've been more careful about how much I lift now. I'm only a little over 4 weeks now so I'm extra tired now when my day is over.

susie985 |

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I'm officially 6 weeks along and I am due to run my first Marathon in a 1.5 weeks. I'm going to listen to what my body says and not push it, but I agree, if you were doing it before and it still feels ok, then go for it!

SunflowerGirl29 |

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I take spin classes, and step aerobics. I have had several different pregnant instructors

LBERGNER |

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Hello! I am a zumba instructor! I use to teach 5 classes a week, but now I teach 2! Its okay to work out but, you must keep and eye on the heart rate! That is the most important thing because, it is not good for the baby if it gets to high! It must be at 140 to 150 bpm! If you notice it gets higher its best to slow down! I also, lift weights 3 days a week! I was lifting 40lbs on my arms altogether before I was pregnant but, now I do 20 lbs! Just more reps! It is truly important to listen to your body! So you can stick to things you did before but, you must modify!

AshleyBittle |

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I just found out I am pregnant right before the Philly marathon. I was so scared that I wouldnt be able to run it. When I went to get blood work to confirm the pregnancy, I talked to the doctor and he said it would be fine since I have been training, my body is ready for it. I am about 8 weeks, was 6.5 when I found out. I Just drank water at every water stop, and packed two baggies of orange slices. Ate 1 during and 1 after. It worked for me. I knocked off 1 hour and 10 mins from my last time too! Just listen to your body, i slowed down with running since then, but I am still exercising as much as possible!

katnkeith |

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Kainkeith - I'm so glad to hear your answer. I found out I was pregnant two weeks ago and so I stopped didn't do the half marathon I've been training for and anticipating. I love running and want to keep doing it but have been scared. I've been crazy paranoid. I got a heart rate monitor and I reduced my exercise routine to an easy easy 30 minutes on the eliptical. I've been a little down because I'm used to working out a lot more. Thank you for your input

marnidukes |

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yes

kristy342 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I agree with kristy342 . . . YES!

liltleli |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I found out I was pregnant 2 days before my half marathon and still ran it. I packed lots of snacks and needed all of them when I was done. I am so glad I ran still, very rewarding. PLUS if I can do it pregnant I know I can do it again (maybe to help shed the baby weight). A week later the first trimester exhaustion kicked in so I didn't do much. Now I walk, jog (cutting back b/c breathing is getting hard while exercising), climb stairs, do some classes, etc. I have had to modify at this point due to decrease oxygen but I still try to stay active. TIP: if doing classes tell your instructor you are pregnant they can modify the activity if it is too high impact! keep going- exercising pregnant I think is so healthy for mom and baby!

caitykins5 |

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Hello?... Yes! Um, Baby Boot Camp classes are wonderful: we do strength and cardio conditioning (at your own level), practice Kegels, core, and stretch the typical tight prego muscle groups.

AnnieWalnuts |

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During my first pregnancy I exercised 3 times a week, little did I know that it was not good for my cervix. I lost my little boy at 22 weeks. So I do caution talk with your doctor as soon as you find out that you are pregnant and tell your OB all of the exercises that you are doing now and throughout your pregnancy.

cxab22 |

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can I still run for excercise

marisolk |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I do pregnancy DVD's, that use weights, step, etc and they work our your legs, butt, arms, back. they are fun and you really feel that you are working out.

ankechutson |

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i have been high risk since my first live born, and i find that walking in the last trimester is near to impossible. i do as much as i can just as long as i am physically capable of doing so...my doc tells me not to do things but it all comes down to what i am comfy with doing. a warning tho if you decide to do things you are warned against be prepared to deal with the consequences. i went camping at 34 wks and the day after i got back from light 4-wheeling on normal dirt driving roads i was rushed to the hospital and my awesome baby girl was born healthy as a full term baby! no regrets. i was thru being preg by then!

yellowskittle |

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I'm in week 7 and normally exercise 6 days a week, but lately I only have the motivation to do it 1 or 2 days. Is it better to listen to my body, or should I push myself to stick with my routine?

sanriored |

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Yes - please continue to work out, provided your OB is cool with the idea. :)

kallen0502 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I was going to start pilates before I found out I was pregnant. Is it still OK? I don't really do any other kind of exercise, other than walking...

lyzbee |

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what's the deal with ab workouts during pregnancy? should I refrain?

annielynnadams |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

You have to avoid strenuous exercise. You also need to watch your breathing, heart rate, and body temperature. Consider walking instead of running. There are also great workout tapes for pregnant women you can try by getting them free at the library. Here is a great reliable site with more info on pregnancy and exercising. http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1150.asp

lindyluhu |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I had a friend who said she wasnt very active prior to pregnancy but wanted to maintain her weight during pregnancy. She did an excellent job, worked out almost daily and was still not showing by month 5. However, when she went to the doctor the baby was underdeveloped to the point where the doctor said her baby was mentall, physically way behind. He then put her on bed rest until the end of her pregnancy. Me personally, I know excerise is important but walking is just as beneficial as running, so that is my preferred method of exercise. Not to mention that I live on the 3rd floor!

Terian |

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I'm nearly 9 weeks along and am currently in a Tae Kwon Do class...As long as it stays no contact, am I okay to continue for about a month longer?

shareehe |

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Chocolatelabrador has it ALL WRONG. I'm a military officer, and there are no rules whatsoever against running on pavement. Aquatic running is great for those who are out of shape, but as you can read there are plenty of fit moms-to-be on this site. Running is a great exercise throughout pregnancy if you were running pre-conception and do not have any high-risk indications (multiple miscarriages, preeclampsia, incompetent/short cervix, etc...). Running on pavement is preferred in many instances. I'm at 20 weeks now and run trails 20 miles per week and will quit due to the uneven terrain. It is just safer from this point on to run on even surfaces such as pavement or treadmill. I just got a gym membership to use the treadmill, since I live in southern AZ and it is now into the 100s. Happy running!

ohiomissy |

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yes

TaraBshaw |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

lyzbee - I've been an avid Pilates fan for about 2.5 years . . . I'm 14 weeks and still doing Pilates . . . it is wonderful. Just make sure you have an experienced teacher, and tell them you're pregnant, some things you'll need to modify, (especially as your belly gets bigger) but for the most part, just go at your own pace. Reformer class or mat class would be good, my midwife gave me the all clear . . . If you haven't done Pilates before, make sure you take a beginner class.

mjr12 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Interesting that there doesn't seemt to be much comment from people over 20 weeks...

perezell |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I'm another running girl. I just learned I'm 5 weeks along. I ran all last year and took 5 months off during winter (I'm in Canada). I started my 8 km class a month ago - it gets more challeging every week - Weds we went to 5.6 km and it was very tiring for me. Soon the hill training will start. I'm thinking about dropping down to the lower class and doing 5 km only. 3X a week plus yoga. Going to discuss with my dr. during my first appt this Weds.

kmagu3 |

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My doctor told me that if my body isn't telling me that I shouldn't then it's fine. You have to be willing to listen to what it is telling you and not just go nuts!

tiffiny1027 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

From what I know you can no longer run because of the risk of falling. I was a runner and know I just walk 5 miles when I was running 2 miles.

bchepa |

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How can anyone work out? I used to run before I was pregnant, but now I'm exhausted, my boobs hurt and I'm queasy! If I didn't have to go to work, I think I'd stay in bed most of the day. Please tell me this passes, and I can work out in the 2nd trimester!

Annie0823 |

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I'm with you Annie. I'm 5 weeks pregnant and I'm supposed to do a marathon in 2 weeks. All of my training didn't prepare me for the sore boobs and exhaustion I have felt the past 2 weeks. My heart rate jumps up the minute I start running and I'm exhausted after 30 minutes. I gained nearly 3 minutes on my mile in 2 weeks!!! So I've taken myself out of the marathon. As much as my head wants to do it, my body is forcing me to take a step back. I will continue to run but only slow jogs maybe once or twice a week and lots of yoga. The way I see it, it's going to be a long nine month vacation where I can use the pregnancy to be a little lazy. Just a little.

Amarol |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I'm at 19 weeks. I had run 5 marathons prior to becoming pregnant and was averaging 20-25 miles a week in my training. My doc okay'd me to keep running, as long as I took either the mileage or the pace down. I'm currently averaging about 12 miles a week at a pace around 2 minutes slower per mile than my pre-pregnancy pace. I was incredibly tired the first trimester, but staying with the running (and walking when I couldn't run) helped immensely. I plan to keep running until it is uncomfortable. I've switched out one day of running for swimming, and will probably add another swim day before all is said and done.

mjm724 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Yes

dstravitz |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am a marathoner and actually have another one lined up when I am at 14 weeks...am I going to drop out...HECK NO! I am going to continue to run until I can't run anymore. I will however listen to my body and if I am unable to hold a conversation while I am running, I know that I would need to slow down my pace.

loanbpham |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

exercise is definitely important. Most things are okay as long as you are not pushing yourself too hard. Weight loss should no longer be a goal but staying healthy should. I have heard from doctors, nurses, and mothers that being strong and in shape during labor makes it a hell of a lot easier. I've had terrible morning sickness but as soon as I hit 12 weeks and that starts to fade, I will be doing water aerobics and roller blading. As for the woman who will be riding horse back until she "hatches", well I hope you really trust your horse because being bucked off is not safe for baby.

Gen1331 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

i am an avid runner, about 25-30 miles a week. Now at week 15 I feel the extra weight has put a damper on my speed, but I still have the endurance. I noticed I sweat a lot more. I think it is best to continue your routine until your body says it can not handle it any more. JLKB

jlkitko |

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The doctors usually say exercise is good for you but in my case, I got a phone call the other day with the doctor telling me my progesterone level is very low, so I have to take a progesterone suppository and NOT exercise and stay off my feet as much as possible to avoid miscarriage. Hopefully this isn't you, but you should get the confirmation from your doc after you get your bloodwork done just to make sure. And don't lift heavy weights.

kristenkhan12 |

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I dont work out at all!!! I never did. Should I start now?

sofianunezpr |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am 5 weeks along, and I have the Marine Corps Marathon on October 31st. I have run it every year- but I normally have spotting after running such a long distance pushing myself so hard. Any of you that have run marathons/ half-marathons have spotting after your runs?

cford001 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am 19 weeks pregnant and still walk 2 miles a day, I walk my kids to school and pick them up... i just have to allow for alittle more time now as I am noticing that i am walking at a slower pace now!

mamabear8869 |

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cford001: I signed up for the Baystate Lowell, MA Marathon (my first one) 10/17/10 and found out that I'm 5 weeks along. I'd be curious to know the answer to your question too about spotting. I wasn't sure if I should run or drop out but after reading so many inspiring stories, I'm going to see what my training can do for me and listen to my body on race day. Good Luck on your run.

Vincent |

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yes

barly22 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

My midwife said I can do the same workouts I did before I was pregnant, just don't increase anything (intensity or weight lbs.). Before I was pregnant, I was extremely active (working out 6 days per week (6 days of cardio with 5 days of weights)) and I do the same thing now. 5 days per week I do 30 minutes of intense interval cardio training and still push myself with 30 minutes of weights 5 days per week with 1 day of moderate cardio. I am 18 weeks along and stopped doing abs once I found out I was pregnant and stopped laying on my back for chest presses around 10 weeks (now I do incline bench presses). I haven't lost any energy or motivation. I want a healthy baby and that won't happen without a healthy body. The more muscle and endurance you have the easier labor will be in what my midwife said. Plus, any additional weight you can keep off is a bonus; I've only gained 1 pound and my midwife said everything is developing properly with the baby. Point being: if you worked out hard before you were pregnant, you can keep working out hard (i.e. if you were very athletic). It's great to hear compliments and not be in maternity clothes yet and great for your self-esteem :) I haven't lost a bit of energy. There have been a few days I knew to back off slightly, but your body will tell you when you are overdoing it. Hope this helps :)

Sarahlpotter07 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

My OB/GYN said if you were active pre pregnancy then continue with those exercises, but always listen to your body. If you are tired, then rest. If you were a couch potato pre pregnancy then it probably wouldn't be wise to start training for a marathon, but even walking 20-30 minutes daily is better than nothing. I went to a prenatal class and they stated the heart rate shouldn't be over 140bpm, but my OB said that was old information. It is so confusing cause you read online that you should keep it below 140, but my pregnancy book just says to talk to your practicioner. so many facts/opinons......

jakeandrita |

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Jakeandrita- the 140 limit is in fact old information. The american college of obstetricians and gynecologists have said that a woman should listen to her own body. Because of different fitness levels there is no one set heart rate to stay under. Thank god, cause I would miss working out! Of course, in the first trimester I'm so tired I don't get through much but still.. It's nice to know that I can still be active

rosietheriveter24 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I ran a marathon while I was 2 months pregnant (unknowing that I was even pregnant). And now that I am in my 5th month, I am still running..

chamberski |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Does anybody know any of any gyms that provide classes especifically for pregnant women such as pre-natal yoga or pre-natal pilates?

beckjain77 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I didn't exercise at all before I found out I was pregnant, but I don't want to gain a ton of weight. Can I start exercising now (like brisk walking on the treadmill), even if didn't before?

moniturn |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Everyone I know tells me to avoid stretching upwards like from grabbing something from a high shelf

minicey |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am 20 weeks...my OB told me that since i was NOT working out beforehand, I should not start exercising now. Its great to go walking, to take pre-natal yoga classes for beginners, and prenatal aquasize classes, but other than that, she recommends not to head back to the gym now. Two years ago, I used to work out 2 hours a day, 7 days a week...I was seriously hardcore. So feeling sore and exhausted now is making me want to stretch and work out. But please be careful ladies!!! 9 weeks in, i tried doing beginners yoga at home (obviously unsupervised) and I guess I stretched too much...I was bleeding like crazy the next morning and ended up in the hospital. Thank goodness, all was okay, but its not worth the risk.

EssJ |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I have always worked out at least 4 - 6 days a week before pregnancy. Now that I am pregnant, I don't feel the urge to. I work 40 hours a week and my job is very fast paced with me on my feet for 8 hours minus a few breaks. I am exhausted when I work, and on my days off I just want to chill and enjoy being pregnant. I am not eating horribly and feel that as long as I keep eating healthy I should be fine. My goal is to start this yoga video for pregnant women, which is very low key but should also help me maintain my core strength and get ready for labor.

nsknight2005 |

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Does anyone know anything about BodyPump class and pregnancy? I have been doing it 2x week for the last year. 9 weeks pregnant, OB said it was fine but didnt really ask me any details about it.

JulianneP4585 |

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@ Julianne -- I am BodyPump instructor and just found out I'm preggo so I researched this as well. The Les Mills (BP creator) website has a whole section for how to modify when you are pregnant. I plan on teaching until my body says no more.

bradandjackie |

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I am about 6 weeks along. Had 2 miscarriages w/in last 6 months. So I guess I'm high-risk, even though my doc has not labeled me that. Prior to pregnancy, I worked out about 4x's/week. Last Dec I was on the Eliptical (i was told this was safe) and started bleeding heavy, which ended in my 2nd miscarriage :( This time, as much as I want to work out and feel completely useless right now, I'm staying away from the gym. I know it'll be tough, but I'll have time after the baby is born to loose the weight. I just want a healthy baby .

Jaimeski |

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I own a TRX system which allows you to get a full work out at your own pace and to control the way you want to exercise. You can google TRX and it costs $199 but is totally worth it. I also love to walk on my treadmill, running is just not comfortable for me being pregant, I feel like I'm shaking the baby like shaking a smoothie. I have lots of great exercises for pregnancy if anyone is interested with the TRX system Also it can go on the back of a door or hang from your ceiling.

kaylaiversen |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I'm at 19 weeks and am still running and lifting weights and have been feeling fine. Albeit I need to run slower (can definitely relate to decreased lung capacity!), take more time to do weights, and ensure to hydrate more often, I always feel better after working out and have not had any problems. I have toned down my intensity and variety (i.e. no field hockey games this spring) but not my frequency of working out from pre-pregnancy.

lscopes |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

As long as your heart rate does not exceed 144bpm. It can deprive your baby of oxygen. A watch heart rate monitor is very helpful in keeping you in the safe heart rate zone..

gamezully |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

If you are low riisk pregnancy, iIdont see why not. I am the same way, cardio, zumba, and weights, although I wish I had more energy. I am depressed because I have not been exercising the way I should. I am 12 weeks pregnant.

Greenhouse13 |

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I am taking a zumba class and it will be over when I am barely 3 months along. Is it okay if I keep going?

shelbykirts@gmail.com |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I just completed P90X and am 5 weeks pregnant, is it safe to go back through it again for the beginning of my pregnancy?

pearlsnjeans1 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am just now hitting 6 weeks and I take tennis lessons 4 days a week and play 2 days a week is this safe?

hmrthree |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am 6 weeks along and am scheduled to run a half marathon when I will be 22 weeks ... is it still safe to do? I am a regular runner and this will be my 7th half...

ALUP2004 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I work out just as much as I use to.. almost every day. I'm 12 wks now & still take zumba, step & cardio classes. I have been using lighter weights and making sure I don't over do it.

HLMTEAM |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I know this may sound crazy, but is there anyone out there who has continued pole dancing at the beginning of pregnancy?

nursej6878 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Yes, I do 25 minutes of cardio on the elliptical 4 days a week, along with weight training! light weights of course ;)

shines0105 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I just had the same question for my OB doc. She told me to keep my heart rate no higher than 150. Thats depressing to me because I love cardio! After me giving her different scenarios, she still insisted on 150 max heartrate.

curly_q10@hotmail.com |

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I am a SPIN Instructor- 5 and a half weeks along. Also a personal trainer that knows, here are the basics- no contact sports, no lying on your back after first trimester for long periods of time and listen to your body. A girlfriend of mine ran until she was 2 weeks from her due date- granted she got slower, but her baby is perfect. Unless the doctor says to stop, and I feel good- exercise is good for both of us!

bunnymccloud |

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I worked out four days a week before getting pregnant. Some of the work out were pretty challenging. Now that i'm pregnant I've knocked it down to the modified version of my work outs . I feel good about it I'll get back to the hard stuff after the baby is here and safe.

Twalac |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am 35 and 8 weeks pregnant I have always been extremely hyper and active my entire life sitting for any period of time is torture for me. Before i even knew I was pregnant and still to this day I am completely exhausted every single day. I feel queasy and have several headaches and can barely eat or get off the sofa. The prenatal vitamins that my ob gyn gave me samples of citra natal assure has made me feel much better. I tried 3 others prior to deciding on this one. Try a few samples before you settle on a vitamin.

mikorox13 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am 4 weeks 3 days and Im nervous about working out too. I worked out before I conceived and I loved it. Yet, since Ive been pregnant Im scared to do anything. I read a few post up top, and I think I'll start back tomorrow. With a light version of my old workout.

wakeup79 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

There are some very effective pregnancy exercises on a blog I found! http://toddlerbedandmore.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-excercise-when-you-are-pregnant.html. Hope they help!

Toddler101 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

i really dont tink so not really sure bout runnin but weights ... is not ok to be heavy liftin ..

AnaBug11 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I started working out a while ago 5 days a week and will continue to until the baby is born. However, I have noticed that I get tired a lot faster and can't do the same intensity as before. I would tell people to listen to their bodies and do what they feel comfortable with. Plus I've found that working out, even when I don't feel like it, gives me more energy and I don't feel so bad when baby and I splurge on something later.

katie_marie27@hotmail.com |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Is it okay to start excercising while pregnant if you didnt consistantly excercise before. I just got a stationary bicycle to start using and I was wondering if its okay to still use it...

elisefeagin |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I work out relatively regularly but instead of jogging, like I used to, do more of a power walk. I do between 2.5 to 3 miles and I just try to watch and I do as fast as I can and listen to my body.

arinvara |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Ok I Just found out im pregnant its my first one so im pretty clueless.....i recently started doing zumba 1-2 times a week...is it ok to countinue to do this?

Kristaleigh1121 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I never have continued my regular workout routine of 60 minutes of yoga per day but I added on one walk per day to make up for my slightly gentler yoga practice. When I work out, I go from being exhausted and depleted to energized. I truly believed that a regular exercise routine is essential for every woman and their baby.

leynajacobs |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am of the opinion that exercising is essential to a healthy pregnancy; however, you need to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard. I have continued my daily yoga routine but toned it down a bit: I eliminated core work and inversions. I also added a daily walk to make up for my less rigorous yoga practice. If I'm exhausted, I feel 10 times better after working out. It relieves stress, increases energy, and overall makes me feel better.

leynajacobs |

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I am fairly active and really enjoy doing outdoor activities. I am supposed to be going paintballing this weekend bt I just found out I'm about 5wks pregnant. Is that still a good idea?

georgy |

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I was in the middle of training for a triathlon when I found out I was pregnant. My doctor said I could still do it since I had been training and was ready to do it. I just made sure to wear a wet suit for the swim so my body temp didn't drop and stayed hydrated! I did the triathlon at 11 weeks!

skbalzly |

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So glad to here there are other crazies like me doing races pregnant. I just ran a marathon at 5 weeks pregnant and am doing a 1/2 in January. My doctor said, being that I've been active and training for so long, it was okay to keep it up as long as I stayed very focused on hydration. Keep exercising ladies!

michellejantzen |

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So p90x is out of the question?! Only 4 weeks

estherAdriana |

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Yes

sd1181 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Can I still play badminton suring pregnancy? What exercise fdo you suggest?

TracyAquinoReyes |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I just learned that I am 4 weeks along, and I ran a half-marathon last weekend! I felt just fine. I am part of a running club and a lot of the women continued to run while pregnant until it was uncomfortable. I have to be honest, I do still have "what if's" going through my head. I would hate for something to happen and it be due to me being a "runaholic". I see a lot of people on here saying it's safe to run, but my parents and in-laws (who are also runners) seem to think I should power walk. I guess I will have to wait to ask my doctor when I see her!

alysiama86 |

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Can you do sit ups during pregnancy? I am 7 weeks THanks

VJAUREGUI87 |

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Does anyone know if doing Zumba is ok?

michele2882 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I've worked out here and there. Nothing serious. But after having this baby I would like to start a serious routine. For now i want to get a jump start on being healthy and fit during my pregnancy.. Does anyone have any suggestions on what type of workouts i should start with?? Thanks.

DDBella20 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I asked my doctor about excercising - especially after having a miscarriage last year, I am trying to be extra careful, but he said that excercise won't kill anybody & it is a vital part to help my body grow stronger... Don't overdo it, was the only thing he said, but you should know your body & know its limits.

Elda Byliefeldt |

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Still exercising including yoga, zumba and running at 19 weeks :) Do what feels right for you, this is my second pregnancy, my sister ran 6 miles a day until she was 6 months pregnancy and then took it down a notch. Just had my ultrasound, baby looks great, a boy!!! :)

Acaciasmomma |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I was suffering from massive amounts of morning (more like all-day) sickness during my first trimester. Now I'm beginning my second trimester and want to get back into my normal workout routine. It is nice to hear about women who keep up their routine well into pregnancy. My doc and prenatal yoga teacher kept telling me not too push it and take it easy. Problem is, before pregnancy I really always pushed myself and got a high from really good workouts. Now, the taking it easy is really making me depressed and just anxious to get out and do something. Now that morning sickness is so much less than before, I'm hoping I can at least find a fine line of getting a nice satisfying workout that is within my pre-pregnancy capability, and not overdo it and risk harm to baby. I think people shouldn't listen to their doc or otherwise, if their body is telling them different. I will push myself to do maybe 60% of what I did pre-pregnancy--in order to maintain some sort of fitness throughout my term. But will always listen to my body if it's telling me to ease up.

mom2beyah |

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no

redm327 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Right up until 2 weeks ago I was doing my routine high intensity cardio and weight training daily. One day, at about 6 wks, I wasn't able to go past twenty minutes of cardio without feeling extremely exhausted. Now I've stopped all exercise and I'm about 8 wks. 4 days. I am tired, naseous and feel like such a lazy bum! Before I found out I was pregnant I had just lost those last 10 lbs. and was feeling great, but as soon as I found out I started packing on the lbs again and started feeling depressed because I had struggled so much to be in the shape that I was in. I have a huge fear of gaining weight because in my first pregnancy I gained 80 lbs!!! When my doctor tells me 30 lbs is healthy it makes me cringe to seeing the scale showing those numbers. ;-( Definitely pushing myself tomorrow to get that walk in on the treadmill!

joteroalavi |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I'm 9wks and still doing 5lb weights, stretching, and cardio. I just ordered a Spanish pregnancy exercise video ( Encinta con Argelia). I find it helpful as it tells you when and how to breath during yoga, dance and its stretching segments for pregnant women. There are days that I am a totally bumming it and taking naps. Hey, take time to listen to your feelings and body. Taking 20 min walks around the block or to the local park are helpful to clear my mind and circulation. I haven't done cycling, not sure if I will.

SmartWoman55 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Yes

spradling25 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I run a few times a week and take zumba and cardio box classes

Teresa Buldo |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

My doctor told me no weights but stick to the cardio

amandamatragrano |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

i personally have a treadmill, so i walk on that for about 30 mins, it's nice because i can read my pregnancy books while! also, you can do zumba which is a lot of fun, just don't overdo it like the other girls, since you're pregnant you have to do low options and move a little softer.

dpraseutsinh |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I love doing my Zumba classes twice a week I just have to make sure I dont go over board. It really helps my lower back pain in the middle of the night. Also going to the pool with the kids I can really tell how the water helps. It makes me really excited to be able to do a natural waterbirth.

Tashelstad |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I would at least like to keep walking with my dogs that gives me enough exercise....Maybe I will add in some light weight training.

naliepm |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Do yoga that's really good to do, and I don't think you should do weights when you start to get really big

leahanne1993 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Yes, just tone it down a little. If your heart rate gets to high so will the baby's and it can cause complications (potentially). So you can do what you normally do, just at a little lower level

BabyJessee12 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

American association suggests 30 mins of regular mod exercises which could include swimming, brisk walking , elip, stationary biking, yoga and stretching, The heart rate should not go beyond 140 b/min. 1 trimester you could be too tired to walk a mile, you will eventually be able to catch up as signs and symptoms begin to fade out, mine are just starting to get better :D yay, walking 3 miles a day eating in mod, + multi vitam + lots of water .. baby is happy so am i.. hope this helps cheers :D

cassym03 |

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yes

cloudya98 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Am jst 5weeks pregnant,i think i will start exercise this evening preferably walk exercise

tobahlen |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I used to work out up to six days a week, (Cardio and resistance training) Now that Iam pregnant my heart rate is sky high when working out. Dr say not to get your heart rate above 140 becasue it could cut off blood circullation to the baby. I have dramticaly cut the intensity back on my workouts. While I am pregant, I like to walk on a steep incline on the treadmill at a slow pace. It keeps my heart rate in the 130's but I can feel it working my legs and butt! I want to keep that part toned atleast!!

112512 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Keeping your heart rate at 130 is good, you should not do more effort to raise the heart rate because it could harm the baby. My niece practiced sport when she was pregnant, now she wants to enter body by vi challenge because she gained extra weight, after one week we all could see the results, she lost 2 pounds and wants to lose more.

miracraig |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Since I am only 5 weeks.. my co worker told me I'm still in a sensitive state where I can get a miscarriage. She said in order to play it safe, she recommends that I just walk and not do any heavy lifting right now until I'm at least 12 weeks.

jemstone4 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Light weights should be okay. Make sure you don't hold your breath while lifting weights. Monitor your heart rate so you don't overdo it!

Naviriar |

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I walked an hour daily before I got pregnant. Each pregnancy is different. I couldn't walk for an hour for my last 2 pregnancies. I walked only 30 mins and still got spotting and cramping and turned out to miscarry. For this pregnancy, I don't have any spotting and cramping so far and I'm walking an hour a day and stay hydrated. I'm 16 weeks pregnant. I will ask my OB first before I do anything.

dodo1202 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I'm five weeks pregnant and I usually four days a week. I do a combo of cardio and weights. Even though I have all of the common early pregnancy symptoms, I still plan to continue my regular workouts. Yes, some days it's hard- yesterday, for instance, I was really tired. But when I do go to the gym, I come out feeling better so it's really worth it.

anachelle |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Yes

rfsteele |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I have never really "worked out". But have noticed my lower back hurts SO much worse then normal, and my knees hurt alot. What kind of mild exercise would anyone recommend for me? I am 9 weeks, today. I will also bring this up to my OB at my next appt July 25th.

mrsellerbe0518 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

My husband and I are TTC and are members of an adult co-ed soccer team. On a previous team, a female teammate of mine played until she was about 4 months, so I'd like to think I can keep playing while trying to conceive. However, I'm worried the rough game and contact (especially with men twice my size) could jeopardize our chances of conceiving sooner rather than later. Any thoughts?

cbhirn13 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

Is Pilates in the first trimester okay?

cjschlu |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

sit up arent okayyy...a big NO-NO

JRiggins24 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I'm 5 weeks pregnant and not at the healthy weight I wanted to be when I got pregnant, in fact I'm overweight if not obese. I recently started walking and jogging again. Is it safe to walk and jog even though I'm overweight? Is it ok if I lose weight in the frist trimester? Please help.

klevinebaby |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

no

JRiggins24 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

yes

Ladybug8910 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am a Crossfitter and just found out I'm 6 weeks along... does anyone know if it is still okay to continue...? I know they say listen to my body but is there anyone who has experienced a negative situation due to Crossfit??

nrmccullough |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I plan to run for at least the first two trimesters. I have read articles about women running marathons at nine months. I recommend the book "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy." It helped me to feel better about continuing to run four days a week for as long as my body says it is okay. I have already slowed down significantly, naturally, but I like continuing to get the same great benefits from running (increase energy, vitality, lower stress levels) that I was getting before pregnancy.

WhitWhit1011 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

If you were doing it before pregnancy, you can do it after being pregnant. You shouldn't start a new workout plan after getting pregnant.

mlwurster |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I've been working out since before I got pregnant. I'm continuing my regular exercise routine- 30 minutes on the elliptical for low impact, and 15 on the stationary bike. I do not put the effort level on too high. I do low-weight training with lots of reps for toning. I would recommend low-impact cardio and moderate weight-training.

katiezeidman |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I have learned at the next step wellness center a lot of types of exercises and a lot of them are good for pregnant women, remember not to get overtired, this could affect your baby. I would suggest running because it is great for the body, stimulates a lot of muscles and you can breathe fresh air.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

My elliptical is amazing during this pregnancy! I try to get a work out in at least 3 x's a week! I feel great and now i feel more pregnant and not "fat" lol I am in the first trimaster!

amberlovesderek |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

20wks. Im in the gym 3x a week doing 2 to 3 miles on the treadmill. 13.1 hill training on the bike and arm workouts... i have 5k at the end of the month in place of the country music half marathon i get tired and sometimes i go home a bit early but i try to go every week 2 or 3 times.

blackcanary2013 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I ran until week 35 with my first pregnancy. I even ran a half marathon at 25 weeks (with a 9:20 pace!) I felt great, the baby was healthy, and we had no complications. Early on in the pregnancy it hurt to run for about 2-3 weeks. I listened to my body and walked instead during that time, but once the baby moved a bit higher, she wasnt hitting me awkwardly anymore and the "lightening crotch" went away. Listen to your bodies, do what is comfortable for you! I highly encourage prenatal yoga (not the meditation kind but hard corps work on your squats, build up your inner thigh muscles so you dont waddle like a duck yoga).

brea311 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am at week 19 and am still working out. I run, I swim and I take spin class. some days, when I am not feeling it, I go for a walk. My doctor said I could keep what I was doing as long as I listened to my body. If something hurt, I was to stop immediately, lie on my side and drink water. I did a boot camp class I loved, but I stopped at 3 months because it was too hard on my body. Everything is harder, so I try to take it easy.

NaplesKate |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I would skip the weights till you are further along into your pregnancy. Lifting anything this early can be no good. However, the running the think is a great idea!

sparklealamode |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

yes

tesble |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I am exactly 19 weeks prego. I have been doing crossfit for the past few years and have continued to do it at least 4 days a week since I got prego. Some days are harder than others, so I just listen to my body and try not to push myself over the top. At my Dr appointment last week I was told that the ultrasound, fetal heartbeat, weight gain, & my blodd pressure are great... So whatever I have been doing keep it up! I believe it's an out dated myth that women should take it easy, eat for two & give into all cravings. Modern medicine as well as holistic med tells us that the best thing you can do for your body and the baby is to stay active and eat healthy foods.

Jackey85 |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

My favorite advice on this topic? Strive for maintenance, not physical gain. Being pregnant changes your body in many ways. It's good to keep exercising, and probably to start some gentle walking or yoga if you were previously sedentary. For already fit mamas, listen to your body and don't overdo it. You can get back to your loftier fitness goals in just a few months.

AbbyBarnesRN |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

I have a yoga cd that, before i was pregnant i fealt awesome! when i completed it! i will probably do that :) its nice and easy, and has a lot of stretching and core work. Just listen to your body :)

vbl3mmon |

Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

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Q&A: Exercise dos and don'ts during pregnancy?

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