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Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

Is it okay to take regular classes at the gym while I'm pregnant, or do I have to stick to the prenatal ones?

Re: Is it okay to take regular classes at the gym while I'm pregnant, or do I have to stick to the prenatal ones?

The Bump Expert

Yes, you can still take regular classes, but as you get larger, they may be too difficult. Listen to your body -- you know it better than anyone else. If something doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. If you start to feel nauseated or lightheaded, slowly stop the exercise and relax. If this persists, talk to your doctor. Steer clear from high-impact aerobics like kickboxing and anything involving body impact. When you reach your second trimester, it’s also important to remember to stop doing exercises on your back and start doing balancing exercises with support so you don’t get injured -- pregnancy isn’t a good time for sports injuries.

Tracey Mallett

re: Q: Gym classes while PG?

How about working out the abs is that still ok?

Kendra6488 |

re: Q: Gym classes while PG?

Do you think kickboxing is too much of a contact class?

NewRingBabyMom |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I'm a fitness instructor and just found out I am pregnant, (through Invitro). My doctor said from the time of transfer until the pregnancy test, no aerobic activity. Well, now I'm pregnant and don't know if I am able to go back to my high-impact 5-day teaching schedule. I am able to tone it down a little per guidelines but will it still be effective without being overkill for me? I wear a heartrate monitor already but worry that too much jumping may just be too much. What do you think?

CrumbV |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

my doctor told me i can work out but cannot do heavy lifting and should keep my HR around 140.

kedwards85 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

My doctor said right around 140 as well. If I was doing something consistently before pregnancy, I should be okay. I do pilates twice a week and cardio 4 days - she said all was good just keep around 140 cardio and stop doing things on my back in month 4. I am still curious about the abs though so will ask her tomorrow when I see her.

jilfree01 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

Kendra, in regards to your question about ab exercises while pregnant- YES! However... Before continuing or adding abdominal exercises to your fitness routine, you should first do a diastasis check to see if you have any separation in your abdominal muscle. You can simply test this by lying on the floor, knees bent, feet on the floor , and raise your head, neck and shoulders off (as like performing an ab crunch)- then take your fingers and start at your belly button, move back and forth across the muscle to feel if there is a separation. If you have any separation (more than one finger measurement) then you should modify your ab routine and include exercises specific to your inner most muscle, the tranverse abdominis. if this is all too confusing, you can take a trip down to where I work (at Mamas Move in Norwell) and I can help you with this!- or anyone else. sincerely, Lauren, pre/post natal fitness expert and ASCM master trainer.

mamalauren |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I used to go to Predator crossbow for pregnancy classes. There will be some days in your pregnancy when just getting out of bed can be a challenge so exercise might seem out of the question. But staying active has lots of benefits both during your pregnancy and when it comes to giving birth.

marcysmith2012 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I didn`t risk myself on taking gym classes after I found out I was carrying a baby, except for the special physical exercises for pregnancy. However, I recommend all future mommies to postpone all the steroids buy sessions for after the nursing period because this might be having an impact upon the baby`s health. Otherwise, it is great to manage into staying fit after giving birth.

conquerer |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

Just a note, everyone's heart rates are different, so you can't just say "keep it around 140" or "180 is too high" - the key is you need to be able to have a conversation (working out at conversational pace). If you can do that, then your heart isn't working too hard and you should be in the right heart rate zone.

ArielLilB |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I'm also a fitness instructor (body combat) and after 5 years, finally got pregnant after IVF. It kills me to do so, but I've stopped teaching and am only doing completely non-impact exercises. I understand the whole "if you've always done this, then it's ok to continue" but I know if anything happened, i'd be filled with "is it because I did this...?"

genavier |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I'm 30 weeks pregnant and had been doing Pilates for 2 years before that. Pilates is amazing during pregnancy as long as you attend a pregnancy Pilates class. Lots of the core work is done on your back which isn't good for pregnant women. Even in the early stages of pregnancy when you feel 'normal' you should really avoid a few of the exercises (http://www.elevategfprice.org/). But I do really recommend carrying on with it if you find a good teacher and a good pre- natal class!

KristenDMorgan |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

It's great that you're trying to stay fit and active during pregnancy -GF that's recommended - but for specific queries on the risks/benefits of exercise it's best to speak to your midwife, or other health professional as every woman's circumstances will be different.

KristenDMorgan |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

My OB said I could continue to do whatever I was already doing. (squats, jumping, weights, abs, and cardio)

Flirtykitty24 |