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Is it safe to exercise while pregnant?

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Is it safe to exercise while pregnant?

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Tracey Mallett: You’ve probably heard that pregnancy and labor will be easier if you’re in good shape, but your first trimester isn’t the time to start a whole new workout routine. If you already workout regularly, it’s usually okay to keep it up through your first trimester, but be sure to check with your doctor first. The best exercise regimen for the first trimester? Walking and stretching on a daily basis. Here’s why:

1. During pregnancy, your blood volume increases by a whopping 50 percent. As a result of all this extra blood circulating in your body, your heart rate is higher -- even at rest -- and exercise may feel more difficult, especially in the first trimester. This additional blood volume also causes you to take deeper, faster breaths and lowers your blood pressure.

2. Cardiac output also increases. In fact, it’s 30 to 40 percent higher than it was before you got pregnant. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you can safely engage in 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise on most, if not all, days. Walking, swimming, riding a stationary bike, using an elliptical, and low-impact aerobics are perfect cardio options as your pregnancy progresses, since these activities don't put any pressure on your joints, loose ligaments, or pelvic floor. Listen to your body and make sure your rating of perceived exertion (RPE) is around 7. Try the talk test: If you cannot hold a conversation while exercising, you're working out too hard and need to slow down or lower the intensity.

3. Your heart rate will be much higher than before you were pregnant, so it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time to cool down. It can take up to 15 minutes. Stop exercising when you start feeling tired and never work to exhaustion.

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Tracey Mallett

re: Q: Exercising while pregnant?

Thanks for the great advice! Doing 30min everyday on a glider has been to much for me.I think I will walk and stretch instead!

Mrs.JungBaby |

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I've been enrolled in a salsaerobics class for the past 3 months and love it! I just found out that I am pregnant but I have been doing ok so I think I am just going to not work as hard in the class! But I do feel good!

dimples_cdm |

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I am 11 weeks now, and I have been taking hip hop, jazz, breakdancing and dance aerobic classes for the past 5 years. Some weeks i'd go 2 times, some weeks only once. But after my pregnancy, I was reluctant to go because of the fear of miscarrying in the first tri. I'm going to the gym once a week now and taking a dance aerobics class, but I am used to working out hardcore, so I can handle it (and carry on a conversation easily). But a part of me still is afraid, as hiphop moves and certain dance moves require a lot of jerky motions, and pop' n'lock. I am trying to justify going, because it makes me happy. and Dance is my stress release, and my passion. And I've been doing it for over 5 years, so shouldn't I do what I have already been doing?? Plus I am not really showing yet, and it's not like th ebaby isn't protected with the amniotic sac or anything, right?I need some real advice.

shs500 |

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I was really cautious at the beginning of this pregnancy, particularly about working out too much, due to a previous miscarriage. I am an avid runner, but had read somewhere that you should keep your heart rate well below 160 when pregnant and had quit just to be safe. I finally asked my Dr. about this, who informed me that the number (which he had heard before from other women) was completely made-up and not based on any factual data, so I was free to start jogging without worry. I'm at 17 weeks now and and feel great now that I can enjoy being in good shape again, so far so good :)

jkgravier |

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I'm running 50+ kms a week at 10 weeks preg and training for a full marathon. The typical fitness guidelines are so low that if I followed them, I'd gain 50 pounds from the inactivity!

Zorbs |

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I'm 32 weeks along n I have been participating in a Belly dance class twice a week the whole pregnancy. I love it! The movements are not strenuous on my body and actually helps relieve back pain. It uses the natural movements of a women and it focuses on strengthening all the muscles used in childbirth. I don't know if it's mostly the belly dancing or if I'm just lucky but I've had a really easy pregnancy experiencing hardly any of the annoying symptoms that come with it.

itsperfect13 |

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My doctor told me that I can do all the same exercises as I did before I was pregnant. I'm 11 weeks and I still run 5 miles, take cycling classes and strength train. She told me that as long as it feels good I can do it.

ColleenSpecht |

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I play softball and while it isn't too much of a contact sport, there is a lot of sprinting from base to base involved. As well as the slight risk of being bumped by a base runner or 2. I am only 4 weeks pregnant, should I stop playing for risk of getting run into?

avroman84 |

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Tracey gave excellent advice. As a personal trainer, I've encountered a few clients that are asking me every so often. It is great to work out during pregnancy, there are many benefits (more energy, higher chances of bouncing back to that pre-baby bod, stress relief & it may even help have a better delivery for you and the baby), BUT it is not something that should be adopted at the start of a pregnancy. Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine. He/She will be able to advise you when it is safe to work out and to what level you can perform the workouts. All the best to the momma- to- bes out there!

ADMASS |

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I am also training for a marathon and my doctor said since I've been training and I'm in shape to run one there's no reason to skip it. It's not anything I'm throwing my body into. I have slowed down on the speed workouts though.

Theresa_Penney |

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I was running five miles a day, five days a week and gave up running at 28 weeks due to some discomfort. However, at 35 weeks, I am working out on the elliptical machine and stationery bike for a combined fifty minutes a day, five days a week. I feel great and will continue this regimen as long as the doctor permits it.

Sheri76 |

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Q: I just found out yesterday that I'm the big P - 5 weeks along! I am scheduled to run my first marathon in 2 weeks...what is the verdict? I ran 20 miles this past Sunday and felt great - will I be putting anything at risk by running my marathon? Help!

SunflowerGirl29 |

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I was training for the NYC Marathon. I was 6 1/2 weeks pregnant the day of the marathon. I ran 2 20 milers and a 16 miler while pregnant and felt great, however my doctors told me that I shouldn't run it. I walked the first 13 miles and then dropped out. It was a really hard decision, but I was nervous. So it was worth the peace of mind. I am now 8 weeks and had a sonogram and everything looks good so far!

delladog |

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I am using Denise Austin's prenatal workout video at home and I love it. It has a cardio program and two strength training programs based on what trimester you are in. It has made me feel good about myself and I try to do it every day.

kmkenley |

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Before we got pregnant, I probally ran 2x/ week and spin 2-3x/ week. I wear a heart rate monitor and never go to exertion... but i've gone up to about 85% of my max heart rate. My OBGYN said it was ok, do you agree?

robandlaura |

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I have been doing the P90x routine for a little over a monthe before I found out i was pregnant!!! I am about 6 weeks now and I haven't done anything since!! It's such a hardcore workout! I don't know what I should do now as far as workout routine! Help!!! I will ask the doctor as soon as I hear from him!! If anyone has any suggestions?????

whiskndaze |

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Charlotte on Sex and the City was a runner before she got prego. Her Dr. said that it would be great for her to continue her exercise even though she was afraid to hurt the baby. That baby is safe! Exercise is great!

jac829 |

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I was always told that if you started a workout routine before you got pregnant that you could continue that for the most part through your pregnancy. For right now i have dropped the weight training, but I still do about 45 min to an hour of cardio. I just go to the gym at 11 when The Ellen Show is on and turn the speed up and walk away! Watching her show makes the time go by a lot faster. I hoping to be able to bounce back from this prengnancy because I didn't work out in my first one and the 30lbs I gained stuck to me. I weight the same I did when my daughter was born!!

funnelcake_fashion |

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I continued to run rugby practice until I was 7 months along and did all the drills. We're not pregnant with #2 yet, but I've been Crossfitting for the past 18 months, and I'll continue to do the workouts with slight modifications as the belly grows. Several fit moms in our Crossfit group are pregnant again and they are doing the workouts, just with less weight, and quitting burpees and stuff once their bellies are too big. I subscribe to the "if you did it before and you feel good, have at it" philosophy!

Lithigin |

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I was preggo back in April and had a miscarriage, I had been running and doing cardio strength training classes 5 days a week before I got pregnant, I had a miscarriage, my doctor told me that exercise has nothing to do with a misscarriage. I am pregnant again about 5 weeks and I'm scared to miscarry again, but I'm also afraid if I don't run I will put too much weight on...not sure what to do ?

flyingmama07 |

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I've been on bed rest because my HCG levels were a bit low, I can't wait to start walking and get some fresh air (:

daisy_t85 |

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my husband just bought me the wii fit for christmas, so i've been doing some jogging training on that, i've done quite a bit of research on it since i miscarried at 5 weeks in october, i wanted to make sure we were safe this time, every article i read said unless you have some sort of medical issue that your doctor is concerned about, that exercise is awesome for you when you're pregnant, with my first baby i walked 2 miles a day and my doctor told me it was the only thing that kept me from a c-section since it helped widen my hips and loosen my pelvis a bit. i plan on doing the same this time, cuz it made labor nice and smooth for me. ^_^

izsmz101 |

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Yoga is a great exercise during pregnancy. I was really happy that my instructor paid special attention to the fact that I was pregnant and gave me small adjustments. Oh - and my pilates instructor just left to have her baby... and she was teaching up until a few weeks before she was due. No laying on her stomach though, of course :)

TheRiverJordan |

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My advice is SWIMMING, SWIMMING, SWIMMING!!!! I am now in my 28th week and I have been swimming thoughout my pregnancy as i did before. Up until the 23rd week I had been swimming for an hour doing 80 lenghts/ 2km per hour. (as much as i did before getting pregnant.) after the 23rd week i cut it down to half as much so i do 1km per hour. It's really great exercise and because in water you weigh less it feels easier than doing other sports which have an impact on your joints.(like running) For me it also has a relaxing and soothing effect, the benefits are not only physical but mental as well.

kkbeckster |

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I am a group fitness instructor and taught literally up to the day I gave birth. How did I make sure I was taking care of myself and baby as well as my class? Lots of water and modifications. Listen to your body. If it feels like too much, then it probably is. I decreased the amount of weight I was lifting, angled my bench when lying down for lower back support, and avoided excessive bouncing in kickboxing classes. Rock on my fellow Mamas!

trussell812 |

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I also did the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer at 20 weeks. Took a little longer than when I did it a few years ago, but I felt great and took lots of water and bathroom breaks! My OB gave me 100% permission to participate and I am so happy I was able to be a part of such a special event!

trussell812 |

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I still am hesitant to do anything more than walking. I was planning to run in a 5 mile race next week and I am still undecided whether or not I will participate. Part of me feels that I need to exercise so that my weight remains healthy (diet alone isn't enough for some women....I am one of those), but the other part of me doesn't want to do any harm.

cholmstrom |

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I developed gestational diabetes in my first pregnancy, and the doctors encouraged me to exercise to help keep my blood sugar under control. The problem was, I hadn't been before then and I was starting to get big by that time and it was hard for me to even walk around the block. This time, I will be taking daily walks (we have a dog now) from the get-go, so it will hopefully be much easier for me to keep that up throughout the pregnancy. Depending on the exercise, you may have to ease up or modify your workout a little, but don't quit altogether (unless you're on bedrest) because your body needs that movement!

cddn1980 |

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Yes, It is safe to exercise. but keeping your heart rate not more than 100rpm and not hurting yourself.

haritha28 |

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all i have to say is do Aqua Fitness! i have had no more back pain or any other pains since i started. low impact and great for the joints.

heidihuften |

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not only is it safe it is highly recommended, thanks to a little hormone called relaxin thats released during pregnancy making you more flexible this is a great time to start a prenatal yoga class, i have been teaching my clients an exercise routine using the fit ball for more than 7 years now and they all love using the ball during their pregnancy and after the baby is born.. i have an exercise video on my web site and a back massage routine that gets your partner involved check it out at massageamom.com

massageamom |

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I am a teacher but also am an aerobics instructor on the side. I am only a few weeks along but I asked my doctor and he said low impact aerobics and light weights are ok. I am planning to give up my kickboxing class but I will continue the other weight classes I teach.

ptorres |

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I'm a yoga teacher and I teach about 10 classes a week. I also usually take classes about 4 times a week. I am 8 weeks pregnant and as soon as I found out, I slowed down on taking classes and lessened the intensity. When I teach, I also don't demo as many poses. When I tell my students I'm pregnant, it will be much easier. That said, I still work to a point that feels comfortable. I don't do deep twists, but I still do arm balances and some "vinyasas." I'm strong and I feel like my body is used to it. I m/carried in Winter but my doctor said it has NOTHING to do with it. She feels that there's nothing physical I can do within reason to cause any harm.

omgjulybaby |

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I didn't exercise at all during my first pregnancy, or before or after it, and L&D were very difficult for me. There were other factors involved, but I know being overweight and out of shape didn't help. I started exercising and eating healthier several months before getting pregnant this time around. I even started running only a few months before finding out we were expecting. The 1st Trimester, I was so tired, I could barely get out of bed. But, as my energy started coming back, I joined a gym, started running again and started seeing a personal trainer once a week and doing her ST exercises 2-3 times a week. I feel great! I get tons of compliments, both at the gym and from friends and family on how healthy I look. I make sure that if I start to get tired or feel pain anywhere, I slow it down. Now that I am 31 weeks, I am finding I can't work as hard, my body tires faster, but I am still exercising because I know it will help with L&D and recovery this time around!!

afskinner |

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At 13 weeks I have the energy to resume daily exercise, prenatal yoga and walking. But I do tire much easier now than when I was not pregnant so I always listen to my body now.

chet4142003 |

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I am 18 weeks pregnant and I have been doing the Summer Sanders Pregnancy workout. I feel very energetic and healthy. I am also much more fit than I used to be pre-pregnancy as I am religiously following the exercise routine. Sometimes I feel that I am able to do more than the video offers and I am tempted to get a more intense workout video. I cannot stress enough how important it is to exercise as it minimizes pregnancy symptoms. I have had a problem free pregnancy until now and I am hoping it stays that way. I wish all the other mommas the same.

Ambreen2010 |

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I recently joined a Roller Derby league and after a week of practices, I found out I was pregnant. I am now going to just help out with other things off the rink. My doc told me I could still skate and that falling right now would not be a big deal, but this is my first pregnancy and I am worried. Other than that, I have had 2 doctors and a personal trainer tell me that I can continue what I have been doing as long as I don't get overly tired.

kbgregoire |

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yes it is safe to exercise during pregnancy. i didnt through out all my other pregnancies this one i am going to exercise for 30 minutes 4 days a week. its good for your health and the babys and you will lose the baby weight faster after the delivery

jsk115 |

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7 weeks pregnant, did a half marathon on the 25th of July; have a sprint tri on the 7th of August and other half marathons/tris throughout the pregnancy. Glad to hear about other people's workouts. Am a little scared too, but going to continue to work out for my health and of course baby's. Good thing that if you need to slow down, you can!!! All the women before us plowed the fields, and babies were healthy!

KK1974 |

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it feels like I'm exercising just waking up in this heat

webprodtktest1 |

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There are some great prenatal classes out there. Prenatal yoga, swimmming, and Fit4Baby which is through Stroller Strides.

keykal1711 |

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I'm 28 weeks pregnant and I have been running the whole time. But I think I had my last run this week. My achilles was getting sore and my feet feel so heavy (I still don't have kankles though). In addition to the running, I have been swimming, strength training, , riding on my mountain bike, elliptical and walking a lot. I'm a triathlete, so I think if I stopped completely, I would go CRAZY! Every workout is shorter duration and shorter intensity. I'm hoping all this will help me "bounce" back after. Even with all this working out, I've gained about 24lbs and I still have 12 weeks to go.

ironmandrea |

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My doctor told me that you aren't supposed to do floor excercises that require you to lie on your back b/c the uterus lays on an important artery and cuts off blood circulation to the baby. I already have one son and didn't know that. I thought it would be good to share w/ everyone else.

Britters7607 |

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I play outdoor sand volleyball 2 nights a week, and am 21 weeks along! As long as nothing "new" is started you will be fine?

scottmeg |

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I'm 25 wks pregnant and do a cardio kickboxing class 2X a wk. I don't do any of the warm up stuff that requires jumping (jumping jacks, burpies, etc) and anything that requires me to lay down i just do sitting up. I was doing Jiu jitsu 5X a wk and boxing/kickboxing 5x a wk before I found out I was pregnant. I basically stopped working out during my 1st trimester because I was always nauseated, but I feel so much better now that I am in my 2nd trimester and started up again. I feel that as long as you don't let your heart rate go to high and you take it easy, you can continue with some of the types of workouts you were doing before you got pregnant. Of course I stopped Jiu jitsu altogether... no contact sports! Cardio kickboxing is only done on a bag, no sparring so that's why I continue it.

AlKe420 |

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i used to go to the gym before i got pregnant and when i found out i am, i switch to yoga- prenatal yoga, that is! and still addicted to sauna and walking the treadmill, though i cant keep walking for more than 20 mins

watchamacallitz |

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I'm 27 weeks & work out with a trainer twice a week. In addition I try to get in 2 days of 30 min walking... The trainer has me do very light weights to keep me in shape. 3-5 pounds to work my arms, squats, lots of stretching exercising on the ball and its all good...basically I'm just continuing what I did before my pregnancy and reduced the intensity to low and time to half...

Suqoon7 |

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i used to run for 30-40 minutes, workout my abs/arms/legs, etc, all strengthening exercises, everyday before i was pregnant, but the few weeks before i found out i was sooo tired during my run, i could hardly keep my breath. i quit running, and took up walking and hiking. now though i don't do much of anything, except yesterday i started back with my ab exercises and legs. right now i'm just looking forward to after the baby comes when i can take it running outside :D :]

oliverjam92 |

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I'm so proud of all you Mama's who are still working out and feeling good! I'm kind of a slacker in this area myself. I am 27 (almost 28 weeks) pregnant with a high-risk pregnancy. So I'm not doing much of anything during my pregnancy. I have a couple 3-pound weights that I use occasionally to help strengthen my arms and if the mood strikes I will dance some using the Wii Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) game we have. I DO have a Pregnancy Yoga DVD, but I really haven't used it much if at all (OK, once). Which is strange because I love Yoga. Honestly, most of my exercise comes from the 2 days a week I am still working and I tend to sprint around around my office (even though it is a very small space). Otherwise, my exercise comes from sex. Yes, I said it, sex. I had a very high sex drive before pregnancy and I guess it's leveled somewhat since being pregnant. But I always feels my best and most relaxed after a good romp in the hay with the husband. For those who think sex is off limits during pregnancy, have no fear. Unless your OB has restricted you from intercourse, it is perfectly safe and it's the only exercise I know that I can do without moving if I so choose AND I still feel good when I'm done, ha ha! So that my little bit of wisdom, have lots of sex during pregnancy because it will help tone every part of your body, including your most important muscle (the one the baby will eventual exit from). Another plus to having sex during pregnancy is that it forces me to do my Kegel exercises and I don't even have to remember do them because it is automatic. :)

JoeErica13 |

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I try to walk every day..sometimes up to 4 miles. I just make sure that I don't get overhearted and that I drink plenty of water...if my husband isn't busy, he comes with me and we walk to the DQ for a treat! Shhhh....:)

hnnhflowers |

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It's a good idea to exercise during the beginning of the pregnancy but its also good to try and exercise before you become pregnant too. I am starting now so that way It allows my body time to get into shape and so my back wont be messed up while I'm carrying my baby. It will probably be another 2-3 yrs before I have a child but i still want to be in good shape for my health and the baby's.

lilcowgal91 |

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I was 21 and FAT with my 1st and only child. No type of exercise at all and I ate horribly! I'll be 36 in Feb and I'm in better shape than I've ever been. I re-married and we are going to start a family of our own. I play indoor/outdoor soccer 3 nights a week, probably won't do that much during pregnancy but really excited for prenatal yoga.

ScrGrl75 |

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How far along throughout your pregnancy can you go working out? 8 months? Full term? And when would it be best for you to quit?

CALNDNGRL06 |

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My sister ran track for 8.5 months of her pregnancy. I'm a little jealous at how fast and how well her body bounced back. This time around I'm exercising and plan on doing it for the entire pregnancy.

marjoriemitchell |

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What are your thoughts on the Pregnancy Fit Kit? You can check it out at www.PregnancyFitKit.com - I heard over and over that it is really good.

stlbabyplanner |

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yes , proper Exercise is good

xiang40 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

yes , proper Exercise is good

xiang40 |

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What about weight training? Is that safe?

Sevenlove |

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Whatever you feel comfortable with, do it. But don't just stop exercising and be a lazy arse because you're knocked up. That just leads to bad habits. In my First Trimester, I didn't know I was pregnant at the time, was working out vigorously--training for the next PRT (military terms for a physical training test). I passed with an Excellent High and was devestated, because I usually get Outstanding Low. Then when I realized I was pregnant, I said, "So THAT'S why I was having a hard time breathing." My kid is still healthy and active. I'm in my Third Trimester. My kid is awesome and doesn't give me any problems, just the joys that he's in there and lets me know every few minutes, except when I'm sleeping. Good and healthy. I still work out, but only for 30min, unlike the 1.5 hours I was doing in the 1st Tri. I recommend lots of Cardio, lots of back and ab strengthening machines (but nothing that involves lying on your stomach, esp. late 2nd or entire 3rd Tri). The more your muscles are strong, the more ease you'll have carrying that extra 20-30 pounds of weight on your spine. I don't know yet, but I'm pretty sure it'll help out with labor, since it's a work out in itself to pop a baby out.

shiprat |

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Absolutely! Check out the PregoFIT Workouts at www.pregofit.com. They are customized, prenatal exercises for each month of pregnancy. They follow the ACOG guidelines and are designed for any fitness level -- beginner, intermediate, or advanced.

PregoFIT |

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I have yet to start to work out... i want to bc I really wanna tone my body.. I am 11 weeks and this is my 3 pregnancy, I lost two so I wanna work out but I feel as if it is safer if I wait 2 more weeks. My sister is in obgyn and she says to walk but I am being very superstitious and waiting til after I move out of the 1st trimester... Do you think I am doing the right thing?

oniresiemanym |

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My friend told me that you can't do exercise that requires you to lay on your back. Is this true? I am not pregnant yet....but TTC and I love going to the gym 3-4 days a week and would be REALLY bummed if I had to give up my legs/abs/quads and body pump classes.

Wanzastari |

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I am now 9.5 wks and I am working out at the gym mostly on the weekends running 2.5-3.5 miles on the treadmill or 30 minutes on the elliptical. I leave the house for work at 6:55am and do not get home until 6:30pm so this 1st trimester I have been so exhausted at night that I can't get to the gym at night. But I do walk about 2.5 miles a day to and from work so hopefully thats enough.

mahudd115 |

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I started training for a half marathon a couple weeks before I found out I was pregnant. I have been very very blessed to not have very many pregnancy symptoms at all, so I have not really felt bad working out. Last weekend I ran a half marathon for the first time & felt just like any non pregnant person would their first time to do something like that. I went to the doctor for my 9 week appointment and she said that if I felt up to it that running is great! I can not say for sure, but I think one reason that I have had a smooth pregnancy so far is that fact that I have been able to keep up my exercise routine :) I know it is not for everyone, but if you haven't had any cramping or bleeding I say keep up the routine & hopefully you will feel better physically & emotionally!

bekahdugger |

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I asked my doctor and she said that because I was already exercising prior to my pregnancy, that it was not only OK but encouraged. It's suppose to help keep muscles strong, which will help in carrying the baby's weight & possibly make labor a little easier on you. She said to aim for 5 days a week but never working out to exertion. She did say that had I not already been working out, that walking for about 20-30 minutes most days would be best. I have been keeping up my routine (Zumba) just toned it down a little and feel great.

espie2712 |

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How about bellydance? this has been my regular workout routine for the past few years. I usually do 1 hour up to three times a week. This class is cardio bellydance so I definitely feel beat by the end of each session. Is this something I should give up in my first trimester?

HH26 |

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I was an avid runner before I found out I was pregnant with my second child. (I ran anywhere from 2 - 4 miles 4-5 times per week.) My OB gave me the green light but I also second other active moms that say to listen to your body! I continued to run for a couple of more weeks but it was entirely too much. I was seriously exhausted and felt winded after just a short while (when I was clearly in good shape.) I also got gravely nauseated which kept me from running as well..... I just curbed my food and ate healthier and go and walk more at the mall, etc. It really helps to stay in shape. I definitely feel much better than most moms at this same point! I am 34 weeks and don't have to wear maternity pants.... I just use a rubber band around my regular jeans!

kabby7 |

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I asked my doctor if it was ok for me to exercise and continue my spinning class, yoga, pilates and running and she said is fine since I workout prior to the pregnancy. I am almost at the end of my first trimester. I tried to work out 5 times a week but have been so exhausted since 9 weeks into my pregnancy that I had to slow down a bit. Hopefully all the first trimester symptom will go away soon.

micmotions |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I finished a Half Marathon, and two days later found out I was pregnant. My Doctor said she does not encourage running more than 2 miles at all during pregnancy. I was really upset about this! I have a few more races I've been planning on, and I don't know what to do. I've been told that you can do exercises on your back through your first trimester and then no more. Also, jumping and other ballistic movements should be cut out particularly in the first trimester. I'm considering finding a new doctor. One who will let me keep up my running schedule.

KatieH822 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I'm 35-36 weeks pregnant and I'm still running at least 3 days a week, lifting (light) weights and doing zumba! Sometimes I feel discomfort and have to stop occasionally. My doctors tell me that as long as I feel good, to keep at it! It'll make for a hopefully easier labor, healthy baby, and faster recovery! :) Good luck with exercise regimens and babies!

jswartz510 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I'm 8 weeks pregnant and my doctor reccomends exercise to help with child birth. She told me to listen to my body and not to over do anything. Basically she said if it hurts than I should stop and thats what I plan on doing.

chellegrn |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

My usual workout routine is running four times a week, cross-training one to two days a week, and two weight workouts a week plus walks and yoga here and there. My doctor okayed everything since I've been working out before becoming pregnant. She said to listen to your body and modify the workouts if anything gets uncomfortable. I plan to continue as long as I can and hopefully keep doing more low-impact stuff right up until baby comes (walking, swimming, prenatal yoga)

snowgirl0429 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I just found out I'm pregnant and I kickbox at least twice a week and take a lifting class 1-2 times a week as well. I've felt great so far, but I don't want to over do it. Thoughts?

libbykg |

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I've been a pretty dedicated ballerina for about 18-19 years now, going to 2-3 hour classes almost every day, plus rehearsals on the weekends. My endurence was up pretty high and my muscles were very well developed. I've always struggled a bit with my weight, but last summer (thanks to my amazingly supportive and helpful fiance/now hubby) I was able to lose over 40 lbs. I was at the peak of my physical health and strength. Then I got pregnant and my whole world changed. The first couple weeks were okay. I still went to my ballet classes. I got tired a little faster and my ballance was off, but I still made it through class. Then the m/s hit at about 4 weeks and ballet was out. I missed two weeks in a row (a new record for me) and when I went back for one class, I barely made it through barre. When the teacher called everyone onto the floor, I slumped over and watched for a few minutes, then went home. I'm 14 weeks now, and still can't make it more than 20 min through class without nearly passing out. Most days, I don't even try; I just stay home. Hopefully this will get better. I shudder to think what my body will be like after taking 9 months off... ugh.

fiddletoes |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I am also an avid exerciser - I regularly participate in half-marathons and triathlons - but had a miscarriage in November. I am only 4 1/2 weeks pregnant, and scared to run very much. I was used to running 5 or 6 miles a few times a week! I am happy on the elliptical, bike, and walking on a treadmill - any other good things to do during this time? Is five days a week too much?

vogelsinger |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

Hi I'm a pregnancy exercise specialist. Your body is used to exercise if you stop then it is more of a shock to your system. Keep running if your pregnancy is healthy then exercise will not effect it. I ran through two pregnancies and I also lost one. Run if you feel comfortable keep it aerobic so you feel like you are exercising but not pushing it. No 5 times a week is not too much. get your hcg levels tested.

mummy trainer |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

It sure is safe to exercise during your pregnancy and more women need to . As a pregnancy exercise specialist I advise that we need to educate more women on the benefits of exercising for both mum and baby! If you have a healthy pregnancy then the specific pregnancy exercise you do will not put any risk on your unborn baby or you. Please exercise during your pregnancy and be active, remember if you have exercised prior to a pregnancy then stopping exercising is more of a shock to your system. Be sensible and seek the advice of a professional if unsure. Your body will let you know if you are exercising too hard with an increased heart-rate and heavy breathing.

mummy trainer |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

For those with an iPhone, there is a new app coming out that guides you as to exercises that are safe for each stage of pregnancy as well as after baby is born. Go to http://mommacise.com for more info.

snebold |

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I've been wondering why it seemed that I get out of breath and tired pretty quickly while exercising nowadays... thanks for the info!!

whoknowswhat |

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yes, can regularly participate

xiang72 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I am a pre-natal certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. I am in incredible physical shape, have always lifted very heavy weights and done lots of intense cardio intervals as well as yoga. I am now 23 weeks pregnant with my first baby and have continued my exercise routine for an hour a day, 5 days a week. I have started to tone down my workouts a little bit lately, lifting a little bit lighter and taking longer rest intervals because my body is telling me to. People still look at me like I'm crazy at the gym and I have gotten lots of comments on whether or not I should be doing what I am doing (which is very annoying) but the fact of the matter is, if you had a rigorous exercise program before you got pregnant there is not reason you shouldn't continue! Just listen to your body, if anything feels uncomfortable or too difficult don't do it. Wear a heart rate monitor to make sure your heart rate isn't getting too high and stay hydrated. If you didn't exercise before pregnancy, now is not the time to start a new routine. Stick with pre-natal yoga and cardio machines. I have had the easiest pregnancy so far and I believe that exercise and proper nutrition have everything to do with it! Keep it up ladies, you're training for the hardest thing you'll ever have to do and need your body to be in tip top shape.

devoncrabtree |

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I'm so glad to learn I can exercise even in my first trimester. I'm only 4 weeks, but am already terrified of gaining a lot of weight. I will definatly start walking 30 mins a day!!! Gotta keep my bump in shape!

dunemonkey |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I'm 13 weeks pregnant with my second. I've been going to curves for the last 3years and still continuing it through this pregnancy and walking too.

crowleyja |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

Yoga is also a good way to stay in shape while pregnant. I was quite fit before getting pregnant and found it difficult to take it easier in my routines. But Yoga has given me that little bit extra that I need during my pregnancy (I'm 29 weeks) along with time on the eliptical.

trickhorse_06@hotmail.com |

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If you're used to working out before pregnancy it is ideal to follow a regular routine. Although you might have a couple of adjustments to make but exercise helps! Yoga was great for me :)

STEPHVEGA07 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I love to run and have been continuing to run when I am not totally wiped out, but a week before I found out I was pregnant I started doing Turbo Kick and it is a very intense aerobic class with jumping and punching and kicking. I stopped going to it when I found out I was pregnant because I was not sure if it was safe...I dont go to the doctor for another 2 weeks or so...should I just go ahead and do it or just run instead where I can control the pace of the excerise?

bsmith525 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I coach and teach all day. I take advantage of going up and down stairs, but like the rest of you I'm scared of doing a vigorous workout because I'm in my first trimester. I am also so worn out by 6 p.m. By the time 8 p.m. hits I'm in bed. So working out seems impossible right now. I'm actually 8 weeks pregnant and can't seem to get over being so tired.

jeniboo42 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I am 28 weeks and work out with a trainer 5 days/wk. He has me do a lot of arm and shoulder strengthening mixed in with low intensity eliptical or treadmill. I am noticing as the weeks go by it is getting harder and harder. I make sure I warm-up, stretch, cool down, take more time inbetween sets, and drink plenty of water. I listen to my body and call it quits when needed; however, it does feel great to get moving and stay active since I do sit behind a desk all day. Also, since all us soon to be mommies are supposed to be gaining weight, now is the time to focus on exercise as more of a mental relaxation vs. a physical. Good luck to all! ;)

desbaby |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

this is great advise! we got pregnant right after we got married, and I have been doing intense workouts up until now. it's been hard to slow down, and i don't want to give it all up. the light workouts have been nice, but definitely a lot harder that I had expected.

hillaryfanderson |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I am only a few weeks along but I asked my doctor and he said low impact aerobics and light weights are ok. Thanks for all advices. sell muscle cars

susan7586 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I'm 25 wks pregnant and do a cardio kickboxing class 2X a wk. I don't do any of the warm up stuff that requires jumping (jumping jacks, burpies, etc) and anything that requires me to lay down i just do sitting up. I was doing Jiu jitsu 5X a wk and boxing/kickboxing 5x a wk before I found out I was pregnant. I basically stopped working out during my 1st trimester because I was always nauseated, but I feel so much better now that I am in my 2nd trimester and started up again. I feel that as long as you don't let your heart rate go to high and you take it easy, you can continue with some of the types of workouts you were doing before you got pregnant. Of course I stopped Jiu jitsu altogether... no contact sports! Cardio kickboxing is only done on a bag, no sparring so that's why I continue it. stream direct tv review | Megaupload

gorimoda |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

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jerryms |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I'm 19 weeks along and have been exercising since before I got pregnant. Prior to pregnancy, I mainly ran up to 20 miles a week. Since becoming pregnant, I have noticed that jogging is harder than before, but I continue to do it atleast a couple of days a week. I just make sure to stay hydrated and I'll take a short break after 2 miles. My doctor gave me the okay to continue running as long as I feel okay and listen to my body. Along with running, I take zumba and spinning classes, lift weights, and do a prenatal yoga dvd at home. Honestly, if you feel good exercising, then there's no reason to simply stop unless your doc tells you to. Exercise is extremely important in pregnancy for you and your baby. Plus it will make losing that baby weight even easier!

winny28 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

yes! you can do whatever you were doing prior to finding out you were pregnant. I work out 5 days a week. I lift weights. Now keep in mind i have not added any more weights than i am used to. but I still lift and do weighted squats. yes, squats! you will not go into labor. i am 6 months preganat and still going strong. i just started wearing maternity clothes. still a bit big but i am only half way there :) i also do Combat classes. which is a hard core cardio 1 hour class. i just do what i feel is best. your body will thank you after the baby is born and you will get back a lot easier! good luck and keep pumping iron!

THERESAFRITZ |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

While doing pregnancy yoga with my friend I found relief from my Crohn's disease too. Here are some great, simple yoga poses for relief from heartburn and to help with digestion! Use exercise to prepare and aid the pregnant body! http://www.mommyser.com/myblog/pregnancy-poses-help-heartburn http://www.mommyser.com/myblog/pregnancy-poses-aid-digestion

madnham |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I was teaching 5 zumba classes a week, then we decided to open our own studio and last month I am now teaching 14 classes a week (not all are high impact) and I am now 13 weeks along. The doctor says that is okay to continue on as I am as long as I feel like I have the energy! I say the classes give me energy I don't know what I do with out them :D

kpharris |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I guess it all depends what kind of exercise we are talking about. Running or lifting are not recommended in the first months. Some pregnancy-adjusted aerobics or swimming are an option in the later months

ZacharyNewt |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I am 13 weeks pregnant. Before I found out I was pregnant I took Turbo Kick Box about 4 days a week. I normal class you can burn up to 1000 calories. I love it. But I was nervous to do it when I found out I was pregnant. My dr assured me that because I did it before, I would be fine I just need to take it easy. Only do about 50-60% of what I was doing before . I absolutely love the class and there are about 5 pregnant women who take it too. It makes you feel so good too. :)

agerasimou |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

Is there a difference between a normal pregnancy and in vitro pregnancy with regards to excercise? I did aerobic classes every week before doing ICSI. At the first scan (5 weeks) the dr said that I should stop it. I did a pilates class instead but started bleeding the next morning. I was send home to rest for 3 days. Since then I am too scared to exercise. I really miss being active.

engel31 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I found this awesome DVD with "trimester-specific" workouts. It has been so fun and easy to use! It can be found here - www.bodybytrimester.com

aimeebreton |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I have a 2 years old daughter. While my pregnancy I did some exercise. I am an athletic person and I think it's important to do some exercise during pregnancy. Also I think it's alright to take some protein supplements,like whey protein isolate . For me it worked very well and I recommend this for all the moms.

addisonwhite |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

It is recomended to do exercise while you are pregnant.I remember that when I was two months pregnant I've participated to a fantasy hockey competition and I even won it.After three months of pregnancy it is recomended to do some specialized exercises.Personaly I've bought an eliptic bycicle and I was exercising every day.

AidaRoRo |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I went to this gals yoga class at a birthing center with my pregnant friend and it was so awesome. I have Crohn's Disease and had just eaten pizza, one of my worst enemies. I was worried about exercising right after eating... never thought that would be a good idea. It was a GREAT idea. Not a single tummy ache! The "exercise" was mostly just stretching and strengthening. Here are the poses, I made blog posts out of them. Whish I would have done this when I was actually pregnant (although my Crohn's never troubled me while I was actually pregnant). This is one of three: http://www.mommyser.com/myblog/top-5-poses-pregnancy

madnham |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I usually workout 4 days a week. When my MIL found out I was pregnant the first thing she told me was that I had to slow down my working out. I told her my provider stated I could continue working out, as long as I didn't push my self too hard. Now that my first trimester is coming to an end and I energy levels are returning to normal, I wll start back working out. I plan on doing mostly cardio and stretching. I don't want to do anything that may harm my baby.

jbutterfly82 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I have been doing CrossFit for about a year, training pretty intensely. Just found out I was prego yesterday. Anyone else do CrossFit and can give me advice on if I can keep up the intensity???

jmount21 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

It is important to stay adequately hydrated while exercising and it might be good to check with doctors whether you can take a sports drink to supplement your workout etc.

rosscurrie |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I am 9 weeks pregnant and have been an avid exerciser for 5 years now and also teach a Turbo Kick & PiYo class twice a week. I have toned it down and have definitely been more tired than usual of course, but I am excited to be able to still workout throughout my pregnancy while also being smart about it! :-)

jackieblizman |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I think you should ask your doctor but as far as I know exists some exercises for pregnant woman. Also you can fill your free time doing all kind of things. During my pregnancy I did custom oval stickers.

ioana06 |

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Yes!!! It is great and healthy to exercise while pregnant. Click on the above link and there are many guides to a healthy pregnancy and how to get you back in your skinny jeans after birth.

kwilliams264 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

It is very important to make exercises while being pregnant, I love basketball and my doctor told me I can play while being pregnant but never till exhaustion. In the first two months I played basketball with my friends and after that I played only fantasy basketball in front of the computer. This activity gave me a lot of satisfaction and I managed to be on the top ranks, now I still play that game and made a lot of friends.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

Yes, as long as your doctor has given you the go ahead. This is a great app for pregnant women called Pregnant and FIT! http://alturl.com/6r84z

mindyhyman |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

im 36.5 weeks and stopped running about a month or so ago..I'm walking about 40 minutes a day 5x a week..I've slowed down a bit..it hurts sometimes..groin cramps, achy legs, heartburn..oh well, keep on walking I guess..

KEL33 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

Exercise is safe during pregnancy, but only up to 34 week of pregnancy. I heard that many women are facing problems in doing exercises after 34 week of pregnancy.

genebernice |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

Yes, it is safe. I did some exercises while I was pregnant wtih a personal trainer. My husband wanted to buy steroids for himself from a trainer and hired him to come and give me some advices about what type of exercises I should do.

ioana06 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I LOVE this topic!!! I exercised every day during my pregnancy...not strenuous, but I got myself moving every day! I feel it is so important to keep ourselves healthy! I noticed for me whenever I finished my exercise, I always felt great and refreshed! How about you? Now my little guy is 6 months old!!! and I have been working hard to get my body back! What are your favorite exercises to do mamas? I love lunges (great for the bootie!!!) :)

facbaby |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

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lynn123cs |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

Exercising releases your thoughts and mental pressure and it is also proven that physical exercising enhances production of hormones into your brain that correspond to good moods and, obviously, help you overcome different types of depression. Therefore I don`t see any reason why exercising would do you any harm.

conquerer |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

Here's an awesome blog about a mom with preeclampsia so she has a strict diet and exercise routine. It's all things pregnancy and mommy related! http://makeoverwithaspen.blogspot.com/ It's really helpful and updated daily but it is a new blog

BrysonAndAspen |

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I'm not pregnant but my friend is and she plays softball and she is choosing to continue to play She's in her first trimester. During a game she got hit by four pitches (she's a catcher), I don't know if this matters but she got hit on her thighs. Thoughts?

allidalli |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

My doctor recommended that I keep running during my pregnancy. I also like doing pilates and yoga because it's not as intense. Listen to your body. You'll know if it's not right for you and if you need to stop. I think that is the most important thing. I definitely don't push myself like I used to when I wasn't pregnant but I want to stay in shape and be healthy. I have to take more breaks but I always feel great after a run! My doctor is also a firm believer that it will help me during labor. Since I am planning for a natural childbirth I'll need all the help I can get!

shelbyholden |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I am definitely loving running during pregnancy (14 weeks now) and feel great! I'm running 3-4 miles 3-4 times a week, not too crazy fast but just cruising and enjoying the beachfront. My doctor says the same thing most of your doctor's told you - keep doing what you've been doing, and if you're not exercising, start walking or swimming a bit! It makes 100% sense to keep your body in fighting form and keep the blood flowing and muscles strong as your body prepares for the (ultra-?) marathon of labor! Not to mention keeping your core strong and back and leg muscles strong to carry a human being around for 9 months without pain and aches, and being ready to carry a human being around when they arrive! Unless you're high risk and your doctor tells you to take it easy (obviously listen to them first and foremost!), get out there and moving, ladies! Your baby and body will feel good and thank you!

jaime363 |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

Yoga is AMAZING for your body while pregnant! :) I teach prenatal, postnatal and Sweet Pea Yoga in Burbank and I get so much joy out of watching these babies grown in Momma and then finally join us on the mat during Sweet Pea Yoga! We sing songs and baby even recognizes it when we sing in Sweet Pea! Yoga is a great way of opening up the hips, relaxing the body, being aware of your breath and great to focus on just you and baby for an hour. It's beautiful to see! If you're in the area, RSVP your spot and join us in class! You can RSVP on Facebook too! www.facebook.com/dianachristineyoga -Christine http://dianachristineyoga.weebly.com

YogaChristine |

Q&A: Exercising while pregnant?

I'm a very active person, I mostly do strength training and yoga or swiss ball exercises. I was mainly focused on toning before I got pregnant since I'm naturally lean. I've done a lot of research and it seems that during your first trimester you can do pretty much any type of activity or exercise. Just be careful to avoid too much jumping, twirling and any contact sports to avoid bumping your belly. As you get bigger in your second trimester, try to eliminate most exercise which require you to lie on your back as this can make you quite lightheaded and breathless due to all the weight being placed on your organs while lying on your back. Try and do stomach exercises which can be done standing up or leaning over. I find the plank is an amazing exercise to do throughout the whole pregnancy and it has SO many benefits. Squats and lunges are great too, just always remember to keep your balance! In the third trimester it becomes hard to stay on your feet for too long so swiss ball exercises and yoga really come in handy. Just don't do any poses which require you to once again lie down or remain on your belly. Also be very careful with the ball and always keep your balance. If you don't feel comfortable doing the exercise, start of very slow or get someone to help you. Swimming is also awesome for the whole pregnancy as it doesn't require much effort on your part and it's still exercising, it works your whole body! If you can manage cycling, it's a great third trimester workout. Always remember to practice deep breathing, in through your nose and out through your mouth and stay extremely hydrated. Keep a snack on hand for before and after your workout so you don't feel faint!

lekisbabi |