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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?

yeah i'm worried about ab work too! i do jazzercise and i swim laps. i know swimming is great for pregnancy, but i'm getting worried about my jazzercise class as we lift hand weights and do ab work.

Jenny1317 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I was in the army and they had us working out right up until the baby is born. We still ran until the third trimester. We did push ups, other floor aerobics, and water aerobics. I would not reccomend doing ab work because we did it and most of us were fine but my friend ended up going to the er for bleeding after one work out. The best test for what you can do is how you feel. Your body will tell you if you overdue it.

caitiek317 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

For the Jazzercise question, I would just change the moves to low impact and you should be ok. Instead of kicking out, tap your toe in front. Same with "attitudes" etc. - or stand and lift, take out the jump. Listen to your body. The hand weights in class are typ 3-8lbs so do what feels best and avoid over head movements (i.e. do triceps at your waste vs overhead at ears). - that is my rec! I LOVE Jazz...I've been going since 2001!

SFNative |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

As far as ab work..I have been streeting clear of doing crunches or situps on my back, but there are other moves you can do standing up with a set of weights or using some of the machines in the gym. I haven't kickboxed since I found out I was pregnant on the advice of my doctor, but I have taken some other weight, cardio and zumba dance classes. I am 20 weeks right now and I feel that exercise is definitely helping me to have a smooth pregnancy thus far.

lbi21 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I have been a fitness instructor and personal trainer for 10 years. If you have been exercising prior to your pregnancy, as long as you feel good doing it, you can continue with some modifications as your belly grows. With my last pregnancy I was at the gym until the day before I went into labor. Abdominal exercises are GREAT for you as they can help strenghten your abs for the big day (pushing day). But as previous mentioned some modifications will need to be made as you progress in your pregnancy. Towards the end your ability to do abdominal exercises will be greatly limited so just listen to your body and cotinue while you still can. Also low back exercises are important and can help prevent low back pain as your pregnancy progresses. :) Hope you all have a healthy, happy pregnancy!!!

LB_Momma |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I used to work out for 4 to five horus some days doing classes and such before I got preg. I did not do anything during by 1st term because I was so sick. Now that I am feeling better I checked with my doctor who told me I can work out as much as I want doing whatever I want as long as my heart rate stays below 160(this would be hard to do in some classes so a heart rate monitor is great!) and I am not doing any really heavy weight lifting. For Yoga classes if you tell your instructor the will tell you any mods that you need to do for certain postions like plow.

rshelt01 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I am 31 weeks and I have been taking a kickboxing class since day one. As time progresses I find my breathing becoming more difficult so I just take more frequent breaks. I have checked with several different doctors and they have all cleared the class as long as I am not kicking anything and not doing too much jarring

peltonka@hotmail.com |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I starting kickboxing several months before I found out I was pregnant and was told by my midwife that if I did it before I would be fine to continue as longs as I monitored my heart rate and was still able to talk and take deep breaths oh and no jumping. I am 18 weeks and have been doing kickboxing at least once a week and have really modified the movements but for the most part have been feeling great while doing it. Reading the answer to this question made me a little nervous but hearing everyone else's answers makes me feel better. I think I am going to continue with the mind set that my body is in charge and to listen to it carefully.

hclement3 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I am 22 weeks pregnant and I am currently taking a weight training class that focuses on all muscle groups and you choose how much weight you use. I talked to the instructer and for those of you needing to find a way to do ab work without being on the floor she told me to us an aerobics step and put it at an incline. Five risers on one side and three on the other. It works well when you are bench pressing a little weight too or any oher exercise that requires you to be on your back. I do 4 and 3 risers with ab work and it works so well!!! I was told you just have to keep your heart above baby's heart.

brreagan |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

Yes, you can still participate in regular classes at the gym. Although, if you are concerned about doint 'what's right' for you -- and your baby... in the second month, as well as the fifth or seventh month...then, you'll appreciate the PregoFIT Workouts DVD Series. There is a two minute preview of the PregoFIT Workouts on the website: www.pregofit.com.

PregoFIT |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I have been a runner for over 6 years and wondering how safe is running now that im pregnant. I am only about 7 weeks and do 3-6 miles usually. The only thing that hurts is my boobs lol.....is it safe? I have had friends that ran all throughout the pregnancy!

tracee79 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

Yes it is perfectly fine to do gym classes during your pregnancy as long as you take precautions and obviously some classes are better than others. I just recently wrote an article on the safety of spin classes during your pregnancy which is on my website. During your pregnancy your exercise intensity must stay at around 75% your body is very clever and will not let you exercise above this. If you do your heartrate increase's very quickly and you find you automatically slow down. With most exercise classes there can be too much variation in heart-rate which during the 1st and 2nd tri-meters can increase the dizziness due to your lower blood pressure. Example circuit and boxing classes too much up and down! Classes with loud music can distract you from what your body is signaling to you causing you too push harder than you should resulting in fatigue and breathlessness the same can happen if you are wearing i-pods. From 20-25 weeks when your centre of gravity and balance changes latterel movement can feel uncomfortable and you may feel unstable. The classes at this point also tend to be too fast and again you may push yourself to keep up when you should be slowing down. enjoy your classes but slow down avoid contact sport calsses and do specific pregnancy exercise from 25 weeks cardion and strength training. Exercising 4-5 times a week

mummy trainer |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

HOW ABOUT ZUMBA?IS IT SAFE?

browneyes1017 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

im 7 weeks pregnant and ive been doing zumba excercises and my doctor assured me that it would be fine. =] as long as i pay attention to my body exhaustion signs all will be well. plus further along certain changes would have to be made due to my belly getting larger. lol

maryrogers20659 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I'm 18 weeks going on 19 weeks and I've been zumba since before I became pregnant. My doctor told me to continue but to listen to my body. I'am feeling a little more exhausted prob due to the baby growing and expanding??

angelebr |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I'm a competitive powerlifter and my coach is incredible and has tons of experience with pregnant women. His advice was that I could continue to lift heavy through the first trimester. Joint laxity in the second and third trimester, however, will require me to scale it back to no more than 80% of my previous maximum. Beyond the second trimester, it really becomes a game of "how you feel." His wife had twins and was bed ridden for the last 40 days. My boss' wife (I'm also a personal trainer) had twins as well (something in the water at that gym) and did CrossFit until a couple days before she gave birth.

aislinnanne |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

Some people have asked about abs. Your true "abs"(Rectus abdomens and external obliques) that give you that six pack look are more of a surface muscle and will become stretched over pregnancy. There isn't much of a point to doing sit ups and crunches(nor will it be possible as belly grows). Concentrate more on your core muscles. These are deeper muscles that support your posture and balance and may be more of a help during labor. (Psoas, quadratus lumborum, erector spine, and pelvic floor muscles). There are tons of core exercises out there to choose from. Good luck!

ColliBeth |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

My spouse and i was actually thorough before you start about this carrying a child, mainly pertaining to working out much more, due to a preceding miscarriage. My group is a jogger, however , previously had look at in you should prevent your heart rate clearly listed below 160 while expectant mothers together with possessed kick the habit simply to always be safe. As i ultimately required my best Medical professional. about this, who up to date my family that your telephone number (which inturn he previously over heard earlier than out of additional women) seemed to be wholly made-up and not just determined by virtually any truthful statistics, thus i seemed to be liberal to get started in walking with no be troubled. So i'm in seventeen-year-old one month right now and as well as look very good given that I can also delight in to be who is fit just as before, all this time so good: ) warcraft 3 cheats

jerryms |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

Many active women are surprised at how pregnancy affects their workouts,but remember that these are normal, short-term changes. Consistent exercise during pregnancy can minimize aches and constipation, help you sleep better, and lower your risk of gestational diabetes and depression. For an active woman like me, with a Phd and an online mba entrepreneurship degree, working out while pregnant is a great thing!

kci15 |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I am 27 weeks and have been doing bootcamp and bosu classes as I did prior to pregnancy. Make sure to drink water during, and also have a snack if the class is an hour or longer - I love sharkies for kids. Dr. Greg Clapp wrote a great book on exercising during pregnancy that is super helpful too.

Mrleaon |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

Exercise is very important for your health, even when you're pregnant. I played hockey pool before pregnancy and now is very hard for me to take it easier. Anyway, a little exercise is beneficial for the baby also

smallindian |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I am 12 weeks and just got the ok to go back to boxing. Although I will not be hitting anyone or receiving any hits I will be punching the bag. I use to do this 4 days a week along with circuit training, but did nothing during the first trimester because I was so sick. Just nervous about starting back up again.

Lilhoneygrl |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

For me a healthy life means going at least once a week to the gym, to take care of your body. So I think that the gym classes won't affect your condition, even more the aerobic exercises will help you to feel better in your skin.

negruvoda |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

You can take regular gym classes, as long as it doesn't put your mind and body to a high effort. My wife had to take her human service degree while pregnant and although I told her she can do it afterward, because it will exhaust her, she's very stubborn. She managed to finish her degrees, but it was very difficult for her.

KumaraKama |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I took gym classes to feel like my body's kept in place, although I continued gaining weight. I tried, at some point, to cut down the appetite for food and bought a box of anadrol 50 from http://www.bulking-cutting.com/, but my husband taught me out of it, because he convinced me I'll get back in shape after giving birth.

CheyanneEdith |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

I understood there's no problem, as long as you don't put yourself through a lot of stress and effort. I'd also look for proper discounts, you should save money for the new member of the family. It may not seem much at first, but in time you'll feel the difference.

GaleChandler |

Q&A: Regular gym classes safe during pregnancy?

To those wondering about Zumba, I'm a Zumba fitness instructor and asked my doctor if it's safe for me to continue teaching. She told me that it is absolutely safe as long as I am wearing good supportive shoes, check the floor for wet spots or other things I could slip or trip on, try to keep my movements lower impact, and listen to my body. The rule of thumb she gave me is that if I'm feeling great during my workout, the baby feels great during my workout!

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