1st Trimester

What are you doing to stay fit during your pregnancy?

I gained 60+ pounds with my last pregnancy and I don't want to go down that road again. 

I joined baby fit to keep track of my eating.  I am also going to try to continue running for as long as I can. 

I would love to hear what works for others in terms of trying to stay in shape!  I had a horrible time getting back to my pre pregnancy weight last time and don't want to repeat that struggle.

TIA for any advice!

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Re: What are you doing to stay fit during your pregnancy?

  • With my first I gained 30lbs. I didn't eat that great but I exercised 5 days a week. I did about 45 minutes on the elliptical. 

    With this one I want to try and exercise a little more. Right now I'm only doing 3-4 days of mid intensity circuit training. Prepregnancy I was doing 5-6 days of high intensity circuit training. I definitely had to take it down a notch b/c I've been tired and nausous. I'm hoping when I hit the 2nd tri I'll be able to do more.

    You really just need to exercise even if it's just walking and try and eat as healthy as you can. My downfall is the food. It's a struggle.  

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  • I do what I did before...30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes (or less) of weights.  No more ab stuff per Dr.

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  • So far I'm only allowed to walk and swim.  We don't have easy access to a pool, so I just walk when I can.

    I feel like I've already lost a TON of muscle tone.

  • I track everything I eat on livestrong.com so I make sure I am eating the right stuff (although I do give in to cravings occasionally) and I workout 4-5 days a week.  Right now I'm running 12-15 miles/week and will keep that up as long as possible. I'll switch to the elliptical when running becomes too uncomfortable.
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  • I am trying to walk or jog for 20 minutes every morning and then do one more thing in the evening.... lift light weights, do squats, ride a bike, or walk again. I try to get about 40-60 minutes of exercise a day.
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  • WOW. This thread makes me feel like a lazy as*! I've only been to the gym a couple of times since finding out! When I went, I did 20 minutes on the treadmill at a fast-walking pace and an incline. Then I did 20 minutes on the elliptical. My husband is at the gym just about every day and is VERY fit. He really wants me to get back into the habit of going. So do I, but I've been very un-motived to do anything but sit on the couch!

    Running has never been easy for me. I get VERY winded and red in the face every time I did it. I didn't want to over-exert myself, so I think I'll just stick to the fast walk. I'm afraid to do any type of weights.

    A friend of mine gained 50 with her pregnancy and I told myself I wasn't going to gain nearly that amount! So far I haven't gained any weight, but I'm not even 10 weeks yet, sooooo we'll see.

    If anything, this thread has inspired me to get off my as*!

  • Like other PP, I do A LOT of walking....whether over the lunch hour or after work, on weekends I get out twice a day.  I added dumbbells some days just for extra challenge.

    I do not go to a gym - so walking is the easiest option.  I gave up running since my endurance went down the pooper.  I envy those who are still able to do it (I find myself out of breath already - and frankly after last year's racing schedule, I burned out).  

    I also do yoga ("Yoga Mama" dvd) now and again. 

    I am tracking my calories on www.babyfit.sparkpeople.com.  I started tracking before we TTC - on sparkpeople.com - and found they have a page just for Moms.    It helps me focus on eating healthy and in moderation (versus when I was training for Ironman, I ate so much more - this makes me more aware).

    I hope you can find something you enjoy - that makes all the difference!

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    I gained 60+ pounds with my last pregnancy and I don't want to go down that road again. 

    I joined baby fit to keep track of my eating.  I am also going to try to continue running for as long as I can. 

    I would love to hear what works for others in terms of trying to stay in shape!  I had a horrible time getting back to my pre pregnancy weight last time and don't want to repeat that struggle.

    TIA for any advice!

    Same here. I only gained 30 with DD, but I was only 21.  Lol.. I was 30 when pg with DS and gained close to 60.  :(  I also am looking NOT to gain that much this time around. My cousin continued to do Zumba once a week up to a month before birth this summer. I may try to go with her when she starts up again.. She only gained 25 and is down almost all of it.  :) 

  • I take a spinning class 3-4 times a week and I also do a body pump class 1-2 days (low weight, high rep).  I'm slowly starting to feel better so I'm definitely trying to do more.
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  • I run 20-25 miles a week and I do prenatal yoga.
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  • Ride my bike for 30-45 minutes at least 3-4 times a week, and do yoga.

    Most days I feel too tired to do anything, but once I start I have more energy and I'm really glad I did it. In December/January/February when I'm bigger and it will be too cold to be outside, I'm going to sign up for a YMCA membership and swim.

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  • I walk with my dog every day and join DH at our gym on wknds where I do elliptical or other cardio machines. I'm also a member of a professional belly dance troupe and I plan to keep going with that as long as I can - it's great for the core & strength in your midsection so since I've been doing that for about 5 years now I'm hoping it'll help me bounce back after giving birth!

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  • I "try" to run 4 miles 3 times per week.  I did get today's run in :)  I also like to do weights 1-2 times per week.  However, I'm just taking things day by day depending on my work load and how I'm feeling.  I'm also not opposed to changing my routine up based on what works for my body as I get bigger. 
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  • Wow... and I thought I was ACTIVE! You ladies impress me. I've been exhausted since the minute I found out we were pregnant, but I've been trying to walk/jog at least 15 miles a week. It's been hard though, I've only been making it to the gym about once a week and it's been too humid to run outside. 

    Typically when things settle down for us in the fall/winter, we go to the gym 4 or 5 times/week where I do 30-60 minutes cardio (running, elliptical, stairclimber) and 30 minutes of weights. Fingers crossed I don't get so lazy that I completely ditch the working out - I've busted my bum to lose 30 pounds in the last year, I don't want to double gain that number with my pregnancy!

  • So far, I am doing elliptical, light weights and lower body work alternating most days of the week. I need to find a prenatal yoga video, I'll look into Yoga Mama. I am nervous about doing hardcore ab work because I've heard conflicting reports, most say continue your routine as before but fitpregnancy.com warns against ab work on your back.
  • I walk for 30 minutes 3-4 times a week (when it's not 90 outside).  My neighborhood is very hilly, and I'm pushing a 25 pound child in my stroller.  I feel like it's a good workout.  I also do 10-20 minutes of prenatal pilates 4-5 times a week. 
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  • Ok, fill me in!  What is "Baby Fit"!?  I have never heard of it, but it sounds like I need it!  I gained 50 pounds w/ DS and did NO exercise and ate ALL the time b/c I was so nauseous when I got even the tinsiest bit hungry.  I am hoping to start anti-nausea meds sooner this time so that I might not have to eat so much crap all the time to feel well enough to make it to work.

    My current goal is to only gain 40 pounds with this pregnancy!  Even that would be better than last!  I have been taking DS on a walk to the park everyday since I found out, which is about 2 miles round trip.  When it starts getting too cold I plan to walk on the treadmill.  DH said he'd watch DS after dinner, so that's my hope.  I'd love to have someone to keep me accountable for it, though!

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