Pregnant after a Loss

Exercise: What did your doc recommend?

I wanted to make a clicky poll but the damn tab won't let me click on it..grrr.

Anyway, what were you ladies told about working out while PgAL?  I had a follow up appointment today and I had hoped to clear up the 'do's and don'ts' with my doctor but I'm giving him the side-eye now. 

He informed me that exercise does not cause m/c but I'm not to workout -at all- until 2nd tri because of the psychological effect it would have on me if I lost this baby.  He doesn't want to me blame myself. 

W.T.F.

If it's not safe, that's fine but I wasn't there for a psych evaluation.  So what have your qualified professionals told you ladies?

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Re: Exercise: What did your doc recommend?

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    He informed me that exercise does not cause m/c but I'm not to workout -at all- until 2nd tri because of the psychological effect it would have on me if I lost this baby.  He doesn't want to me blame myself. 

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    my doctor encourages exercise. he doesn't want me to go out and do crossfit and run a marathon, but he says that med-light cardio, light weights, etc. is good. I think he said to try to keep my heartrate under 120 and I'm good. 

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  • My doctor says its fine but I've been way too tired and dizzy. I get really light headed just walking to the car! If that eases up I may go back to yoga and weight training though I will probably stay away from running.
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  • I run all the time. I did ivf, so I took off a couple weeks after transfer, but picked back up around 6 or 7w and have been running ever since. I think for me it would be worse psychologically to not exercise. But everyone is different. Good luck!
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  • I was told to do as much as I felt like.  Honestly, I felt to crappy in the first trimester that I didn't do much of anything.  My OB was fine with that, but encouraged me to start exercising more once I felt better.  Once this cold clears out, I'm going to start back at the gym with light/med cardio.

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  • I've always been told that it's fine to continue your normal exercise routine, but don't over do it. No extreme lifting or stuff like that.

    Of course, for someone like me who fails at "normal exercise routine" I pretty much stick to walking and yoga. 


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  • image Ironmom2be:
    I run all the time. I did ivf, so I took off a couple weeks after transfer, but picked back up around 6 or 7w and have been running ever since. I think for me it would be worse psychologically to not exercise. But everyone is different. Good luck!

    I realize I didn't answer your question....my doctor encourages my exercise, nothing too hard or two long but an hour of running per day is fine by her. She says it keeps my weight down, my blood pressure down and will hopefully allow for easy delivery and recovery. All good things.
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  • That's a pretty $hitty thing to say, even if he didn't mean it to as a negative comment.  I was/am encouraged to exercise, at the same intensity as I was pre-pregnancy.  I was too sick/tired to do anything but walk during the first tri, but it's definitely not bad for you to do so, if you're already in decent shape.  Walking is not going to cause a m/c.  If you're a hard-core exerciser, and it makes you feel better to tone it down some, I think that's warranted, but if you feel good, I don't think sitting around on your bum all day and night is going to help you psychologically. 
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  • image Ironmom2be:
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    I run all the time. I did ivf, so I took off a couple weeks after transfer, but picked back up around 6 or 7w and have been running ever since. I think for me it would be worse psychologically to not exercise. But everyone is different. Good luck!
    I realize I didn't answer your question....my doctor encourages my exercise, nothing too hard or two long but an hour of running per day is fine by her. She says it keeps my weight down, my blood pressure down and will hopefully allow for easy delivery and recovery. All good things.

    No, no, you did. :)  Thank you.

    I've been a gym rat for a long time and it really messes with my head when I can't go.  I actually stopped going once I got this BFP and I was waiting to make sure things were okay before I went back.  I wasn't expecting to be benched for another six weeks because of my brain. Huh?

    All the input is super helpful ladies, thanks.  

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  • My doctor said that if I did it pre-pregnancy and my body was used to it, then it was fine to continue. I did for the longest time ( I didn't want to get too far out of competition shape.) but now I'm just too big to keep up with our pre-pregnancy dance schedule. (Plus I fell and our coaches freaked out.)

    That was a pretty sh!tastic thing for him to say. I mean, I know he was probably trying to be empathetic and caring, but there has to be a better way to do that. 



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  • My OB said almost the opposite of what yours told you. 

    With my 2nd loss, I was doing a 150 mile charity bike ride during the 2ww and always had in the back of my head that it caused the baby not to develop.  This pregnancy, my OB said keep up with my normal workout routine, as long as I felt comfortable. (I was doing zumba & hiphop cardio once a week, light cardio & free weights 2-3 times a week) She thought the exercise would be a healthy way to keep my mind occupied and be a positive outlet for any stress/anxiety I was feeling about the pregnancy. 

    She also said there was absolutely, positively no way that my bike ride caused the miscarriage.

    With all that being said, I was too paranoid (and then eventually too friggen sick) to keep up with my workouts.

    I like my OB's approach to most of my paranoia; do what you feel comfortable with. Your body will let you know if you are overdoing something.

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  • image HollyBee1022:
    That's a pretty $hitty thing to say, even if he didn't mean it to as a negative comment.  I was/am encouraged to exercise, at the same intensity as I was pre-pregnancy.  I was too sick/tired to do anything but walk during the first tri, but it's definitely not bad for you to do so, if you're already in decent shape.  Walking is not going to cause a m/c.  If you're a hard-core exerciser, and it makes you feel better to tone it down some, I think that's warranted, but if you feel good, I don't think sitting around on your bum all day and night is going to help you psychologically. 

    These were my thoughts exactly.  I do high intensity, high impact workouts which I completely planned to reduce to something low-impact and moderate.  It seemed reasonable to me but now I'm not sure what to do.  I don't want to disregard my doctors orders but I think he's out of line and he put more stress on me that I didn't really need.  

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  • image misternmiss:

    My OB said almost the opposite of what yours told you. 

    With my 2nd loss, I was doing a 150 mile charity bike ride during the 2ww and always had in the back of my head that it caused the baby not to develop.  This pregnancy, my OB said keep up with my normal workout routine, as long as I felt comfortable. (I was doing zumba & hiphop cardio once a week, light cardio & free weights 2-3 times a week) She thought the exercise would be a healthy way to keep my mind occupied and be a positive outlet for any stress/anxiety I was feeling about the pregnancy. 

    She also said there was absolutely, positively no way that my bike ride caused the miscarriage.

    With all that being said, I was too paranoid (and then eventually too friggen sick) to keep up with my workouts.

    I like my OB's approach to most of my paranoia; do what you feel comfortable with. Your body will let you know if you are overdoing something.

    P.S. I love any excuse to share cute baby otter PIPs with you.

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    Thanks miss <3  I think I'll be switching back to my happy-go-lucky, pink haired midwife.

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    Also, my azz would fall off if I did a 150 mile ride.  Holy ouch.

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  • Pre-preg I did light cardio (walking, swimming, elliptical) and weights a few times a week.  My doctor has no issues with me continuing this, but I do find that I sometimes get tired easier or lightheaded so I have to slow it down sometimes - she told me to listen to my body. 

    Swimming was glorious for my SPD in the end of my last pregnancy when walking, stretching, sitting, standing... everything else hurt.  Plus it's so low impact it's great for the rest of your joints, too. 

    I will add that last year, I had just started intensive workouts with a trainer in July, and found out I was pregnant at the beginning of September after doing said workouts.  I eased up on a few things, but my trainer was great with creating something that worked with me.  So I really think it depends on what your body is used to/listening to your body. 

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    My OB wants all of his patients to walk 1 mile a day.
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    Sorry to hear your doctor told you that. I have been told all along to keep on doing what I have been doing - including moderate weights, elliptical, jogging or walking etc. even when I had some spotting in first tri the Dr. just said no extreme exercise and not to start up P90X or anything super strenuous. If you feel up to it I would do what you feel comfortable with if it would help to keep you calm.
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    Due to my multiple losses, I was told not to work out all with DD. That was per my RE and OB. This time I'm supposed to keep up with the 2mi daily walks I already do. The difference is that we're trying to balance the risk with the effort to prevent preE and E this time. 
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  • I was told that I could do anything I had already been doing with the exception of anything abdominal. My ob told me just not to start anything new. I was also told keep my heart rate under 140 and don't lift over 25lbs.
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  • image OttersBite:

    Thanks miss <3  I think I'll be switching back to my happy-go-lucky, pink haired midwife.

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    Also, my azz would fall off if I did a 150 mile ride.  Holy ouch.

    I should clarify - It was 150 miles in 2 days, so 75 miles each day.  And there were rest stops every 10-15 miles. And my azz nearly did fall off.

    And now I want to bottle feed a baby otter!

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    With my DD, my OB did not allow me to have sex or exercise in the first tri, as I had  two previous m/cs and she considered me high risk.  I have a different OB now, who I am sure would tell me exercise is fine, but she also considers my first 2 m/cs to be "wiped out" since I had a live birth before the third m/c.


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  • My Doctor said light walking, nothing too extensive, but I am not a big excerciser now....she said b/c I got pg. through an IUI, sometimes those are more fragile at the beginning....not sure what others have been advised.

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  • That's ridiculous. My doc also encourages me to keep fit. She says nothing too intense, but to definitely keep active. I didn't work out much in my first tri because I was so sick, and mentally I was scared too... I knew that it has nothing to do with m/c but with my first pregnancy I did my first work out of the pregnancy then started bleeding the next morning, so mentally it was hard to separate the two, even though I knew it didn't cause it. I finally felt comfortable to really work out once I started my second tri.
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    I was told to hold off on weights and cardio (running long distance) through the first trimester. However, I did continue yoga and I'm planning on swimming all summer for exercise. 
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    I was told no exercise. I was told I could "walk", but apparently their idea of walking and mine did not mesh (she was horrified I was walking the dog daily....OUTSIDE! Apparently she meant only on a treadmill).

    I was cleared to do a bit of exercise at about 25 weeks. I still can't run or go to zumba or ride my bike but I can do exercises without feeling guilty.

  • These were my thoughts exactly.nbsp; I do high intensity, high impact workouts which I completely planned to reduce to something lowimpact and moderate.nbsp; It seemed reasonable to me but now I'm not sure what to do.nbsp; I don't want to disregard my doctors orders but I think he's out of line and he put more stress on me that I didn't really need. nbsp;

    Gosh I wish I heard some of this stuff a few months ago! I'm the same way, I'm not right if I can't workout and I've always been a high intensity and high impact girl. I lift heavy too. I was told to cont to workout but decrease the impact. So I haven't done much impact for the past 15 weeks and I miss it. Thank goodness for cathe Fredrick's low impact series. I'm worried that I'm going to have a hard time getting back to impact when the baby comes.
    I was trying to continue to lift, but I too was having a hard time with dizziness, so now I'm doing more muscular endurance with lower weight and higher reps.
    I'm not planning on making any fitness gains while pg, but i want to get back to my Pre pg fitness levels quickly after baby comes!
    Anyway, hope everyone is finding their fitness groove!
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