Pregnancy fitness - what does it look like for you? — The Bump
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Pregnancy fitness - what does it look like for you?

Now that I am rounding the corner into my second trimester, I am feeling like I can work out again.  I was SO fit during my first pregnancy and this time around not so much.  I am settling into a routine of in one week 1 x cardio, 1 x lifting, 1 x yoga.  The yoga is new for me, but I tried it last week and MAN I was so sore and it felt amazing!  Just regular yoga, not specifically prenatal yoga at this point.

What does fitness look like for you guys right now?
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Re: Pregnancy fitness - what does it look like for you?

  • I'm hanging out a lot with my couch...:p
    Looking into doing pregnancy yoga in a few weeks once I hit 12 weeks :)
    Other than that, I'm on my feet and walking a lot at work, so that's pretty much it
  • Now that I have more energy I'm hoping to get back into going to the gym with my husband 3-4 times a week, we have a gym in our apartment building. I also walk our dog for about an hour or so a day, and ride my bike quite a bit as transportation. Another thing will be continuing to eat fairly healthy. I'd really like to go to a prenatal yoga class once I'm further along, but am not sure when the right time to start that is.
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  • Lifting weights on my balance ball 3-4 times a week, plans to start yoga....but not since my hips started killing me :( Giving it another few days and going to try again. DH placed a mirror right in front of the shower and WOW I did not want to see that this morning...just some motivation to start again when feeling better.
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  • Totally signing up for prenatal yoga. 12 weeks on July 2nd and I'm sooooo happy about it! I would love to get a balance ball. My friend swore by hers. I'm going to bribe her into coming over and showing me some things, plus I'll get to love on her little chunk, who I haven't met yet. Also, I would love to start jogging/running again. I love it. It gets me in the zone. I feel like getting in that zone more will help when it's time for labor.
  • I've been doing zumba two nights a week and walking my dogs when it's not too hot. I also want to start running again and I know my dogs do to. I'm a chef and on my feet and walking a lot all day so it's hard to find energy. I used to have more energy then I knew what to do with and I want it back
  • Daily walks, pushing my daughter in her stroller - we live on a good-sized hill so I get nice & sweaty. I also try to do a little bit of prenatal yoga in the evening.
    About every other week we've been walking to the library (about 3/4 of a mile from home one way) as well.
  • MyelhsaMyelhsa member
    edited June 2015
    I signed up for yoga. I've been trying to run but it's been a struggle, it's also putting a lot of strain on my back and knees.

    I think I'm going to buy a few sessions with a prenatal trainer just to get a good baseline for workouts.
  • I'm 12w4d and starting to feel the same way! Pre-pregnancy I worked out 4-6 days a week (cardio, strength training, and yoga).  Once I got to be about 6 weeks along it became really hard to keep it up. I was only working out maybe 2-3 days a week (cardio and light strength training).  

    Now that I'm about to hit the 2nd trimester I'm feeling more energized and less crappy so I've been picking it back up! I'm doing cardio and light strength training about 4 days a week.  I'm also starting a pre-natal yoga class and pre-natal pilates next week...and trying to keep the cravings under control and conquer the food aversions! lol
  • Right now it looks like sleeping. Once I feel better I hope to do yoga daily (I teach it), weights a couple times a week, and run once or twice a week.
  • I am a school teacher as well as a dance teacher. I am now 12w6d and am starting to get a little more energy. I used to work out almost daily but I have been too tired. I now hike every few days, yoga 2x per week, and walk my dogs as often as I can. I did barre this week (holy legs sore) and I am going to start cardio at least once per week.
    Remember ladies, we are in that blumpy/pre-bump stage and may not always enjoy what we see yet. We are also allowed to be tired. I am feeling so blessed we can all be healthy again!
  • Barre classes 3x per week, running 2 days per week, walking and yoga the other two days. If I feel awful I get a day off but I try to do something every day, even if it's just a few miles walking with my dog.

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  • I'm not cleared for exercise right now (bleeding from placenta over cervix), which really bums me out. I worked hard for the past year to lose 25 pounds and get back to my college weight (under actually). I definitely have lost muscle tone and endurance.

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  • I have been blessed enough to have a pretty easy first trimester. I am 12w2d and since finding out I have stuck to my normal routine, opting out when morning sickness hit or I was so exhausted I could barely keep my eyes open. I have been using the elliptical, walking, and biking 4-5 times a week. Plus walking the dog everyday. I am planning to start prenatal yoga when I'm back from my summer vacations.  
  • I made it to the gym yesterday for the first time as I'm finally starting to feel better as I approach 12 weeks! I took it easy to start back so walked on a steep incline on the treadmill for 30 min and stayed between 155-165 heart rate then did some light weights working arms and back, and did some core workouts. I'm slightly sore today but it feels oh so good so I'll kick it up a notch today I think. Plus I was cleared by doc to ride my horses again so I'll be doing that 3-4x a week, which is a surprisingly good workout when you're actually training. My goal is not to stay "skinny" though it would be great to not balloon up, but to stay strong and healthy! I would like to look into yoga too but it may just be too much in terms of scheduling.
  • I've been doing weights and running with a little bit of yoga and biking.  Is anyone else doing weight lifting at all? I read a bunch of stuff today about what to do and what not to and it stressed me out enough that I'm thinking of just crossing it off the list for now. Has anyone read any good articles or anything about it?
  • I'm a beach body addict and have started t25 again. I follow most of the modifications to make sure not to over do it but I would also love to start to run again
  • Treadmill and light weights 2x week, a long walk every week or two and I start pregnancy yoga on 29th July. I'd also like to start doing laps in the pool, but haven't yet. If I can stick to that, I will be happy. 

  • For now it's going up 500 steps per day up and down to my classroom. For summer I'm going to a different school so it will be less. As soon as my long awaited local gym opens it'll be elliptical and body weight exercises. 
  • I have been trying to maintain my pre-pregnancy exercise routine with modifications of course. I am 11 weeks, 6 days now and I run (ok more like jog  :D), or do the elliptical/stair master maybe 4-5 times a week. I lift weights maybe 2 times a week. I want to start doing yoga-but haven't yet. Just trying to stay healthy and strong throughout this pregnancy so my goal has just been to get my body moving in some way shape or form for at least 20 mins a day. 
  • Ah! I'm finally feeling better and more energetic too. I'm 11w2d. That 12week mark is pretty magical! I feel like gumby after basically no physical activity (other than walking) for 2 months. I started doing prenatal yoga again, and it feels great! Love me some yoga. 

    I got this DVD, which is the same one I bought in 2010 when I was pregnant with my first. It's a good one - feels like real yoga, not just breathing and stretching ;)
  • SovvySovvy member
    I've been lifting weights 2-3 days a week and running as well.

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  • I try to run every morning while pushing my toddler in the stroller. I also do weights each day. If I don't run in the morning, then we go to a school track in the evening and run as a family. I usually run 3 to 4 miles. I didn't stay fit during my last pregnancy so I am changing course this time around.
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  • I got this on I-tunes which I have been using for my toning days -

    I used to run 4x a week but when I asked my doctor he said (not specific to me) that he tells patients not to do any workouts where you are pounding against the ground. I had never heard this before- but he is not a doctor I feel comfortable speaking up to (so glad I'm switching in less than 3 wks!)
  • Currently it looks like my ceiling. I am entering the second Tri and I still have no energy and an very nauseous. I was doing cardio kickboxing and boot camp DVDs prior to finding out. I want to get back into as soon as this phase leaves my body.
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  • When the exhaustion leaves, I plan on getting back into some sort of movement. Probably yoga/some cardio. Soooo tired.


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  • Right now I have just been starting to eat more variety so I am excited to be able to eat fruits and veggies again (and keep them down)!
    I have a physical job, and work 35-40 hrs a week, I haven't done much else honestly, but my hubs set up our new treadmill for me recently.
    I hope to walk our pup or walk on the treadmill almost every day, also will be looking into yoga and strengthening those lower body muscles for labor! I forsee some squats in my future! I also feel like if I can keep my arms toned I'll feel a little less fat/a mess.

    I have been a very active runner in the past but the idea of doing more than some light jogging kinda scares me (I know it's ok but can't help the feeling).
  • edited July 2015
    What do some of your weight training days look like? I haven't done much in the first trimester (besides walk) because I'm too scared after a miscarriage in March. I was a very avid lifter before becoming pregnant. Just wondering what types of lifts you all do (especially leg day)??? I'm just a natural worry wart!
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