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#1 living_bravely

Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:21 PM

Hi everyone!

This has probably been asked a million times so I apologise if I'm asking again.  But I want to know some exercises I can do that are safe in the first Tri.  I've had previous losses so I really don't want to do anything cardio (Although I am very fit and have done a lot of running, I stopped in my last 2 TWW's as I just don't want to be worried about it.)  But what else can I do?  Stretches? Yoga? Pilates? are any of these safe in first tri?  light weights?  What are some things I might be able to do at home or at the gym?

If anybody knows any websites etc that are useful I would really appreciate any recommendations or advice on this as I want to stay fit and healthy, but don't want to jeopardise my little bundle in any way, and I am a bit nervous about it. :-)

#2 Donuts08

Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:49 PM

anything not too heavy or high impact?

i kept doing everything but just listened to my body dont overheat thats the most important thing.

#3 BBV

Posted 10 December 2012 - 05:54 PM

I've been doing two pump classes a week, preggie Pilates and 40 mins light cardio, walking on treadmill and 20 mins on cross trainer. I feel OK doing this at the moment, do u have a trainer u could talk to about what u can and can't do?!

#4 living_bravely

Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:00 PM

I was doing some personal training but had to cut way back and make some lifestyle changes to get this bub on board and also some cut backs from a "spending" perspective as we were told we would have to do IVF (although ended up falling naturally! YAY!) so I don't really have a trainer any more.  I would probably skip the pump class (even though I know it would probably be fine, but I just don't want to stress and be worried about it), but the walking and cross trainer I could do!  Have you been doing preggie pilates since early on BBV?

#5 HeartMyBoys

Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:12 PM

Keep your heart rate below 140. Ive been doing 30mins on the treadmill, then side raises, leg raises, side squats with bicep curls, and lateral raises with dumbells. Rest at least a minute in between each exercise. I do 15 reps max.
The main thing really is not to elevate your heart rate, or temperature too much. And dont worry, ive been cautious this time too as i blamed myself last time because of how much exercise i was doing (even though i was told it wasnt anything i did).

#6 living_bravely

Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:47 PM

Oh HeartMyBoys that is exactly the same as me!!!! :-)  thanks so much for that advice.   rolleyes.gif

#7 kpingitquiet

Posted 10 December 2012 - 06:59 PM

I've just rededicated myself to exercise but have stopped for the 2ww, too. When I get back into it, if I'm lucky enough to get pregnant, I'll be doing yoga (no inversions), elliptical (keeping heartrate more moderate than normal), and swimming whenever I get the chance, which is great for my SPD issues, should they come with the next pregnancy. If you're already super-fit, just start up as soon as you're comfy and follow PP's suggestions. I have friends who did fun runs and bicycled to work daily up through their 8th months. I just personally prefer low/non-impact for my pelvic issues.

#8 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 10 December 2012 - 07:10 PM

Swimming and aqua aerobics are awesome for pregnant ladies! I honestly think the aqua aerobics helped so much with keeping me fit and relatively toned and helped have a smooth birth. I had hardly any abdominal separation (I am not a super fit person, overweight actually but aqua just helps your core so much!)

I was under the impression you can keep doing what ou have been doing for at least the first trimester, do I kept doing body attack (with a few more lower impact options and no sit ups) till about 20 weeks, but I'd been doing that class for years already. It's not a good time to start something new!

#9 BBV

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:43 PM

I had been doing pump for about three years so my DR assured me it would be ok with modified moves. I started Pilates when I was about 12 weeks from memory, I do it thru my physio. It's been great. Walking is also good and cheap!

#10 RichardParker

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:55 PM


It has been, hands down, the best thing for my pregnancy. I'm fitter now, having done it, thn I was when I started at around 16 weeks.   Best thing ever.

#11 MrsShine

Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:58 PM

Pilates is fabulous for keeping you strong and fit. If you find a good teacher they can really help with stomach muscle separation post baby (goes back,faster!) and getting you strong for birth. Plus keeps you long & lean original.gif most teachers will have sets of exercises designed especially for pg women, mostly revolving around fit ball etc.

#12 raindotdot

Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:09 PM

I did pretty much everything I did pre-pregnancy but just modified moves in Body Combat & Pump. I walked an hour a day, did yoga and swimming on weekends.

#13 porkchop's mama

Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:20 AM

I cut back my running distane in the first tri and briskly walked the remaining length of my usual running route.

Upped my swimming from once to twice a week, still managing to keep this up now.

Modified my yoga to at home 30 minute sessions with modified poses.


#14 living_bravely

Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:01 AM

THanks so much everyone!

#15 Wildence

Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:17 PM

I have been doing body balance and yoga.

Pre pregnancy, i have been doing body pump, but due to my crazy morning sickness in the first trimester, i stopped going and then was just i guess afraid to go there again.

i believe it is EXTREMELY important to exercise during pregnancy. it helps me SO much with the back pain, chest pain, legs pain and everything else.

just dont forget to modify your exercises to pregnancy. instead of ab work, go on all 4 and do cat stretch etc.

good luck and keep exercising!!

#16 PurpleNess

Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:34 PM

I did prego yoga & swimming - lost weight in first tri but I think that had more to do with my diet and no booze :-)

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