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Starting exercise in early pregnancy

(9 Posts)
ImogenTubbs Fri 23-Sep-16 10:51:31

So three weeks ago, DH and I finally signed up to the gym and started our much overdue new joint exercise regime. I'm about 1.5 stone overweight, and quite active, but not fit (couldn't run a 10k).

Two weeks ago I discovered that I am pregnant with DC2 (very happy news).

I really want to keep the exercise up as I think being fitter and stronger can only help, particularly when I have a new baby and a toddler to contend with!!

But I really want to get the balance right so I'm having some impact without overdoing it. And this morning I found a bit of spotting in my underwear after a workout (it's stopped now). I had quite a bit of spotting with DD1 so I'm not worried (yet), but I'd love any advice or tales of similar experiences, things I should watch out for. I'm 6w pg, btw.

Thanks in advance!

ohnonotanother1 Fri 23-Sep-16 19:54:30

Watching keenly - I could have written this post and would love to know the answers!

ImogenTubbs Fri 23-Sep-16 20:30:00

Hopefully someone with some experience will come along soon... smile

Melmam Fri 23-Sep-16 20:38:07

Hey not sure if this will be of any help I'm also pregnant with Dc2 I've had to get physio and the physoteraphyist said that they recommend not to work out in the gym or keep it to a minimum in your first trimester not sure if the same rule goes for the uk I'm in Ireland.. Congradulations on the pregnancy exciting times ahead

Wonderflonium Fri 23-Sep-16 20:48:41

When I had my eggs transferred the fertility clinic said that walking, cycling and swimming were all fine but higher impact stuff like aerobics and running was off the menu. So, stationary bike and a swim?

Congrats! flowers

ImogenTubbs Fri 23-Sep-16 21:30:04

Thank you. I've switched from running machine to cross trainer because it's not as high impact, but maybe should stick to the bike for a bit. I find swimming for exercise super tedious!!!

Also doing some light weights. I know it's not a good idea to lift anything heavy or strain because of ligament stretching, but thought maybe some light reps would be ok...?

Wonderflonium Sat 24-Sep-16 06:33:08

Yeah, if you go for more reps rather than more weight, it's probably fine? Does your gym have the elastic band thingies? They might be good for resistance training too.

pinkiponk Sat 24-Sep-16 07:00:12

I run, and it's fine. The main advice I've had (from doctors), is that you shouldn't overheat and if you can maintain a conversation throughout your workout, you're definitely safe.
They also warned me about the hormones that relax your ligaments so to be a bit more careful when I run. I've taken up swimming which has been great, as it's easier than running when carrying extra weight!
There's evidence to suggest keeping up exercise can make for an easier labour as well!
With weight training, it's safe to maintain fitness and not try and increase the weight. Don't do anything lying on your back (like bench pressing), and don't do anything that would impact on your abdomen, so the elastic band suggestion would work to be safe!

ImogenTubbs Sat 24-Sep-16 10:45:32

Thank you - elastic bands is a good idea. I think they have them.

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