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Fab fit mums to be - anyone fancy starting a fitness/activity support thread

(198 Posts)
CareerGirl01 Tue 12-Mar-13 16:21:43

Seems there are a few of us wanting to stay active during our pregnancies. How about a non-judgement place where we can support each other; from the walkers to the runners- big/small etc?!

I'm not sure I qualify given I recently popped and produced a newborn, but can I add my encouragement to all you mums to be wanting to stay fit during your pregnancy. It is absolutely worth it. I kept very active throughout and as a result found my pregnancy easy, the birth very manageable, and despite being a tiny size 8 before hand produced a stonking 8lb baby who arrived pink and healthy and have had zero problems with milk coming in. My recovery has also been amazingly quick - I was out and about the day after the birth, and 8 days post delivery I feel fine, and my bump has shrunk to the tiniest hillock. Stay fit girls, it makes the whole process a pleasure smile

CareerGirl01 Tue 12-Mar-13 18:54:48

Congratulations worseter - I was wondering about you and bub!!!

CareerGirl01 Tue 12-Mar-13 18:56:16

Am envious as I am going to have to have an ELCS but keeping active should help my recovery - here's hoping.

ExpatAl Tue 12-Mar-13 19:04:30

CareerGirl, my CS was not under the happiest of circumstances but being fit really helped my recovery and I healed very fast. The consultant told me that my ds could breath unaided because of my exercise so if it's good for babies lungs that's good enough for me!

Hi CareerGirl, being fit will absolutely help your recovery! I've rather more stitches than I care to think about, and being active and moving about has definitely helped the swelling go down. Good luck for the big day - there really is nothing like the moment they set your baby on your chest for the first time.

chickenfactory Wed 13-Mar-13 08:08:54

Me please. Just started mat leave so plenty of time but don't know where to start. Have a pedometer which I wore as part of a gest diabetes study and when working I was walking less than 5000 steps a day (equals sedentary lifestyle!) 11 weeks to go and knackered just climbing the stairs.

SeriousStuff Wed 13-Mar-13 09:47:12

Yes please! I started off with such good intentions (pre-pg I was exercising 5-6 days a week), but since the nausea kicked in, I've found it difficult to take the dog for a walk let alone anything else. Thing is, I know exercise can help with sickness but it's just getting myself to do it!

Some encouragement would be great! Compared to DH who keeps saying, that there's no wonder I don't feel great if I don't commit to exercising etc... (his heart's in the right place, but the words come out wrong!)

Woodifer Wed 13-Mar-13 10:09:00

Last pregnancy I cycled to 38 weeks, and did a couple of swims a week.

I had quite bad PGP (pelvic girdle pain) which was brought on by some over enthusiastic off road running at about 14 weeks.

This time I am cycling a bit less frequently - given I only go into officee 2 days (intead of 5 days) a week. And the weather has been atrocious for cycling - though I have managed to keep doing longer rides at the weekends.

I am 17+4 at the moment - so just over the worst of the first trimester. Last week took a nose dive in exercise terms with a sicky toddler (and being knackered from week before).

With this seemingly interminable winter I took out a gym membership just after finding out I was pregnant. My thought was this would be for a couple of months until the weather perked up - but I am enjoying classes so much I think I might keep it up until baby comes.

I am doing body pump class - low weight high repetition class - which I find ace for arms and back and posture, I really focus on the form and engaging transverse tummy muscles - I found some leaflets on line for adapting this class for pregnancy (including inclining the bench) - because of my previous pelvis issues I don't do any lunges and just do more squats.

I also go to pilates (both these classes are included in the gym membership) - now this isn't a special pregnancy class - so I did lots of research on how to adapt this, things not recommended fall into several areas
a) Things lying on your back - now this is rare (and I still sleep on my back or wake up there!) but some people will pass out if lying on their back after about 16 weeks because of increased pressure on return vein due to weight of baby/uterus. Risk is reduced if you are active in that postition i.e. moving legs as this pumps blood back. My take on this is I do, do exercise on my back and in shoulder bridge but take breaks sitting up or lying on my side.
b) Things involving crunches/ sit ups - this is due to risk of separating the longitudinal (chest to pubis) abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) - I don't do these exercises - if either class is doing crunches or similar I do leg lowers on my back or tummy exercises sucking in my tummy button/ pelvic tilts that are done on hands and knees.

other things c) Getting out of breath
When cycling if there is a hill I sometimes can't avoid getting out of breath, and I sometimes try hard, I think I know if I am overdoing it and reign it in - but I still enjoy a bit of effort. Because of my personality I am avoiding spin classes - because I suspect I would try too hard (and I find them quite warm!!) - what I have read about this is that the old recommendation of keeping heart rate below 140 bpm is overly conservative (this was based on a theory that you might be diverting required oxygen from fetus - subsequent research showed that generally blood flow to fetus compensated during exercise). Additionally if you exercise frequently (3+ times a week) - this is better for fetus as they become accustomed to exercising too, rather than getting a bit of a shock once a week say.

Blimey this turned into a long reply - sorry!

CareerGirl01 Wed 13-Mar-13 13:52:54

Will start a thread! I'm trying the Lynne Robinson Pilates DVD after work this evening and report back!

retroelle Wed 13-Mar-13 16:41:58

I'd like to join. I am only 5 weeks but have stopped my usual running (ludicrous fear of somehow shaking the embryo loose) and want to start swimming instead. I hate feeling unfit.

SeriousStuff Wed 13-Mar-13 16:47:21

This thread is making me do it today! In 10 mins I will be doing my Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project then off out with the dog!

MightBeMad Wed 13-Mar-13 16:58:21

Me too please!

CareerGirl01 Wed 13-Mar-13 18:24:58

Okay well today I managed 15 minutes on the gym cross trainer - heart rate between 130 and 150 and a few squats with light weights and some half push ups for my posture. I've been given some pregnancy specific bum exercises which involve resting on all fours and moving one leg slowly up. Managed a few of these - have to say things are getting uncomfortable now. But I'm going to try and do the Pilates DVD to relax this evening but am knackered.

CareerGirl01 Wed 13-Mar-13 18:27:55

woodifer is impossible for me to do anything on my back - at 32 weeks obviously not - but I can do modified chest presses (one arm only) in the bridge position but resting my back on the Bosu ball - this is another one my pregnancy expert PT gave me - is good one for the boobs.

CareerGirl01 Wed 13-Mar-13 18:28:59

seriousstuff I loved TA first cardio DVD and did it after DD1 was born. Is the pregnancy project any good?

SeriousStuff Wed 13-Mar-13 20:51:23

CareerGirl01 I've been doing TAM for nearly 3 years and love it so it was a natural choice for me.

I really like the pregnancy project - it's only the muscular structure stuff, no cardio and it's very easy to follow. There are a couple of moves which I found were putting too much strain on my stomach muscles but I just skip these now. Just do what feels right for you. Much more manageable than her usual stuff and I love the fact that at least my arms and legs get a good going over. I do miss my cardio though!

There are a few of her pregnancy moves on YouTube so maybe try those out first and see what you think www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tracy+anderson+pregnancy+workout&oq=tracy+anderson+pregnancy&gs_l=youtube.3.0.0l6.1120.7178.0.8120.

HazleNutt Wed 13-Mar-13 21:49:27

Hi all, I'm 25 weeks and while some sports are getting more difficult, I try to keep fairly active. Did a Tae Bo class today and tomorrow teaching Bodypump.

The latter is excellent in pregnancy, if you have been doing it before, no reason to stop. You can find the info mentioned by Woodifer here:

bluer Thu 14-Mar-13 03:18:57

Me! Been going to aerobics class so far...i'm 17 Weeks. I started going about a year ago bit i'm not super fit. The lady who takes the class is amazing ....she keeps an eye on me, gives me different things to do during the abdominal work and has been so supportive. I enjoy the social mix and the other women offer encouragement and comments on the bump! I go anywhere from one to three times a week depending on my energy levels..hope to keep going as long as possible.
I have stopped boxercise and circuit type class...they aren't as easily adaptable and are run by young men who don't really get what limitations and issues come as you're growing etc.

Christelle2207 Thu 14-Mar-13 13:24:02

watching with interest. 20 weeks and a keen runner, did 10 mile race at 6 weeks, since then have not managed anything near that distance (ran very little after that because of sickness and contant colds) and am finding 5k runs really hard work at the moment. Also do bodypump once a week (supportive instructor) which is fine at the mo. Intend to start swimming once weather gets warmer.
Absolutely definitely want to keep active somehow or other as long as I can. Have had weight/food issues int the past and the only way I sorted was by getting into exercise so worried about turning into a useless lump if I don't exercise and never getting back into it!
Also doing a reasonable amount of cycling, hopefully this is a good time of year to increase that.

CareerGirl01 Thu 14-Mar-13 13:38:36

Hazelnutt I'm going to try body pump in the next few days. Can recommend the Lynne Robinson pregnancy Pilates DVD as a compliment to aerobic exercise. christelle I had been exercising for 15 years before having DD1 (started at 17) and I was worried I wouldn't get back into things. Well the last four years since she was born I've actually managed to get fitter (exercise is my me time and I don't mess around). bluer being fit - keeping up some activity good no matter what.
Today I'm having a rest day as I've got lots on with DD1's school evening and a show and tell at her nursery. As well as trying to finish off work before taking my mat leave

HazleNutt Thu 14-Mar-13 14:02:12

CareerGirl if it's your first Bodypump, take it easy! Check out the leaflet I posted, as not all instructors know the options.
If your instructor is doing the latest release, there are some jumps in lunge track that you might want to skip and do squats instead, and ask the instructor for some alternative ab work, as the current program is not really suitable in pregnancy, too many crunches. have fun!

ExpatAl Thu 14-Mar-13 14:06:18

Reading you ladies is making me feel quite exhausted. Think I'll put my feet up for a while.

hokeycakey Thu 14-Mar-13 14:09:17

Hi all

I am pregnant with dc4 first trimester about 8 weeks I have managed to keep active all pregnancies & lost weight and got back in shape quickly after delivery each time so hoping to do the same again

This time though I feel bloody awful! Sick as a dog & really struggling to keep up with exercise I am walking 20 mins school run twice a day with double buggy plus 20mins yoga/Pilates but struggle with that sometimes

If any of you use DVDs have to recommend 10mins solution prenatal Pilates which is brilliant as well as the perfect pregnancy workout which has v low production values but gets the job done!

Hello everyone. I'm 22 weeks and just about still running. I'm finding my motivation is slipping away in the last couple of weeks. Before I got pregnant I was running 12-14km, 3-4 times a week. I'm now managing 6-8km, 2-3 times a week, but much, much slower. I find getting out of bed in the morning to run so difficult these days. I used to be able to leap out of bed at 5 or 6 am, but now it takes me about an hour to get moving and I have to be back before DH goes to work at 8:15. I don't do any exercise on the days I work. I really need a kick up the backside!

badguider Thu 14-Mar-13 14:25:35

Can I join? I had a disasterous first trimester with absolutely overwhelming fatigue and nausea. Between weeks 6 and 9 I was going straight to bed when I got home from work and sleeping all weeekend.

Then I went skiing in wk 12 which went well and I felt more optimistic but then got a horrible cold and was floored again with fatigue.

Now 15 weeks exactly and have just been out for a bike ride - took my mountain bike on some flatish but muddy/slushy paths and found it scary how hard I was working to ride slow, so really not ready to try running again yet... but OMG I feel better for doing it.

Have got a couple of DVDs on order and am doing pregnancy yoga once a week. Used to mountain bike and trail run a LOT.. but I'm not a size 8 petite wee thing, I am a sturdy build anyway and put on 4kgs before I even got to my booking in appointment shock. Just want to slow that gain down but what I care about the most is staying fit, healthy and mobile, I don't really care what I look like (I know I can train back to healthy size after the birth).

CareerGirl01 Thu 14-Mar-13 19:18:04

ExpatAl surely not - I've had a 'day off' exercise today. Totally I managed to run but at 22 weeks was really slowing down, but I wasn't doing as much as you to start with. I'd say that sounds like a lot.
Pilates girls -because its good for your posture and the DVD I've got incorporates those pelvic floors which we must all be doing!

BeadyEyes Fri 15-Mar-13 07:37:44

Hi all! I'm trying to keep fit too!

Pre-pregnancy I was cycling 40mins every day and doing body pump twice a week and the odd jog.

Now just doing to body pump, a bit of cycling, the odd step class, and attempting to go jogging. Been jogging twice since becoming pregnant, but have injured myself both times! I am not sure what is going on.

I tried some pregnancy exercise videos on YouTube, but they were pretty lame....any recommendations?

Hazlenutt which part of the current abs track in Body pump do you think is unsuitable? And at what stage would you incline the bench?

Woodifer Fri 15-Mar-13 08:26:48

Hey beady eyes - any crunching really - think curling head up. You know before you get a bump/ pre pregnancy - anything htat might make the middle of your tummy dome (I don't know if you know what I mean) - check out Hazelnutts leaflet for alternatives (heel lowers and pelvic tilts - I also do supermans)

Do plank if you can keep good form/ not hold your breath/strain too much (i'm not doing side plank cos of my pelvis). Not crunching is because of risk of abdominal muscle separation. Bench elevation/ avoiding prolonged lying on back is from about 16 weeks I think (I am not a professional this is based on my own internet reading!)

Also why the drop in cycling?

Pregnancy produces a hormone called relaxin - this softens the tendons in your pelvis allowing it to stretch open and get a baby out - unfortunately it isn't a targeted hormone and softens all the tendons in your body - making you more susceptible to injury.

ExpatAl Fri 15-Mar-13 09:29:35

I'm quite obsessed about my pelvic floor and love the effects of pilates on it. I'm lucky in that my class is very small so we all get a lot of attention. Can anyone recommend a prenatal yoga dvd? Is it worth it? I'm not really a yogary kind of person. I am high risk so don't really dare do anything more than an hour roughly of daily walking and pilates twice a week although my consultant is very positive about the effects of exercise - it maintains protein in the cervix which is apparently great for the strength of the cervix.

AnnaDL Fri 15-Mar-13 10:21:53


I really want to keep active, am currently 25 weeks and have had to ease off walking every day because I have spd and its too painful. Can anyone recommend exercise that I can do that would not worsen the spd? I was pretty fit before pg, going to the gym/running etc 5 times a week, so I don't want to lose my fitness completely.

HazleNutt Fri 15-Mar-13 10:31:18

Beady yes, as Woodifer said, it's generally recommended not to lay flat on your back from about 16 weeks.

In the current Bodypump, there are both crunches and also plate lifts, so those are not recommended in 3rd trimester. Leg work in this track should be fine though.

MightBeMad Fri 15-Mar-13 13:46:14

Well I managed a buggyfit class today. It's not exactly a marathon, but after 3 weeks of being totally floored by an awful cold/fluey bug and not feeling completely recovered yet, it's a step in the right direction.

I can't remember who asked but I have spd too. Last time I followed all advice: don't walk, push, lift anything, don't climb stairs, keep knees together always (no squats or parting legs to get in and out of the bath/car/bed). It kept the spd sort of at bay (no crutches needed) but drove me bananas and I lost so much condition! This time I'm keeping doing what I can and just stopping things that hurt (nb the pain can come on some hours later). For me that means lifting anything heavy, running and breast stroke are out. I'm just doing aqua natal type exercises in the pool, walking (with pelvic floor lifted and belly button drawn in as much as possible to support pelvis), buggy fit and prenatal exercise DVDs but avoiding any of the wide leg squats, and very gently cycling on a static bike in the gym (setting the resistance any higher than gentle aggravates my symphysis pubis joint). It's all about trial and error really. I think the key thing with spd is if it hurts, stop. Once it's really aggravated, there's no going back so you have to feel your way very carefully. Hth!

marushka82 Fri 15-Mar-13 15:25:35

Girls you all are amazing!
Pre-pregnancy I used to go to the gym 4-5 times a week (I'd actually jog to the gym and back and get up at 5am to get the exercise out of the way before work; now I cannot believe how I EVER managed to do that!).
I'm currently 21 weeks and just can't find the energy to do a lot of exercise which really makes me feel guilty. I do about an hour of walking every day (all the walking to and from the station etc, quite fast paced, though I found I'm slowing down now...), I tried exercising with DVDs (got a Davina one which is fine, but I find it a bit boring, although I normally am a huge fan of hers! I also have Erin O'Brian's DVD which I just find crazy! Cannot do all exercises she does because of lack of space) but recently I find I just don't have energy for anything after an hour commute when I get home after 6pm. Cannot really afford classes, but would love to try swimming in the weekend (just need to find a swimming pool with a pay as you go system! Perhaps someone here is from Ealing and know about one in the area?

CareerGirl01 Fri 15-Mar-13 16:44:27

expat I use Shiva Rea Pre natal yoga DVD. Is okay but I've heard Tara Lee does a good one. All the SPD ladies - my midwife recommended eaqua aerobics when I complained of hip ache ( I don't have SPD). The Lynne Robison dvd has a Pilates exercise called the oyster where you lie on your side keep feet together and lift upper leg- it was recommended to me post natally after DD1 by my Physio to help mobilise my hips.

CareerGirl01 Fri 15-Mar-13 16:47:51

Anyway today I managed 30 minutes on the cross trainer - used my arms more which eased the workout! Did some light weights and some tricep dips, as well as squats on a Bosu ball. I think baby's head was down this morning as I felt a little less uncomfortable - therefore able to do more activity - today. Having a day off tomorrow and doing both Pilates and yoga DVDs. Need to try the aqua class! Found my hips do not ache so much and my legs are not quite so restless on the days I do something.

CareerGirl01 Fri 15-Mar-13 16:48:31

As in try the aqua class next week!

CareerGirl01 Fri 15-Mar-13 16:53:01

marushka agree with you re. Davina - found it a bit too easy and a bit boring! Not from Ealing sorry. Like you I used to jog to the gym - and go to spin classes at 7am in the morning; getting up at 5am so I could get an early train into the City of London so I could fit in exercise before work.
Still managed to do this once a week after DD1 was born - but most of my post DC life I have exercised in my work lunch hour - can still manage spin classes because they are only 45 mins. With two DCs not sure ill be wanting to do all that again.

badguider Fri 15-Mar-13 19:12:24

marushka - what part of ealing are you? i used to live in south ealing and used a pool down by kew bridge at the bottom of ealing road (the road that runs down to the river from ealing common passing south ealing tube station on the way). Not sure if it's still there though or what it's called.

Also, what did you mean about Erin O'Brian being crazy? I've got that dvd on order and had hoped it would be good...?

annamelissa Fri 15-Mar-13 20:03:45

Hi everyone! Well, I'm 12 weeks now and even though I've never been mega fit, I have been seeing a personal trainer for a year, and its been a life saver in the first trimester... I still feel bloated and huge, trying to keep sickness at bay has meant eating what I would normally consider a dreadful diet - but a training session or a short run really makes me feel human again! Though I hear you all who've mentioned the motivation factor - it helps having someone waiting for me to turn up & who'll keep me going (ie shout at me a bit!) when I'd otherwise give up! Hope to get my yoga practise back up an running once I get the 12 wk scan next week - and for those of you in London check out "maternally fit" - its an antenatal fitness class and they're in quite a few different places... Haven't been yet but have heard good things!! X

Saundy Sat 16-Mar-13 09:40:20

Hi guys I hope you don't mind me joining. I'm 6 weeks and wasn't massively fit pre pregnancy but wasn't unhealthy either as a size 8 who went through phases of exercise. Before I got pregnant I was getting quite into the 30 day shred so wanted to pick something up again before I get big & it becomes even more difficult.

I tried the Pregnancy Project DVD last night & was shocked my how exhausting I found it. I lasted 5 mins & had to just lie down & watch it. Today I feel totally exhausted - not sure if its related.

How are you all coping with the tiredness, I felt like my arms were made out of lead yesterday. Does nobody else have this? I have no appetite at all at the moment (no sickness so not sure why) so am having to force myself to eat. I know that can't be helping but I am eating.

Does it get easier cause I can only imagine it getting harder as the baby grows?!

badguider Sat 16-Mar-13 09:44:24

Saundy - between 6 and 9 weeks I was utterly utterly exhausted and didn't manage anything except work and sleeping.
But it DOES get better. I am just over 15weeks now and although I still get tired easily and have to be careful of overdoing it, I am not nearly as bad as I fwas in the 6-9week window.

Saundy Sat 16-Mar-13 10:02:11

That's such a relief! I thought this was the easy exercise time & there was nothing down for me.

Saundy I was pretty exhausted and nauseated from about 4-12 weeks and really struggled to keep exercising. I also found I was prone to feeling like I was going to faint if I wasn't really well hydrated, but started wearing flight socks and they really help.

I was lying in bed this morning and didn't feel like going out for a run at all. I started to think about giving up altogether, even though I know how miserable I get when I'm not running. Anyway, I dragged my arse out of bed and got out there and really enjoyed myself. It was a bit of a plod, but I'm not exactly looking to set any speed records at the moment.

islingtongirl Sat 16-Mar-13 17:23:08

Hey annamelissa - I go to maternally fit classes! I am really enjoying them - I found them fairly easy going for the first few weeks but am 17 weeks now and I think they will feel tougher as I get bigger. You all sit on gym balls and do some aerobic exercises, them use weights, then squats and some toning mat work. Also nice from a social perspective to chat to other mums to be. There was a lady at my class last week who was 40 weeks and still going!

As for exercise in general, I went about 4-5 times a week before I was pregnant to various classes, kettle bells, circuits, reformer Pilates. I've sacked in the more intensive ones as I don't think they are suitable now e.g. Kettlebells, plus I was the only pregnant one in the classes and not all instructors are comfortable teaching you I have found. I have kept up my reformer Pilates classes twice a week, they aren't ante natal ones but I have been doing them for years and one of the instructors is trained in pre and post natal Pilates so adjusts the exercises for me. I hope to continue going for as long as I can. I also do maternally fit once a week and in the rest of the time try to walk into or back from work a few times a week, it's about 40 mins each way, I'm guessing a couple of miles. I'm hoping that's enough to keep any massive weight gain t bay as I have to say my appetite is pretty good and I seem to have developed a worrying penchant for biscuits! I barely ate them before I was pregnant, now I find excuses to have them for mid morning snacks, dessert etc!

Would be interested to hear other people's tips for fitting in exercise around work etc and suitable ante natal exercises. Has yoga been beneficial for anyone?

Caladria Sat 16-Mar-13 23:14:52

@Marushka, This blog is ace for finding pools: http://swimmingroundlondon.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1. I haven't been to Ealing to swim, but can vouch for the open-air (heated) ones in London Fields, Endell St in Covent Garden and the beautiful restored ones in Ironmonger Row (Old Street), Marshall St (Soho) and Kentish Town. Those and some 40 others are all run by the same non-profit so £30 or so a month gets you membership of all of them.

@Islingtongirl, I've been going to the Liverpool Rd maternally fit classes since 13 weeks, though I missed the last one. Am now 37 weeks (eek) and it is definitely getting harder.

Yoga I tried and liked, but couldn't be bothered to keep up. I kind of hesitate to say this, because it sounds so smug and I get that all pregnancies are different, but my goodness I'm glad I decided to exercise throughout this pregnancy. Backache, stiffness, cramps, anxiety, constipation, restless legs, they all get sorted by moving.

CareerGirl01 Sun 17-Mar-13 17:02:29

saundy my tiredness eased around 16 weeks but this weekend -7 weeks of my pg to go - my morning sickness appears to have come back. I'm going to try and kee

CareerGirl01 Sun 17-Mar-13 17:03:41

p something up this week! Wish me luck

bakerbump Sun 17-Mar-13 19:53:16

I'd like to join too please ladies! Pre pregnancy I was doing 4 classes a week (Body Pump and Body Step) plus a PT session all of which I continued to do. Although I reduced my effort accordingly it must have triggered the SPD I've been suffering from since 16 weeks.

Took a couple of weeks off and after the go ahead from my physio (who I have to see fortnightly to get clicked back into place!) I started gym sessions consisting of half an hour on a recumbent exercise bike followed by half an hour of upper body weights.

With the SPD I found cycling using a very low resistance quite theraputic but this might not be right for everyone.

Started getting bored with the above routine very quickly so recently introduced Babyfit classes and am just waiting for a tankini to arrive in the post so I can start swimming. Was sceptical about the Babyfit classes thinking being used to high impact classes they'd be too easy but where my fitness levels have declined I actually found it quite a good level.

Am now 33+6 and although I really miss my classes, staying active despite the SPD has been great, especially for my mood as I'm prone to feeling down. And despite eating everything in sight the comments that I'm all bump are very nice too!

Keep it up girls!

CareerGirl01 Mon 18-Mar-13 11:38:01

Bakerbump was told recumbent cycle was good for easing pressure on hip joints. There are no pregnancy-geared fitness classes at my gym, and the support I get from the trainers has been rubbish! So I'm going to change gym when I take my (gym) maternity leave. Am thinking of taking it easy week before my planned CS which will take me to about 37 weeks.
Does anyone know how long you have to wait after a CS before exercising again? With DD I got the 'all clear' at 8 weeks from my GP and then started jogging with the pram. Was later told I should have waited and stuck to low impact stuff because of presence of relaxin.
Does anyone know who makes jogging prams?

ExpatAl Mon 18-Mar-13 12:02:22

Career, baby jogers prams are supposed to be good. www.babyjogger.co.uk/ I'm thinking of getting one.

CareerGirl01 Mon 18-Mar-13 17:04:38

Thanks Expat! Now to find a second hand one.

HazleNutt Tue 19-Mar-13 08:34:45

A question, have you lot found any supportive bump bands for sports? I feel that some exercise would be a lot more comfortable if I could have a bit more support for belly, but haven't found anything that would work. Tried the Belly Bra - maybe it's the size, but does not do anything for me. So basically I'm looking for a sports bra for the bump - any suggestions?

badguider Tue 19-Mar-13 13:28:07

Sorry I can't help with the bump as I don't have one yet!

My yoga was cancelled this morning due to extreme snow here shock so I have just tried my Erin O'Brien dvd for the first time - and it's quite tough! I am pleased, it means I've got somewhere to go with it. I found some of the exercises were easy but others targetted muscles I've clearly not been working up to now (not surprising as I did sports before rather than gym work). Off for a shower now and going to try to do that dvd about 4times a week (whenever I can't get out for a longer walk or a bike ride)

ExhaustedMamasita Tue 19-Mar-13 14:14:10

Yes - I'm in!!! I'm 15 weeks PG and aside from catching the flu recently… I’m well up for keeping fit throughout my pregnancy. I was a very regular gym-goer before and loved the occasional keep-fit class. During my first trimester I struggled big time – couldn’t find the strength to do much exercise but now I’m starting to regain some energy levels and can’t get enough. Admittedly I don’t push myself like I used to but some exercise is better than nothing – right?! This thread is awesome – definitely motivating me to get back on it, for me and my baby!

CareerGirl01 Tue 19-Mar-13 14:40:58

Hi Mamasita I'm finding it tough at 33 weeks now, had a phase (probably 20-25 weeks) when I had loads of energy and was able to do a bit more. Have to admit feeling very low at the moment DH and I are having the usual pregnancy related relationship issues. I wasn't going to go to the gym today but glad I did, it does make me feel better - 20 minutes on the x trainer and 10 minutes of pilates (incorporated what I've learned from the DVD and my physio as an end of routine stretch/cool down). Not as much as I could usually manage but hey feeling all the better for it. Hazelnutt I haven't found anything that supportive - got a bump band from JoJoMamanBebe which doesn;t really support me any more. My SportyBump leggings have a panel at the front which I think helps. I also use control pants in a size 12 (I'm normally a size 8/10) from Florence and Fred at Tesco.
I think the SPD bands are great - if you can get hold of one.

MrsJarmitage Tue 19-Mar-13 17:22:59

I'm in please, definitely need exercise advice! Only found out on Sunday that I am pregnant for the first time, currently 5+4. Big shock as we hadn't been trying.
I started going to the gym a few months ago and had managed to lose just over a stone. Definitely want to keep up with staying active. I was doing legs bums and tums, and 'pump', also did lots of abs work, also used to go on the stairmaster a fair amount. What should I be avoiding/carrying on doing? Totally lost with it!
Thanks smile

HazleNutt Tue 19-Mar-13 17:43:06

Jarmitage, I would of course ask your doctor if you have any restrictions, but if not, at this stage, you can continue with all you have listed.

gertrudestein Wed 20-Mar-13 08:41:55

I'd love to join this thread! Like lots of people, I was very fit and active before getting pg. One of my first symptoms was being too tired to run! Had to give up running at 14 weeks because of SPD, and miss it terribly. And had to give up yoga because my teacher wasn't qualified for pg women.

I'm now 24+3, swimming once a week, going to the gym twice a week and walking where I can. Also just started pregnancy yoga, which I'm enjoying. I'd like to do some pilates but don't have a DVD player! Is there anywhere online I can pick up some tips?

I really miss the endorphins from regular, vigorous exercise. It was a big part of how I managed my mood, and I really, really miss all the fresh air and freedom from running. Has anyone found a solution to this?

Woodifer Wed 20-Mar-13 08:48:43

gertrude - I found cycling the answer when I couldn't run due to SPD (I was cycling before though - so depends on your confidence level (and on your SPD))

Also in swimming - becaue I don't really do it unless pregnant - I am super inefficient so get quite a good aerobic work out just trying to swim crawl (avoid breastroke with SPD).

Mix it up swimming with some fast lengths and rests rather than l;ts of slow lengths all the time? You can be a bit vigorous as long as you don't go mental smile

I have been finding body pump ace this pregnancy and fine for SPD (if I avoid lunges) - but my instructor says the new release has a lot more leaping abpout in it? Have you tried it - is it more lungey? - I generally substitute more squats for lunges.

gertrudestein Wed 20-Mar-13 08:53:59

thanks woodifier, I will try to remember not to go mental! smile it's tempting thought ...

gertrudestein Wed 20-Mar-13 08:54:12

** though

badguider Wed 20-Mar-13 09:07:20

haha - I have DOMS in my quads from the Erin O'Brien dvd smile... only a little bit but even still, it feels quite nice to be honest, a familiar old friend of a feeling...

HazleNutt Wed 20-Mar-13 09:09:45

What release are you doing at the moment Woodi? If she's talking about 85 then yes, lunge track has quite a lot of jumping, but the recommended option for people who don't want to jump is simply to squat, so you should be fine.

Woodifer Wed 20-Mar-13 09:28:00

yes Nutt I think thats the one - ok sounds like jumping doesn't take over the whole thing then smile

Gertrude I read its ok to try "somewhat hard" to "hard" in perceived effort terms, I have been - and I have very slightly overdone on occasion probably (though you realise and pull it back when you do).

guider I got DOMS from the squats first time in body pump smile I thought I had thighs of steel from cycling - it was much more the feeling that you get from running down steep hills (off road) - so I'm hoping all this squatting wil keep my legs in a bit more condition for running once the dreaded spectre of SPD clears off.

On an SPD note - I think I brought on SPD last pregnancy (at 14 weeks) downhill off road running - maybe jarring myself - and it was really annoying though I managed to keep moving (never got to crutches/ support belt but had a period at work where I had to work standing up with my laptop on a box to bring it to the right level!!).

This time I stopped running as soon as I found out - and have been doing pilates (only once a week - would be better if more), and adapted core in body pump - SPD is virtually non-existant this time (touch wood!) I am avoiding lunges and trying to sleep sensibly stacked on my side (pillow between knees).

For SPD check out these * SPD do's and don'ts* from serola (they make reputedly one of the best support belts but I didn't need one - more useful info on their site)

For SPD helping/preventing exercises check out mutu system (last time i couldn't do the "supermum" one this time I can do normal pilates superman - yay!)

A note on Tara lee pregancy DVD and SPD - I found i could do squats (even last pregnancy) even though my SPD was quite bad - basically anything where the weight was distributed evenly between both feet. BUT - Tara Lee recommends some poses "as particularly good" for SPD - notably pigeon pose (wrapping one leg round the other!! - see serola do's and don'ts) which (for me anyway) was practically the worse thing for my SPD!!

Woodifer Wed 20-Mar-13 09:32:44

That's tara lee pregnancy yoga if it wasn't clear.

bakerbump Wed 20-Mar-13 19:29:36

Badguider - never thought I'd say this... but I really miss DOMS

CareerGirl01 Mon 25-Mar-13 14:05:49

What is DOMs?? Managed 40 mins aerobics today - mostly on the cross trainer. There's no way I can manage the treadmill or spin bike now - 34 weeks tomorrow?! Is anyone else getting stick from people in their gym. I've not yet tried body pump btw. The Pilates and yoga DVDs (Shiva Rea ante natal yoga) are not really helping my hip ache - which I'm only getting at night. I'm wondering if it would be worse if I wasn't exercising. The oyster pose is supposed to be good for SPD. But I've not got SPD - just lots of aches

bakerbump Thu 28-Mar-13 06:16:40

DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is that achey feeling you get after a good workout. Looking forward to getting a good case of it once baby's out and GP gives all clear! My regime has suffered the last couple of weeks (did my back in) so have been a bit of a couch potato hmm

Audrey2013 Wed 03-Apr-13 11:16:51

A question, when did you stop doing (lower/upper) abs exercises?

Also check out Doctor Cathy's pregnancy videos on youtube! Love them. Just the way she looks at her 39 weeks is enough to keep me motivated grin

MightBeMad Wed 03-Apr-13 12:18:43

Just checking-in ladies and good to see everyone is managing to keep up the exercise! I'm off to the gym right now...

louby86 Wed 03-Apr-13 14:08:25

Hello ladies, mind if I join you? I'm just over 6 weeks pg with baby number 2. DS was born in Feb last year and I joined the gym in July and really got in to it so I'm reluctant to stop just yet although I'm only managing 1-2 classes a week at the moment.

I'm currently doing spinning, body balance and body combat when I can muster up the energy to do all 3, although the last couple of weeks I've only managed spinning. I'm hoping ill get some of my energy back in the second trimester.

It's nice to know I'm not alone, MIL and SIL think I'm mental smile

HazleNutt Wed 03-Apr-13 16:48:06

I'm now 28 weeks now and thinking if I should go to Bodycombat or just for a jog this evening. Combat probably.
Better get used to the comments, louby, once you start showing, everybody and their dog will want to give you advice whenever you try to exercise grin

MightBeMad Wed 03-Apr-13 17:09:09

Sorry to hear some of you are getting negative comments. So far I've had absolutely no comments at all (expect from my Dad, who saw me out jogging when I was 6 weeks and made fun of me for going so slowly - he didn't know I was pg until I was 12 weeks grin ). Gym was fab - I really like the way it makes me feel. Mamaged 30 mins cardio (bike and treadmill at a brisk walk uphill) and 20 mins strength and conditioning. Really hoping to be able to keep it up. Had SPD last time around too but am hoping that careful exercise this time will keep it at bay - so far so good (24+1).

RunningBear78 Wed 03-Apr-13 18:29:24

Hi ladies, can I join! I feel like a fraud as I've basically lost the energy to do anything. I used to run/swim/gym/yoga before work every day, and usually something in the evenings as well, now I can just about manage the stairs in my house. It takes me so long to wake up I hardly have time to do anything, even though I work from home, all very disheartening sad

On the bump support belt front ... has anyone found anything good for running? Its the one thing I really want to keep up, even if its slow and ploddy, for the fitness but also mental benefits of being out in the fresh air! Problem is, I already feel like I've got a wobbly bump at 16+3. I saw on the Runners World forum a few people used this kit www.fittamamma.com/ and wondered if anyone here had come across it? Looks good, but quite expensive?

As for online yoga, Katy Appleton has some great 10 minute yoga for pregnancy sessions on YouTube, which are perfect for the living room!

CareerGirl01 Wed 03-Apr-13 19:17:25

Ah mightbe I've had a bit of a time at home last few days - DH has had some problems. But I was back at the gym this morning- managed 20mins on cross trainer and 10 mins on bike - then did 15 mins of light weights and a cool down using my Pilates DVD moves. Feel better but bump is sore. Am glad to be keeping it up - 35 weeks now. Got my c section booked so I have 4 weeks left. IVF cancelled gym membership in May and June because I will not be exercising - obviously.

MightBeMad Wed 03-Apr-13 21:22:22

Career girl - that sounds like a good workout! Really hope to follow your example when I'm 35 weeks. Hope things with DH are improving.

HazleNutt Wed 03-Apr-13 21:27:23

running I've just ordered the support top, will let you know if it's any good. Have tried some other tops and belts, sadly they've been all quite disappointing.

Gemsie77 Thu 04-Apr-13 09:27:30


I usually exercise & did through my last pregnancy. I had morning sickness all the way through but exercise helped me. There were times when I was so tired & weak that I couldn't.

I am now about 7 weeks pregnant & getting the morning sickness again. I'm better once I start getting going but then need to sit/lie down because I feel dizzy & wiped out. I'm very frustrated as I'missed my Zumba class last night & I'm not sure if I'll be able to go to spin tonight.

I'd like to keep my fitness up & don't want to pile on the pounds unecessarily.

Has anyone been through this? Any advice or support would be great.


Gemsie77 Thu 04-Apr-13 09:52:18


I usually exercise & did through my last pregnancy. I had morning sickness all the way through but exercise helped me. There were times when I was so tired & weak that I couldn't.

I am now about 7 weeks pregnant & getting the morning sickness again. I'm better once I start getting going but then need to sit/lie down because I feel dizzy & wiped out. I'm very frustrated as I'missed my Zumba class last night & I'm not sure if I'll be able to go to spin tonight.

I'd like to keep my fitness up & don't want to pile on the pounds unecessarily.

Has anyone been through this? Any advice or support would be great.


Dildals Thu 04-Apr-13 10:26:44

Hi everyone,

I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins, first timer. I really want to stay fit but I also don't want to do something stupid! A twin pregnancy is considered high risk so don't want to add to the risk!

I still cycle in to work every day (I want a big Baby On Board sign on my hi-viz jacket!). I used to run 3 times a week but I cut that right down, due to (perhaps unfounded) risk of miscarriage (I had one before so didn't really want to run the risk) and took up swimming instead. We have a pool at work, so I am incredibly lucky in that respect. Just get fed up smelling of chlorine! In January I did a session with a swim coach to improve my technique and he gave me training sessions as well which I now use (the Zoggs website has a link to a site which has good swim sessions if you are interested). So I now swim 2-3 a week (2 times realistically) and run once a week. Like christelle I am finding my 5K runs HARD. I used to run a 5K in 22 mins, now I take over 30 mins! I wear a heart rate monitor and stop when my heart rate goes over 170. I find that the first half I need to walk regularly and in the second half my heartrate seems to find a stable 140 rate.

I will find a pregnancy yoga class locally soon as well.

Also, I have bought the Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project. I really liked the fact that there was a different DVD for every month of pregnancy. The first time I did I had sore bum muscles for five days ... shock, i am getting more used to it now! If I keep with the TA DVD for the rest of my pregnancy DH will be able to crack an egg on my ass. :-)

My favourite aquathlon opened for entries earlier this week, I will be 21 weeks by then. Given how slow my runs are now, I know I am not likely to be able to enter ... part of my brain is still not willing to accept I am pregnant I think!

CareerGirl01 Thu 04-Apr-13 10:34:21

Hi Gemsie I found working out helped ease my morning sickness this pregnancy but during my first I was so knackered I had to ditch exercise altogether. Mind you with a 4 YO DD this pregnancy i had no choice but to get out and about. Have to say if this is your first - enjoy the rest and don't stress about being fit. I've been working out for 20 years now and I soon got back into it after DD1 was born. This time round I've kind of had no chance to rest and the exercise has helped me deal with liking after DD1 and DH.

gertrudestein Thu 04-Apr-13 10:35:46

Gemsie I know how you feel! Am currently 26 weeks but found those beginning weeks very hard because of tiredness. I pushed myself too hard and ended up injuring myself, so my advice to you would be to try not to worry about the Zumba and Spin, and focus on low impact exercise like swimming, yoga and pilates. Yes, they're not as invigorating, but that might help you keep going for longer.

Also, listen to your body and take it easy for a week or two if you need to. It sounds like you are very fit and this will be frustrating, but I really wish I had done that as I'm now finding exercise very difficult - all sacrificed for that cardio hit early on!

In particular, I was a fanatic runner. Did something very painful to my thigh at 14 weeks and have had trouble walking (let alone running) since then. Not good.

On another note, does anyone further down the line have any tips for fatigue? At 26 weeks I am trying to go to the gym three times a week (swim once, pilates once, cardio and weights once), for about an hour. This seems to me like the bare minimum, but often I am so exhausted afterwards that I cannot function for the rest of the day. What am I doing wrong? I'm not even pushing myself very hard.

JBrd Thu 04-Apr-13 11:26:07

Hi all, can I join? I'm 6+4 with DC2, and really hoping to continue excercising throughout the pregnancy. I usually go to the gym 2-3 times per week to do Bodypump, which I have all intention to continue - did it up to almost 8 months with DS.

But am currently really struggling with dizzy spells, which worries me a bit - I have to be very careful when changing position, i.e. getting up to standing from sitting/lying down. I am taking it very easy and have already reduced my weights, too, but I guess I need to watch it. And then there is the tiredness...
I did pregnancy yoga last time, and will definitely try and do that again, once I'm far along enough, I loved it.

Has anyone got any recommendations for pregnancy sportswear? I ended up wearing DH's t-shirts last time, but was thinking of treating myself to some 'proper' gym tops/trousers this time round...

HazleNutt Thu 04-Apr-13 11:35:49

I've bought some longer lenght tops in bigger sizes and so far have been able to wear my normal bottoms. had to buy bigger sports bras as well.
I have this one in different colours:
this should stay under the bump:

LoveLaughingLots Thu 04-Apr-13 11:48:50

I'd like to join, I'm only 6 weeks, but I regularly attend ballet classes as I've been dancing for over 20 years and intend to continue (if I can!) I know other women who were pregnant in my class and got on fine. I also want to continue with normal yoga and pump if I can.

Does anyone do Zumba?


CareerGirl01 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:02:29

gertrude if you are feeling tired you may be overdoing it even if you think you aren't; bet you are comparing your exertion to pre pregnancy?
I would take it down at 26 weeks - just do something active for 30mins maybe?
I'm only managing 30/40 mins every other day now - at 35 weeks. I am really tired today and very uncomfortable as baby has not yet dropped.
LLL I used to do pump but not much in last couple of years so avoided during this pg. but loads of ladies here swear by it.

gertrudestein Thu 04-Apr-13 17:12:34

careergirl maybe you're right - would you say you started doing about 30 mins when you were at this stage, or later?

HazleNutt Thu 04-Apr-13 19:57:28

I teach zumba amongst other things, but have stopped for now, as I'm just not flexible enough - I still participate now and then though. Still teaching Bodypump and don't have any difficulties there.

CareerGirl01 Thu 04-Apr-13 20:07:01

Gertrude I was doing 30-40 mins x5 a week till last week. But I really was super-fit pre pregnancy, and at 42 I've been working out - spinning running weights netball etc for 20 years now. So it's part of my life and I wouldn't think many pregnant women would be at my level of fitness. Like I said if you are tired - and this is your first preg - then enjoy your rest, keep active but don't stress if you are tired! I'm glad I didn't do do much with DD1 because it was the only time in my life I put my feet up!

megarobotdiscoparty Thu 04-Apr-13 20:36:15

gertrude if you're tired after sessions you should def step it down a notch til you get the balance right - seek and ye shall find! Exercise at this stage should be about keeping you energised. An hour may just be too long. I'm 33+4 and was teaching high impact aerobics til 30 weeks - wish I'd stopped sooner as I was struggling. Now I'm doing 30-40 minute sessions on my own at the gym and doing half strength and half cardio - I've really ramped cardio down. For me that's helped massively and I'm loving it all again, feeling much less tired too.

It's so different for everybody, and, I imagine different at every stage and in every pregnancy too. The best thing is to experiment until you find a routine that keeps you energised, even if that means shifting the goal posts a bit every week!

Gemsie77 Thu 04-Apr-13 21:31:52

Hi everyone, thanks for the advice & support. I didn't go spinning tonight. Again felt wiped out & have had a big headache! Raaah, going to try my Zumba & Zumba tone (two 45 min sessions) this weekend.
Who was asking about Zumba? Yes I do it & love it & did it through my last pregnancy when I felt up to it. I also went out for a run/ jog. I tried support bands but it did get too uncomfy in the end.

My husband is a keen triathlete. His training keeps me motivated but he's told me to basically chill out & enjoy this pregnancy.

Don't like being unfit & love my me time. I have a 19 month old DD & she keeps me v busy!

I'm most impressed & inspired by you all. Think about Paula Radcliffe doing marathons through her pregnancies.

So there are fitness DVDs for pregnancy? Must research & maybe if I can't cope with my classes save my money on gym membership. :-)

louby86 Fri 05-Apr-13 12:43:40

Really struggling this week and only managed one class but I'm booked into body balance and two spinning classes next week so I'm hoping I'll be ok for them. Has anyone bought maternity sportswear or have you all found long tops in bigger sizes ok?

Gemsie77 Sun 07-Apr-13 13:06:01

Last time I bought the next size up for tops & kept the same bottoms. Poss could have done with a bigger sports bra though.

Managed Zumba & Zumba tone yesterday but not without having to stand out of some parts because I was feeling a little weak. Afterwards people kept asking if I was OK as I looked pale & not my usual energetic self. I said I've had the flu & it's taking a while to recover. They were all quite concerned which was sweet & said that I had to get better as my energy usually inspires them!!

I felt a bit of a fraud lying but did tell my instructor who has given me a list of dos & don'ts. So people are going to guess soon.

Took my 20month old daughter swimming today & walked there & back a 15-20mins walk. As a consequence I nearly fainted & am now having to lie down.

Anyone had faint & dizzy spells early pregnancy? :-)

JBrd Mon 08-Apr-13 11:02:05

Gemsie I'm struggling with dizzy spells, too. I didn't have that in my first pg, so it's a bit scary! They happen any time, regardless of what position I'm in, but I noticed I have to be careful in the gym when changing position from lying down to standing up.
I'll probably tell the instructors at my gym this or next week. I'm a bit hesitant because I've had bad experiences last time - one of the instructors kept shouting across the class before starting 'How's the baby?' confused Really don't want that to happen this time!

Wondering what people have done regards telling your gym/fitness instructors? When do you tell them? I'm 7+1 now, thinking that it'll be to my benefit to tell them asap, but on the other hand thinking is it too early? Anything can happen... What have you done in this situation?

HazleNutt Mon 08-Apr-13 11:13:53

As an instructor, I would prefer if you told me as soon as possible, so I know not to push you as much, but let you work out according to how you feel. There might be certain exercises you wish to avoid or you might want to take more breaks, and it's always worrying if I see a regular participant suddenly simply standing there or running out of the class (might happen due to morning sickness). Just tell them to keep quiet if you don't want everybody else to know - the shouting across class was of course inappropriate.

CareerGirl01 Thu 11-Apr-13 17:57:30

Bumping to see how we are all doing. 36 weeks now and still managing workouts; suspended my gym membership from end of the month until July!

HazleNutt Thu 11-Apr-13 19:16:09

Just got home from Bodypump, still teaching it. 29+6 here.

Oh and got this FittaMamma support top linked to earlier, but unfortunately I'm not terribly impressed. Does not seem to do much - maybe should have gotten a size smaller, although I followed their sizing guide. So if you're ordering, maybe take several sizes to try. It is also way too low cut for me, would not even be wearable without a more modest sports bra. So I'll just stick to longer length tops in bigger sizes.

RunningBear78 Fri 12-Apr-13 11:40:01

Thanks for the feedback on the top HazleNutt was just wondering whether to get myself one! Although had a breakthrough moment realising my hubbies tri shorts and running leggings practically come over my modest bump so I've been using them to hold everything in!

Almost defeated by that Erin O'Brian dvd! Great but highlighted quite how unfit and lacking muscles I've got in the past 18 weeks or so!

noballs.co.uk/ have some nice longer sports tops/vests in their clearance sale. Good sizing, lovely material and suitably high cut to hold in massive norks. Also, good customer service and European made kit!

HazleNutt Fri 12-Apr-13 13:46:24

thanks for the recommendation, I love the look of those gathered tops, excellent cut to cover my now quite massive bump.

CareerGirl01 Fri 12-Apr-13 15:21:57

Just back from the gym. Am really missing my outdoor exercise! Bike is getting uncomfortable now. My aerobic fitness still good though.

Janey84 Mon 15-Apr-13 13:12:55

Hello, can I join this thread please? My baby is due in September and I have always been fit and love that there are more of us continuing while pregnant! SO far only had a couple of sarky comments out running, but headphones up loud sorted that out!! But I was wondering if anyone continued with body combat classes or if the kicking/balance could be an issue? The posts have really reassured me that I am not alone in wanting to stay fit.
Also, I brought a FittaMamma top following your post HazelNutt and I really like it for running (I got the capris as well which I also love) but I found the top is really supportive for higher impact activities, so far for me runs and the gym. perhaps combat if I feel brave enough!

Janey84 Mon 15-Apr-13 13:19:14

oh and if anyone can point me in the direction of some good arm workouts i can do at home I would be so grateful! i dont know why my baby has also brought on bingo wings!! thank you

CareerGirl01 Mon 15-Apr-13 16:21:50

Janey I've avoided any body combat stuff - but then it's not really my exercise thing. I've avoided bingo wings by doing tricep dips using weights and the park bench - seems to have done the trick.

Janey84 Tue 16-Apr-13 18:45:07

Thank you CareerGirl, I tried some dips on a bench this morning half way through my run and there is some definite ache now, which hopefully is a good sign!

badguider Wed 17-Apr-13 09:38:26


I've been missing in action for about a month. I'm still cycling - 10-15mins here and there to get round town and a longer ride of about 20km at the weekend which I'm really enjoying.

Yoga once a week too.

Finding it harder to stick to the dvds at home though - I've probably only done Erin O'Brien about three times so far... I just don't like exercising at home.

I feel like all of a sudden (20wks tomorrow) I've got my energy back and i'm desperate to do proper exercise again, am even considering trying a jog/walk when this torrential rain stops. I still don't have a big bump yet and boobs no bigger than at 8/9wks when I was running regularly so hopefully it'll be ok. I'm far less breathless now than I was then.

Also planning to start aquafit next week in an effort to regain my comfort in the pool before adult&baby swimming (haven't really swum for a decade, though used to swim relatively seriously).

To be honest, my legs and hips are really fat right now and I'm a bit worried about the summer (june/july) and possible chaffing/sweating and just generally being uncomfortable to wear shorts or skirts. I know it's unlikely I can lose any fat while pregnant due to hormones but I'm hoping I can either tone up more or at least prevent any more fat gain.

How often are the rest of you trying to get a decent bit of exercise in? Daily? or less?

Thanks smile

islingtongirl Wed 17-Apr-13 10:06:31

Hey badguider and others - I am still keeping up my reformer pilates classes that I have been going to for years, go twice a week. I am hoping to keep this up for the next few months, but will see (am 21 going on 22 weeks now) - as I'm the only pregnant one in the class so some exercises have to be adapted for me, they don't seem to mind though but I don't want to be a nuisance! It is definitely getting harder work though. I also still go to "maternally fit", an ante natal fitness class, once a week (wrote about it earlier in the thread) and am trying to walk into work where I can, averaging about 2-3 times a week, its about a 30/35 min walk. I am hoping this is enough! I feel like I am keeping fairly active, but I had to give up my usual pre-pregnancy classes of circuits and kettlebells as they just weren't suitable/too high intensity - I do miss them though and doing ab work sad belly getting too big now so can't do anything like that in pilates either. Bah.

Anyone tried aqua-aerobics and would you recommend it?

TheBeanpole Wed 17-Apr-13 10:41:01

Hello, can I join?

Nice to meet you all.

I'm 6+1, and, touch wood, still feeling fine. I went out with my running club as usual on Monday and did hill sprints, and my usual bike commute today- 10 miles each way. I'm also still going to circuits and boxfit classes. Janey last year there was a woman at my boxfit class who kept coming until about 37 weeks, so it can be done. Not done combat though so if there is more kicking it might be more risky?

I'm going to have to give up yoga though; the teacher's not happy sad I think I will try and pick up pilates classes again to compensate. I have a bit of a crap core anyway so should probably give it some serious love before it gets under massive pressure. I'm assuming normal mat pilates will be fine?

I'm reasonably fit at the moment (although could probably do with dropping half a stone which is not going to happen now...)- was supposed to be doing a half marathon last weekend but pulled out as I had a virus the week before and was coughing like mad. I hope I can keep the cycling up as it's so much nicer in the summer. I also swim a lot in the summer (I prefer outside, in the lido) so will be getting back in the pool in the next couple of weeks to start on my swimming condition before I become ungainly.

I might be being over-optimistic thinking I can keep it all up! I guess I will drop the running distances (I am slow already) as I go on.

I do need to invest in a new sports bra though....

gertrudestein Wed 17-Apr-13 10:49:22

CareerGirl you're my heroine. I hope I am still going as well as you in a month's time!

CareerGirl01 Wed 17-Apr-13 19:25:17

Thanks gertrude blush still managing gym - did five days last week -30 mins at a time - 15/20 minutes aerobic stuff (cross trainer and recycling bike) then weights and my Pilates/yoga moves as a cool down; got these from ante natal DVDs - not bothering to do the DVDs on their own- think I'm doing enough at 37 weeks! The oyster move is fab! I'm sure this has helped my hips - which were starting to ache at night - no longer getting any twinges in knees or hips. Think this is because I gave up running. Going to try and keep this up another two weeks- my membership is suspended from 1 May and my due date is 8th May.

CareerGirl01 Wed 17-Apr-13 19:28:20

Haven't tried aqua aerobics islington am considering doing one next week - but have left it a bit late to be a regular.

badguider Thu 18-Apr-13 09:19:43

Next week on weds i'm going to try aquafit at my nearest pool which isn't specifically antenatal but is apparently suitable. i'll let you know how it goes.

On mondays there's aquanatal at the big olympic pool a drive away but I'm busy on monday nights till the end of june. i might try to go to that in july and august.

RunningBear78 Tue 23-Apr-13 10:51:08

Just wanted to share ... had a lovely weekend in the Lake District with friends. One came with me and we did two relatively flat runs in the mornings. Ate a LOT and slept a lot too, but feel really good for it.
Swam most of the coached session last night, but note ... Diving is NOT good! Ouch on the boobs, but they do stick out quite a lot so not so surprising.
Managed a morning run today and feeling pretty good. Amazingly seem to have lost half a kilo since last thursday, so hoping that regaining some energy will help me keep a lid on the excessive weight gain! And best news of all, finally seem to have a bump after 19 weeks! Quite excited, I actually look a bit pregnant not just fat grin

HazleNutt Tue 23-Apr-13 16:17:26

A lot of pregnant women love all kinds of aqua classes, but they're not really my thing, so can't comment.

I still do Bodycombat and Tae Bo at 31 weeks, just have to adapt some moves as the bump gets in the way, but otherwise no problems. Still teaching Bodypump as well - that's actually not any more difficult to do when pregnant, except for the current ab track, which is not really suitable. But there are always alternative exercises.

Ordered some pregnancy exercise DVDs as well, but they're still in wrappers - I'll probably try them once normal classes are getting too difficult.

CareerGirl01 Tue 23-Apr-13 18:09:11

Crazily - at 38 weeks pregnant - today I decided to see if I could sti 'run' - until exercise bike arrives I will not be able to do any low-impact exercise in the fresh air. Managed 20 minutes but I felt like I was dragging my poor body around. Felt nice being in the sunshine though.
Going to devise a non running post natal regime! Will stick to gym tomorrow- good luck ladies x

HazleNutt Wed 24-Apr-13 09:33:26

I've pretty much stopped running, find that the hardest. With most exercises, you change your movement direction and speed, so it's not so bad, but with running the constant movement of the bump is really not comfortable.

CareerGirl01 Wed 24-Apr-13 12:53:57

hazelnutt the fresh air felt good though!

HazleNutt Wed 24-Apr-13 13:22:14

Oh I get plenty of that, I have two big dogs to walk. smile

Whenever you read something about exercise in pregnancy, that's what's usually recommended after all - walks. But I guess all of us here would agree that walking is just walking and not enough, if you are used to more challenging exercise programmes. So I'm thinking about dance aerobics followed by tae Bo this evenin. Followed by that walk.

allwomanR Wed 24-Apr-13 15:45:06

I spotted this thread and was really reassured by some of the responses so thank you so much for starting it! smile

prior to getting pregnant I ran half marathons, though dropped out of the one I had scheduled at 10wks as I simply didnt have the energy to do the training runs. have been really paranoid that carrying on running and doing my weekly aerobics would be shaking the baby more than is good for it! I'm determined to keep it up as long as I can though as now I'm at 15 weeks I feel fantastic after exercising!

I've found yoga particularly helpful as its an easy way to build up some strength in my arms using my naturally increasing body weight week on week to build up in preparation for carrying an infant around!

gertrudestein Wed 24-Apr-13 19:30:55

I wish I could still run - I miss it terribly, but it puts too much pressure on my bladder! I still do a pathetic half jog-half walk on my way to the gym, but it's not the same ...

On a completely different note, I found this online and would recommend it as a good pilates workout that you can do at home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ccd8VDTEc

louby86 Wed 24-Apr-13 23:12:10

Hyperemesis has struck me down so I'm off the exercise for nowhmm Hoping to pick up body balance in a few weeks time and work up from there so I'm still lurking for inspiration and support smile hope you are all ok!

HazleNutt Thu 25-Apr-13 09:30:00

I have a training day when I'll be 38 weeks - a special event, happens once a year, loads of fun usually. All LesMills classes, one after the other. CareerGirl as you are 38 weeks now - it would be a bit ambitious if I wanted to participate this year, right? Especially considering that it's in another town and I probably didn't want to travel too far from my hospital at that stage.

CareerGirl01 Sun 28-Apr-13 17:04:36

Hazelnutt soz for late reply -have been mostly sleeping this weekend! At 38 weeks it depends. I've been doing 20 minutes on either cross trainer or bike followed by light weights and some Pilates to finish - around 40 mins x5 in the last week. This coming week my gym membership is suspended so I'm basically going on except use sabbatical at 39 weeks. If you can do the training without having to do it hard core why not?

CareerGirl01 Sun 28-Apr-13 17:05:58

Not except use meant exercise!!

CareerGirl01 Sun 28-Apr-13 17:08:44

Just thinking Hazelnutt In body pump you don't have to use the heavy weights? Cycle I would imagine might be uncomfortable? Body balance - well there's loads I can't do but can sit some stuff out. Body attack - can take it easy in parts/swap to low impact. What are the others - body combat? again I think you can go low impact?

qumquat Mon 29-Apr-13 18:08:59

Hello! Really pleased to have found this thread. I go nuts without exercise but I've been quite scared of exercising since getting my bfp. I love the 30 day shred, does anyone else do this? I alternate with running normally, not doing the full 30 days? Can anyone more knowledgable than me let me know what kinds of exercises are ok for 1st trimester and what aren't?

CareerGirl01 Mon 29-Apr-13 18:10:18

I think this may be my last post Pre baby. Hoping you are all out there being active. Turn 39 weeks tomorrow and my last day at the gym before taking a three month membership break. Hopefully I will be trying to rope some of you into some post natal exercise! Never managed an aqua class or a proper pregnancy yoga class (as I said it didn't do it for me being used to dynamic/ashtanga practice), but hopefully I've stayed fit. Will keep walking and my resistance bands going the next few days. My hips seem okay and have avoided the same kind of cramping in my first pregnancy.
Despite feeling very ill at points during this pregnancy I've still managed to put on 2.5 stone - which is a good thing I think. I did feel a bit flabby looking in a changing room mirror today - but hopefully I've done the best for baby. Good luck all and keep it up.

RunningBear78 Thu 02-May-13 17:26:16

Good luck Career let us know whether being super fit and healthy helps with labour & recovery!

Not sure if this is inspiration or just outright terrifying ... Sarah Storey on training whilst 7 months preggers! She looks so neat on her bike even with a huge bump.

gertrudestein Thu 02-May-13 18:50:53

Good luck careergirl! Hope all goes well with the delivery - please come back to this board and give us an update after the big day.

And I look forward to hearing about your postnatal workouts! You are my inspiration, as ever ....

All the best x

CareerGirl01 Sun 05-May-13 11:27:32

Three days to go and my hips are definitely too achey to do anything more than walking a mild stretching. Hoping everyone else is more active! X thanks so much gertrude

Festen Thu 09-May-13 21:15:40

I've just been browsing this thread with interest and feeling very inspired by all you lot!

I am 11+4 and am trying to keep mountain biking for as long as I can. Weeks 7-9 I was absolutely exhausted and if I wasn't at work I was asleep. Then I suddenly felt energetic again so got back on my bike and to circuit training classes (British Military Fitness). I was a bit worried that over those weeks i would have lost my fitness but i was ok, just took it easier than normal. I feel great when I'm out even though I'm slower than usual uphill on my bike- I can't wait to reveal to the people I ride and train with why I've been flagging lately! On my mountain bike I am choosing my trails carefully - on a ride the other night I got a bit carried away and nearly crashed. It really made me think. Gotta tone it down!

I'm just going to try and enjoy my sports for as long as I can, and then move to something more sedate - not sure what yet! One thing is for sure and that's that I never put myself under pressure if I don't feel like exercising. Tonight I was supposed to train but instead I'm on the sofa with a blanket and a cat and it's lovely.

Keep posting you fab fit progress and/or woes!

honey86 Thu 09-May-13 22:00:15

just marking my place. going on hol to mallorca in 15 weeks and need to trim my legs n arms. im 15 weeks tomorrow and i know ill be big bellied, but i want at least lovely leggies arms and bum. got awful cellulite going on atm and im a stone overweight.

my aim is to stop binge eating and exercise more so my weight is not dropping, but levelling more to normal. if that makes sense x

Dusty04 Fri 10-May-13 15:16:25

Hi everyone, I'm 7 weeks and teach Zumba and Bokwa part time. I've felt so nauseous this week I cancelled all my classes but hoping to teach next week. Having a scan on Thursday following an early spotting and seeing mw on Friday.
I'm going to tell my class I've pulled my Achilles (I do suffer with it!) so t hat I can take it a bit easier.. I know two other instructors who taught up to about 32 weeks, so going to see what I can manage. I hate not feeling fit!

RunningBear78 Mon 13-May-13 09:53:44

Not sure if I should be, but was delighted with my sub-30 minute ParkRun on saturday, now at 22 weeks a definately starting look a little pregnant. Hoping I can keep running till at least 30 weeks ... we shall see!

CareerGirl01 Mon 13-May-13 15:22:19

Hi guys. Am six days post partum and apart from a c section with some complications - they found scaring and adhesions from my EMCS five years ago - I look non pregnant. Am sure it is the exercise. I do have slightly wobbly tummy and my upper legs are a bit more chunky but nothing that screams 'just had a baby' but then my wobbly shuffle (still sore of course) might give the game away!
Will have to start a 'getting back to fitness' thread - hopefully in six weeks
Keep going guys x

CareerGirl01 Mon 13-May-13 15:23:34

And in the end I did manage to exercise till 38 weeks and 5 days - gave birth at 39 weeks; it can be done but take it easy.

cadidog Mon 13-May-13 16:20:28

Marking my place here but also I just did month 1 of Tracy Anderson's Pregnancy Project on DVD. There's no cardio in there so I'm going to have to use my Jillian Michaels DVD's for that but I'm pretty impressed with it so far. I've used her Mat Workout DVD before so I knew the kind of thing to expect but I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of it too.

HazleNutt Mon 13-May-13 16:25:38

Congratulations CareerGirl!

I'm still doing the usual classes at 34 weeks. Zumba not so comfy any more, bump does not like all that shaking, so it's mostly Tae Bo, dance aerobics and Bodypump.

Festen Tue 14-May-13 17:20:53

Congrats CareerGirl!

CareerGirl01 Tue 14-May-13 18:51:16

Thanks Festen and Hazelnutt have to say am enjoying the rest from exercise - breast feeding is taking up all my energy at the moment.

Congrats CareerGirl! I'm 11 weeks pp now, and still not managed more than walking due to lack of time!!! Walking carrying 12lb of baby in a sling is a work out in itself though!

CareerGirl01 Sat 18-May-13 02:18:16

Wow 12lb worsetershire - they grow so fast. Am finding breast feeding fab for losing weight - but bit too much so. Walking is a bit of a struggle post CS but at least I'm not hurting so much. It's my birthday in July, as my gym has no crèche and I don't want to do too much running, my family are going to buy me a spin bike - prob off eBay. Will put it in the garden (on non rainy days!) and use when DD2 is having her nap; can put her in the garden in her pram. But all after my 6 week check up. I am doing my pelvic floors and the Pilates moves from the hospital.

CareerGirl01 Sat 18-May-13 08:01:01

Pelvic floors - we should all be do

CareerGirl01 Sat 18-May-13 08:01:21

ing these xx

gertrudestein Mon 20-May-13 16:09:55

Congratulations worcestershire and careergirl! Will you start a support thread for post partum exercise so that we can all be inspired and encouraged in the weeks following birth? My mind is turning towards that now, as I reach the last couple of months ...

So, 33 weeks now. Did a 45 minute swim this morning but to be honest I think it was a bit much as I'm starving and very tired! I can't tell the difference between chronic tiredness and hayfever at the moment, so may be pushing myself too far.

I'm really starting to notice the heaviness and discomfort get in the way of doing normal things. I've taken the weights right down at the gym to just 2kg for some very light resistance training. I'm trying to do 4 gym or swimming sessions and a couple of longish (4 miles) walks a week.

How is everyone else getting on?

SeriousStuff Tue 21-May-13 18:45:00

I'm now 19+3 and managing 3-4 sessions of Tracy Anderson pregnancy a week and taking the dog for a walk (ranging from 20 - 60 min walks). I feel great pregnancy-wise at the moment (stiffness etc. comes if I lie or sit down for too long) and when I do manage to exercise it makes me feel so 'together', but I'm so hungry at the moment that I don't really feel it's counteracting all the calories - I would need 2hr circuit sessions for that!

gertrudestein Tue 21-May-13 18:55:50

I'm with you on the eating! But I think that's another sign of possibly overdoing it - sometimes I find I eat like I used to after a half marathon even though I've only done a 'normal' gym session. And then I realise that I need to take it down a bit at the gym ....

So frustrating, because I'm used to getting fitter and fitter and being able to do more and more, whereas now I keep getting slower and worse!

TheBeanpole Tue 21-May-13 19:36:16

I'm eating heaps too, especially on bike to work days (20 miles round trip). I need to not eat all the healthy snacks in the morning so I don't raid the vending machine 30 minutes before I leave...

A question for runners- did you find things get easier going into the second trimester? Am 11 weeks at the moment. Was on holiday weeks 7-10 which was my peak tired time, so didn't do much at all. Saturday went out for 3 miles and it was horrible, really breathless. Last night I went with my running club and we did 6 miles at a leisurely 11 minute mile pace and it was MUCH better. Is it my body adjusting? I hope so...

RunningBear78 Thu 23-May-13 09:28:58

beanpole I've been running on and off and am now approaching 24 weeks. i've found that feeling good is totally unpredictable as my body seems to change from day to day and i only run 2-3 times a week. i have managed much more in the second trimester, but still have the odd day when getting downstairs fro brekkie is hard work and a run is out of the question! my only advice is to take things as they come. run when you can and just take it easy and cut things short when you feel dreadful. i'm finding i am really really struggling to get up the hills now, although i'm running better on the flat that i ever used to. which is great, except that i live on the edge of the peak district and am surrounded by hills!

SeriousStuff Thu 23-May-13 09:42:47

gertrude and Bean yes, I think keeping an eye on the hunger and amount of exercise is key. I'm moving house over the next few days so won't be exercising until next week - I think packing and general moving stress will be enough to keep my appetite up for now!

HazleNutt Thu 23-May-13 09:50:56

I'm 36 weeks tomorrow and happy to report I'm still feeling fine. Did my usual dance aerobics and Tae Bo yesterday, Body Pump today. Told the gym that I will only teach for another week though, I think at 37 weeks it would be pushing my luck a bit and don't want to call them half an hour before the class to tell that I'm in labour.

Will maybe try some of the pregnancy exercise DVDs that I have bought, but at first glance, they didn't look that interesting - sitting on the ball, slowly lifting 0,5 litre water bottles is really not going to do it for me.

Have to say that while sports is still fine, I am finding everyday things more difficult, which is quite funny - so I can still do hours of intensive exercise, while huffing and puffing just getting out of bed?

I am really looking forward to losing loads of weight without doing anything due to breastfeeding grin

SeriousStuff Thu 23-May-13 12:53:12

Hazle that's pretty impressive - I think you deserve to take the next few weeks off!

I just keep reminding myself that whether I manage one session or 5 a week, it's all better than nothing and puts me in a much better position for birth and getting my fitness back afterwards, compared to if I did absolutely nothing for 9 months.

Hang in there ladies!

RunningBear78 Thu 23-May-13 13:06:56

I agree Hazle Am really struggling to walk up the stairs, get dressed and the like, but running seems to be fine!? So strange, but glad I'm not the only one. Try the dvd's with bigger weights, and I'm sure you'll know how to make some of the exercises a little harder and more appropriate for you. Take care these last weeks and good luck!

Serious agree, for the lesser mortals among us, I'm trying to remind myself that 1 thing a week is better than nothing. Especially on Monday-Wednesday when I seem to be totally exhausted and can hardly manage a walk around the block!

Oh, I know I keep asking, but Hazle did you end up using a bump support at all? I think at 24 weeks I'm on the verge of needing something, but not quite sure what. The bump itself doesn't seem to wobble, its the baby inside I can feel jiggling around (and the boobs)!

HazleNutt Thu 23-May-13 13:15:26

Running, I bought 2 different support tops and a special support band, but none of them made any difference, so no, not using anything. I haven't been running for quite a while now though as well, one of the reasons being that I felt the bump was bouncing too much and I've never liked running that much anyway grin
The bounce isn't a problem for me in fitness classes, as you are always changing direction and speed, but with running it was the constant same movement that I found uncomfortable.

For boobs, check out Shock Absorber Run bra.

gertrudestein Thu 23-May-13 14:26:37

I also feel like the only time I'm comfortable is when I'm in the middle of some cardio - at the gym or in the pool. The rest of the time I'm like a beached whale, struggling to get comfy anywhere, huffing and puffing. Went to the loo in the middle of the night and was out of breath when I came back! Wtf?

A word of caution about weights - I tried pregnancy exercises with larger weights to make them more challenging, and have done something very painful to my back. The weights were the same as I had been using at around 28 weeks, but by 32 weeks they were obviously too much. I hate being injured.

On the plus side, have just bought a jogging buggy! Can't wait to get back to running again ...

RunningBear78 Thu 23-May-13 14:41:50

Hmm, might have to experiment on the baby bouncing front and just get a support band and see what it is like. I've been double bagging the boobs with a Shock Absorber AND a tri-crop top over the top! Forgot the tri top this morning which was a leeeetle uncomfortable.

gertrude which buggy have you bought? i've been eyeing up a few but haven't found anywhere locally to look at them and try them out.

Hi gertrude - I'd be a useless model for post partum exercise, as I have sole charge of the tiddler all day, every day, so formal exercise time is just a pipe dream. My trainer keeps asking me when I'm going to re-start.... err, when dd is at school perhaps grin

On a serious note, you really do need to give yourself a break and just heal, as even if you (like me) feel fine, your body will need time to recover, and you will be knackered from exhaustion and blood loss. Also don't under estimate the energy required for breast feeding. You'll be producing nearly a litre of milk a day - you need to eat and drink and rest. Pounding the streets in your running shoes will not help you with that.

Good luck everyone, stay fit, you'll thank yourself when you are pushing. It makes a huge difference... and take that from someone who had to expel a small person with a head size on the 97th percentile. Ouch grin!!!

VinegarDrinker Thu 23-May-13 15:42:41

I think I posted on this thread a while ago, but glad to find it again

I'm 34+2 today, still cycling to work (12 miles a day) and getting loads of raised eyebrows and tuts from colleagues which is starting to really piss me off tbh.

The thing is, I'm actually far more comfy on my bike than I am walking, the weight of the bump is much less obvious, it doesn't set off BHs, and I find it by far the easiest and most comfortable way of transporting a willful toddler as he loves the bike but otherwise wants to walk or rather be carried/put down/picked up, stop to pick up snails etc etc I actually bought a new bike last week, it's a sit-up-and-beg style anyway and I've got the handlebars right up, it's seriously comfy, can almost forget I'm pregnant!

I'm on track for covering about 65 miles this week (albeit much more slowly than usual) and planning to stay on my bike til I go into labour... We don't have a car so my bike is my primary mode of transport.

HazleNutt Thu 23-May-13 15:48:02

exactly Vinegar, those people tutting have no idea what is actually difficuly for us and what is not.

Woodifer Thu 23-May-13 21:00:51

Nice one vinegar - I cycled up til I finished work last time (38 weeks) - including carrying my bike up and down stairs in station and taking it on a train.

No one gives you a seat if you are wearing bike kit!

I didn't even have to change my bike (though i didn't ride on the drops!).

Now I am part time (28 weeks pregnant) so I only commute 2 days (work one day from home). Sometimes I get off the train early to get a longer ride in. Normal commute is prob only 3.5miles each way, extended commute is 10-11milesish. Try get an evening and/or weekend ride in.

Just fitted the bike seat mounting back on my bike last weekend. I live in sheffield it is pretty hilly - so some routes pretty challenging for fatty me + toddler (this years first (and only so far) toddler ride was on bike path that used to be old railway line so very flat). I'm tending to favour the pushchair for general errands/visiting at the moment due to it being easier when she naps (i.e. I can leave her in it).

I have put on 2 stone already (I know I put on more than 3 last time overall so not too worried cos it did come off - eventually!) - oh well!

Not long now Hazle

gertrudestein Fri 24-May-13 19:18:47

running I got the city mini jogger summit x3. From what I can tell, the key things to look out for are good suspension, air filled tyres, handbrake and wrist strap. There are some good reviews online. Although you can use that pushchair with newborns, you can't run until your baby is old enough to hold his or head up - 6 to 8 months I think. So until then, lots of fast walking up hills!

Good to hear from you worcester! I'm so pleased to hear that you're enjoying your new baby and looking after yourself. Of course you're 100% right about r&r - afterall labour is a hefty piece of work and looking after a newborn is rather demanding, or so I've heard ...!

VinegarDrinker Fri 24-May-13 21:04:29

Woodifer - yes I hear you on noone giving up their seat if you're in bike stuff!

I wouldn't have bought a new bike specially but mine died quite dramatically and I need to get it around so had to replace asap! DS has a front mounted seat and I'll need to get 2 seats on soon (one front one back) so compromised on a step through frame Trek hybrid. It's actually surprisingly nice and light without the seats etc.

I'm impressed by you cycling in Sheffield, pregnant or not! We are in London and luckily it's mostly pretty flat. DS thinks going everywhere by bike is the norm smile

Weather thwarted my plans to hit 65 miles this week, winds up to 30mph and rain all day - I'm not that hardcore!

Gertrude - I have that pushchair, it's fab... the best. The only slight problem I've had with it is the harness is completely unsuitable for new borns, the straps end up over their face. For obvious reasons that's a bit rubbish, so dd is in the sling most of the time at the moment.

CrikeeThree Sat 25-May-13 07:45:50

Hi everyone. Just found this thread, and I have a few questions about cycling and swimming.
Lovely to see how much everyone is doing smile I had terrible sickness for the first 20 weeks, but somehow managed to carry on doing SOMETHING, which means that now I'm back to swim-training for an hour once or twice a week with my club, and have always been cycling everywhere (pulling a bike trailer).

My questions are: I pull 2 DCs around in a bike trailer. It's a double bike trailer. They weigh about 34kg between them, and it's a hard-bottomed trailer. It's getting rather heavy! I'm managing still, and it makes life so much easier to be able to do this (it's how I get them home from nursery, for example), but I'm worried at one point I might start to do myself some damage. But I don't know what that damage would be!! What should I look out for? Is there anything I should be worried about?

I'm quite prepared to keep going until I can't..... is this okay, do you think?

Second question: I'm back to doing the full hour of swim training now (had cut down to 40 mins when I was so ill). I'm also swimming at near-normal pace (got fed up with being in the slower lanes), but I take a bit of extra rest every now and then. Again, if you're exercising at farily high intensity, is this okay, as long as your body is used to it?
Do you think it's better to swim faster with slightly more breaks, or slower in general with less rest?

Sorry for such a mammoth post with so many questions!! I've just been worrying about all this, and haven't known who to ask...

CrikeeThree Sat 25-May-13 07:46:13

(I'm 25 weeks pregnant, by the way...)

CrikeeThree Sat 25-May-13 08:04:19

(should also probably say that this is 3rd pregnancy. Cycled all the way through first pregnancy, but obviously wasn't pulling a trailer. Also swam all the way through, but was more cautious. Didn't do much at all during 2nd pregnancy for various reasons....)

Crikee - my only thought on the bike is watch your pelvic floor. Upright bikes are not the best in that respect. My trainer told me to avoid them in the gym in late pregnancy.

VinegarDrinker Sat 25-May-13 08:50:12

I'm a (utility) cyclist and junior obstetrician but no physio or PT but my philosophy is just to do whatever feels OK. Mostly my DS is in a seat but I do tow him in a trailer once or twice a week. Must admit I've never heard of cycling being bad for your pelvic floor, pregnant or not. The NICE/RCOG guidelines say it is fine to continue what your are doing pre pregnancy, with extra care for risk of falls/abdominal trauma or excessive joint strain.

Anecdotally, one of my Twitter friends towed her two in a trailer on a single speed racer til 41+ weeks!

CrikeeThree Sat 25-May-13 09:08:45

Thanks, both of you.
Will investigate the pelvic floor thing.... not something I'd heard about either, but best to find out....

That's reassuring about your friend, Vinegar smile

I was actually wondering about abdominals. I guess it's these that you're using when you're cycling and pulling something heavy? Will it be obvious to me if/when the load becomes too much for them, do you think?
At the moment, I can feel that I'm using them. I just don't want to suddenly reach "crunch" point, and only realise too late.

Sorry... realise you can't really answer this, probably, and am probably over-thinking this a bit, but it's so nice to be able to talk about it. thanks smile

Crikee it is entirely possible that my trainer was talking rubbish. I didn't question it though as I'm not the world's biggest fan of static bikes, and I live in (what feels like) the country's hilliest county, so was more than happy to do something else. My pelvic floor however has survived remarkably unscathed. I've not pee-ed myself, even once grin, so perhaps there is something in it.

My abdominals however, hmmm, well they're totally shot Not entirely sure how I could have avoided that given the enormous, comical, frankly hilarious bump I ended up with. DD was not small, I am, she had to go somewhere, and in my case that was outwards.

VinegarDrinker Sun 26-May-13 07:43:52

Sadly I think your abs get fairly fucked in pregnancy whatever you do... I think though as long as you aren't in pain it is fine to continue - the other thing to notice is if there is a big separation between them (divarification of the recti) it leaves your uterus a bit more exposed and putting more stress on the abs probably wouldn't be a fab idea.

Re pelvic floor, well I cycled through my last pregnancy too and despite prolonged pushing stage, big baby and forceps, my pelvic floor seems unscathed so far... (admit that's anecdotal).

Off out for a family cycle today smile - hope you are all having a good bank holiday weekend.

CrikeeThree Mon 27-May-13 22:27:36

thanks again, both of you :-)
yep... same here. Abdominals and pelvic floor have survived my 2 previous pregnancies (including a 4.3kg baby/ shoulder dystocia!!) relatively unscathed... but I'm wondering if that had more to do with the yoga I did in those pregnancies. Hope not, as haven't had time to do it this time.

Anyway... will keep an eye on it. "Feeling" my abdominals working is probably fine. But just need to keep an eye out that I'm not straining anything.

Hope the cycle was lovely. We've had a lovely sunny bank holiday weekend here smile

gertrudestein Mon 10-Jun-13 23:43:13

Hello, am resurrecting this thread ...

Now 36 weeks and have started to feel more out of breath, but still trying to stay active. I find that I can't do more than about 40 mins of swimming or other cardio at the moment, and am also doing things quite slowly. But yoga and pilates are still good - stretching has certainly come into its own over the last couple of weeks!

How is everyone else doing?

RunningBear78 Tue 11-Jun-13 12:23:08

Hi there, had a sudden resugence of energy after a week on hols walking and sea swimming (and lots of afternoons snoozes). Reconfigured the running wardrobe with DH's shorts and bump support band donated from a friend and had a lovely half hour jog yesterday. When DH came home last night it was so lovely we went for bike ride too! Only my third during preg so far, but I've started to be come uber jealous of people riding now the weather is so lovely. Actually felt fine, not paying quite enough attention to feel safe on the road, and spatial awareness made gates quite interesting smile Managed a short swim this am, although our local pool is 32 degrees and the changing rooms feel like a sauna, so heart was racing and swimming v v hard work. Have resolved to use another pool which isn't quite so warm in future!
Hope the rest of you are doing ok and managing to get out and about in the sunshine?

SeriousStuff Tue 11-Jun-13 12:25:56

I'm now 22+3 and still doing my Tracy Anderson DVDs. Feeling pretty good at the moment but I'm disappointed with the way my arms are still managing to develop cellulite! Have a wedding this weekend and want to wear a strapless dress which miraculously still fits me! So I'm trying to do some extra arm stuff in the morning.

My only cardio is still taking the dog for walks, but better than nothing I suppose.

cadidog Tue 11-Jun-13 13:21:56

I'm also doing the Tracy Anderson pregnancy project DVD's and I found the 2nd month DVD (I'm 8 + 6) so tough it almost put me off exercise entirely. Yet I did L1 of the Shred last night and found it okay - woke up with less sore muscles than when I do the pregnancy project anyway. Once the 1st trimester lack of energy lifts a bit I'm hoping I can do a bit more.

gertrudestein Tue 11-Jun-13 14:17:42

Serious I know what you mean about the arms - have been doing lots of toning and gentle resistance training throughout pregnancy but my arms still manage to look quite flabby. Am sure there must be a reason for it (I'm currently pretending everything is water retention ....!) and the work will be worth it for lifting and carrying a baby in a few weeks' time.

cadidog I'm sure you'll feel better once the 2nd trimester hits, although a word of warning from me: I was so excited to be out of the sickness zone that I overdid the exercise a bit and ended up getting really exhausted. It has taken me a long time to listen to the different kinds of needs and wants of a pregnant body.

Although I must say I love it now when I can feel the baby kicking after a workout! I feel like he's joining in!

RunningBear78 Tue 11-Jun-13 15:13:40

yes - what is it with flabby arms!? been doing loads of weights and swimming and nothing seems to work - so depressing even the dh commented on the fact that they were sticky and shapeless which is v unlike him sad i know bum and thigh fat is supposed to be stored for late baby growth and breast feeding but arms, seriously? humph ...

GinotPrigio Tue 11-Jun-13 15:25:23

Hi, can I join in here too?

I'm only 7 weeks pregnant but hoping to stay fairly active throughout this pregnancy (my second). I ran the Brighton Marathon (although v v slowly!) just before I got pregnant but I have only managed a couple of runs since then. Exhaustion and sickness have hit me bad this time around but I figure that a little bit of exercise might give me some much needed energy.

I am in awe of you girls exercising late into your third trimester. I was so lazy during my first pregnancy and used it as an excuse to pig out. I really want to be healthier this time round!

gertrudestein Tue 11-Jun-13 15:57:15

Well, the more exercise I do, the more chocolate I eat ....!

JamInMyWellies Tue 11-Jun-13 21:26:46

Am a fairly reg road cyclist, about 30 miles a wk plus a few gym classes. My midwife has told me she is not too happy about me out cycling on the roads (lots of country lanes). I am 13wks.

Any other cyclists out there?

Woodifer Tue 11-Jun-13 22:00:04

Hi Jam - yes me (and vinegar further up post plus a few others i think).

I cycled til i finished work previous pregnancy (38 weeks), and am still cycling this pregnancy (now 30 weeks +) - did 17 miles at the weekend.

I depends on your own comfort and confidence - some people just aren't happy on the roads, some people find their bump affects their balance - I'm used to commuting in a city (and am currently in office, so commuting 2 days a week) - so this doesn't bother me somehow. But I am avoiding group riding (with club etc with big groups).

Play it by ear how you feel about the risks and how you feel comfort wise (i am still on road bike, and managed on that last time - but some people find they have to swap to more upright position) - you know the roads near you. My thought is while something could happen - I don't worry about that all the time when not pregnant. And for me the health/ sanity benefits outweighed the real/perceived risks - especially as cycling was som much easier than walking as i had quite bad SPD/PGP last time.

CareerGirl01 Thu 20-Jun-13 00:29:22

If there's anyone out there...

CareerGirl01 Thu 20-Jun-13 00:31:43

Follow on for those of us past the six week new baby mark!http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/sports_and_exercise/1784062-Fabulous-and-fit-to-be-new-mums?msgid=39798597#39798597

CareerGirl01 Thu 20-Jun-13 00:31:55
RunningBear78 Thu 20-Jun-13 18:04:23

I used to ride, but was so wobbly when I got preggers that I felt so unsafe on the road I had to stop. Gutted and am missing it dreadfully. I've managed three rides in 27 weeks, so not great. If you feel happy balance and spatial awareness wise I'd keep going. People who don't ride/do exercise generally don't quite understand the motivation for those of us that do.

I'm going to try for my last ParkRun this weekend at 28 weeks. Its all off road and a bit hilly so I think I might have to call it a day and still to shorter flat plods around the park from now on and pick up the swimming.

How is everyone else doing?

Sanjifair Thu 20-Jun-13 21:50:31

I am still running at 23 weeks. Still doing up to 10k but I am going to start cutting back, as I am feeling pretty heavy and slow and it feels harder than it used to. I will quite likely stop running quite soon (went to 27 weeks last time) and will do brisk walks and hopefully aqua natal yoga instead.

HazleNutt Fri 21-Jun-13 08:57:48

I'm due today (even though the baby does not seem to want to go anywhere) and I have taken it easy for the last couple of weeks, but was still teaching fitness classes 9 months pregnant without any issues.

I'm sure it's part luck, but part thanks to exercise that I have not had any issues during this pregnancy - no pains, not tired, not getting stuck in the bath etc, feeling totally fine. Still working full time as well.

The only trouble is that you know how they recommend a walk when you're overdue? Well, if you have been active and literally running around for most of the pregnancy, I'm not sure a walk will make any difference. Considering Bodycombat or something to get this baby moving grin

gertrudestein Fri 21-Jun-13 11:37:39

Ha ha hazelnutt I think you'll have to do a triathlon to get the baby moving! Good luck - I hope it all goes very smoothly for you. Is this your first?

I had some health problems earlier on in the pregnancy, but have found that exercise has been a relally good way of coping with things - with the very important caveat that it has been a bit of a struggle to adjust my relationship to my body - instead of pushing myself as far as I can go, I have finally got used to the right levels to feel good but be injury free.

Now 38 wks, and not planning to change anything - gym/ swimming/ Pilates 6 times a week, although I have dropped down to 40 mins swimming instead of an hr. I must admit it helps that I have no dc at home at the moment and am not working either, so I have plenty of time!

Now my biggest fear is what to do after the baby is born. i know I'll have lots more important things on my mind, but I think I'll go stir crazy in my flat all day. hazel, what are your plans?

HazleNutt Fri 21-Jun-13 11:41:32

gertrude yes, it's my first, so I don't expect so much boredom but rather quite a bit of panic about what to do with this new human. I also have big dogs who need their walks, so will probably be out of the house quite a lot. Besides, I'm abroad with only 14 weeks of mat leave, so will have to make the most of it!

gertrudestein Fri 21-Jun-13 12:48:52

Good point, good point ... I am really focussing on the wrong thing to worry about! It does make me smile to think that soon I will (hopefully) be able to take my baby for walks to all my favourite parks and views.

VinegarDrinker Fri 21-Jun-13 13:00:05

This dropped off my 'threads I'm on'. I'm 38+3 now, still cycling daily & still finding it the easiest and most comfortable way of getting around. I'm only doing around 5 miles most days, sometimes up to 10, with DS on board. We went to a cycling festival at the weekend and I got to try out a Bakfiets (cargo bike) which was very fun! Really not finding my centre of gravity is having any effect on my balance, luckily.

Jam if you are reading I agree with Woodifer - you have to listen to your body and be guided by that. I'm not sure why your MW would be concerned at 13 weeks though. But just do what you are comfortable with.

RunningBear78 Tue 25-Jun-13 14:42:10

Hazel how a bit of trampolining!? Probably not that sensible ... but bouncing on a fitness ball is supposed to be good?

Managed ParkRun at the weekend, just. Got to the park desperate for a wee, but there aren't any public loos and the woods are full of nettles! Managed to get round, without peeing myself, so very proud grin also managed a decent time too. Then promptly lost my borrowed bump band. Ran this morning, but it was seriously hard work and I've been relegated to the flats only.

I'm quite looking forwards to long walks with baby, and baby swimming. Getting quite excited about having a little un to play with in the pool - I hope he likes the water or I'll be devastated!

littlepinkfizz Tue 25-Jun-13 15:45:05

Hi, can I join. Just very early days for me so very nervous although will hopefully be baby#5.

Presently doing 2x45 min spin classes and 2x1hr body pump classes per week .

We do crunches in pump and not sure if I can still do these if pregnant? Is there any risk? Also going a bit easier at spinning,trying to keep cool and hydrated.

Glad to have found this thread grin

Woodifer Wed 26-Jun-13 08:35:06

Hi pinkfizz I'm doing 1 or 2 body pump classes a week. There are some leaflets online about modifications you can do for pregnancy.

1) Lying on back
I have my bench on 3 risers at head end and two risers at foot end for lying down exercises. (Note: general advice is for not to lie flat on your back as you get bigger, as weight of baby (in small proportion of women) could press on major vein and cause you to pass out. Risk is reduced when you are moving your limbs, especially legs as you are aiding the circulation - if you pass out someone should roll you on to your left side - but really you must know if you can lie on your back or if you are uncomfortable/feel dizzy).

2) Avoiding separation of vertically running abdominal muscles (diastasis recti)
As your bump gets bigger the abdominal muscles that you use for crunches come under strain - so you should avoid crunches (anything where you lift your head/ shoulders) - for ab track I do leg lowers (like relase 85 but without the crunches and without the chest weight), I also go on hands and knees and do pelvic tilts and supermans (draw in belly buttons and lift opposite hand and leg). If you google transverse abdominus (TVA) exercises - these are what you should focus on. I do plank but not side plank now (though I think I did early on - see how it feels). Also - be careful sitting up from lying down bench work - ideally you should roll to one side to sit up - not really practical when holding bar - I use weight of bar to "pull" me up IYSWIM, or you could ask friend to take it off you before you sit up more sideways.

3) Protecting your pelvis
I had pelvis issues (PGP/SPD) last pregnancy - I have avoided it this pregnancy by stopping running soon as I found out - but I don't lunge! And I dont jump (squat jumps or the jumps on and off the bench). I just do more squats - and when people are jumping sometimes retain the bar and do more squats. I weigh 2-1/2 stone more now so I am graduallly increasing my squat weinght all the time smile. Other things you can do are use just your bump weight (for squats or lunges). Or if you want to keep doing lunges use an empty bar for support.

4) Keeping good form
Always trying to focus on drawing stomach in. Back to bench for lying down exercises. Using low enough weights that my body can stay still. I haven't fully swapped yet but am considering hand weights for clean and press moves (32 weeks) to avoid bar being too far from my body line as I by pass my bump.

5) Other stuff I do
I put bench flat (2 risers) and do press ups on the bench (feet then knees - more knees these days!) which gives room for my bump.

Don't be afraid to pause/ do something differently to the rest of class - my ab track is always totally different to everyone elses smile

Wow this is long - Hazlenutt is the true body pump expert - she was teaching right to the end of her pregnancy (see up thread).

Clairea82 Wed 26-Jun-13 18:50:15

ooh can I join too? Been trying to work out what I should do, as finding advice really misleading!

I used to go gym 6 times a week and did bodypump, bodycombat, spinning, bodybalance, and swimming. Not been managing more than once a week due to sickness but now starting to feel well enough to get back to it. Have really missed it!

Mentioned this to Dr and to midwife though who advised only to be doing swimming or going for walks. When I mentioned pump, she suggested sitting and lifting some cans of baked beans instead.... seriously!

I always thought it was good to exercise when pregnant, so why are professionals advising against it?

Woodifer Thu 27-Jun-13 08:37:48

Claire They are probably just thinking "weight lifting" and not understanding what body pump is. And as often with pregnancy - erring on the side of caution.

There was also a theory that vigorous exercise could divert blood flow/nutrients/ oxygen away from the baby to your exercising muscles (but further research indicates that for moderate to vigorous exercise this is not the case).

I think pump is fine - for me as I list above without lunges or jumping (or crunches) - but there is more risk of hurting yourself when you're pregnant.

Personally I avoid spinning at mo as I am not good at not trying too hard (IYSWIM) - and find it a bit hot. I am still doing lots of outside cycling.

Body combat - I've not done - but I think it involves kick moves that I would avoid (that again other people would find fine)

Body balance - you need to research what you should and shouldn't do with respect to abdominal exercises.

CareerGirl01 Sat 29-Jun-13 19:21:50

Baby is 7 weeks old now - just getting back into things but avoiding any ab work - join me here http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/sports_and_exercise/1784062-Fabulous-and-fit-to-be-new-mums?msgid=39995836#39995836

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