Exercise during pregnancy, help me please !(7 Posts)
I'm 11+4 weeks pregnant, and had two bleeds at 6 weeks exactly. My doctor banned me off the gym and told me to not overdo it as I had just moved house and probably overdone it as me and my partner moved the whole house whilst still looking after our 18 month old, I shouldn't of done it but we couldn't afford a removal service and everything else that the new house needed.
Anyway I was banned off the gym and basically anything for a few weeks apart from bed, sofa and short walks and then it was just not doing to much and still no gym or long walks. I had a scan at 7 weeks which showed lovely little baby with a heartbeat with a bleed next to the sac, my next scan is scheduled for next week at 12+3 and all being well and the bleed being reabsorbed my doc said I can go back to the gym, but my question is what can I actually do now, I had quite a rigorous routine, 45 minutes split of treadmill and elliptical, all leg machines, and a stomach routine before walking lunges and stretches. The whole thing took me an hour and a half best, two if I was being a bit slow that day, but I lose my fitness quite quickly and I feel like a horrid lump after being on rest for two months.
Does anyone else have any experience with this ? I am absolutely desperate to get back into the gym, I've missed it so so much. can anyone recommend routines that will help me get back into it and tone my legs and arms up again, as you can imagine, pregnant+18month old+moving house+ rest+cravings doesn't make for not putting a lot of weight on in the first trimester and I'm really trying to keep weight gain at a minimum as I had only just started to feel confident again when I discovered I was pregnant !
Tbh I think most people will be reluctant to advise you because they can’t say how risky anything will be for you . Usual advice is to only do what you are already used to, without pushing to achieve more. You’ve had a break but if GP says gym is ok, amend the routine you were doing before so that it’s not as intense, see how you go? Please don’t worry about weight gain, eating well (which doesn’t mean loads!) is important.
And you should probably skip the stomach routine if it involves lying on your back...
When I was pregnant I had one of the gym trainers do me a specialised programme; it was included in the cost of my gym but if it hadn’t been I would have paid for a one off session with a personal trainer or a monthly one to adjust as my pregnancy went on. I would really recommend doing that.
The advice I was given was to not get so out of breath that I couldn’t hold a conversation then things like squats without weights and mat work for my abdomen and legs that were safe but it would change as I got further on into my pregnancy. My gym instructors partner was still going to the gym on her due date (she was pregnant at the same time)so it can be done safely but it’s important to get the right advice
You could probably do most of what you did before but turn down the intensity and miss out the stomach routine. Maybe speak to gym staff about modifications you can make to your workout.
There is a 33 weeks pregnant lady that goes to my body pump and attack classes and she is starting to use smaller weights and go at her own pace and uses lower impact options.
Thankyou everyone, really helpful advice and I think I will be avoiding most of the stomach routine as about 3/4 of it was on my back, I will definitely speak to one of the trainers, I'm quite friendly with one so when I go back no doubt he will ask where I've been, I'll ask him to help me out and give me some advice x
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