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Re-starting familiar exercise after a long break

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cloudjumper Thu 02-Jul-15 09:54:23

I am now 14 weeks pregnant and have not been able to do any exercise whatsoever since I found out, due to sickness and tiredness. Before that, I used to go running and do Bodypump in the gym, about 2-3 classes per week.

Now that I am starting to feel better and my energy is slowly coming back, I would love to re-start exercising. But I'm a bit concerned that I have not done anything for nearly 3 months now. Will it be OK to re-start exercise that I was doing regularly before falling pg? I don't think I'll be taking up running again, due to some hip issues, but I'd really like to do Bodypump (did it when pg with DS), obviously with all necessary precautions. Will it be OK, in spite of the long break?

sparklewater Thu 02-Jul-15 11:26:54

Start slow and with lower weights - I did the same. You'll build up quickly enough again. I missed a good two months through feeling knackered/sick all the time but then was VERY ready to get back into it!

Be careful starting again in this heat though. Go early in the morning or late at night if you can. I've sacked off all exercise for this week!

Mimigolightly Thu 02-Jul-15 11:28:23

Why not try something like Yoga or Pilates as well as your body pump?

karatekimmi Thu 02-Jul-15 11:33:37

I ran until about 5 months pregant, and although didn't have a complete break morning sickness really put a dent in my running. I'd say go for it, but go slow and listen to your body - don't feel like stopping is giving up (I had tears and tantrums when I realised that I couldn't continue!!)

AmberLav Thu 02-Jul-15 19:46:35

I took up my bodytone class at 18 weeks with my first, which I hadn't done since before I got pregnant (plus a couple of weeks more, as I was on holiday) and I was rustier, but was quickly on form again. Obviously told the teacher, and she changed some exercises for me... went back when DS was 6 weeks after a 3rd degree tear! Sadly that teacher left, and I never found a class I enjoyed so much ever again!

weelamb123 Thu 02-Jul-15 20:16:38

All I can say is well done. I haven't exercised since I fell pregnant. I'm now 37 weeks! And to be honest haven't exercised since last Summer!! Xx

KittyandTeal Thu 02-Jul-15 20:28:45

I'd say pump would be fine with smaller weights but possibly not running if you've had a break.

How far/often where you running? You could run a smaller distance at a slower pace or do some run/walk intervals? I think the main concern that far on is dizziness and feeling ill. I would definitely not run in this heat unless you run on a treadmill.

I found pregnancy yoga was great but I was a bit further on than you when I started.

HazleNutt Thu 02-Jul-15 21:28:06

Bodypump will be fine, just start with lighter weights.

cloudjumper Fri 03-Jul-15 08:49:25

Thanks all, that is really reassuring. I am definitely going to start again as soon as this heat lets up a bit and I don't feel so ill/tired in the evenings

I don't think I will be running again while pg - I had some issues with my hip even before I fell pg, which I was struggling with, so I'll leave that for now. I do want to start just going for a 30min walk a few times a week, though, just to get out and get rid of the cobwebs!

I am also planning to do pregnancy yoga, I loved it last time.

CalypsoLilt Fri 03-Jul-15 13:53:00

cloudjumper so glad you are feeling better; it gives me hope that at some stage in this pregnancy I will have enough energy to exercise (currently 7+5). I really miss going to the gym, walking to work and yoga. I would say just take it easy, let your instructor know there's a bun in your oven and you're good to go! smile

dreamygirl25 Fri 03-Jul-15 21:02:03

Hi cloud, I am in a similar situation. I am just 12 weeks, but was addicted to the gym before. 4 times a week plus circuits. But a few weeks into pregnancy and was too wiped out for the gym (when we were TTC, I planned on being a super fit pregnant lady - didn't expect to be so tired!). Hope it goes OK when you get back to it! I asked the staff and they made me a special workout which has a lot of training using own bodyweight so maybe try that. I'll start again next week, so your not alone - good luck smile x

cloudjumper Mon 06-Jul-15 08:58:29

dreamy Yes, I had those dreams as well about being a super-fit pregnant lady. But there's nothing to say we still can't be! I just need to stop feeling so sick and/or tired... I've signed up for a Pump class tonight, but feeling very ropey today, so we'll have to see...

cloudjumper Thu 09-Jul-15 13:34:07

Well, I did make it to Bodypump on Monday, and it was absolutely fine, thankfully! I struggled more due to the fact that I hadn't been for 3 months than anything else, which has been also demonstrated by the fact that I am still aching all over, 3 days later grin.
I did, however, notice that I'm not that great at quickly changing positions anymore, and that I should not be doing hardcore abs anymore (which the teacher confirmed).
Planning to go again tomorrow and want to do a vigorous walk this evening... Here's hoping I can keep this up!

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