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What pregnancy diet and exercise regime were you recommended?

(38 Posts)
WeArePregnant11 Thu 27-Oct-16 22:49:04

I'm not doubting my midwife, I'm just wondering.

OohNoDooEy Thu 27-Oct-16 22:50:54

I've been told I can continue with core, Pilates, Zumba and step

ICuntSeeYourPoint Thu 27-Oct-16 22:54:54

None, do they do that?

WeArePregnant11 Thu 27-Oct-16 22:58:43

Well, I also asked.

I used to go mountain biking and do Krav Maga. Mountain Biking is too dangerous and Krav Maga can only be done partially (nothing with a risk of abdominal trauma). Now I still go jogging and started yoga, I hate it.

I have all this pent up nervous energy and am extremely anxious (if anybody was on aibu reading a nuclear fallout shelter thread. C'est moi...). I have an appointment with my midwife this Monday to talk about it. I thought I'd ask what other people are doing

noodlmcdoodl Fri 28-Oct-16 07:51:23

None - I didn't ask as I wouldn't have trusted the response and if I was told not to do anything I'd have ignored it. My midwife often comments she's seen me out on my bike. I confided in my coach as soon as I found out (I've been working with him for three years so I trust him and he knows me well), he'd coached other women through their pregnancies. I also went away and did my own research. Although dated the best book I came across (as it's based on results from scientific research on pregnant women and their babies), was by Dr James Clapp - Exercising Through Your Pregnancy. I chatted with other women I know through racing who I know trained through their pregnancies. I'm now 32 weeks and doing between 6-12 hours on the bike (outside - I'm a road cyclist) a week, 2 1/2 hours strength training, 5 hours pregnancy yoga and walk at least 3 miles daily. And you know what, I feel great! I'm bursting with energy, really mobile and have no aches. Baby is fine - normal movement pattern and growth is bang on. I tend to train by feel as my heart rate and power data can't be relied on. I know my body and my capabilities and I know the warning signs telling me to back off and have an easy session/ day.

Diet wise. I've just carried on the way I've always done eating a well balanced vegetarian diet with plenty of complex carbs, protein, fat, fibre, fruit and veg. I always make sure I eat what I burn exercising to keep my body fuelled. The only slight difference is that I've upped my calcium intake to ensure I get over 1,000mg a day (more cheese, full fat yogurt and full fat milk essentially). I also take Floridix to keep my iron levels in check, I normally take it at this time of year anyway.

Passthecake30 Fri 28-Oct-16 07:53:57

I continued going to the gym (doing cross trainer, bike, treadmill), and asked for specific ab exercises I could do. I don't remember even asking my mw...

nousernames Fri 28-Oct-16 07:59:08

I was just told I could continue any exercise I'd always done but not to push myself harder than I'd done pre-pregnancy. So I just continued with gym and running until I got massive.

FlipperSkipper Fri 28-Oct-16 08:42:42

I was advised not to exercise as I have a history of miscarriages, I was told yoga, walking and swimming after 12 weeks only. I'm worried about how unfit I'll be by the end, but daren't do anything more as is never forgive myself if anything happened. Obviously this advice is specific to my situation though!

kikisdelivery Fri 28-Oct-16 10:55:40

I used to play roller derby and both the Dr and Midwife thought this would be ok for me to continue for as long as I felt comfortable (and in non-contact situations as I got bigger). I ended up stopping around 9 weeks, sadly, because I just felt too nauseous. I'd love to have kept it up but I've kept in touch with my league in other ways!

I also commute by bike to work still - I'm now 25 weeks - and that's a 9 or so mile round trip a day, mostly on cyclepath. Other than that, I've just tried to keep up with walking as much as poss, and I am going to start pregnancy yoga next week, finally, after getting struck down with pelvic girdle pain.

This is my first pregnancy, if that makes a difference smile.

WeArePregnant11 Fri 28-Oct-16 12:09:56

This is also my first pregnancy.

Diet wise it's just a lot of veggies and not a lot of sugar (which... I usually don't eat a lot if sugary food either). No alcohol, no smoking and no coffee... so, pretty average, imo.

Mountain biking makes honestly sense imo. It's just too dangerous, I mean, I had a few pretty nasty falls, and yeah... but the suggestion of just biking in country lanes etc is good. Because I realized that... I think I genuinely need adrenaline and strenuous exercise. I got so anxious and nervous and had trouble concentrating in the weeks of not having that.... sad

lljkk Fri 28-Oct-16 12:56:01

I can see Y the Krav Maga is out.
My MW was a keen cyclist so no issues there... Is this fast downhill stuff you do 4 MTB? I would think ordinary off-road cycling is fine (I did plenty).

WeArePregnant11 Fri 28-Oct-16 13:53:31

Well, not "downhill" in the sense of... this (obviously! I work in an office....)

But I do like some technical challenges. And I've had nasty falls (and still scars...).

But idk... its kind of scary, it's like i have a... psychological need or something. Because I was a mess these last few weeks. I'd obviously never sacrifice the baby's safety! But... I do need to find a way to deal with this.

And idk if my midwife is uber cautious or not. (And the internet doesn't seem to agree either). For example, interval training when jogging... that would at least really tire me out and there isn't really a risk of abdominal trauma. But according to many this is too high impact. So.... idk.

lljkk Fri 28-Oct-16 14:02:14

looks fun but well dodgy smile.

lljkk Fri 28-Oct-16 14:03:54

ps: jogging is fine, exhausting yourself is not fine.

BagelDog Fri 28-Oct-16 14:04:34

I did a lot of downhilling on my bike, stopped by 12 weeks as that is when the uterus gets above the pelvic brim, before that unless you fracture your pelvis you will be fine! Found a mad ultra running Physio and did her antenatal Pilates classes, defo not yoga and half killed me at the start, real challenge and a total buzz. Ariel yoga was cool too. 'Normal' yoga isn't my thing. Lots of walking, with plenty of big hills. Cross country cycling till about thirty weeks, running till about 35. Still doing modified cross fit two days before my section! It is possible just need a few tweaks!

Helspopje Fri 28-Oct-16 14:07:42

I'm a track cyclist and former MTB er
I do sufferfest, road miles and pootling/commuting at 26 weeks but amy chucked off the velodrome

Have upped the strength training sessionsi to compensate so working on posterior chain strength to be in as good a state as possible for the 2017 season

WeArePregnant11 Fri 28-Oct-16 14:08:05

As I said. I dont do DH stuff like this. Or crazy jumps. I've never broken my ribs but I did have broken bones before... and shredded clothes, a bloody face, bruises etc... (I was once given a domestic abuse leaflet when I was younger... blush cringe)

So, uhm. I don't doubt my mw when she says that doing it like that isn't ok. That's obvious. Buuut I guess it's more of a a question about... how intense may exercise be? Is it ok when I'm genuinely exhausted and sore or...?

Helspopje Fri 28-Oct-16 14:10:40

lljkk Fri 28-Oct-16 14:14:11

U should finish up pleasantly tired, not exhausted.

stay hydrated, protect your ligaments.
do you not have any nausea slowing U down right now? (I hate you... not really grin ).

WeArePregnant11 Fri 28-Oct-16 14:15:21

hels awesome, you lovely person. I'll have a read smile!!

ivykaty44 Fri 28-Oct-16 14:16:58


Good on you

WeArePregnant11 Fri 28-Oct-16 14:20:46

I don't feel particularly nauseous. But TBH. I vomited yesterday when I read a horrible story on mumsnet, but that was my first "pregnancy vomit". But I'm sure that may still come. Due date is the 14.6. So, there's still a lot of time for nausea to appear.

I should maybe try Pilates, because yoga is making me stir crazy! And crazy in the sense of... idk. I get the urge to smash a window? blush

Helspopje Fri 28-Oct-16 14:21:22

This is the next bit

I exercise hard enough that I can feel ithe bit not so hard I cant speak
My BC coach, PT and physio are all happy. MW and obstetrician look horrified so I've stopped mentioning it.

Flingmoo Fri 28-Oct-16 14:51:08

I don't do any exercise. Running the hoover around or even just looking after my toddler is exhausting enough for me during pregnancy.

Smartleatherbag Fri 28-Oct-16 14:51:36


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