pregnancy and working out

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pregnancy and working out
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Fri, 10-17-2008 - 3:36pm

Hello! I have been having a hard time finding some good exercises to do while pregnant so I figured I would ask the experts (you, hopefully!). I am 3 months pregnant and have not been going to the gym in my 1st trimester because I have been so insanely tired. Now that I'm starting to feel better I would like to get back to the gym but I realize that I will need to change up my routine. Cardio is kind of a no-brainer so I don't really need help in that department (I just won't do anything high impact or that makes me feel uncomfortable), but I do need some help with weight training. What are some good ab exercises that are safe to do while pregnant? And also what could I do for lower back instead of hyper extensions? I suppose I could use some help with leg exercises too, I won't be able to do leg curls because I can't lay on my stomach, and do you think squats and leg press would be too strenuous/awkward? Lastly, how hard should I push myself; would a moderate level of difficulty be too much? Thanks!


Jenny

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Fri, 10-17-2008 - 6:11pm

Welcome to gym rats and congratulations on your pregnancy.






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Registered: 07-09-2008
Fri, 10-17-2008 - 9:00pm

Congratulations on your pregnancy, and good for you for getting into the gym!

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sat, 10-18-2008 - 9:51am
I worked out through two pregnancies and had no problems.





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Registered: 04-16-2004
Sat, 10-18-2008 - 10:27am

Thanks ladies! So then pretty much anything goes, as long as I'm careful and feel comfortable doing it?


Jenny

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Registered: 07-09-2008
Sat, 10-18-2008 - 11:55am

You two are far better than me!

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sat, 10-18-2008 - 1:53pm
There are many contraindicated moves when you're pregnant.





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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sat, 10-18-2008 - 1:56pm

Gaining 30-40 pounds doesn't seem unreasonable for pregnancy. I gained 30-35 with both and I'm pretty short.






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Registered: 04-16-2004
Sat, 10-18-2008 - 5:46pm

Thanks Jean, that is pretty helpful. I did talk to my doc about exercising and she said it's healthy to stay active while pregnant but told me not to scuba dive. LOL I was wondering about ab exercises and your thoughts make a lot of sense, it might be kind of pointless and even perhaps unncessarily dangerous to even do abs while pregnant. I'm not looking to

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Sat, 10-18-2008 - 8:03pm
Wow, 20-25 pounds seems so little!





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Sun, 10-19-2008 - 5:08pm

Hi Jenny - I worked out through all 3 of my pregancies, too, and never had a problem with it. I think it really helps you when it comes to delivery and in recovering afterward. I was back in my regular jeans within 6 weeks of each of my kids' births. I think Jean gave you excellent advice. Just wanted to chime in that it's not only do-able, it's really helps you to feel great throughout the whole pregancy.


I would recommend Lotte Berk's Hip Hugger Abs. It's a stupid name for a great workout that helps keep all your ab muscles working and strong. It kind of has a pilates feel to it, in that it works your abs deeply and depends on your sucking them in and back, rather than just working them in a crunch type way. It's also very low strain, how far you go with it depends entirely on you.


Congrats on the pregnancy and good luck!! Cathy

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