How can I keep in shape during my pregnancy?
Real Mom Problem
“Just curious as to what you do for exercise. Do you go on walks? Do you go to the gym? I usually do some yoga, but lately I've fallen completely out of routine and I'm not doing anything. I was also told by my doctor to cut back on carbs because of certain early 'signs' of possible gestational diabetes. Are any of you cutting back on certain things? Trying to eat healthier?”
- 1. Pregnancy is not an excuse to stop your workout routine or to start eating unhealthily
- 2. Staying fit during pregnancy will make labor and delivery and your postpartum recovery easier physically
- 3. Moms recommend walking, prenatal Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and more
- 4. Don't overdo it: Listen to your body and stop when you are getting tired or feeling uncomfortable
- 5. Ask your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine while pregnant
Real Mom Solutions
Don't use pregnancy as an excuse to stop exercising and to eat whatever you want! Staying fit and eating well still hold the same health benefits for you -- and now for baby. They also might make your delivery and postpartum recovery easier. See what these moms recommend for keeping in shape during your pregnancy.
Work It Out
With my first I worked and was on my feet walking all day. This time around I walk, do prenatal Pilates, and Lindsey Brin's prenatal toning/cardio and yoga DVDs, which are trimester-specific.
Walking (I prefer outdoors on warm evenings, but I do try to do it every day, even if it's just the treadmill), elliptical a couple times a week, and kegels (I'm told they will make my life easier). Going to try out one of those awesome-looking bouncy balls soon.
Zumba about four times a week, and weight lifting every other time I do cardio. I also go to a prenatal yoga class on occasion and I have a prenatal workout DVD that I do sometimes when I can't make it to Zumba.
With my first I didn't exercise, that's why I looked flubby. With this second baby, I walk to the mall on weekends and also I'm planning to start the Pilates DVD this week. I just don't want to look flubby and I want to look more toned this time.
Swimming is great! An evening swim can feel amazing!
Five miles of walking/jogging on a treadmill four to five times a week. When I'm walking I jack the incline up to 7-10. I also lift weights, do tricep dips and push-ups for my arms.
I run after my two boys and do housework!
Listen to Your Body
Talk to your doctor about what you should do since you are just starting out. Also just use common sense. Don't overdo it with any exercise. Don't do things that will work on your abs at all, don't let yourself get overheated. A great exercise while pregnant is swimming. It's good cardio and will help to tone up your muscles. You can swim laps or join an aerobics class.
My doctor told me I can do whatever I feel comfortable doing within common sense. I'm lifting light weights, doing squats and walking.
My doctor told me I could run my entire pregnancy (she did with hers). I have always stopped running once it got painful for me and just walked at a fast pace. The only thing she said was it should be at a pace that I can hold a conversation and to listen to my body.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
You should eat as healthy as you can and get exercise -- then don't worry about it. Sometimes even the healthiest people gain a lot while pregnant.
Try to maintain a pretty healthy diet. Nothing crazy, no "dieting," so to speak. With my first baby I gained 70 pounds. The midwives got onto me all the time about it, but no one knew where it was going! Just relax, keep up your walking and eating healthy stuff. Tons of raw veggies and fruits too!
All you can do is eat healthier and walk. And try not to stress about it. Stress isn't going to help either.
Just eat as healthy as you can and exercise. You'll have less weight to lose after the baby is born.