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What is too highwhen working out.

I work out like twice a week. Im 15 weeks pregg. I dont work out hard or anything i usually walk on the treadclimber for twenty minutes but my heart rate usually goes to 170. im not running. im walking normal pace but the incline changes. i stop when im out of breath or cant breathe. Is that too high?

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Asked by SpiffyMom at 3:44 PM on Jul. 1, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • You should only get to the point where you can still carry on a conversation. If you are gasping or can't talk then you've over done it.
    If you're healthy, you generally shouldn't raise your heart rate over 140 beats per minute while pregnant. You need enough time between beats to get blood to the baby, and as the heart rate goes up you don't squeeze out quite as much blood each time and the blood is not as well oxygenated.

    Answer by KandiceN at 3:53 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • You can continue to exersize, but keep it calm. Instead of using an incline treadmill, take a walk around the block with a friend.

    Answer by CsetLaVie at 4:53 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • Cardio is really good for you & your baby, but you shouldn't be getting out of breath. Also, if you're starting to get really hot, you should stop. Walking your dog (if you have one) outdoors is better exercise while you're pregnant... in terms of safety... because you're less likely to push yourself too hard or get overheated. Keep yourself hydrated & enjoy the exercise! :)

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 5:44 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • If you were used to working out before becoming pregnant you shouldn't have any problems check with your OB and see what they say. Exercise definitely helps with aches and pains and you should have a shorter keep it up!

    Answer by astallman72 at 5:55 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

  • From a nursing point of view you should probably slow it down a little bit if you find yourself starting to be short of breasth then take it back a few notches, maybe some small breaks in the middle would be helpful and you should idealy only take your heart beat to 1.5 times it's resting rate. ex: 70 beats per minute resting would give you about 105 while getting worked up but your doc might have a diffrent oppinion so be sure to talk with him about that. You may be able to call in to his office and just let him call back with his advice. better safe than sorry...

    Answer by wondermommy5 at 8:30 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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