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    Default pre preg exercise vs preg exercise

    whatever u were doing pre preg can u do while preg?

    eg; zumba classes
    cardio + weights @ the gym?

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    Yes you can keep doing what you were doing although Attack and Spin might be a bit much. Always tell your instructor you're pregnant though. And I would reduce my weights too.

    You're not meant to get your heart rate too high (over 140 bpm). If in doubt, stop for a break to catch your breath.

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    a lot of ppl say to keep your heart rate below 140, which is difficult for intense cardio. But there's another argument just not to get too hot, rather than a magic number.

    Otherwise, you can do most things with some modification as you get bigger, eg. Not lying on your back.

    What kills off my pregnancy exercise is ms. Have had it for 8 weeks and counting. I feel so sad to see my pre preg fitness declining.

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    thanks guys, my gym doesnt do classes so i would just be doing the equipment, and i do zumba through a private class, for me, it would be almost impossible to keep my heart rate at 140 :S the best i could do would be 160, but id walk away feeling like it was a very low cardio workout. dang.


    Msmummy - damn. id be worried about that too. maxalon?

    Vagi - nope nothing to report on! just curious! having worked so hard to get where i am, IF i became UTD, just wanna know how hard i can actually work to make sure it doesnt spiral out of control!

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    definatly tell your instructor at the begining of class and they will give you a run down on what is/isnt okay in their class.

    pretty much everything is fine until 12 weeks (or when ever baby develops a heart beat)

    basically babys heart rate is alot higher then yours. say your resting heart rate is 70 and babys is 140 (example), if you get your heart rate up to 140, babys heart rate will be 210!!! thats very high. hence why they say to keep your heart rate under 140.

    you should avoid really intense cardio and use the old rule 'if you can talk easily then you are at a good intensity level', if you struggle to catch your breath, get hot flushes, or cant keep up a convosation then you are probably working too hard.

    light weights are fine too. the reason they tell you to avoid weights is that once you are pregnant your body starts producing that relaxin hormone. so if you are lifting weights, doing interval training or anything like that there is a much greater chance you will injure yourself.

    also avoid all transverse (rotational movements) (like twist sit ups, or lunges with a twist) and i think cruches are a no no after the 1st trimester all so.

    if you want to keep exercising safely i throughly recommend seeing a personal training at your gym (even if it is just for one session) to get the run down on safe exercises. If you can afford it, Personally id be seeing them through your pregnancy. its the safest way to keep as fit as you can without harming baby.
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    thank you! that does sound like a plan, so until 12 weeks i can pretty much do whatever. well thats good

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    De, I take maxalon, and it takes the edge off, but exertion increases my nausea. So freaking sick of it. Hopefully it will end by 18 weeks.

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    Hmmmm I've been told different info,

    I have been told to take it easy in the first 12 weeks and then build up my fitness again after 12 weeks (trying not to over heat). The reasoning for this is, that the first 12 weeks are so important for the developing baby that overheating (+ high pulse rate) can affect the baby. Although, this doesn't give me permission to lay on the couch for 12 weeks, only to take it easier than normal.

    My pilates instructor has been great. Gives me alternatives to do if I can't do what the rest of the class is doing.

    Although, my ms has been all day sickness, so I have had to reduce the amount of exercise I do as I just want to vomit all day.

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    Hey DE,

    I'm still doing the same now that I was before except running. I do cardio classes(combat & cycle) aswell as weights and lighter cardio (x-trainer, walking) has taken over running. I just let the instructor knowI am pregnant and she lets me know if there is anything I shouldn't be doing. At the moment I can basically do everything I was doing before, even crunches, I just have to drink plenty of water and take more breaks to stop myself from overheating. I might invest in a heart rate monitor later down the track but at the moment I am doing pretty fine managing it myself.

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    Thanks for the replies! Interesting, the conflicting advice people are getting told!


    Anyone else?


 

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