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    Default Freaking out. 5 weeks pregnant and worried I over-heated whilst exercising...

    So, I joined a gym a month or so ago. I seem to have maintained some level of baseline fitness... However, I am new to the gym again.
    I did some cycling on the bike and sweated a bit. I can always maintain conversation unless working REALLY hard... so cant use that as a guide.

    Is it ok to work up a sweat or is that over doing it.
    Overheating causes birth defects apparently. I'm worried.
    I think i'll suspend my membership cos I like to push it at the gym and cant find a happy medium between feeling like i've done nothing, and feel like i'm being healthy/fit.

    Have I over done it? How do you know? I was hot and puffed but not out of breath. I only cycled for 20min, did the elliptical trainer for 30 (didn't really sweat then) and some walking on the tready...

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    I think that's ok, I was doing personal training early when pregnant and my trainer and dr said it was fine up until a little bit later on.

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    thanks for your response. I'm hanging out to hear lots of healthy mum healthy baby stories!!! I'm such a worry wart!

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    My sil was still going to the gym up until the day my neice was born! Only doing light weights though. She gave up running at about 20 weeks I think. So don't worry. I had my Dh put deep heat on my back before I knew I was pregnant, I must have been about 15 weeks at the time. Really don't worry about it.

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    My neice was a healthy baby by the way!

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    Overheating in pregnancy is more of a concern when it is over a period of time such as a high fever for more than 24hrs. For a start if you did 'overheat' you probably would have felt ill/dizzy so would have been alerted to it and even if this was the case half an hour would not be enough to raise you body temperature long enough to cause harm to your baby.

    I know what it's like to worry - I asked my dr about this only a few months ago.

    Try not to stress too much our bodies are very good at creating a protective environment for our babies.

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    thanks so much for all your answers... Gosh i'm a worry wart

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    Congrats on your pregnancy!
    I went to the gym until 37 weeks with my daughter and continued workouts with my PT until then. Up until 24 weeks I was doing some boxing in every second PT session... always sure to work up a sweat.
    DD is a very healthy 2.5 year old

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    I was super fit and healthy all through my 1st pregnancy right up until having ds. I also used to regularly soak in hot baths which apparently I've since been told can overheat baby but again no problems.

    Congratulations

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    With our first I did regular classes (low impact, less weight) up to 12 weeks before I got too tired to fit it in with full time work (went back to light exercise once on maternity leave), but then with our second and third child I exercised all the way through. Only stopped for a month with our third when I had a placental abruption at 15weeks and cramping through to 20weeks - wasn't at the gym at the time and hadn't worked out that day. Have bled lightly after cycling and had a bleed with our fifth pregnancy after a game of tennis - (reason unknown - could have been body trying to get rid of first twin, but baby kept growing for another 2.5weeks after this anyway). I would recommend going low-impact and lighter weights, have regular drink breaks, no crunching.


 

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