Exercise and heart rate

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Exercise and heart rate

Hi Mamas!

I'm a group fitness instructor. During my first preg with my twins, my Dr would NOT let me exercise. This time, she said it's ok but I have to keep my HR under 120. This is tough since I teach cardio kickboxing (Turbo Kick--non-combat obviously!). I always read that the HR limit was 140. Has anyone's Dr said anything about this?

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my midwife said yesterday the limit is 140, anything over that can shunt blood away from the placenta to feed your muscles. my pregnancy book also says 140. i can understand 120 if you are pregnant with twins, but i would think for a singleton that 140 would be fine.

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I also read 140 in a book, but my OB said I could maintain any previous level of exercise. My sister is a dancer and continued to dance throughout her pregnancies with no problem. I don't exercise strenuously now but don't keep track of my actual heart rate, I just swim laps and don't aim to improve my speed.

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That's kind of scary for me. Does that mean I can't excercise? Everytime I get on an eliptical or tredmill, when it makes me put my hands on the metal things to check my heartrate it is always extremely high like 180 and over.. Should I just not excercise or is that something to get looked at?? Now your making me all nervous hahaha

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"thenamezkrista" wrote:

That's kind of scary for me. Does that mean I can't excercise? Everytime I get on an eliptical or tredmill, when it makes me put my hands on the metal things to check my heartrate it is always extremely high like 180 and over.. Should I just not excercise or is that something to get looked at?? Now your making me all nervous hahaha

Honestly, 180 is probably too high even when you are not pregnant. Most people can't hold a conversation with their HR that high. If you cant make complete sentences then it isn't good.

This may help you http://www.livestrong.com/article/357028-maximum-heart-rate-while-working-out/

It doesn't help for pregnancy, but its a good site for information about what your hr should be while exercising normally.

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My doc has never said anything about the HR, but she has said not to do anything that you didn't do before you were pregnant... so anything that you regularly did prior to baby should be OK.

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"gaidinsgirl" wrote:

Honestly, 180 is probably too high even when you are not pregnant. Most people can't hold a conversation with their HR that high. If you cant make complete sentences then it isn't good.

This may help you http://www.livestrong.com/article/357028-maximum-heart-rate-while-working-out/

It doesn't help for pregnancy, but its a good site for information about what your hr should be while exercising normally.

Its really strange, I feel fine like that, I mean tired of course..but not confused or anything. It's gone higher than that before as well like into 190. No joke at all. I just stopped the machine and walked around the gym for a few. When I hop on it starts around 160 ish I believe..

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"thenamezkrista" wrote:

Its really strange, I feel fine like that, I mean tired of course..but not confused or anything. It's gone higher than that before as well like into 190. No joke at all. I just stopped the machine and walked around the gym for a few. When I hop on it starts around 160 ish I believe..

well, I don't mean can't make complete sentences because you are confused, I mean, breathing too hard, taking a breath between words and things like that.

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"thenamezkrista" wrote:

Its really strange, I feel fine like that, I mean tired of course..but not confused or anything. It's gone higher than that before as well like into 190. No joke at all. I just stopped the machine and walked around the gym for a few. When I hop on it starts around 160 ish I believe..

I'm the same with heart rates -- a low resting heart rate but instantaneously high when exercising. It's something I had to explain to coaches all through college because (before they knew me) they thought I was not working at the level they asked for. As far as I know, it really isn't about the numbers. It's just that you're not supposed to go too crazy during exercise when pregnant. Jogging, swimming laps, etc is supposed to be good. I mean, if your doc said it is for you.

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Hi!

My heart rate is usually pretty high when I work out too; around 165 or 170. Besides the fact that I have no energy and am so tired all the time, I don't think I would want to do that much cardio while I'm pregnant. I'm planning on doing more toning and core work, as well as yoga and pilates. Let me know what you decide! Maybe you can inspire me to maintain my workout regimen, as I've been really slacking due to my decreased energy levels.

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Mine didnt give me a limit. But when i mentioned i was runnign but i hadnt in 2 weeks she said to start again with walking and gradually work up to jogging if i still wanted to. I honestly and sadly just cant muster up the energy to try to exercise right now. Its really frustrating to me. I do plan to get back to regular exercise once i dont feel so ill and exhausted all the time. Hopefully in about 2 -3 more weeks.**fingers crossed**