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thenamezkrista's picture
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exercise help

so, for those skinny mommies, I need some help.. I am really gaining weight quick and I need to tone it up. Safely! What are some good exercises to help me tone up my arms and legs and what not while I'm pregnant??!!

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Ok, I am not an exercise guru here, especially when it comes to exercise during pregnancy, but I would purchase a set of little hand weights (5 pound or less) and just do lots of repetition (bicep curls, lateral lifts, etc). You could probably find some good instructions online to figure out how to work all the different muscles in your arms. For your legs, I think just walking would be great with maybe some squats or lunges here and there. Just watch your balance as your belly gets bigger. Also, if you have access to a pool, swimming can be a great way to get in some resistance and cardio, without a lot of strain on your joints. Hope this helps a little bit. I am lucky because my DH works for a YMCA, so I get a free membership. I am planning to start some water fitness classes and we walk the dog pretty regularly. Good luck! I'm sure the others will have some suggestions too.

Starryblue702's picture
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Well, I'm not a skinny mommy, but I do like to stay healthy, especially during pregnancy. I've been using that shake weight thing on my arms, as you really shouldn't life traditional weights during pregnancy, especially if you didn't do it before you got pregnant (they say not to start any exercises that you didn't do before you were prego) and for legs you can do squats up and down, that should help tone things up!

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I have an 8 pound medicine ball which i LOVE!!! i do squats and lunges with it almost daily. its also great for arm workouts. I take Luke on a 45 minute walk 4-5x a week as well.

once you get in the habit of exercising its really easy to keep going. You could look through some pilates exercises too. i do alot of those, and then add my medicine ball or 2.5 lb hand weights. its not a big calorie burner, but it keeps you toned Smile

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I am pretty sure it's okay to use the weights during pregnancy. Just don't do anything over your head and obviously nothing extremely heavy. Simple bicep curls and things like that are perfectly fine. Walking is definitely a great way to tone your legs and such.

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I do my elliptical for some cardio (it is usually too hot outside for walking) and I use leg bands for some leg toning exercises. I just got a prenatal Yoga and Pilates DVD, so that's my plan... to mix those three things up and try to do at least 20 minutes 5 -6 days a week.

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:lurk: *lurker from Nov '11*

I've noticed some really great muscle maintenance in my arms/legs from prenatal water aerobics, actually. Our local hospital offers a class really cheaply (3.75 per 1-hour class) - plus, its fun to hang out with other pregnant women Biggrin

I'd definitely recommend looking into similiar options in your local community - the best benefit is the abdominal exercises we're doing! I don't feel comfortable doing too much abdominal exercise on my own, but I really appreciate learning from a pro.

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I like Zuzana's workouts: http://www.bodyrock.tv/ She has a youtube channel too, and does all the exercises on video so you can see the walkthrough of the moves. She sometimes included easier adaptations, which I do when pregnant. (I avoid bouncing and twisting now)
I do a bunch for 15 minutes (which is a great cardio blast too if you dont wait too long between exercises) take a water/computer break, then maybe another 10 or 15 minutes if I still feel good.

Pushups are the BEST to do if you do nothing else in the day. Still should be doable this far along... I go on my knees usually and do max reps 3x.

Veni Vidi Vici's picture
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also, going to the drop-in fitness classes can be a good way to learn new exercises. I go once a week or so, and the teacher knows I'm expecting, so will help me adapt a move if I need to.

Raybay58's picture
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This pregnancy I'm no help (bedrest) but with my previous pregnancies I did lots of walking and prenatal yoga.

lesleynka's picture
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I am still running, using weights & doing an occasional jillian michaels dvd at my place, but i was doing all of these pre-pregnancy as well.

One thing I would suggest if you can get to a treadmill is to walk w/ the treadmill on 3 or 3.5, lower if you have to, w/ the incline steep! It will work your butt, hamstrings, quads & abs all at the same time.

For the arms push-ups for sure, or bicep curls, tricep curls or dips & shoulders

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YOU CAN DO IT!!

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Talk to your doc/midwife about it though too! It seems like every doc or midwife I had asked about it discourage starting a new routine if you haven't been exercising before you got pregnant, but that you can continue with a lighter version of work outs during pregnancy if you were pretty consistent with exercise before pregnancy....

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"sugspop" wrote:

Talk to your doc/midwife about it though too! It seems like every doc or midwife I had asked about it discourage starting a new routine if you haven't been exercising before you got pregnant, but that you can continue with a lighter version of work outs during pregnancy if you were pretty consistent with exercise before pregnancy....

Definitely agree! If you've never exercised before or were just very sporadic about it then I would say just general things like walking and such would be your best bet for keeping in shape for pregnancy.

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Okay, my take on this is - just relax! This is a great time to enjoy getting to eat whatever you want and not worry about your weight. Stay healthy and moving, but don't stress out about it (unless your doctor is worried).

Now if you're really determined, I suggest you try something fun like a dance class. Of course, be sure to listen to your body, take it easy, drink plenty of water and take breaks especially if you're trying something new.

Personally, I have been doing Scottish Country Dancing for many years and I kept it up through 8.5 months of pregnancy. I only stopped because it was the end of our season otherwise I could have kept going. For me, dancing felt easier than walking (which I also did plenty of). But this was an activity I'd been doing and not something I just started with pregnancy.

Last time around I read a really fun book (among many other pregnancy books) called "The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy." I really enjoyed the humor and relaxed attitude of someone who'd gone through it and wasn't just handing out medical facts. One thing she said that stuck in my head about the weight was "Nine months on, nine months off" and for me that was certainly how it worked. I wasn't doing anything special to lose weight after the baby, either, just staying moderately active which is normal for me.