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So who is trying to stay on the exercise bandwagon throughout this pregnancy?

To be honest I'm not a big work-out person but I like sports and activity so I usually have something going on and while I have never been "fit" or "skinny" I have generally fit into the healthy range of weights for my height. (Unfortunately creeping from the lower half of that range to the higher end since I met my husband)

When I got pregnant with Alex I was playing floor and street hockey regularly but I pretty much quit the day I found out I was pregnant, didn't exercise at all throughout the pregnancy, and I gained about 45lbs total. (Eep!) After Alex was born the majority of the weight fell off in the first three months (just walking) but I let myself hover about 10lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight until after Christmas. Now I have been exercising regularly (mostly running/hockey/some DVD workouts) since Jan 1st and I am actually 10lbs below where I was when I found out I was preggo with Alex. I have even been contemplating seeing if my wedding dress would fit (but I would hate to be disappointed!) and I am trying SOOOOOO hard to stay motivated to keep up with my exercise this time around and to try and generally have a healthier pregnancy. The last couple weeks have been hard because on top of being so tired and some come-and-go nausea I have also had a cold.

Anyways, this is getting really long... my point... I would really really love to have some other ladies to help keep me motivated with exercise. Also if anyone has any stories about the differences they saw between pregnancies when exercising vs not exercising I think that would be really motivational as well! So back to my original question - who is exercising and plans to continue on?

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Congrats on the weight loss! It's so hard to make time for yourself with LOs around. I think community support here is a great idea. Biggrin

I tried to go walking and do some yoga (just basic stuff I remembered from studying in hs/college) as much as I could while pregnant with DD, but then I was on moderate to strict bed rest from about 26 weeks on. I only put on 26 lbs for the pregnancy and lost it quickly with BFing. I hope to gain a little more this pregnancy as DD was so little (5 lbs 5 oz, 36 wks).

I try to go walking with DD in the stroller (our road is way too busy to let her walk herself) and chase her around outside when it's nice out. I am thinking of doing some prenatal yoga dvds too. I have some restrictions as I have weak retinas and have had both tears and detachment, so I can't do any high impact activities anymore :(. I was doing Zumba but my retina specialist said to stop for a while because I was doing it while I had the detachment so it's just a precaution. I'm also eating healthier this time around. In an attempt to avoid cholestasis (and high risk) in this pregnancy, I'm eating low fat (mostly just healthy fats) and as much fresh foods as possible. I try to do this anyway, but I'm just more strict about it now. It's not guaranteed to stop the cholestasis but a lot of women I know have had success with the diet change and regular exercise.

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Well, I always have good intentions while I am pregnant, but I usually bleed for the first while (prob month) so I don't dare do anything. I am going to ask my dr. about it this time around though, as I would really like to be more healthy. I would love to have a support team as well.

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I'm a runner and last time around I stopped pretty early on - before the 2nd Tri. But I do have a dog and we walk about 30min a day. It's not much, but it's something and I do think it helped. I only gained 20 with my DD, but I started out about 10lbs over my normal weight...so to me it's like I gained 30.

This time around I have a running partner and I'm also a member at a gym and have been going to SPIN class. I keep cancelling on my running partner for one reason or another, but hope to continue working out together... she's even said she'll move to walking whenever I feel like I need to. I think she really needs the motivation of a partner in order to do anything. I'm thinking I'll keep exercising a little longer into it this time. We'll see.

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Oh, yes, this girl is on the exercise wagon!

With DS#4 I gained 35 pounds and never lost anything after he was born. I was miserable!

With DS#5 I lost 7 pounds in the first tri and then only gained 7 pounds so I never got above my pre-pregnancy weight. I walked 2-3 miles a day and then started running at 20 weeks until 34 weeks and then went back to walking 2-3 miles a day up until delivery. My little man was 7lbs 11 oz!

This time around I am still running, I just did a 4 mile run yesterday and will do a 2.5 on wed and 5.5 on Saturday. My breathing is very easy and barely labored because I have slowed down so much.

I put in for the Nike Women's Marathon before I knew I was preggo and when you do that, it's a lottery that you pay up front for. Well, of course, we got picked so I'll be doing a half marathon when I am about 30 weeks preggo! I have my training plan mapped out and I plan to just listen to my body. If I need to walk, no biggie, if running feels great...great!

I hope to put on very minimal weight this time around. I am about 20 lbs over my 'ideal' so I know baby will have plenty to feast on from me without anything extra. I've lost about 3-4 lbs since I found out I was preggo so it seems to be following the same pattern...thankfully!...but again, I'm just trying to listen to my body.

If I want my apple, I have my apple. If I want 10 Oreo's, I have 10 Oreo's. Wink

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Well, normally I am pretty good about exercise, but lately I have been a total slacker. I just feel so yucky when I get home from work. It's always been a struggle for me to find the time to do it anyway between working full time, DS and his activities, etc. My gym membership just ran out a couple months ago so that cut out yoga classes I was going to. So then I started running a few times a week in the neighborhood after DS went to bed. I was surprised and how quickly my body picked it back up. I used to run Cross Country and I ran all thru college and in my early 20s, but I slacked off a couple years ago. Anyway, I haven't even been doing that. Sad I have been crashing at 8 or 9 every night... I am hopeful that I will feel better soon and I can start again. I rode my bike with DS this weekend, but I don't think that count. I didn't break a sweat and I had on a sun dress. I definitely want to keep in shape this pregnancy. I like working out and I feel much happier when I do so I am all about finding some motivation on this board! Lord knows I need it right now.

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Claire~ I do mine in the morning because I am OUT by 9pm. I force myself to get up at 6am so DH can listen for sleeping babies while I run. Otherwise, there is no way I'd get it in.

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me me me! I love to exercise. I'm a bit of an endorphin junkie which makes my job as a fitness instructor perfect for me! I take boot camp M, W, and F at 5:00 AM, I walk my dogs for an hour afterward, and then I teach either water aerobics for two hours or a 90 minute endurance Spinning class on those days as well! Before this pregnancy, I would also run, lift weights, and lap swim on the other days of the week. But since I've been preggo this time I definitely feel completely wiped so I've been taking the other days off. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up the pace on M, W, and F throughout the pregnancy. My doc wants me to exercise as long as my heart rate is below 160.

I didn't work out much during my first two pregnancies and I gained the most and I also had the most water retention--my CANKLES were HUGE! But I exercised a lot during my 3rd pregnancy and felt so much better. No cankles, no backache!

Good luck working out! I'm on My Fitness Pal if you want to add me as a friend. My username there is sunnygal1 (I just haven't announced the pregnancy to anyone yet) Smile

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Oh yay!! I am so excited for all these responses!! It seems like there are a few of us in a similar boat with wanting to keep it up but maybe having some difficulty. Plus a huge kudos to you ladies who seem to have a wonderful habit of exercise already (I'm jealous!). I have read/heard so many wonderful things about exercising during pregnancy - even that just walking until the end can be a huge benefit so that's what I am trying to tell myself. (and I wouldn't totally discount your bike ride either, Claire!)

My cold seems to be pretty well done now so I went for run and did some body weight exercises last night and today I took Alex for a 5 mile walk (he was so cooperative too!). Also I am registered for a 5k run in June so I am still looking forward to that and am trying to keep my goal to run the whole thing if I can. Obviously a 5k does not compare to a half marathon - wishing you all the best with that Christina, I can't imagine how proud of yourself you will feel with that accomplishment, especially while pregnant!

Jamie, thanks for the invite for My Fitness Pal, I am actually already on Fitocracy and mapmyfitness so I probably don't need to add to that, lol, but if anyone is on those sites please let me know!

Anyone else get in some exercise today?

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I work out but I am not hardcore about it. I just lost 25 pounds last year and so I have managed to get myself into a workout routine and I am really noticing the days I don't do much. I was working during my first pregnancy and only gained 15 pounds but I gained 40 pounds with my second and had high blood pressure so I am trying hard to keep active, drink lots of water and take better care of myself this pregnancy.

Every day I try to do an hour of exercise but whatever fits in is what I do! Today, it was mowing our lawn (I have a push mower and a hilly yard so it is hard work!) Usually I hop on my elliptical and watch Ellen or the kids and I spend an hour dancing with one of our Wii games.

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"turtnjay" wrote:

Claire~ I do mine in the morning because I am OUT by 9pm. I force myself to get up at 6am so DH can listen for sleeping babies while I run. Otherwise, there is no way I'd get it in.

You know I have been seriously considering this. I would have to get up at 5 instead of 6 since I have to leave the house at 7:15 to get DS off to school, but I have been going to bed so early that I think I could handle it. I mean, even if I did it 2 days a week, then it would be better than nothing.

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I made a personal goal to workout at least 3 days a week with this pg and so far only had one week where I only did two days--most weeks I do 4-5 days. I found that the exercise actually helped with the m/s. It was so hard to get myself into the mood to workout, but once I did I actually felt better morning sickness wise than I did on the days I didn't exercise. Good luck to you ladies! It should make your labors and recovery much easier as well!

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hey maybe that's why I don't have MS this time! I work out a lot!! Smile

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"eislem" wrote:

I work out but I am not hardcore about it. I just lost 25 pounds last year and so I have managed to get myself into a workout routine and I am really noticing the days I don't do much. I was working during my first pregnancy and only gained 15 pounds but I gained 40 pounds with my second and had high blood pressure so I am trying hard to keep active, drink lots of water and take better care of myself this pregnancy.

Every day I try to do an hour of exercise but whatever fits in is what I do! Today, it was mowing our lawn (I have a push mower and a hilly yard so it is hard work!) Usually I hop on my elliptical and watch Ellen or the kids and I spend an hour dancing with one of our Wii games.

I think that is a perfect example of the difference in pregnancies with/without working out! Also I noticed you live in Saskatchewan, so hello my Canadian friend! I live in Medicine Hat, Alberta. I'm pretty sure that makes us practically neighbours on this website, lol.

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Hey again everyone - just thought I would check in and see how everyone is doing in this area.

Personally, I have been totally slacking in the running department but have still been doing lots of walking and went for swim last week. Also I was able to pick up a used jogging stroller for $40 so I took that out for a walk/jog on Saturday and hope to do more of that going forward. Mostly I wanted to post to share the workout I did tonight - a friend of mine lent me a Summer Sanders Prenatal Workout DVD and it totally kicked my ***. If anyone is interested it has different workouts for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters in both an "express" and "full" workout. I did the first trimester full workout and I can guarantee I will have some sore muscles tomorrow.