exercise while pregnant

Duke Of Edinburgh Expedition During Second Trimester

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
I am considering doing my Gold Duke Of Edinburgh expedition in the coming weeks. The complication I am having though is that I will be roughly 20 weeks pregnant.

This expedition consists of camping for 4 nights, whilst walking 80 km over 4 days carrying everything I need to survive (roughly walking for 10 hours a day on average). The bag I will be using will therefore be very heavy and will have a chest strap and a waist strap (that will be tied very tightly around my hips / waist).

Will I harm my baby or myself by doing this ?

Pregnant and Gaining Weight After Knee Injury

Alexandra Powell Allred's picture


Dear Fitness Expert,
Hello. This is probably not a mainstream question. I recently (past 5 months) lost 40 pounds with exercise and diet and "accidentally" got pregnant.

Before I realized I was pregnant, I hurt my knee with what my doctor seems to think is a cartilage tear (we can't do an MRI to determine because of pregnancy).

I have gained back 10 pounds in the past two weeks because I can't do my routine which was 4 days/week of 35 minute elliptical trainer and then 30 minutes of upper body weights.