V.C. asks from Oroville, CA on May 05, 2009
Cardio Kickboxing Ok??
I have been taking a cardio kickboxing class for quite awhile now along with running, spinning and swimming. I found out I am pregnant and am now so afraid to do anything to cause a miscarriage. I was training for a triathlon and have since stopped. I still want to work out but just don't know what is safe and what isn't. Last night I returned to our cardio kickboxing class and felt fine while doing it... How much is too much?
So What Happened?™
Wow! Thank you so much to each of you for sharing! I really feel a lot better! I do have a watch that monitors my heart reate and will begin using it. I am going to continue working out and just stay in tuned with how I am feeling and listen to my body. I am sure I will worry about this child for many years to come -the rest of my life actually! Too funny that it starts so soon.
I appreciate you all giving me your thoughts/experiences/opinions. Thank you. :-)
J.W. answers from Yuba City on May 06, 2009
Congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope it goes smoothly!
My suggestion is to talk to your OB/GYN about working out and what your level should be. You should let your instructors know that you are pregnant and ask them to modify your workouts to ensure you do not doing anything that can harm you or your baby. I would find someone who specializes in prenatal workouts such at Baby Boot Camp, prenatal yoga, etc. Your main focus should be on a healthy and safe pregnancy.
I own a Baby Boot Camp franchise which is stroller fitness for prenatal and postpartum women. It does not look like there is one in your area but it's a great program. My area didn't have anything like it so I started my own business and LOVE it!
A.B. answers from Sacramento on May 06, 2009
I too, was training for a triathlon when I found out I was prego the first time. I ran 13mi two days before taking the preg. test! My doc said I could've done the race, as long as I took it easy and really watched my hydration. I didn't continue, though. I started getting really nauseaus, and then unable to train as much. I also took my temp several times during a long run and it was always getting way too high (it was summer also). I kept jogging small runs and doing other training; but stopped the hard core heavy stuff-- it just wasn't worth it to me; esp now as I see my healthy, lovable son! Good luck and congrads on the pregnancy!
C.M. answers from Chico on May 06, 2009
If you have been working out and are in good shape, you can continue to do so while you are pregnant. Talk to your doctor about it as soon as possible to get guidelines.
When I was pregnant with my 1st child (15 yrs ago) I was doing Step Aerobics and was encouraged by my doctor to continue but to keep close tabs on my heart rate not letting it get over 120bpm. I continued working out until my 5th month when my gym asked me to quit because of their inadequate A/C in the aerobics room, which was upstairs. They refunded my money and I took a water aerobics classs from the local community college.
I also went backpacking in the Desolation Wilderness with my husband at 5 1/2 mos pregnant after speaking with my doctor about it and getting guidelines from him.
Pregnancy is natural and for years women worked at hard manual labor up to the day they delivered their baby and then went right back to work. If you are worried or there are factors involved that may predispose you toward a miscarriage, take it easy. Remember that your body is designed specifically to protect the fetus from most anything. Congratulations and take care...including staying in great physical shape.
T.D. answers from San Francisco on May 06, 2009
I taught cardio kickboxing all through out my pregnancy, as well as ran, lifted weights, do step, etc. But, I made sure to check with my doctor first. I know many moms who were advised to wear a HRM and keep it below a certain range (<150bpm), and that is one way to make sure you are not doing too much. I did not do that, rather my OB told me to listen to my body, and keep well hydrated through out your workout to help keep your core temperature close to normal, since a fetus cannot regulate its body temperature.
I hope this helps :)
K.O. answers from San Francisco on May 06, 2009
Go for it! My cardio kickboxing teacher taught her class up until a month before she gave birth! It was amazing to watch her, 8 months preggo and kicking our butts in class! I asked her about it one day (because I am trying to get pregnant) and she said that as long as I had been doing the class that it should be ok to continue after becoming pregnant, especially if your body it used to exercising. (She wouldn't recommend starting a cardio kickboxing after you've found out! LOL!) As always, consult your doc, but I just wanted to share my teachers story.
J.M. answers from San Francisco on May 06, 2009
I have a healthy baby girl who is 7 months old and I did Cardio Kickboxing a lot while i was prego. I wore a band under my belly when i got too big and probably stopped around 7 1/2 months because I had a scare but it turned out to be nothing. You just can't do contact KB and you have to modify your jumping jacks and such when you get bigger. I ran 3 miles up until my 5th month but of course like a snail. ha ha!!! I could barely walk 1 mile by the time i was 8 months. HOly moley!! Those days are NOT so fun! I hope this helps.
A.S. answers from Sacramento on May 06, 2009
I would talk to your doctor, but mine doesn't want my heart rate above 140. I bought a heart rate monitor and for me, had to stop spin because it was too frustrating to hold myself back and keep my heart rate where it should be. So, I'm stuck on the treadmill!
W.R. answers from Sacramento on May 06, 2009
Congrats on the new baby. I use to teach cardio kickboxing classes and I did with my first pregnancy through my fourth month. You just need to watch your heart rate. I don't remember what they want you to stay under so I would ask your dr. You would probably want to stop when you get bigger due to your balance being off. As far as swimming goes I did it all the way through both my pregnancy's and running and cycling untill my balance was affected. Just use common sense so you don't take a bad fall. Good luck!