S.J. asks from Cherryville, MO on January 25, 2010
H.M. answers from Columbia on January 26, 2010
Hi S.- I did yoga throughout my whole pregnancy, but if you've never done it before, don't start something new late in your pregnancy. My rule of thumb during my pregnancy was just to try to do something every day. In the very late stages of my pregnancy, I did a prenatal pilates DVD and did a lot of walking outside and on treadmill. I tried to get in at least 30 minutes of walking a day. Even if you have to do 5-10 minutes, stop and sit down, and then get back on and do it again. I didn't have to take that route until about the week before I was due. Just listen to your body and stop when it's obviously not comfortable for you anymore. If you've made it through almost your entire pregnancy working out and taking care of yourself, the last month or so won't be that big of a deal if you need to spend most of the time resting. Good food choices and doing "something" active every day makes all the difference.
Congrats on the new baby!
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J.A. answers from St. Louis on January 26, 2010
If your gym has a treadclimber- they are awesome!! Burns calories and keeps you moving while still just walking... better than a regular treadmill too!!
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K.G. answers from St. Louis on January 26, 2010
I second the walking and the swimming. I actually joined a water aerobics class and it was great. But walking was my go-to exercise. I left my husband in my dust!
S.W. answers from St. Louis on January 26, 2010
Hi S. - why not just switch to walking? I walked - briskly - everyday of my pregnancies up to the day before I delivered. I felt great, had easy, fast labors and super healty babies. I would walk about 2 miles a day and try to get it done in 30 min or less. With my 2nd pregnancy I would also do the Walk Away the Pounds videos when I couldn't leave the house. My hubby travels some for work and I couldn't leave baby #1 home alone (I like to walk EARLY in the morning). Good luck, God Bless and keep moving!!!
L.A. answers from Chicago on January 26, 2010
I did 30 min walking + 30 min yoga in my last pregnancy..
This time I`m doing 30 min elliptical..
Would recommend walking :)
V.N. answers from Chicago on January 25, 2010
I did weight lifting classes, yoga, pilates, spinning (my doctor was afraid I would fall off the bike). Good luck!
J.B. answers from St. Louis on January 26, 2010
Yeah for you! Exercising during pregnancy can be hard - especially when we get so tired so easily. I rode the recumbant bike (the one with the lounge seat that leans back a bit) and walked on the treadmill. I did the elliptical a little, but my heart rate seemed to jump up really fast on that, so I usually only did a few minutes and then switched to the bike or treadmill. I would then do a little free weights. This pregnancy, I bought a Jillian Michaels exercises DVD (like $9 at Walmart) and it combines weight training with cardio so I get a little of both in just under an hour. I have to modify a few of the "on the tummy" exercises, but it's still fun.
F.B. answers from Kansas City on January 26, 2010
I had to stop running at about 7 months because I carried my son so far in front of me, I couldn't keep my balance well enough. Previous to that I had started deep water running, so I wouldn't be outside when it was wet/icy (I was overly nervous). I started doing the deep water running 2-3X/wk and I stayed in great shape, plus it's really easy on your joints. I know that several of the ymcas/pools have some kind of water exercise, you may want to try that (I continued after my baby in addition to running for a change of pace). Congrats!!