T.R. asks from Milford, CT on February 10, 2008
Exercise / Weight Loss During Pregnancy
I recently joined Curves and then found out we are pregnant with our third child. I was in the process of losing the last 20 lbs from my last pregnancy and would like some feedback from other moms who have exercised during pregnancy and been able to keep weight gain at a more reasonable pace. Typical weight gain from other two pregnancies is about 35-45 pounds -- when I do the math from where I am now it's a scary number!
D.P. answers from New York on February 11, 2008
Congrats on the pregnancy! I was in the same unfortunate position with my first baby (who is now 6 months old). I was about 20 pounds overweight -- no good explanation where it came from, and was exercising and still trying to lose it when I got pregnant. My doctor and all the books I read were quite strong that no dieting is allowed while pregnant, but that exercise is a wonderful thing to continue. You need to switch from running to fast walking and be careful with weights (but that doesn't mean no weightlifting at all -- small weights for toning are fine.) Talk to your doc about what they say is OK and not OK. They may want you to keep your heart rate below a certain number. Also, just ask your doc if gaining only 20 pounds or so would be ok, so long as you eat very well and keep the weight more moderate through exercise rather than calorie restriction. FYI, I ended up gaining 35 pounds anyway, but my baby was big (10 pounds) and I didn't get to exercise as much as I would have liked because I was working very hard. Good luck, and don't sweat it if you feel really heavy the last few months over your pregnancy. Everyone looks relatively huge by then anyway and its better to have a big healthy baby than to be back in your jeans a few weeks or months sooner! :)
p.s. Ignore the advice to take any kind of supplement or "mineral water". Many "natural" herbs and minerals are untested and could be harmful to your baby if taken in the strong concentrations in those kinds of products.
D.K. answers from New York on February 11, 2008
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D.G. answers from New York on February 11, 2008
Exercise definitely helps so continue it. I gained the recommended 35 pounds while pregnant and I exercised throughout the entire pregnancy; it really makes a difference!
E.W. answers from New York on February 11, 2008
I worked out through both of my pregnancies, and I was told that it was safe to maintain the same level of exercise you are accustomed to. There is certainly no need to stop it while you're pregnant unless your body tells you to. At the same time, pregnancy is no time for dieting. Eat carefully, properly and plenty would be my advice. Cravings are cravings, and we should listen to our bodies for those, but in general, try to keep healthy eating habits, as I'm sure you were doing anyway to accompany your exercise routine.
K.S. answers from New York on February 11, 2008
Congrats! I would talk to your doctor about the exercise. As far as I know as long as you were doing this activity before getting pregnant you can continue. I have never been to Curves but from what I understand it is a combination of Cardio and weights, which shouldn't be an issue.
Q.F. answers from New York on February 11, 2008
hi, i didn't do much of a workout while i was pregnant, i tried to keep it down to little walks (i walked 15 min to and from work 3-5 times a week), but i was a cashier and had to lift many things constantly while twisting my body back and forth for 4-6 hrs those days i worked so i didn't think i needed to do much else for a work out. when i was in a gym, there was a pregnant woman there, and she looked great, wound up having the cutest, healthiest baby i've ever seen (until i had my daughter of course lol). i would speak to your dr. tell them that you're going to a gym and want to continue a work out, what do they suggest. i'm sure they can give you the limitations on what you can and can't do and at what stage of the pregnancy that you'll have to slow it down a bit more. i do know that there are classes for pilates for women in certain gyms. a friend of mine was going to join one, then she found this website and started doing something at home..got a couple of videos and stuff. but since you have a membership already, why not use it for that if it's available. here is the website. http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/159_515.asp?gclid=CMWWs...
congrats and good luck.
K.L. answers from New York on February 11, 2008
I did yoga on the cold days... I was never a yoga person, but for some reason loved it during pregnancy. It relaxed me and stretched me to make me feel really good. On the nicer days I walked like crazy. All the way up to the day I was induced (1 week past due date). I enjoyed walking because it wasn't rigorous, I could go at my own pace. I would usually walk the dog. I lost most of my baby wait pretty quickly (still have about five-ten lbs to go). I gained about 35 lbs, but am tall. I think in the first trimester is it okay to stick with the curves classes, but I am not sure. Congratulations on your third child!!
J.B. answers from New York on February 11, 2008
Congratulations on your pregancy! Definitely discuss excercise with your doctor. In terms of weight gain, if you try to go heavy with proteins and limit (but not exclude) carbs and sugary foods you should be okay. Stick to multi-grain and whole wheat bread/pasta rather than white flour foods. I know this is hard with pregnancy, but there are alot of lower carb ice creams and sweets that are very good (healthy choice fudgcicles are yummy)! This type of "diet" will allow you to eat enough for the baby but manage your own weight gain. I hope this is helpful!