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Is it possible to tone thighs while pregnant?

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6/7/07 9:51 A

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Like bridget I use the treadmill on an incline for 30 minutes each time. But my muscle tone has really disappeared unfortunately.

However, I think this is just down to water retention (and fat stores), and once I shed the baby-weight the muscle will be there!! Woo hoo. *finger's crossed*


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BRIDGETWP
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6/5/07 9:49 A

 
 
I have kept up my leg excercises, walking full incline on the treadmill for 15 min, lunges, squats, leg lifts, and etc, etc. I had really great tone to my legs before getting pregnant and it's gone.. even though I haven't varied my routine one iota..so I am not really sure if you can build or tone anything while you are pregnant. I have been told you actually lose muscle tone while pregnant because of maternal fat stores and extra water weight. I would keep up a workout if I were you, but don't get discouraged if you don't see drastic results.

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6/4/07 6:37 P

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Great idea about the stability ball. I need to try it. As for the running question, because I was running before pregnancy I have continued it. It has kept me in shape and seems to keep my spirits up.



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6/1/07 5:30 P

 
 
I have been walking for 20-30 min on average 2 times a week and have been doing different leg exercises, but the cellulite keeps packing on. What else can I do? I've read on here about women running, but I feel silly and feel like I look silly. Is it really safe?

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5/2/07 10:50 A

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I agree with EDEN_CA I have found the stability ball to be one of my favorite things. You can use it to do the exersizes you would normally do on your back.

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4/26/07 3:57 A

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Trinity - I have been toning my legs, bum and thighs and will continue to do so until week 40. I think it will really help in the long run (ie: after baby). Try not to lift heavy weights though, rather lift a little lighter than you normally would, and do more reps. It makes it easier to do, and you'll be able to carry on as your body adjusts to the baby.

I also find the stability ball is excellent for toning. Arms, legs, stomach.. everything. Instead of sitting on the couch to watch television or anything, I sit on that and just strengthen my core muscles and tone other parts. It's great!

All the best!


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4/25/07 12:25 P

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I hope you keep me updated on how you're doing!
Cathy


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4/24/07 8:06 P

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Congratulations on your pregnancy and welcome to Babyfit!
You certainly can start doing some strength training exercises while pregnant-it's great to start now with building the muscular strength needed for baby care.
Please take a minute to check out the Babyfit resource center for great exercise demos and fitness information.
Cathy
PS-Here's the link to BF strength training info
http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/a
rticles.asp?id=759



Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.

Cathy also provides Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Information and certification courses to Healthcare Professionals. Click here to learn more.

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4/24/07 5:46 P

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I am 11 weeks pregnant and was wondering if it is possible to still try and tone up my thighs and lower body. I understand that it's not healthy or safe to lose any weight and I don't plan to. I am just wondering if I do a lot of cardio and dumbell exercises, squats, and lunges, if that'll help tone my thighs to get rid of the flab and make them look longer and leaner. Is this possible? Please let me know. Thanks!


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