It sounds like you're doing great with your exercise and can safely add some other routines as long as you pay close attention to how your body feels and avoid pushing to the point where you feel out of breath. Some women even start a fitness program during pregnancy, but it's always better to have been building fitness prior and then maintaining your fitness level during pregnancy. Remember the work of pregnancy is like wearing a backpack that gets heavier every week, so what you do for exercise at 5 weeks is going to be a lot more work at 20 or 30 weeks. That's where modification comes in-slowing down your pace or taking more breaks to stay comfortable as pregnancy progresses. Cathy
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.
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5/8/12 1:53 P
as a rule for exercise intensity you should be able to hold a normal conversation while exercising. Especially if that's the level of exercise you were doing before becoming pregnant, which it sounds like it was. I would maintain your current cardio routine and add weight lifting to it instead of increasing your cardio to something more strenuous. The stronger your muscles the easier labor & recovery will be. Plus, the more muscle you have the more efficiently you burn calories.
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5/8/12 9:27 A
I am looking for information about how to safely increase workouts during pregnancy. I am "sort of" fit, right now I speed walk 30 minutes most days of the week. I'd like to do more, up to this point I go to a class like Zumba or Body pump once or twice a month. It's completely inconsistent.
Everything I've read says to stick to what you were doing before... But I don't get out of breath at all with the walking I'm doing now, and nothing else has been regular enough that I'm used to it.
So, I'm confused as to what I'm ok to do. I'm only 5 weeks. Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is my third pregnancy, I gained 70+ with the first, and I know I can't handle losing all of that again (or most, have 10 left)
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