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[24 Feb 2008|06:41pm]

 I am almost 7 months pregnant and trying to make myself start exercising every day so I don't gain too much weight.  Well, I think I already have gained too much weight (25 pounds) so I'm trying to do something different so that I don't gain very much more. I'm trying to teach myself self-discipline and get into the habit of exercising and eating healthy now so that after my baby is born it will already be a habit and I can start a diet and lose weight.  I really wish that I would have exercised throughout my entire pregnancy but better late than never, right?
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New Person Intro [24 Feb 2007|07:04pm]

Name (or online name): 'brellas
Location: Northern California
Due Date: Trying to conceive
Fitness Goals: Trying to slim down a bit and re-embrace my whole foods ways while trying to conceive.
Favourite types of exercise: Yoga, running
Anything else?: Hi! I'm looking forward to reading and learning about all of you.
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Countdown. [10 Oct 2006|03:07pm]

I'm 35 weeks along and starting to slow down, gals.

Jogging is impossible now, even with a belly support band. I'm just doing a brisk 2-mile walk on the treadmill and alternating cycling 8-10 miles every other day. I'm still lifting arm weights and doing leg presses which are fine as long as I don't hold my breath. I take things a little slower but that's okay. I'm pacing myself and listening to my body. My current rule is: If it hurts, don't do it!

My pulse this morning was 68, which is phenomenal. I have a co-worker who commented that I'm not "ready to pop yet" because my "face and body aren't all swollen." I tried to explain to her that good nutrition and exercise can prevent those problems.

I only have to get up once at night for a bathroom break and I know exercise helps me sleep more soundly. I change position 2-3 times at night but I'm not uncomfortable.

I've put on 30 pounds, which is a few more than I'd like but it's still within a healthy range. So far, I'm very pleased with how I've kept up with my daily routine. I'm hoping for an easier and shorter labor because of this.

Anyway, this is just an update. Things are going great!
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hi, i'm new [06 Oct 2006|09:50pm]

I'm 25w3d pregnant and just found out about this community. And I have a few questions for you fit ladies! As I've been a excercising religiously for more than 15 years, I kept going when became pregnant as well. It was going fine so far, I could do basically everything I've been doing before (running, cycling, weights, cross-training), although at much lowr pace and VERY frequent pit-stops :S. However, recently my expanding belly gives me some "surprizes", mainly during weight lifting. I start feeling uncomfortable during push-ups and crunches, for example. My doctor (a new doctor) said I should not lift anything more than 10 pounds, but this sounds ridiculous to me (I use 12s for bicep curls, do 215 on bench press, etc.). She also said I should avoid "inward compression" of the belly - as i understang, avoid having your belly flatten or compressed during lifting. So let me ask you guys: what are the restrictions on postures/weights/etc. you know about? ANd what is this "inward compression" thing: I don't believe you can crush your baby with your own abdominal muscles. Or can you???!!!
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A tip for 3rd trimester jogging/fast walking [03 Aug 2006|02:50pm]

At 27 weeks, my belly began to be a real pain when I was trying to jog. Even if I used the bathroom before a workout, I always felt like I had to urinate within 2 minutes of beginning.

I even slowed my pace to about 5 mph but the ligaments in my lower abdomen felt like they were pulling apart with every step. This was especially disappointing since I know my abs are strong and my posture is correct. I'm just not used to this abdominal position.

So I took some action this past weekend. I went to the local Babies R Us store and tried on a few maternity belly bands. They had several diffent models available ranging from $20 to $60. I finally bought the Medela Maternity Support as shown on this page to wear during exercise. This one offered the support I wanted with a quick, Velcro closure and no confusing extra straps. It was also moderately priced and it breathed well and stayed put for me. If you're busty, you may want to invest in a bra/belly band combination for support.

Today I went jogging and I felt like a million bucks. The band offered just the right amount of support for my belly and my back.

I don't recommend wearing it all day long as that could lead to lazy posture and dependence on the band's support but it's perfect for a half-hour workout when a little extra support is needed.
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weak [13 Jul 2006|11:43am]

Howdy, fellow fit mamas. I've been getting my heart rate up for an average of 45 minutes, 5 days a week plus going for evening walks and trying to stay active by mowing the lawn, weeding, etc... I also go mountain-biking once a week for an hour and swim now and then. This last week, though, I've been feeling really weak when I exercise... I'm in the 16th week and sort of thought I'd be feeling stronger. Maybe I'm not eating and drinking enough? does anyone else feel surprised by how weak they get sometimes?
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Light reading. [07 Jul 2006|10:53am]

I hope everyone is doing well with maintaining healthy habits and activity levels here.

I thought I would post some links today for your weekend viewing pleasure and encouragement. I haven’t read through this site but I’ve bought a couple issues of the magazine (the site is not affiliated with this LJ group):

This article was informative for me:

Also, a lot of women complain of back pain by the 2nd trimester. In my experience (I’m 22.5 weeks pregnant), maintaining good posture has been key to my back health and I've had no back problems at all. Friends have commented that I’m "not showing much" but I think this is mainly because I stand up straight, keep my back and abs supported and I’m not gaining excess weight. I don't stick out my belly when standing or sitting.

I’m still running though it has slowed to a quick jog now. I've also modified my crunches to be angled on a ball so I’m not laying flat on my back. I’m also cycling about 10 miles every other day and lifting weights to maintain tone (though I’m not increasing the weight at this point, just lifting to keep the muscle I’ve already got).

Keep it up, gals!
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Moderator update [28 Jun 2006|09:16am]

I hope sesaworuban takes care of herself and has lots of support around her.

I'll gladly take over maintaining the community for now; if anyone else is interested in helping out, please let me know.
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[28 Jun 2006|06:18am]

I have to leave this forum after the worst news possible.

I have made shigella maintainer. Sorry to dump you in it sweetie, you've posted a lot of helpful stuff to people and been active here (in every sense of the word) so I'm hoping you'll take it as a compliment rather than a hassle. Obviously, you now have powers to make someone else a maintainer instead or with you.

I hope that's enough for me to leave this community. I'm turning off comments I'm afraid.

Good luck to everyone in the rest of their pregnancies.

[17 Jun 2006|08:39am]


hey mommas

i've been doing well lately.  the weather has been truly awful- strong sideways wind and rain in the last couple of days, but i've been walking 6 km or so a day.  it helps so much to bring the right music!  and due to the crap weather, the path is always empty and i can bop and punch my fist to the music as much as i want to!  i'm also doing different kinds of leg lifts most days for different muscles.   
i'm so extremely hungry, but i try to only eat healthy stuff, and a lot of it.  i'm not having any particular cravings, i'm just really HUNGRY.  i'm 24 weeks and i've put on 6.5 kg. 

how has everyone been doing with fitness? 

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[06 Jun 2006|01:37pm]

I really love doing pilates but a lot of the exercises are done on your back which isn't safe during pregnancy.  Do any of you know how I can modify the exercises so I can continue doing my current pilates workout or do you think I should just buy a prenatal pilates video?

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im new [01 Jun 2006|06:46am]

Name (or online name): herlittledream
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Due Date: not sure yet..too early. Feb. or March 2007
Fitness Goals: stay in shape while pg and knock off baby weight after delivery
Favourite types of exercise: treadmill, weights, ab work
Anything else?: Plan to do eliptical at least 3 times a week for 30-35 minutes keeping my heartrate below 140. Also plan to have one session with prenatal personal trainer at my gym to walk me through weights that are safe for pregnancy and exercises that are helpful.
OB said I can continue doing ab work til 16 week but I think I'm going to stop now. I'm also going to start prenatal yoga and ta chi.
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Fit at 16 weeks [27 May 2006|01:05pm]

I'm still running 2-3 miles daily and alternating with cycling 8-10 miles every other day. I lift weights (15 lb barbell reps for arms, leg presses of 150 lbs). My nausea and fatigue are gone after the first trimester. I feel great!

I had my 16 week checkup yesterday and my OB says I'm in great health; I've gained about 7 pounds. My bloodwork checks out just fine. Baby's heartbeat is steady and strong (147! Might be a boy?!?) I didn't share my exercise routine with my OB but I did get the wonderful "Exercising through your Pregnancy" book by Dr. Clapp that was suggested in this community. It's been a great resource; thanks for the tip!

And just for fun, here I am at 16 weeks:

I just wanted to share and encourage everyone to stay active and healthy in their diet and exercise.
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[27 May 2006|06:40am]

Name (or online name): Emily
Location: South Florida
Due Date: 01/28/2007
Fitness Goals: I hope I can get out of this slump. For about 3 weeks now I havent been able to run, so I hope I can get back into it.
Favourite types of exercise: Running, Swmimming, Eliptical
Anything else?: I would run about 5 miles a day, so maybe I can narrow it down to whatever 30 minutes brings me. And swimming I heard is great because no impact.
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[16 May 2006|10:07pm]

Name (or online name): Shannon
Location: Tri Cities, WA
Due Date: ~ 1/17/07
Fitness Goals: To exercise moderately and maintain good health
Favourite types of exercise: Running, biking, weight lifting, elliptical machine
Anything else?: I'm only 5 weeks along and so far I haven't exercised at all since I found out! Before that I was running a couple miles here and there, and biking up to 10 miles fairly regularly. I'm a bit confused on what is safe in terms of impact / intensity etc. I'm somewhat of a sporradic exerciser, I'll be really good about a regime for weeks, then fall off the wagon for weeks.
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Newbie! [10 May 2006|08:54pm]

Name: Daphne
Location: St Louis, MO
Due Date: Nov 23
Fitness Goals: Continue exercising so I'll be ready to lose the baby fat after delivery
Favorite types of exercise: I like using the elliptical machine, doing pilates and riding bikes with my children but I'll probably switch to walking or swimming as it gets hotter and I get bigger.
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Weight gain [27 Apr 2006|10:15am]

So, at my last appointment(28 weeks), I was weighed and had dained 11 pounds in a month. The nurse called me a little piggy but the doctor said he was not at all concerned, and that it was ok because I hadn't really gained anything substantial up until that point. Anyway, I do not want to go back with another 11 pound gain next month...what do I do? I'm really trying to be smarter about food choices, I need to get out and exercise but after working, and school I feel exhausted. What are you guys doing to watch your weight?
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New member. [25 Apr 2006|03:49pm]

Name (or online name): Amanda
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Due Date: 11/10/06
Fitness Goals: To maintain my strength, endurance and fitness level throughout my pregnancy for a more productive labor and easier weight loss after.
Favourite types of exercise: Running, cycling, belly dance, yoga, weight lifting.
Anything else?:
I’m only 12 weeks pregnant but I’m already feeling at-odds with my OB-GYN. She has basically stated that I CANNOT let my pulse go over 140 when exercising now. My usual running pulse prior to pregnancy was 170-180 (max at 190) and I was running 3-5 miles per day, alternating with cycling.

I’m not even showing yet and I feel like I’ve been given orders to stop my fitness routine. Based on this generalized "assessment" from my OB, I can't go running AT ALL. Just speed-walking bumps up my pulse to 140. My body is accustomed to a higher rate but I'm racked with guilt if I let my pulse creep toward 150 (which feels comfortable to me). I'm not saying I want to run a marathon, I just want to be able to maintain my fitness level, go for a light jog and not stress out about it.

I'm 31 and fit, with no history of health problems. It seems ludicrous to generalize 140 as a max heart rate for all pregnant women. There are some who are out of shape and might find that rate too taxing, and others like myself who find it confining. There has GOT to be some sound medical research on this SOMEWHERE. If anyone can offer some well-informed advice or links for me to peruse, I would be grateful.

I hope to be very active in this community (and in the gym!) until this little life pops into the world.
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me me me [20 Apr 2006|09:58am]

hello there! I just found out about this fit pregnancy journal and I think it looks great!
Name (or online name): Laura (frankenbury)
Location: Columbia, SC... soon to be Savannah, GA
Due Date: late december
Fitness Goals: I want to be very flexible and strong so I'll have smooth birthing process and recover more quickly. I'd like to utilize any motivation techniques that I can so I'll stay on track with daily exercise.
Favourite types of exercise: yoga, running, biking
Anything else?: I'm also looking for like-minded wise women (and/or men) to be friends with! I'm a potter and a gardener, was raised in the Unitarian Universalist church on the west coast and went to college at the Evergreen State College. Living in the South is new to me and I feel a bit crazy sometimes!

ps I just posted a question about exercise on the natural birth livejournal page- i've already had some great suggestions if anyone cares to go look.

nice to meet you all
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HI Girlies!! [18 Apr 2006|09:04am]

Just wondering if you guys can suggest any good prenatal exercise videos. I'm 6 months pregnant and would like to start exercising now that the morning sickness has gone away and I am starting to get huge. Any good ones you guys can suggest?
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