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Old 08-18-2006, 04:02 PM   #1
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Question Exercise during pregnancy

I was wondering how much exercise you can do during early pregnancy. I work out about 3 days a week in moderate intensity. Is there a certain heartrate we're not to go over? Does 140 sound right?

My first doctor's appt won't be for another 3 more weeks, and I don't think I can wait that long to find out the answer.

 
Old 08-18-2006, 09:43 PM   #2
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Re: Exercise during pregnancy

i read recently that during the most intense part of your workout, you should be able to carry on a conversation without gasping for breath, though not with complete ease either.

i was very active prior to becoming pregnant & even before i missed my af i found myself incredibly dizzy if i tried to keep my workouts at the same intensity as before. i've stopped going to the gym & i just do lots of gentle stretching at home & walk about 30-40 minutes per day/4 times a week.

i don't know about heartrate, but hopefully the "talk test" will help you

 
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Old 08-19-2006, 11:52 AM   #3
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Re: Exercise during pregnancy

I've heard that a hr of 140 used to be the general guideline, but now they recognize that every individual is different, so using a single max hr for everyone isn't the best way to gauge. I go by the 'talk test' that getting_tubby suggested, and I also have taken down my regular workouts from high intensity elliptical machine for 40 minutes to 40 minutes walking at about 3.5 mph, sometimes changing the incline if I'm on a treadmill (or looking for some hilly places if walking outside). I stopped playing tennis, not because I shouldn't be doing it, but because I would feel dizzy/nauseous after about 10 minutes. With cardio exercise I think the most important thing is to listen to your body and not push yourself beyond what's comfortable.

I also still lift weights, but have reduced the amount of weight - I read that during pg a hormone called 'relaxin' is released and it can cause loosening of the joints... if I were to continue using weights that cause me to strain, I could risk joint injury.

Anyway, I hope some of that was helpful!

 
Old 08-19-2006, 11:53 AM   #4
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Re: Exercise during pregnancy

I think it might be no more than 120, but make sure and check. Also make sure and not to overheat your body too and stay hydrated. I worked out through my whole pregnancy (had my bean June 28th of this year) and everything turned out fine.

Congratulations!


 
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