Working Out & Weightloss

It was touched up on in another thread.  What are your thoughts on working out and weightloss while getting ready to TTC?  Not just drastic weightloss or intense workouts, just the topic in general.  :-)

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:26 am
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I think anything that makes you healthier will be good for your pregnancy =)

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 9:22 am
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Posted on March 4, 2013 at 10:51 am
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I touched on this in the other post, but I have been focusing on loosing the extra weight I've been carrying around. So far I've lost about 10 lbs. I would be happy with 8 more. DH and I have agreed to run a 5k every month, our first once coming up on St. Patrick's Day. I've never been a runner, but I want to be. I've also heard its bad to start workouts that your body isn't used to while pregnant, so that's why I'm starting now. I want to be able to jog while pregnant. I've a yogi fanatic, and I've been practicing for over 2 years, so I figure I can keep that up too!

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:07 am
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I think working out is super important prior to and during pregnancy. I have always worked out (barre classes, yoga, spin, weights, etc.). I started REALLY getting into a good routine when we were TTC (including eating reallllly healthy). And I am SO glad that I did, because I havent worked out AT ALL and my diet hasnt been the greatest since I got my BFP in January due to morning sickness & pure exhaustion. However, I am just now feeling a bit more energy & I know that it will be easier to get back into a similar routine really soon in my 2nd trimester!  

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:28 am
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Ditto Mar (actually...ditto Claire, Murph and Nicole as well) :-) 


I got into a great routine prior to/during TTC, and I am grateful that I kept at it during that time.


I was lucky in that I didn't feel too terrible in my first trimester, but I was honestly EXHAUSTED! I have never been one to make excuses not to work out, but it just didn't happen in the first trimester. Not once. Not at all. LOL 


Then I woke up one day in the second trimester with 100% more energy. So I resumed a very scaled-back version of my pre-pregnancy routine. I am still running and working out five days a week (at 21 weeks along) and I'm hoping to keep it up as long as I can. My doctors seem very pleased with my weight gain and blood pressure, and I really feel like it keeps me feeling good during this pregnancy. So, to echo Claire...I think whatever makes you feel healthier is a great thing!

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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I need to get back on a workout routine...I think I will go sign up for a gym membership this week!
Posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm
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Thanks Murph & Cheeky & msdl for speaking from a pregnant woman's perspective!  I often wonder how you really go back to working out after losing the muscle mass/tone in the first trimester, but it's nice to hear muscle memory kicks back in.


Right now I'm loving anything Jillian Michaels, and I do (modified due to a injury) yoga once every weekend.  I'm also hoping if my pre-pregnancy weight is something I'm happy with, then if I never lose that "last 5 lbs" I'll still feel good about myself.


I also love having a big dog who needs to be walked every day (and loves our cold, snowy winters).  I hope she keeps me walking, at least, during every phase of my (future) pregnancy. 


I've lost 14lbs so far, which really just got me back to my pre-accident weight.  I just hope I stay motivated and don't gain any back (cause chocolate on a stressful day at work really does make me feel better.  LOL).

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 4:53 am
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I read a couple really great things very early in my pregnancy and they both helped keep it all in perspective for me. The first was that a certain portion of your pregnancy weight gain is a necessary layer of fat :-) And the other was just a reminder that workouts during pregnancy are for health maintenance and not weight loss (obviously!) or even serious muscle toning. That has helped me stay relaxed about it and focus on the health benefits for me and the baby. Heck, just hearing that it can contribute to a smoother labor was enough incentive for me!
Posted on March 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm
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I agree Debbie, once you're actively TTC at some point you need to stop doing things for weight loss.  It's just nice to plan on trying to shed a few unwanted pounds while you can.


I've also heard working out when pregnant can be to keep things limber and "open".

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 12:54 am
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Ditto the other ladies (I can't relate to our ladies who are pregnant), but I think that working out/staying active is one of the most key things to do before/during pregnancy. I've heard so many great things about it, and I personally workout 4-5 times a week.


This last week I've completely cut out caffeine (max - 2 times a week) since I used to drink a pop/coffee every single day. I've also cut out refined sugar/sweets/junk food, only in limited portions. I'm really trying to buckle down and get healthy, since the last few months of TTC haven't been happening I'm hoping this will really help. I've always done the workouts, but the eating clean I need to start.

Posted on March 7, 2013 at 7:35 am

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