Any Trainers Out There

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Melissa - March 16

I am 20 yrs old and about 11.5 weeks pregnant with my first child. Prior to pregnancy I went to the gym 4-6 times per week for appx 1 hr 15 mins each time. I would do both cardio and strength training. I have not been to the gym in about 7 weeks due to moving to a new home and fatigue from the pregnancy. I would like to maintain a healthy body during pregnancy but do not, at the present moment, have the time to make it to the gym and have a hard time getting motivated by things such as yoga - I prefer getting my heart rate up there but with the pregnancy I know I have to take things a bit easier. What recommendations do you have to keep my legs, butt, abs, back and arms in good shape?? I would like to do things at home, but I don't know what to do if I am not at the gym with machines....I have always been in good shape, naturally thin but I don't want to lose all my muscle tone because I pregnant...I just need to know what I can do at home to maintain overall body tone during my pregnancy


Jamie - March 17

I'm not a trainer, but I am active duty Army - I HAVE to stay fit! LOL I'm also 19 weeks pregnant. You can do just about any excercise you feel comfortable with. Don't do a lot of jumping, but other than that - even sit-ups and crunches are okay, but when your belly starts getting bigger, just put a pillow behind your back, so that you're propped up a bit. Don't overdo it, and if your abs start to hurt, stop. Drink a LOT of water, and make sure you increase your caloric intake. Other than that, you should be good to go.


Jamie - March 17

Oh yeah - one other thing - feel free to go ahead and go to the gym; I go for an hour every morning, with Doc's blessing. As with other exercises, do whatever feels comfortable for you - just don't stress your abs TOO much. If it hurts, STOP.


tara - March 17

Jamie - do you have any suggestions on excercises on the thigh and hip area?


L - March 17

I ran (OK jogged) up til the 5th month when it became uncomfortable the I switched to very fast walking literaly up til I delivered.


Jamie - March 22

Tara - there's an excercise called the fire hydrant that is killer on thighs and b___ts. Get down on your hands and knees, and lift one knee out to the side, so that your leg is paralellel to your body. (Like a dog peeing on a fire hydrant - hence, the name of the exercise) I just do 'em til I feel it burn - and it DOES burn - , then I switch to the other leg.


tara - March 22

Thanks Jamie; I will start tonight!


Jamie - March 23

No problem - if you want, I can try and find the Army PT regs on the internet - as I recall, they go through all kinds of different excercises.



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