What exercises are safe to do while pregnant?

I’m 12 weeks pregnant. I was already overweight when I got pregnant, but now I just want my body back. I’ve been down to 120 in high school, and before I got pregnant I was in the 180s.

I’m not very active lately. My normal activities used to be walking, running, using the elliptical at the gym, some tennis, (flag dance) colorguard, some stationary bike at the gym.

I know some of those are low impact and I already know I can walk or bike, but what about running or tennis? Any other ideas?

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  1. Erin – 8 more weeks, 25 May, 2010

    Look up pregnancy Yoga. It’s fun, easy and will keep you in shape.

  2. mackenzie arrives in JUNE!, 25 May, 2010

    You can do any low impact exercise you did before becoming pregnant.

  3. Gaurav K, 25 May, 2010

    Walk, Walk, Walk and then go for another Walk..

    in fresh open air of course..

  4. Kimberley N, 25 May, 2010

    tennis isnt a good idea incase you get hit with the ball, or twist the wrong way. running is fine if you were running before you got pregnant but if you havent done it in a while its not recommended

  5. Ready for Baby!!!, 25 May, 2010

    You don’t really want to start a new regiment that is high impact if you weren’t doing that before. However you really can do a lot while pregnant.

    Of course I would discuss with your doctor but swimming is a low-impact exercise that yields great results. Also have you tried Jazzercise? I know it sounds crazy 80’s but it’s a great workout, they offer hi & low impact and it’s a lot of fun. They also are open to pregnant women (some places will really restrict what they’ll let you do because of pregnancy).

    I would try pre-natal yoga but you might find it’s not enough of a workout for you – lots of stretching and really seems to be designed for women who are in their last trimester.

    Good luck!!

  6. Kat, 25 May, 2010

    The general rule is that whatever you were doing before pregnancy is ok to keep doing.

    For example, my mom had a best friend who was a marathon runner and she continued to run 5 miles a day until her last month where she started just walking 5-10 miles a day. It was ok, because her body was used to it, and that was even slowing things down for her.

    If I tried that I would have been really hurt. Since I had been a couch potato right before getting pregnant, I kept it to mostly walking.

    As for tennis, it depends on what you plan. I like to play real tennis (hitting balls hard, sprinting for the ball, receiving fast serves) I knew I would overdo it on the court, so I decided not to tempt myself.

    If you decide to play tennis, keep the ball very slow. Don’t try sprinting, and don’t have the ball to fast. You don’t want to trip or get hit in the tummy with a fast ball. But just hitting a ball with a friend for pleasure shouldn’t be bad.

    Personally, I loved swimming.

  7. truth is…, 25 May, 2010

    I know what you mean. I was really scared of getting super huge while pregnant as well. However, you need to understand that right now you’re sharing your body with another growing being and you really need to take it easy– that’s NOT to say you shouldn’t exercise, though.

    Here’s my recommendation: stick with the elliptical and the stationary bike at the gym. Use the heart rate monitors as your heart rate should not maintain above 140. You can exercise for as long as you can handle, but not anything extreme.

    My coworker jogged/ran until she was 23 weeks pregnant, but she regularly ran before that. You cannot start a new exercise routine after getting pregnant– just low impact to keep your body healthy.

    Also, and most importantly, talk to your doctor before starting any sort of exercise routine!!

  8. kroos20, 25 May, 2010

    if u were doing it before u got pregnant then keep doin it, my ex-sister-in-law did horse jumping through her frist pragnancy and the kid was fine

  9. German cutie ;), 25 May, 2010

    i heard swimming is good

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