Today we’re featuring an Ask the FBGs post, where readers like you ask the FBGs for advice. Nothing is off limits, although we do prefer that it’s fitness or nutrition related, so send your undying health questions to [email protected]. You just might see them posted on the site in the future!
I exercise (cardio and strength training) three to five times a week. Should I change my routine to a “pregnancy-friendly” one as soon as I try to get pregnant? Getting pregnant may take time, and I do not want to leave my routine as long as it is safe.
I’m five-foot, four-inches tall and about 140 pounds. I’m planning to lose 10 pounds before start to try to get pregnant. I like exercising at home, so I’m a workout DVD girl. Bob Harper, Jillian Michaels, Amy Dixon and Michelle Dozois are my favorites. So I think I can describe myself as an intermediate/advanced exerciser. On my exercise days, I do 30 minutes of cardio, 30 minutes of strength training and 20 to 30 minutes of yoga to stretch.
In response to your question, we’ve put together a list of helpful posts on pregnancy fitness just for you! Check these out:
- Pregnancy dos and don’ts
- What you need to know about pregnancy, exercise and weight
- Reasons to get fit before getting pregnant
- Five things to do before you get pregnant
In general though, our recommendation is to keep up with what you’re doing and maintain your healthy and fit lifestyle (including eating healthy fats!). If it takes more than a few months to get pregnant, you may want to nix the super high-intensity stuff, as there’s some research that says that it can delay conception in those who are at normal weight. But moderate intensity (anything where you can still talk a sentence or two at a time) is all good!
Exercise can help you to reduce stress and improve blood flow though, which are critical for getting pregnant. Not to mention that once you do get knocked up, you’ll be able to work out more during pregnancy because your body will be used to it. But, of course, talk to your doctor. Every woman is different, so listen to your body and do what feels good!
Let us know once you go from Fit Bottomed Girl to Fit Bottomed Mama, Tuba. Best of luck as you expand your family!
How about you? Did you change your workout routine at all before trying to get knocked up? —Jenn