First of all congratulations!
Ditch the HRM and just go with what feels right for your body, plodding and walking are totally fine and you shouldn't feel bad that you need to slow down. If anything hurts, STOP!
Exercising in pregnancy is OK as long as you’re sensible. A word of warning though (and you may already know this) the body produces a hormone when pregnant that relaxes the muscles and makes everything more stretchy, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. I developed pelvis problems from being ‘over stretchy’ and a friend of mine had lower back and knee problems brought on from running during pregnancy and soon after giving birth.
Hi Trinab, I exercised through both my pregancies but I stopped running at about 15 weeks. I found it too uncomfortable and had to keep stopping after each mile to use the loo. They say you need to keep your heart rate to 140 but that's across the board and as you know, some are fitter than others. The most important thing is not too overheat. Just remember that if you train too hard its not conducive for the baby. You need to ensure you are exercising moderately. Now is not the time for increasing your fitness levels. I'd carry on at a comfortable level. It sounds like you are doing a great job. I probably exercised too much with my first child, so I was very mindful when I was pregnant with my second. A stationery bike is often a more comfortable option, later on in your pregnancy. Good luck.
There's a couple of threads in the health & injury section, pregnant runners club and mum's running club. Lots of people on those threads ran through pregnancy.
You'll naturally slow down as your pregnancy progresses
I've just been having swimming lessons too! It's brilliant, I'm no longer embarrassed about my swimming and it's given me a real challenge to get my teeth into. It will help your back a lot later on to be swimming properly. Good luck with the swimming lessons, I'm sure you'll love them.
Strangely I kept on running right through pregnancy but gave up swimming as my bump felt too heavy especially doing front crawl.
Good luck with your lessons trina85
I swam when pregnant but also did rock and roll/jive dancing. Just had to slow down a bit and not do the lifts/dips. Had to stop when go to the point that bump put me off balance and partners couldn't find my waist!
They won't be laughing trinab85, keep it up, it will be so worth it
Trust me they won't be laughing, probably the opposite offering you silent moral support! The breathing is key to the whole thing and inaling half the pool is unfortunately part of the learning process, we've all done it! It won't be long before you crack it and suddenly realise that all those people swimming with their heads out of the water are jealous of your technique!
Seriously, no one will be laughing at you. I was lucky enough to be taught to swim as a child and was in a swim club, but when i see adults having lessons/learning to swim, all i think is respect and fair play. It must be v frustrating as there are so many things to learn and concentrate on but once you crack it, you will be so chuffed.
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