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NYCgirl April 8th, 2012 05:12 PM

Question for other fitness people…
I know as we move along we need to adapt out workouts to the changing needs of our bodies. But I am getting frustrated. There are hill hikes I do daily (I’m an adventure dog walker) and I have found myself totally slowing down and getting really winded! Today the ‘short’ loop that usually takes me 45 min took me about an hour! I worked out with my other pregnancies but don’t remember getting this winded and out of breath so soon. Maybe it is because I am older now?? I have been ok during my Zumba classes still (slowing a tiny bit to keep my heat rate relatively low). I am also still ok with the flatter cross country runs but the mountain walking is killing me! (and no elevation is not an issue this is only the Dublin/ Wicklow Mts we are talking about).

How are you all getting on? Have you had to slow up a bit yet?? It just feels too early to feel like I am working so hard!

mommysoon April 8th, 2012 07:18 PM

Re: Question for other fitness people…
I am finding myself getting winded really, really easily. As in, walking up the stairs from the basement to our second floor. So, two- half flights of stairs and I have to take a break, whereas I am used to running at least 5-6 miles a day. It has happened to me every time though. Frustrating, but just listen to your body. It's not forever! ;-)

RunningMommyTo5 April 9th, 2012 07:06 AM

Re: Question for other fitness people…
I don't get winded too easily yet, thank goodness. Mine usually kicks in later in the third tri when my lungs are compressed by the baby, BUT, I'm not an "average" runner either, I guess. Thanks to super long runs and marathon training before pregnancy, my lungs hold up pretty well until the end and the compression kicks in. My normal 7-8 mile daily runs and my pregnancy cut-back 10 mile weekly long runs aren't giving me a problem yet, but I do know that I'll have to cut back on the distance at some point because it will get more difficult. But, for some of my other runner friends, who are still in great shape going into pregnancy, they do complain of getting winded easily. They said that they just did what their body would allow them and kept at it.

I do find that when I'm running my really steep, long hills that I have to slow down a bit compared to pre-pregnancy and focus on deep belly breathing to keep my heart rate from jumping up too quickly.

My main issue is exhaustion and fatigue. I'm just so tired and exhausted physically constantly in this pregnancy, that my runs rarely feel "good" anymore, but I keep on doing them because I know how important they are. I'm also like you, though, everything else pretty much feels like "normal". My yoga, pilates, and strength training aren't giving me any issues.

Just hang in there. Anything you can do for your health and baby's health while pregnant, even if it's not coming as easily as you'd like is still very beneficial.

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