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My husband and I started trying last month how careful should I be about exercising at the Gym?
For the last couple of months I have been concentrating and trying to lose excess weight before getting pregnant -- we have started trying and I go to the gym usually about 2 to 3 times per week for 45 min - 1 hour (I do cardio on a stair-like machine called the arch for about 30 min and spend the remainder lifting light weights) and then swim laps for 1/2 an hour after. Can I hurt my baby if I get pregnant mid-month and continue exercising like this?
My doctor told me to continue with my regular exercise routines early in pregnancy. You may want to avoid anything high-impact, but the most important thing is to listen to your body - it will tell you when you've had enough. As you get further along, you'll want to avoid exercising until you're out of breath or exhausted, and once you actually get pregnant, it's probably not a good idea to continue trying to lose weight. I didn't have to make any real changes until I was about four months along, when I had to lay off the cardio and focus more on stretching and light weight training. I'm now at 36 weeks and recently gave up completely on the gym; I walk the dog and swim. If you're trying to conceive, start talking to your doctor about this now, and they can tell you what will work best for you.