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    Intensely Active Pregnant Athlete

    I have read all the threads about excercising while pregnant, but I have a hard time believing that I cannot get my body temp above 102.2- 104, and my heart has to stay at such a low level. I am 2 1/2 month pregnant and being a professional equestrian, ride my 2 horses 5days a week, and "combat train" 3 days a week (30 mins INTENSE high rep lifting and isometric training), "off" days I run 2-4miles or bike or swim. My heartrate goes way up, it is 100 degrees outside right now so I assume my core temp is high and I lift weights up to 45lbs. I have always lifted, run, ridden, and such. I suppose I would like to know if others have continued intense activity while pregnant. I feel great, my morning sickness is minimal, and nothing else to complain about.
    I know of many women who have trained hard, not knowing they were pregnant and had healthy babies, with 20min labors!!!! That is what I want. So anyone out there continued to train hard, sweat a lot, and have a great pregnancy?
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    I remember a woman bb'r who worked out pretty heavy into her ninth month. I don't think she did any legs though the last month or so. I know nothing about being pregnant and riding though.
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    I am an avid runner, having run several full and half marathons--so I know how hard it is to slow down during pregnancy--I have two daughters. One thing I would like to point out (that I had to come to terms with as well) is that you have expressed a lot of "I, I, I, I" statements--but for nine months it is no longer about what you want to do, but what is best for the tiny life growing inside of you. Why take chances now by pushing it too hard in the heat? You can ride, lift, train hard your entire life--why not slow down for these next precious months? Shift your focus off what you want to what is the best, healthiest way to nuture your growing baby.
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    Baby first!

    Interesting I did write a lot of I statements. I truely believe though that this will create a healthy baby. I absolutely want what is best for my child, but I do feel like doctors put in you in a "you cant" kinda program outta caution. I believe that it can be super healthy for a baby to start life active. But if something is certainly going to cause trouble I will avoid it.
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    Here's some interesting info on exercise during pregnancy:

    http://www.webmd.com/content/article/4/1680_51796

    It includes this caution:

    Excessive levels of physical activity in pregnancy can reduce fetal growth and increase the risk of preterm delivery. A cardinal sign that exercise level is too high is a low rate of weight gain. Exercise or physical activity that ends in exhaustion, endurance activities, and activities undertaken in hot, humid climates should be out-of-bounds for pregnant women.
    I think there is a good middle ground for exercise, and most doctors realize the health benefits of exercise for moms-to-be. Certain activities in themselves are considered dangerous - falling off a horse could prove fatal to a fetus.

    I was overly cautious when I was pregnant - but I lost a baby the year before and I felt like I was walking on eggshells for 9 months. I went to the other extreme, and I didn't exercise at all because of my fear. Well, my now 8 month old baby is super healthy, I am back in shape and everything is great.
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    You write you 'truly believe this will create a healthy baby'--working out hard in 100 degree heat is not the ideal condition for the average Joe, let alone a pregnant woman. A baby isn't going to come out ready for intense physical activity just because the mom excercised intensely throughout a pregnancy. Absolutely exercise--but you might want to take it down a notch. Find a comfortable middle ground that's healthy for the baby.
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    Exercise has a great impact on the endocrine system. Hormones are not only vital for your baby's life, but the presence/absence/abundance of hormones throughout term determines nearly every aspect of the development of your baby. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to great fluctuations in the your endocrine system.

    Realize this: your body is geared towards self-preservation. It wants this baby to carry, but won't do it at great risk to self. What good is having a healthy baby if it kills you to deliver it? (Yes, death during childbirth does happen, but the body tries to minimize it).

    If your bodyfat or calorie intake is too low, or you are too intense physically, the body rationalizes this as you are in a high-stress environment. This kind of environment is most likely *not* good for the health of a pregnant woman or an infant. At this point, the body may abort, purely for survival.

    I see no problem with you wanting to be active (assuming you're in good health and the pregnancy is going well), just don't take it to the extreme and make sure you are eating enough and taking vitamins.

    By the by, morning sickness is more a matter of food sensitivity and Helicobacter pylori.
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    I just wanted to add that one of my friends knew a runner who didn't slow down - she didn't gain enough weight and lost the baby.

    So please slow down for the sake of your baby - you don't have to stop, just cut back for a few months...
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    Just be careful

    First off, congrats on your pregnancy! How exciting for you!

    I have had two pregnancies, one not active at all and one very active. I (obviously) was in better shape in the active one! But a couple hints to remember while you grow-

    The body temperature is definitely important- 100 degree heat is tough on anyone. Try and limit that but when you are exerting yourself in any heat, make sure to drink a lot of water! Dehydration causes contractions. That can land you in the hospital.

    Also, as your tummy grows, you might want to be extra careful or even reconsider riding. If you have a fall, you could land on your tummy and hurt the baby. Now, I don't know how often professional equestrians fall, but I would guess it can happen, and if it does, it can really hurt the baby.

    Lastly, after a certain amount of time, I think the second trimester, you are also not advised to lay on your back. It can crush the other organs and you can get lightheaded and breathless. Something to keep in mind while lifting.

    Bascially, I have always heard and been told that if you don't do it when you are not preggo, don't try it when you are. Maintenance during pregnancy is usually advised, not building and definitely not cutting.

    Good luck and cheers to a wonderful and uneventful pregnancy!
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