Monday, February 2, 2009

Bootcamp bad or not? Opinions please.

So I went to bootcamp class yesterday and boy was it a hell of a workout, but I'm not really sure if I should be doing it or not in my third tri? It started off with just a ton of fast paced activites like squats and lunges and jumping jacks of various types. She did a lot of jacks that involved jumping up and clapping under your knees, etc. I just modified and did normal jumping jacks. When I felt like what they were doing was too tough, I just went back to squatting or jumping jacks. But should I be doing jumping jacks? I figure running moves the baby a lot, some jacks shouldn't hurt right? Then from there we did some weights, which was fine, then a circuit that involved about 30 steps set up in rows, we had to do things like hop over them or shuffle sideways over them. So, again hopping up and down, but not very high at all. We also skipped on the track, ran on the track and did side shuffles on the track. My heart rate was definately high the whole time, but I took a few more breaks than everyone else and drank a lot of water. Today I am sore as hell! Which feels good honestly, it's been awhile since I had a hard workout. But I don't want to be stupid, I know if I ask my doc, they will just tell me to take it easy. I'm thinking I will probably not do the class again until baby is here and switch to the weight lifting class that is afterwards, as it shouldn't be so jarring....thoughts?

Also if my due date is a Wed, is that Wed supposed to be 40 weeks on the nose? Meaning shouldn't my weeks change on Wed, I've been changing them on Friday. Picky I know, but I like to be exact when someone asks me how far along I am :)

8 comments:

Angela said...

My doctor's told me no jumping or "jarring" activities that I wasn't already used to...they told me that I should stop playing volleyball. I played a little, minus jumping, which limited what I could do so I did stop playing. Not sure about jumping jacks.

As far as telling how far along you are: If your due date is a wednesday then yes, 40 weeks is on that Wednesday so you change weeks on the Wednesday and not Friday.

Audrey said...

I commend you on your commitment to exercise when I'm sure you're starting to feel tired and whatnot in the third tri. :D I'm not sure, however, that it is wise to do anything that you could possibly fall during. Hoping over things, running and stumbling because of your new center of gravity and whatnot. The weights class is definitely a better idea right now. Still, I think it's great that you can do that!

The Salty One said...

Vicki did all that stuff well into her third tri, but she works as a fitness instructor and is used to it. I personally wouldn't do it because the worry is that it could cause your placenta to tear away from the uterine wall. This is the same reason why preg women aren't allowed on roller coasters! I would stick with stuff with no more impact than running: running, walking, spinning, eliptical, pilates, yoga, etc. At the same time, almost always our bodies will tell us if what we;re doing is a problem. If it felt ok you were probably fine, but placenta previa (when the placenta comes away from the uterus) is serious enough that I honestly would not risk it!

Yes, Wednesdays are your day! Mine were Thursdays :)

Clare said...

i did stuff like that into my 3rd tri, modifying like you did as needed. i was completely used to it pre-preg and during 1st annd 2nd tris too though. i don't think anyone else can answer that question for you...but if it felt good and you felt safe, well...i'd say trust your own judgment over anyone else's as long as it's a healthy pregnancy.

KBULL said...

I think changing to the weight lifting class is probably a good thing. Like Audrey said, it would suck to fall. IF you were doing it the WHOLE pregnancy, I'd say go for it but since you haven't I'd say hold off ;-)

Mama Simmons said...

I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with jumping jacks while you're pregnant. Although having said that, my rule while I was pregnant is that I wouldn't do anything that didn't feel right. My guess is that if you're questioning doing this class, maybe you should wait until after your baby is born to do it again. Do whatever feels good, and you know the difference between what feels good and what doesn't. :)

N.D. said...

I do the weeks with the exact date so mine are fridays so yours would be wednesdays I think! I think you just have to listen to your body with the boot camp and just check w/ your doc!

Nikki said...

I am pregnant too and planning to keep up with everything I did before. I've done a lot of reading on the topic and it seems to me the only 'problem' could be if you happen to fall during any of this. I don't think the exercises themselves should be any problem, especially since you were active before. I hope I'm still feeling good enough to do that kind of stuff in my third tri!