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Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:00

Do’s and Don’ts

In the first trimester, there are only a few things to be careful of. For most women, it is ok to lie on the back until the 12-16 week mark, so you can still do sit ups, but stay off the GHD. If you were already doing CrossFit before you became pregnant, you should still be able to do most of the exercises. You can continue to use your normal weights this trimester, just don't go up in weight or do max effort lifts or try for PR's. Your blood volume increases when you become pregnant, so trying to keep your heart rate at 140 bpm when exercising doesn’t allow you to do much. Rather than focusing on heart rate, pay attention to your breathing. You should still be able to carry on a conversation while you’re working out. This is a time for maintaining your fitness, not high intensity work outs. Don’t work out until the point of exhaustion and don’t get over-heated. Make sure you rest between rounds or exercises, and drink water before, during and after your workout. As always, check with your doctor before beginning any type of exercise program.