So I was a serious Ripped follower prior to my pregnancy. I still am able to do Extremely Ripped... but only do 3 to 5lbs and have to really watch it. I want to keep up my muscle strength but feel it's harder to do so when pregnant. I am currently 21 weeks pregnant. Any suggestions as to what I can do to keep my muscle tone? It's already going away... although I am exercising 5 to 6 days a week. I do a little weight training and mostly cardio.

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Hi Andrea! I'm not Jari but I thought I'd reply to you. :)

First of all good for you keeping up the workouts during your pregnancy! When I was pregnant with my 16 month old son I did the original Get Ripped! because (IMHO) it's the easiest of the Ripped series. I was able to go heavier with that dvd. I only made the follwing variation - I inclined the step while doing the exercises where you lie on your back. That way you don't comprimise the blood flow to the uterus. If you are doing the more difficult of the Ripped series maybe try Get Ripped! and use heavier weights? It may also be your body's natural way of telling you to slow down. I know around my 18th week I had to cut my intensity a bit because I just couldn't do it anymore. And by week 34 I had to cut it even more, almost to beginner level. The most important thing is to listen to your body. I know it's hard when you're an advanced exerciser to feel you're fitness level is going down a notch but just think about the amazing thing your body is doing. And the fact that you are still exercising is a feat in itself! Keep up the good work! And believe me you will be back to your old self in just a few months after your baby is here. And YAY! You're over half way there! :)
Christie you are too sweet to respond! This is my second child and I hadn't discovered the Ripped Series while I was pregnant my 2 year old. With that said, it has been difficult to see me lose my muscle since I am not kicking my butt like I did before. You are right though... it won't take long to get back to normal, just already ready to get back that way!!! LOL! I'll try the regular ripped workout too. I haven't done that one in forever either! I was thinking I should not b/c of the stuff on the back, but it seems as if you can still do it if you just adjust the way you do things. I'll give it a try. Thanks for your input... makes me feel so much better!!!
You are so welcome! I know how it feels! Being pregnant seems more like 18 months than 9! :)

Good luck with everything!
Hi Andrea & Christie,
I'm so glad I found your posts. I recently came back from three weeks in Italy to discover that I was pregnant..I was wondering why I was feeling so sick all the time! I was an avid ripper and with all the nausea and exhaustion I have hardly been able to get up for work in the mornings let alone don the lycra and headbands and get stuck into a Get Ripped DVD...I was wondering how to get back into it and what the best DVD to do was. It's my first pregnancy and I'm only 10 weeks into it and it's killing me watching all that built up muscle disappearing. Hopefully when the nasty part passes and I can keep breakfast down I'll give Get Ripped a try again and I'll be taking all your tips on board. Thank you so much for all the advice.
Hi Rachel!

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Just do what you feel you can while you're pregnant. Don't push yourself too hard. That morning sickness is a workout killer that's for sure! You'll get back into it once you hit your 2nd trimester. :) You'll start getting some energy back and the MS will pass. Good luck with everything! I'm sure you are still looking great!

Christie
Hey Rachel,
I know this is not what you want to hear... but working out actually made me feel better when I was sick. I had that one hour of cardio or whatever it was I was doing to make me forget that I felt bad. Don't get me wrong, I still didn't feel wonderful, but better than being just plain sick! I am currently 23 weeks, 2nd pregnancy, and still doing some of the Ripped DVD's. If anything, just walk or do the elliptical if you can. Whatever you do, it will make you feel somewhat better. At least that is what I have experienced. Congratulations! It's so much fun! I totally know how you feel though... it's been hard watching the muscle disappear, but it will come back, I promise! I wasn't doing Ripped before my daughter Tatum and my body looked better after having her than it ever had! Let's just HOPE that i can get back there again after my 2nd daughter is born in Jan. You'll have to keep me posted on your progress. Good Luck and you should be feeling like yourself again in a few weeks!
Hi Andrea,
I have another question for you...did you cut back on your workouts and/or intensities before you got pregnant and if so by how much? I currently workout out 5-8 hours a week (cardio, ripped and yoga) so all high intensities. I realize that I'm going to have to cut back but I'm not sure how much. The last few days I've been more depressed about that than I would be if I knew I was stopping because I was actually pregnant. Sorry to get personal but did you have any problems getting pregnant? I really appreciate it.
Amanda
Hey Amanda!

Not too personal... I know what you are saying. No, I did not cut back on my workouts at all before getting pregnant. Just an FYI... I got off bc in April and got pregnant in April! Needless to say, my husband and I are baby makers. Same sort of thing happened with my first child. Got off the pill in Sept and got pregnant in the beginning of Nov when we first "tried". I do not think working out has anything to do with having problems getting pregnant, UNLESS you are not eating enough and not keeping your weight at a healthy range... that's another issue. You sound to be to be very very healthy... so I would think you are going to have no trouble getting pregnant. Good Luck! Let me know if you need anything else :)
I was so relieved to see this discussion. I'm 41 and have also been a dedicated ripper for about 4-5 years now. I was alarmed to see that older women tend to lose more muscle tone during pregnancy. This news hit around the same time as the doctors instructions that I have to eat a seemingly astronomical amount of food to keep my blood sugar up coupled with the fatigue and exercise limitations really had me down.
I was very frustrated and a bit depressed about it during my first trimester. I just couldn't seem to make it through the routines when I was very used to sort of breezing it! Now that I'm 19 weeks, it's become much easier to exersize again--though, yes, the loss of muscle tone from my going lighter and longer between workouts is evident.
I know it'll get difficult again and am anxious about finding time to workout after Sprout is born, but I'm taking it one day at a time.
Thanks for posting this topic and let us know how things progress! Maybe we can work to inspire one another?

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