Post # 1
I have a question for any of the Mommies or pregnant ladies here who did/are continuing with exercise during pregnancy, specifically running.
My 8 week appointment isn’t until the end of March, at which point I’ll definitely discuss this with my OB… but I’m curious to know how soon or how long you waited until you adjusted the intensity of your running/exercise?
In the colder months I run on the treadmill at the gym and have a hard time running at a slower, constant pace. I find I can stay focused longer if I do intervals but now that I’m pregnant I’m not sure I should continue with that for long.
So, did you keep pushing yourself a little so long as you don’t feel you’re overheating/could still carry a conversation, or did you immediately tone things down to a slower pace in your first trimester?
Post # 3
For me I mainly just let my body be my guide. I was TIRED my first trimester but I still felt pretty good on runs. I got winded a lot more quickly than I used to so instead of trying to push through it I just said OK that’s where my limit is now. Before I found out I was pregnant I was trying to push through running slower and I’d end up sooo tired afterwards. So once I found out and started using signals to ease off the pace my runs went a lot smoother. I’m in my 29th week and still running 4-8 miles a day (or biking indoors sometimes) and I’ll push myself but only to an extent, as soon as I get that no happy exercize feeling but that awkward huffing puffing/dragging feeling I ease off the pace a bit.
Post # 4
I used this site for guidance (which made sense since Crossfit 3x/week was pretty much my only exercise): http://crossfitmom.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44&Itemid=11
I also like the forums- they’re definitely geared towards women who are regularly exercising at a high intensity and would like to maintain their strength and endurance as much as possible, but without endangering the baby.
Post # 5
Thanks for your input! I figured I was safe in what I was doing, but its good to have some reassurance before being able to talk to my OB.
@troubled: Its exciting to hear that you’re running so well at 29 weeks! Was 4-8miles a day about average for you before pregnancy or have you dropped your mileage a bit? I’m 3-6mi right now and not at all convinced I’d be able to keep that up.
@Lozza: Thanks for that website, I read the link you posted which was reassuring! My husband does Crossfit so it’d be nice to do a little together! I’m looking forward to lurking the forums too, although I’ll admit right now I’m a little distracted ogling the crossfit babies!
Post # 6
If you haven’t been to it, check out the runnersworld.com website. They have tons of infomation and tips about running while pregnant, they also have a blog by a woman who chronicaled her training while pregnant and getting back in shape after the baby came (plus the challenges of working out as a new mom). http://babysteps.runnersworld.com/
I am 10 weeks and the only things my doc told me was to hydrate well, to not overheat and to keep my heart rate at or below 140. I wear a heart rate monitor now, but I find that I know when I am pushing too hard and need to back off (that’s when I have the energy to exercise and am not completely nauseous!) I want to stay fit, but the most important thing is for me to keep my baby healthy!
Post # 7
@forforever: It’s less miles than I use to do, especially since 8 miles is one of those maybe once a week things for me now – the longer runs are getting less frequent as I slow down since they take so long now. Before I got pregnant 8 miles was probably around average, something that I could go out and do easily in an hour.
Now I might still go for a ways but I’m not afraid to walk for a bit. If something cramps up or doesn’t feel quite right or my ligaments start feeling wobbly I stop and stretch or walk and get myself sorted to make sure all is alright and then continue on.
I also second the runnersworld forums for questions or to find others that are still running, it’s the only place I’ve been able to find people online that don’t think you’re a bit different for running late into pregnancy.
Post # 8
My doc said to continue my exercise as normal. She said unless she discovers a problem with something to continue as long as it was comfotable to me 🙂
Post # 9
@ladyox: Thanks for posting that blog. I got a few months into it and am enjoying it. I’m looking forward to reading her post-pregnancy entries.
I really appreciate everyone’s input and its reassuring to hear other women just trusting and following their bodies’ cues. So far, being so early in my pregnancy, everything is feeling the same as usual. It’ll be interesting to see how and when my body begins to feel a big difference.