Jogging while pregnant

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
cherrypieBee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Sometimes it feels good to me; other times it just doesn’t feel right. I definitely can’t have eaten recently. There are days when my uterus feels more swollen and tender, and those days jogging is a no-go. For the most part, it’s tolerable. 13 weeks on Saturday.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Get a really good belly/back supporter and then try jogging a little bit more slowly than you would normally run.  Do what feels comfortable and listen to your body.  And remember to drink more water than you normally would!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

@hspw714:  I wasn’t a big runner, but would run short distances with CrossFit. It stopped pretty early for me. I’m carrying low and he was on my bladder and it was so uncomfortable. Listen to your body!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I jogged regularly before getting pregnant. During my first trimester, I barely made it to the gym due to nausea and fatigue. Once I got to 14 weeks, I felt a lot better and got back to the gym. I continued jogging, but at a slower pace and continued to do so until about 30 weeks. My belly never felt odd or uncomfortable, but by 30 weeks, I started to get some ligament pain, so now it’s walking only for me. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@hspw714:  It definitely feels like my belly is being pulled in funny ways when I run now. I haven’t tried it, but the PP’s suggestion of a pregnancy support belt is what I was going to suggest too. I’ve switched to biking instead of spending money on that though. I also have had issues with my hips dislocating prior to pregnancy though and have been trying to minimize high-impact activity while I have all of this relaxin in my body.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I normally ran short (3-4 miles) or longer (7+miles) along with things like biking and the elliptical machine.

I just can’t do anything close to what I did before (I’m 18 weeks today).  I just don’t have the energy and I get winded really easily.

Right now I do jog 1 full mile and then I alternate jogging and walking for the rest (I will do anywhere from 2-4 miles).  And that 1 mile is sometimes tough.  Overall I am much slower too (and I wasn’t fast to begin with).

I haven’t had any issues with feeling like things are jiggling.  Once and a while I might get a little achy in my uterus and if I feel that I will walk until it goes away.  But I get aches when I’m not working out as well so I don’t think it’s necessarily exercise related. In that case, I would just listen to your body.

They do make some belly support bands…I would try one of those.  I will try one as soon as I feel like I need the extra support.  Mostly for me I’m just a little uncomfortable in my long pants (do they make cold-weather maternity running pants?!). 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m still running at 28 weeks but I would be embarrassed to tell you my pace and I have to imagine that I must be somewhat of a spectacle. But running always felt good throughout my pregnancy so far; if it didn’t I’m not so sure I would’ve continued. I used a Bellaband and then a tummy support Velcro band that I got from A Pea in the Pod but the Velcro one slid up too high and I was constantly adjusting it so I don’t use it. My trainer has worked me throughout my pregnancy on strengthening my core through allowed exercises (planks, stability ball, bosu, yoga, etc) and I think that is helping a lot. If your not comfortable running I would highly recommend swimming, it’s so fantastic to feel weightless at this point! But monitor your heart rate, I was truly shocked by how high your heart rate goes while swimming when you don’t feel sweaty or even exerting that much. Best wishes!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@hspw714:  I got this exact same feeling around 20 weeks and that’s when I stopped jogging. I felt like I was shaking the baby around inside of me, and it wasn’t calming like jogging usually was for me.

I started power walking instead and that felt better because it wasn’t so bouncy. I kept up my same route and actually made pretty good time. I walked all the way up to the day before I went into labor and I also kept doing yoga until 36 weeks.

Don’t push yourself. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2014

My friend was a regular runner (about 25 miles a week on average) and when she got pregnant she only made it to 13 weeks before she had to start using the elliptical because it was too uncomfortable. It broke her heart because she loves running! She was up and running again 5 weeks after giving birth because she couldn’t wait to get back to running.

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