Post # 1
When I got my BFP I completely stopped running for fear of something happening to our little peanut. Now that I am 22 weeks and the race season has began I miss it so much. Tomorrow is the race for the cure and I signed up for the 1 mile fun run. Previous to pregnancy I was doing half marathons and in shape now I am SO out of shape it’s really depressing! DH is freaking out thinking I’m going to hurt the baby. Basically my plan is to jog 1/4 mile and walk 1/4 mile. I have been walking and a mile is a piece of cake. My question is do you fellow pregnant ladies think it’s ok to do the 1/4 mile jog and 1/4 mile walk rotation? My Doc thinks I shouldn’t start full on running until after baby is born but I haven’t asked her about light jogging.
Post # 3
Yes. As long as you feel ok, the baby will be ok. Don’t push your self to hard and keep it so that you can hold a conversation while you run. Just make sure you figure out where the port-a-potties are before and during the race 🙂
Post # 4
@MarryMeTiffany: I think that you should be fine with that plan.
I was running about 25 miles per week before I got pregnant. I also stopped totally during the first tri. Since the second tri began I’ve done some jogging where I’ll do a 5 minute warm up walk and then alternate between a minute of jogging and 90 seconds of walking. A few weeks ago I busted out a mile straight of jogging and I didn’t find it difficult but I was REALLY sore afterward. Since then I’ve stuck to walking but I honestly think that in this case you’ll be okay. Make sure you walk and stretch before and after and keep hydrated!
Let us know how it goes! I miss racing!
Post # 5
I’d say try to find a comfortable pace between brisk walk and jog. And obviously map out toilets and drink plenty of water. I’m sure you already know this as a runner, but don’t push too hard, we pregnant people tend to have pretty touchy bowels!
Consult with your doc first and put your DH at ease if he’s nervous.
Post # 6
I think you’ll be okay, especially if you are accustomed to running already (which you are). If you hadn’t run prior to pregnancy I would definitely advise against this, but since it sounds like you ran quite a bit before I think a little light jogging and monitoring your body as you go you should be ok. But like PP said, I would check with your doctor first as every pregnancy and person is different.
Post # 7
My husband does sprint triathlons (.25 mile swim, 14ish bike and 5k run). Last year I saw a 5-7 month pregnant lady at them. She did the whole thing, not the fastest woman out there but she was running. Although I havent been prgnant yet, from what my friends say, its all about what youre comfortable with. If you ran marathons before, I think your body should be fine with some light jogging. Oh! And according to a frined who hiked a few miles a week through her pregnancy (through month 8!), find something to support the belly, because the muscles are weaker. She had this belly band-like lycra sleeve made. it looks like a tube top 😉
Post # 8
If you were a runner before than your body is accustomed to this type of training it should not be an issue, if it’s this much of a concern I would speak with your OBGYN just to make sure, but many women continue to excercise and run throughout their pregnancy and it is actually more beneficial for them in the delivery.
Post # 9
I never understood why exercise would potentially be harmful to a pregnancy. People walked an ran for thousands of years while pregnant. How else could you get around? Is there any firm evidence that running hurts pregnancies? So long as people keep hydrated, don’t push themselves beyond their level of fitness, I can’t imagine how this would be a bad thing. I guess the one exception could be folks with known cervical issues. But those folks end up on bed rest etc. Beyond that, I’d do everything I could to maintain fitness! Good luck!
Post # 10
You should be fine as long as you dont push it and listen to your body. i am still jogging now at 38 weeks, then again I never stopped.
Post # 11
Today was the race and I ended up just walking the whole 5k with my Step Mom and my Aunt who is a 12 year survivor of breast cancer. I really missed being able to run it and I am now commited to keep up with exercising the rest of my pregnancy which includes light jogging. I’m feeling fine after the 5k and DH now gets that I am not disabled! I’m pregnant so exercise if fine as long as I don’t push myself.
Post # 12
I am a runner by heart (hate walking!!) and even though I am not allowed to run or do much really throughout the pregnancy, the time off has totally been ok and will be great motivation to get back at it post-pregnancy! Hope you enjoyed the walk today and I think because everyone is different it’s just a matter of knowing your limit, staying hydrated and I know with me letting go of the guilt of not getting out there when you just don’t feel like it….I feel like it’s a little more appropriate when preggo!