(Closed) Running and pregnancy

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

I have limited experience with this (since I’ve never been pregnant nor am I a runner).  However, I do know that if you’re active, labor can be easier.  I was trying to become a runner and I saw a couple of threads on a runner’s forum about pregnancy and running.  The consensus was that to take it a bit slower and don’t train as hard/long as you would normally.  But if you’re already a runner, then it’s not a huge deal to run, just take it easy.

Post # 4
527 posts
Busy bee

I have never been pregnant, but I work with ballet dancers and the ones who have been pregnant stay very active.  I have seen most of them still come into work to twirl, bend and jump until a few weeks before delivering while others say “enough” after a few months.  I think it’s all about listening to your body and doing what feels best for you and baby.


Post # 5
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am pregnant and have been an on-again, off-again runner since HS. Darling Husband was very concerned about me running once we found out I was pregnant. I talked to my midwife though, and she said exactly what I had figured she’d say: don’t push it too hard, listen to your body, take more breaks and stay hydrated. Right now I’m mainly walking since I’m pretty much exhausted all of the time. However I do plan to resume slow running with walk breaks when I need them if/when I get my energy back, hopefully in the next week or two as I’ll be in my second trimester.


Post # 6
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

My OB said to not do anything that I couldn’t hold a conversation through.  For me, that included running.

Also I talked to several hard core runners who ran throughout their pregnancies and they said that they now have a fair amount of problems with their pelvic floors after pregnancy.  That scared me a little bit!

Post # 7
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

My mom ran a 5k every day through her fifth month of pregnancy with me and had zero problems!

Post # 8
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My mom ran with me up until the week I was born.  I hope I do the same when I get pregnant, but I think she may be tougher than I am 🙂

Post # 9
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@troubled — I’ve been an avid runner my whole life (1 marathon, 1 half marathon, lots of 10ks) and am now 27 weeks pregnant.  I tried to keep up with running the best I could–3 miles, 3-4xs a week–but it became uncomfortable for me around week 12.  It wasn’t that I was really out of breath, but it was the pressure on my hips and lower joints.  

My belly grew pretty quickly early on so my body might not have adjusted as easily to the extra weight so suddenly.  I’ve been ‘jogging’ on the ellipitcal at the gym instead 3-4xs a week which isn’t as satisfying, but is much more comfy and does make me feel like I’m getting a decent workout.  I was sad to stop running–especially in the summer and fall months!–but I just figured my body frame didn’t need the added stress.  

If I were you, as long as your reasonably healthy and in shape, I think it is reasonable to continue your routine as long as you can handle it.  But once it becomes too much, take it down a notch instead of really pushing yourself.     

Post # 10
1046 posts
Bumble bee

My dr told me when I was pregnant to slow things down a bit, and never ever push yourself too hard. It is safe to exercise when pregnant, but be careful. She also told me don’t try to get yourself in shape while you’re pregnant… wait till you have the baby to really hit the gym!

I was considered a “medium” risk pregnancy though.. so she might have been more cautious with me than she would have been with other women.

Post # 12
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m a marathoner, and my doctor told me to continue my level of activity before I was pregnant, just taking the pace down when I needed to. At 7 weeks I ran a 10K at my normal pace. By 15 weeks, I felt a bit of pressure “down there” so I got a belly band, which I was able to use up until like 30 weeks. I ran another 5K around 28 weeks or so, I just ran it a lot slower than I usually run. Now at 38 weeks I’m just walking, though. For me it’s not being out of breath so much as pressure down there.

As long as you are comfortable, speaking to your doctor about what you’re doing, and staying hydrated, you should be able to continue to run, just slower and not as far.

Post # 13
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Also check out Runners World’s most recent issue. There is a huge article on Kara Goucher and Paula Radcliff training through their pregnancies (including tips and hugs for non-elite pregnant runners).

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