Post # 1
…is it safe? Just wondering what peoples’ opinions are on this…I’ve found arguements both for and against it. At first I thought I would definitely keep running and just lower the intensity and distance, but then I started thinking if its any risk at all why take it? The one study showing the over 300% increase in miscarriage with high impact exercise (including running) – 7 hrs a week though, which is more than I would do – scared me quite a bit.
What are you ladies thinking?
Post # 3
My doctor told me that as long as I am following the same kind of routine I had before I was pregnant, and avoided overheating (so, no marathons at 40Celcius, in her words), there were no problems.
I found it difficult to continue though, because of nausea and shortness of breath! I continued, but ran much slower, shorter distances and not as frequently…
I was already signed in and wanted to accomplish it so I ran a 10k at 12 or 13 weeks pregnant, it took me 15 more minutes than my previous race.
I didn’t run again after that though; it soon started to feel uncomfortable, even before I had a bump! I don’t know how people do it when they are far along… I couldn’t, and replaced running with other, indoor workouts. I can’t wait to run again!
Post # 4
I ran 4 days a week or so before pregnant (3 miles each time) and my doctor told me to keep it up if I could during pregnancy. She said to listen to my body and slow down when I needed, etc. As long as you’ve been doing it consistently before pregnancy and not going nuts, there’s no increased risk of miscarriage.
Having previously miscarried, I was really nervous about this, but I decided that working out was good for me mentally. I continued jogging (like instead of running at speed 7 on the treadmill, would go at speed 6) through my first trimester. It definitely got harder as the weeks went on (more winded, more tired). I’m 14 weeks and am now only running a few days a week (and doing elliptical the other 2 days) and sometimes feel like I could walk faster than I’m running. But, it feels good to be getting out there.
Post # 5
I always thought I would run through my entire pregnancy, but here I am at 8 weeks and I have almost stopped running completely. Like others, my doctor said it is fine (and good for you!) to keep running through your pregnancy; however, I am just too tired. I think I have the energy to do it but then once I start running I find myself breathing heavier and running alot slower than I did just weeks ago. I am going to keep trying to get myself out there, but it is mentally hard to motivate when I know that the run is going to end up 2+ min/mile slower and only 2-3 miles in length.
Post # 6
You might find this thread helpful! It kind of fizzled out, but should be revived!
Pregnant Runners Thread
Post # 7
why don’t you ask your doctor? that seems like the most logical thing to do…
Post # 8
I’ve heard that keeping up the same routine is fine at first, plus being in shape makes for an easier pregnancy and labor!
Post # 9
@mommytobee and @NYC.BOS.CHI – I hear you on it getting harder! At first I was holding myself back consciously but I was really surprised how difficult it got so quickly. And the last time I ran, it made me feel more nauseous.
@winniewolf – glad to hear its been working out for you and you’re at 14 weeks! hooray! Running is so good for me mentally too, that’s totally why I don’t want to give it up yet either.
@persianprincess – I don’t have a regular OB doctor yet, and my first appointment with my new OB isn’t for another week and a half (and actualy my first appointment is with a midwife, not a doctor). I will ask at the appointment for sure, but didn’t want to just wait until then necessarily.
@MissAB – that’s what I’ve heard as well! I think I just got a little spooked by this one study I saw. Need to remember that one study is not the be all end all on the subject!
Post # 10
I ran at the very beginning of my pregnancy, and planned on continuing as long as I could. My body had other ideas, and I had to stop running around week 5-6 b/c that’s when the extreme fatigue and nausea set in. The fatigue has since gone away, but these days I’m pretty much reduced to pre-natal yoga and some hiking. I miss running and can’t wait to get back to it once the baby is born with our jogging stroller!
Post # 11
I was a runner before the pregnancy and I’m still running at 7.5 months pregnant 🙂 Granted, my pace is far from my pre-pregnancy 9 minute mile, and I now have to wear a maternity belt when I run to help support my belly – haha
My doctor told me that it’s perfectly fine to continue to run as long as I listen to my body. The moment I start to tire or get winded, I start walking until I’ve recovered.
Post # 12
@BabyBoecksMom: Never heard of a maternity belt – do tell! And when did you start wearing it? These days the grannies are passing me running…oh well!
Post # 13
My doctor said because I had a history of miscarriage, to stop running, stop doing zumba, and anything like it. I think most woman can continue with their normal routine if everything is in good condition.
Post # 14
I’m not a runner, but I do take multiple boot-camp type classes a week that include high impact work and my doctor advised me to limit the high-impact activities but to definitely keep the exercise up. At first I did not want to slow down and wanted to keep with the jumping, but I’m finding with the fatigue and nausea that I can’t work out at the same intensity I was even just a month ago. So I’ve adjusted to modifying the high impact moves and this has helped tremendously both physically and mentally because I am already worrying like a mom. I’m surprised to feel so affected this early but I am just trying to listen to my body. Good luck with your doctor’s appointment and if you’re on the fence with what you feel comfortable doing, maybe cut back on your running for the next week and a half until you have the appt?
Post # 15
I was told by my midwife that running was fine until 20 weeks. At that point my ligaments might be too loose and I’d be likely to pull something.
However, I found that my boobs hurt waaaay to much to run 🙁 That combined with the nausea made me quit earlier than I had planned.
Post # 16
I ran 15-20 miles a week prepregnancy. My doctor encouraged me to continue running for as long as I felt good, even up to delivery. As long as I stayed hydrated and did not run in extreme heat, she said I was fine since I was a runner already. I ran a 5K at 22 weeks and felt great.