What would you do? (Running and TTC)

posted 3 years ago in TTC
  • poll: What would you do?
    I would get my lazy booty off the couch and go running! : (36 votes)
    60 %
    I would delay my running until I know for sure whether I get pregnant this cycle (March 6'ish) : (0 votes)
    I would run, but cautiously - continuing on with slow short runs... : (24 votes)
    40 %
    Other - I'll tell you below... : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I wouldn’t necessarily consider a 3 mile run super intense or strenuous, unless you’ve literally not been working out at all for the past couple of years. Do your 3 and 5 mile runs, but don’t kill yourself with pace. Then see how you feel. 

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I would run. Honestly, running isn’t nearly as strenuous as interval training. If you can, wear a heart reat monitor and don’t go above 70%. If that means you have to walk/run or take breaks…then you walk/run and take breaks.

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    you might not be running, but i take it you are still active doing other activities.

    since i don’t want to commit to any triathlons not knowing when i would be pregnant and i certainly wouldn’t swim in any of the lakes around my way if i were pregnant, i stopped running and running is my least favorite anyway.  but i bike any chance i get, especially with crazy alternating 20 degree temps with 50 degree temps. 

    i didn’t think that biking during ovulation time would impede implantation, so it hasn’t stopped me from riding, some hills are more stenuous than others, but overall i wouldn’t call a 30-50 mile ride strenuous.

    so i would say, you have muscle memory from running in the past.  starting slowing 2-5 miles and working your way up shouldn’t be a problem.

    probably best to ask your gyn’s opinion. 

    let me know what you hear,  i don’t want to have to stop cycling until i have to.

     

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would run, but don’t push yourself too hard until after you test in early march. 

     

    I haven’t been running much, but in the last few weeks I’ve done some 2-3 mile runs, while TTC and I feel much better for it.  I’d say just listen to your body, worst comes to worst you can walk if you’re not feeling the run. 

    Post # 7
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    That sounds like a crock to me. You should go, 2 miles when you are used to it is not strenuous, and upping one more mile, is not a huge jump. It’s completely fine to exercise, including running even WHILE you are pregnant so I don’t see why during ovulation would make a difference!

    Post # 8
    Hostess
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @E_Lynne615:  I did two 5K’s while we were TTC and I got pregnant shortly after the second one. I also did five days of HIIT (CrossFit) and played AA level volleyball one to two days a week which was grueling. In other words I didn’t see any negative correlation between my activity levels and getting pregnant, we got our BFP in two months.

    I actually believe that because I was so active and I eat healthy that this contributed to my ability to get pregnant. I am not thin, never have been, but I live an active and healthy lifestyle. I truly believe that if I had abandoned my activities I would have had issues. Exercise keeps your body moving, keeps it healthy and working right. That is exactly what you need when you are  TTC. Now doing 13 mile mud runs or running a marathon is a different story and totally dependent upon your physical abilities but continuing to do what you are already doing I think is really important to maintaining your health for a healthy pregnancy.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @E_Lynne615:  A couple days after I ovulated, I went from sea level to high altitude in Colorado to ski fro four days. I was NOT used to altitude and I hadn’t skied for months. I also went for a run there, and it was hard because I wasn’t used to the altitude. I got pregnant that month and am 18 weeks now. I wouldn’t worry about it, 3 to 5 miles at a moderate pace is not that strenuous if you know your limits. I probably wouldn’t do a 100 mile endurance race or something, but a few miles wouldn’t worry me.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would run. I don’t consider 3 miles to be THAT difficult or strenuous unless you’re crazy fast and you run like a 17 minute 5k. 😉 Maybe just slow your pace down some and keep on trucking. 

    Post # 11
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would go running, your plan as you have it sounds fine to me. 

    You can run while pregnant so I don’t see how running during ovulation/implantation would hurt anything.  You are already running.  It doesn’t sound like you’re pushing yourself too much with that type of schedule.

    I don’t consider 5 miles to be strenuous (unless you haven’t run in 2 or more years or something)…I’m thinking maybe they’re talking about something like 20, 30, 40+ mile runs or something you’re not used to that could throw your cycle/body out of whack.  Or maybe long distance runs in excessive heat.

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @E_Lynne615:  I wouldn’t bother trying to stay below a certain heart rate.  I’m pregnant and I’ve been exercising with mine around the 150s (and I consider that to be not pushing myself at all).  Staying at 140 bpm or below (during pregnancy) is considered outdated even for pregnant women.

    I was doing all my normal workouts (I usually did 6-8 miles for longer runs and 4 miles for shorter runs, plus 2 hour bike rides) when I got pregnant, even pushing myself and in the middle of the summer.  I also pushed myself before I realized I was pregnant.

    Unless you’re having infertililty problems already, I wouldn’t be concerned with the level you’re doing.  Exercise is good for you!

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @kes18:  +1 the 140 HR is outdated. My Dr is even conservative and she scoffed at that. She said just don’t over exert yourself. 

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    If I really wanted to get pregnant soon, I would not train for a full marathon but I think a half is ok. The worst that would happen is that you won’t get pregnant until after April, so decide if that’s a deal breaker for you. If you get pregnant, ask your doctor about continuing to run for the half marathon. You can do a half on pretty minimal mileage (20 miles/week with longest run of 10 miles once or twice), so I’d assume it’s fine as long as you were running when you got pregnant.

    Post # 16
    Hostess
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @E_Lynne615:  I had to cut back the moment I got pregnant. In fact if I had paid attention I would have known I was pregnant a week before my BFP because I was absolutely exhausted during workouts and couldn’t figure out why.

    At this point I do on average two days of HIIT, hoping to get to three here soon, and one to two days of volleyball a week. That is the absolute max for my energy. Anything more leaves me feeling very sick and my recovery is worthless at this point. As for running I don’t. I walk, briskly when I can, and that is it. I wasn’t a huge runner to start with and once I was preggo and my energy disappeared, it wasn’t going to happen.

    Everyone is different though so who knows! The half marathon would be in April so really it would depend on your first trimester. I wasn’t too sick but as I said I was just void of energy. It would really depend on how your pregnancy goes and how much you would have to push yourself. I wouldn’t have been able to go from a 5K to a 10K based on how I felt adding on those extra miles but maybe you can!

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