- Running Elley
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
I used to run 3-5 miles 5 days a week, and also add in weight and/or circuit training 2-3 times per week. My doctor said I can keep up with that, but said to just watch my level of exertion and keep my heart rate at the lower end, take more rests and drink plenty of water.
It’s so freaking hot at 5am down here (Houston) that when I do run, I end up alternating between walking and running, depending on how I feel and what my heartrate is (I always wear a heartrate monitor when I work out now). But usually, I can get in about 2.5-4 miles per day and I only do weights about 1-2 times per week.
@BabyBoecksMom:That definitely goes along with what I’ve heard/read also. I think I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing (without the longer runs) but stop to walk whenever I feel like I need to. I’m thinking about trying to do some yoga a few times a week too. I’m sure Darling Husband will be fine with it, he wishes I took walking breaks normally so this will be great news to him haha
Lisiten to your body and don’t be afraid to stop and walk. My runs became slower pretty early on, even before I knew I was pregnant. Once I started accepting the slower pace and distances running was not nearly as exhausting and was actually a nice time of the day where I didn’t feel naseous. During the second trimester there were some belly growing aches and pains so I wore my husbands cloth back brace, which was basically the same as the belly support bands, and I found that helped. In the third trimester I slowed down a lot. I stopped running for about a month in there because I was getting weird contractions and the baby dropped and my pelvis was hurting. After awhile all that went away and in my last month of pregnancy I was doing mainly walks with like 5 minute jogs (that were probably still walking pace) in there.
I also threw some yoga in there and wish I would have done more of that because so much of adjusting to pregnancy is your body having to gain strength in different spots to support your belly.
And definately stay hydrated.
I tried to continue at first, but by week 8 the nausea/fatigue was too much to handle… So I stopped training for 3 weeks, but by week 11, I was able to participate in the 10k run I had been training for… Just, slowly, listening to my body.
The weather soon became very warm and I stopped exercising outside after that, since my doctor had recommended I avoid exercising in too much heat… Plus I was doing so much better with a fan in front of me! So threadmill it was…
And now, at 4 months, I don’t run at all anymore. I am not comfortable with the level of impact that it implies, my heartrate goes up too quickly for my liking and I find it difficult breathing. So I workout when I don’t feel too tired for it, mostly 4-5 times per week, alternating between spinning class, eliptical, low-impact aerobics, etc.
I know my story is not encouraging because I don’t run at all anymore; I was quite sad about it at first. But now I’m just so happy that I keep moving no matter what; it keeps me healthy and it’s good for baby… And the workouts I choose are still challenging. So listen to your body, see how you feel and keep an open mind about other activities that you can do if you feel that running doesn’t work for you.
I was an avid runner before pregnancy, running half and fulls. I miss it!
When I got pregnant, I tried to run a little bit but the sick feeling and the tiredness knocked me down good, so I gave myself until about 10 weeks and then asked my Dr. and he was not for running AT ALL. He said if you can keep your heart below 139 then fine but if not then he wouldn’t do it. For me, I can’t keep my heart rate at 139 ever when I run, I bought a heart rate montior and it always showed I was at 150 or 160 with running super slow. And it just started to freak me out a little with the impact as well so I opt not to run now, it’s hard though because I crave to do something high intenstity. I now walk about a mile a night, a fast walk which still gets my heart rate going, and I do Pilates in my basement, which is okay but again it doesn’t give me that cardio feel but it’s gotta do for the next 4 months.
@mommytobee:I’ll definitely have to keep an open mind about other workouts too. It’ll probably be a little difficult because running is definitely my go to! Maybe this will just be the opportunity that I need to move out of my comfort zone 🙂
@ams12:Thanks for your feedback! The heartrate issue was part of what’s been worrying me. Also, it’s been so hot that I think it would be really easy to get overheated and I know that that’s not good for the baby. Maybe I’ll have to have Darling Husband fix my treadmill..it’s been broken and we’ve been running outside and I think that I can control my temp better at home. I think I’ll just have to experiment!
@JeniRae:Oh the link didn’t work!
I’m not pregnant, but two of my good friends are runners and they kept running (with their docs’ approval) as long as it was comfortable – which it was up until about 6 months for both of them.
@ams12: I’ve heard that rule a few times, but it’s actually replaced in 1994 with the “rate of perceived exertion” instead. I’m the same as you – I can walk and get my heartrate up to 130, and running spikes to 150-160. But I talked to my doctor and he said that they started the 140 bpm because it was thought that it would restrict blood flow to the baby. Since that’s never been proven, he said to just go by how I feel. Just wanted to pass that on 🙂
Here’s an article I found supporting what my doctor said: http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/articles.asp?id=51
@Running Elley: My doc gave me the go-ahead to keep running and I did, through most of my first trimester – although I admit it was somewhat uncomfortable at times. At 12 weeks, we found out I was carrying twins and I started walking instead, which I am still doing. I miss running and cannot wait to get back to it!
@lilybay:I’m definitely going to wait to make any decisions until I talk to my doctor as well. She’s a runner as well so I’m sure that if everything looks good she’ll give me the thumbs up! I’m planning on walking until I get to talk to her…just to be safe. Congrats on your twins!!! That’s so exciting! 🙂
I think I’m going to play it by ear, still plan to run but if my body puts up resistance not get discouraged. I love running and I know that it’ll be quite an adjustment to not be able to do it with the intensity that I’m used to but the baby is definitely more important. There will always be the opportunity to work my way back up to it once the baby is born!
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