(Closed) Pregnant Runners Thread

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Ooh, I’m going to bookmark this thread! I’m not pregnant but I am a runner and for some reason I’ve found myself wondering about this very thing lately. I don’t plan on getting pregnant anytime soon but I hope it happens someday and I’ll be glad to have this as a resource. πŸ˜€

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I ran off and on in the first 10 weeks or so.  Problems were that 1) I was so exhausted, that I was just wrecked after a run 2) I already felt like my pelvic floor was falling out from under me, so running was completely uncomfortable 3) my heart rate wouldn’t stay in the acceptable range.

I found walking and gentle eliptical to be the best exercises for me.  I was allowed to snowboard until 13 weeks, but I just lost the will to do it, so I missed a whole season!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I run occasionally, but I play soccer three times a week.  I have so much reading up to do!  I’m interested in this thread too.  Does heartrate start to matter right away?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

When I saw this thread, I was really excited. I’m not pregnant and not a big runner–yet. I used to run, stopped, gained weight, and I’m now doing C25K to get back into running again. One of my sisters is really happy because she is all ‘if you get back into shape and are working out regularly, you can continue to do so when you get pregnant.’

I read that about keeping your heartratie under 140. I have been checking it at the gym when I’m working out and that’s going to be hard! Basically, I think I’m going to have to look at time and keep it low resistance. I may not be able to run unless I get a heart monitor.

I don’t know why I’m worrying about this now. It’s not like I need to know right now. But, maybe soon. πŸ˜‰

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@winniewolf: Yes, let us know!  I’m thinking I’m going to quit my 2 indoor leagues because it’s non-stop, but I think maybe outdoor will be ok.  There’s a much longer recovery time between runs.  And of course I’ll stop completely by the end of the first trimester.  It’s hard to give a reason when I’m not telling people I’m pregnant…especially if I continue to play in one league.  Hmm…

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I ran 3-4 times per week before getting pregnant and planned on running during my pregnancy.  Unfortunately, my body felt differently.  Between the extreme nausea and exhaustion that comes alone with light-headedness during my first trimester, I have given up.  Now I’ve been walking, plus I’ll start doind prenatal yoga next week.  I’m jealous of those who are able to keep running during your pregnancies!  I’ve heard it’s really good for you as long as you don’t push yourself and listen to your bodies. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@winniewolf:2 miles at a time, 3 days a week. πŸ™‚ Hi!

I used to run more/longer distances, but now 2 miles is what I can do.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@JaneyD: my mom played soccer when she was pregnant with my brother, she took a soccer ball to the belly and 2 weeks later she went into labor 6 weeks early! No ones sure if that’s why, but he’s the only premie in either sides of our family so it always scares me =(  If you play DEFEND YOUR BELLY! =D

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I ran 15-20 miles per week plus biking, weights, etc.  When I got pregnant, I asked my doctor right away about keeping up with it.  She encouraged me to continue my running and workout regimen for as long as I felt good.  She did say to reduce weights to much lighter and to drink lots of water.  I was fortunate enough to not have any sickness so I continued with running.  Because it was summer and humid where I live, I drank more water than probably necessary, but continued running 3-4 miles at a time.  Usually I would stop in the middle walk about 3-4 minutes, drink water and then finish the 3-4 miles.  I even ran several 5K’s.  I’m now 20 weeks and still run, just less, mainly because I just get so winded (and caught a terrible cold that I just can’t breathe).  I plan on continuing to work out but will most likely switch to more walking than running (or eliptical), mostly because my ankles and knees are starting to ache more with the increased weight.  My doctor also said to beware when your belly gets larger because your center of gravity shifts.  Do what you feel comfortable doing, even if it is just walking.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@murmur: Wow!  I definitely would only play until I started to show.  In that case, heart-rate is the biggest issue…

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Yay!!  A preggo runners thread πŸ™‚

I ran 2-5 miles 5 days a week at about a 9 min/mile pace before I got pregnant.  After I got pregnant, I had to adjust my pace to keep my heart rate down.  I’m 23 weeks now and I run about 2 miles/day about 4-5x per week.  For me, it all depends on how my knee is feeling (old injury) – the relaxin hormone seems to have relaxed some of the ligaments in my knee and it tends to hurt after running for more than 1/2 mile.  Also, I think I’m getting to the point where I need to get a band to wear while running as my belly is starting to feel like a medicine ball with every step.  haha!  I still do resistance training, squats, lunges, pushups, etc. with no problems, but we’ll see how much longer I can keep that up!

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