(Closed) running and pregnant

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@flyinpig3: it might be helpful if you could include some info on her fitness routines prior to getting pregnant

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@flyinpig3:  It is best for her to talk to her Dr.  about this.  It majorly depends on her fitness level and what she normally does.  I ran cross country in college and I went to Cross Country Nationals early on in my preg.  I also was told by my dr that if I wanted I could still do track when I was further along.  However, for me this was no biggie because that was what I had already been doing and it wouldn’t be a stresser on my body.  The main concern that I would have for her since I have done simular cases is that she be aware of the risk of falling with a ton of people around.  If the race is ordered like many stair climbs they do waves though so it isn’t that risky and you wouldn’t have a ton of back up or pushing on the stairs.

Is she worried about the impact of the race or are you just worried for her?  What type of fitness routine has she been doing before?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Oh I just read your editted part.  The stair factor isn’t really a huge worry most of the time.  Most races do waves of 10-20 people for safety reasons so they are spread out.  It wouldn’t be like a normal race with 5000 people taking off all at the same time. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

if you keep up the routine you started before you got pregnant, it should be fine. it’s not recommended that you increase your workouts after pregnancy, but maintenance is okay. she should talk to her doctor about any potential risks.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If she was running pre-pregnancy, she can continue to run unless she has pain or discomfort or major stress. Each doctor has different levels of fitness they feel are okay–some say your heart rate should stay under 140. Some say that isn’t an issue as long as you are fit. I’ve known a few pregnant women who continue to run because they have always ran. I’d imagine her doctor is aware she is a marathon runner, too

eta: Stairs are different, but if she’s already in shape, she’s fine. Lots of women work out during their pregnancy–some work out intensely and do just fine. Women spin, lift weights, take dance classes, etc.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My mom has the same concerns–she constantly tells me I won’t be able to work out when i get pregnant. Ha, yeah right. I will probably only have to give up Turbo Kick or switch to the low impact version.

For some women, working out helps with the nausea!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

I agree with others in that as long as she was doing the level of fitness of a marathon runner prior to getting pregnant, maintaining that level of fitness during pregnancy is usually ok. I asked my doctor the same thing since we’re TTC and I run about 3 times a week. He said that maintaining that is fine, but not to push myself if I feel weak or really tired.

Post # 12
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Worker bee

I’ve always been active, and have run marathons prior to getting pregnant. So far while pregnant I’ve done a triathlon (@ 5 weeks), a half marathon(@3 months), a 10k (@ 4 months) and am signed up for another race in a few weeks. 

My active friends seem to have an easier time with labor than those who are not. So I’m going to keep doing what I feel comfortable with for as long as I can. In fact, I have a friend with MS who ran until she was 38 weeks and had a natural birth, I keep thinking if she can stay active, I can stay active.

Your friend knows her body and knows what she is capable of; I’m sure she loves her growing family and will do everything she can to ensure her baby’s safety.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

ive never been pregnant but as far as i know its ok to run if thats what you’ve been doing all along, taking a break when you start breathing harder than usual…. i dont know if this is actual fact but thats what i would do…although i cant run to save my life:P 

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