Post # 1
I’ve never been pregnant and I don’t know much about getting pregnant and staying pregnant. I’m just stating that to express my inexperience.
My cousin is 26yo and has been TTC for 1.5 years. A few months before she started TTC she took up running and quickly got into distance running and marathons. She finally got pregnant early this past spring but lost the pregnancy after just a few weeks.
Now she is pregnant again and she couldn’t be happier. I think she is due in January.
Anyway, she is still running half-marathons. She’s doing one today and another one in a month from now. My aunt and I think that she should sit down and let the baby grow! Isn’t all of this running dangerous for her? Keep in mind that she hasn’t been running all her life – only the past 2 years.
I have heard mixed messages with running while preggnant. Do any of you have experience with this?
Post # 3
I know that my OBGYN asks her patients not to run during pregnancy and to do another type of exercise. She feels that it puts too much pressure on the cervix etc. I know that a lot of other doctors feel differently though. She should follow the advice of her physician and you and your aunt should probably keep your concerns to yourself. A lot of women miscarry for many different reasons- who knows if it had anything to do with her running?
Post # 4
I’ve heard that if you are already active, it isn’t bad to stay active. I know I don’t want to sit on my butt for 9 months when I get pregnant! Best to check with a doctor though!
I found this article online which might be helpful.
Post # 5
She’s been running for two years so her body is used to it. I think most doctors perfer exercise to a sedentary pregnancy which can increase the risk of a lot of other complications. I think it’s her own business and the implication that she miscarried b/c she runs is hurtful. Miscarriage is never the fault of the mother. Let her keep it between her and her doctor.
Post # 6
I don’t really know much about the safety of running while pregnant, but I do know that if my Mom and cousin were discussing my choices while pregnant I would be mighty pissed off. It is really none of your immediate concern, so it is probably best that you keep your concerns to yourself, and when you are pregnant, you can treat your body however you are comfortable with.
Post # 7
If she is already active before she got pregnant, then doing exercises during pregnancy is fine and frankly is good for the baby and the mother. The intensity of the exercerise changes by trimester and she should be communicating with her doctor about her activity level.
Post # 8
If she was running before she’s fine. I have multiple friends who have ran 5ks while 6 months pregnant. I also understand your concern but it’s her pregnancy, her choice.
Post # 9
I think that coming on here and asking the question the way that OP did shows that she is NOT judging what someone else is doing in their pregnancy, but merely trying to gather information. Yes, a pregnant woman would probably not want to know that her mother and cousin are discussing her choices, but she probably doesn’t know. it honestly doesn’t sound to me like OP has said anything to her cousin, and is just trying to become more informed.
@beekiss: I respectfully disagree that miscarriages are never the mother’s fault, there are plenty of things that pregnant women do that can cause miscarriage! Not saying its the case here or that a TTC woman would willfuly do anything to endanger a pregnancy, but to say that its never the mother’s fault is a bit naive, no?
@kelly105: My sister ran until she was 6 months pregnant, because it became physically uncomfortable to do so at that point…i think that everyone is different. i will say though, that a 1/2 marathon is pretty strenuous work, even if someone does them often – it would give me pause to hear that a pregnant woman was doing multiple races, but if it feels okay to her and she’s had her doctor’s approval, then i’d keep quiet about it.
Post # 10
@kelly105:You are totally allowed to run while pregnant if you were already running before. In fact, if you were sedentary before, it is recommended that you start walking to be stronger so you can more easily carry and deliver your baby.
Now… running that far–she needs to know her limits, and probably run with a cell phone in case anything happens on her long runs. She needs to speak with her doctor about it. Generally though, if she’s already healthy and alrady a runner, she can keep on running.
You can speak to her about it once, gently, but make sure you don’t accuse her of anything. Once you’ve had your one conversation, leave her alone. It’s her call.
Post # 11
@Ms Mini:Very true.
Honestly I was really excited that this thread would be a thread for pregnant moms-to-be discussing their running and how pregnancy has changed their running routines.
Post # 12
I was a runner before I got pregnant and I’m still running around 2 miles a day. Granted, that’s not much compared to your cousin, but my doctor said that women who were active before they were pregnant can go on doing that exercise as long as it’s comfortable for the mom. AND as long as the mom is eating enough food to replenish what she burns during the workout. The baby will continue to grow as it needs to and it will take whatever nutrients it needs from the mother.
Post # 13
You def dont have to sit the entire 9 months… although sometimes I feel like I just might :). But running is also an intense exercise and doing half marathons is no joke. I would def pull back a little bit. Would she be happy just doing a few miles a day?
I have to give it to her though, I can not imagine doing even a mile right now and I was really active before pregnancy. I lose my breath so easily and always so tired. Good for her but she also needs to maybe lighten her load.
Post # 14
She has done marathons and now she’s only doing half marathons? That might be far to you, but it sounds like it’s a much shorter distance to her. And if she’s due in January she’s only like 5 months along, that’s really not that much. If I were in your shoes, I would ask her ONCE (at most) if she had spoken to her doctor about activity levels, and then back off. It’s none of your business.
Post # 15
Thank you all for your input. I have no intention of saying anything to her about running while pregnant. In fact I hope to be somewhat active if I ever get pregnant some day. I didn’t mention this before, but I myself have done a few marathons and a half iron-man, so I know what goes into training for these things.
My confusion was that, I thought you needed to be active for years before TTC, not months. I know that running that intensely can mess with your hormones.
My aunt is also her aunt (not her mother) and my aunt brought the subject up to me because my aunt had suffered a miscarriage and was never able to conceive. Also, my aunt has been a nurse for 30 years and she is always super concerned about the health of her nieces 🙂
But yes, I am still very concerned about her running but I won’t mention anything to her about it. Hopefully her body will tell her what to do.
Post # 16
Running is supposed to be fine while you’re pregnant, as long as you were running regularly beforehand. However, you really don’t want to push it — slow down a bit from your normal pace and make sure you don’t ever get overheated. I was definitely planning on continuing to run during my pregnancy. Unfortunately, the morning sickness and exhaustion hit big time around 6 weeks, and now I have given up on running for the rest of my pregnancy for walking and yoga.