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Running in pregnancy

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SeatOfMyPants Wed 26-Apr-17 14:24:01

Can't find a recent thread on this, so I wanted to see if anyone was out there.

Last pregnancy I didn't run at all - I couldnt manage it at all, breathless etc. I walked a lot until 20 weeks then cross trained at the gym.

Now I've made it to c. 15 weeks ... still running. I'm slower obviously, and I don't go a great deal of distance (cut my runs from 4 miles to 2.5 miles - 5 days per week - with no longer distance at weekends which I used to do) but I'm enjoying it and don't feel like stopping yet.

Looking ahead, I'd like to keep going as long as possible - saves on gym money for one thing - but I don't know whether this is realistic. Are you still running? Do you have any advice or tips?

Sirzy Wed 26-Apr-17 14:26:34

If you are on fb look for the group "run mummy run" - they have lots of women who run throughout their pregnancy so should be able to advice

AHedgehogCanNeverBeBuggered Wed 26-Apr-17 14:31:38

25 weeks and still running here! I'm a bit more breathless as the baby is starting to get big enough to press on my lung space, but nothing too drastic. I've got a support belt to prevent back pain and ligament damage, I'd highly recommend getting one if you continue to run after your bump starts showing towards the end of the 2nd tri.

Make sure you don't push too hard - you should be able to carry on a conversation whilst exercising during pregnancy.

SchoolNightWine Wed 26-Apr-17 14:32:03

I ran until I was 6 and a half months pregnant with my ds. Only about 2 miles, 3 times a week but just carried on as long as it felt good.
Couldn't run at all when pregnant with my dd - carried her much higher and running didn't feel good.
Hope you enjoy it for a while longer:-)

Lunalovepud Wed 26-Apr-17 21:42:35

I have just started swimming rather than running in the gym at 25 weeks. Baby is not too heavy yet but I am concerned about the impact on my pelvic floor! This is my second baby - I exercised right up to the birth with DC1 and intend to with DC2 but will probably run short intervals and swim / bike / cross train for cardio rather than run the bigger I get.

The only advice I was given by the doctor was to listen to my body and not overdo it, as I was fit before I got pregnant. Just don't start anything new and providing you are taking it easier than normal I think it is fine.

Smurfy23 Wed 26-Apr-17 22:06:32

I carried on until I was about 23 weeks. At that point I started to get really sore achey legs and it just stopped being enjoyable. Your body will tell you if it needs a rest, listen to it and don't put any pressure on yourself

Todayistuesday Wed 26-Apr-17 22:13:45

I'm running with twins at 25 weeks. Only a couple of times a week, down from five. Just taking it very easy.

AHedgehogCanNeverBeBuggered Thu 27-Apr-17 17:39:09

Wow tuesday, keeping going with twins on board is seriously impressive! Definitely make sure you get a support belt!

MamaTT Thu 27-Apr-17 19:12:44

I'm nearly 29 weeks and I'm still running. I'm definitely slower and taking longer to recover between runs. I used to run 6/7 miles every other day but I'm having to leave a couple of days between runs now. I did 6 miles on Monday morning and used Tuesday and Wednesday to do some light weight training in the gym and I ran 5 miles this morning. I'll weight train tomorrow and Saturday and have 5 miles planned on Sunday.
I have to stop for a wee a lot and it does hurt my pelvis after a while. I take regular breaks to walk, and I won't jog downhill because my pelvic floor just can't cope with it. I keep saying "another week and I'll stop" but it hasn't happened yet. I will cut down on distance from next week though because I don't think it's healthy to run till it hurts!

SeatOfMyPants Thu 27-Apr-17 19:28:51

Wow! So many amazing pregnant runners: I'm inspired. Thanks for the recommendation of bump support too - I'll get one of those for sure.

Weeing is a issue already - its partly why I've had to cut down the time. Don't know how I solve that one - nowhere really to go on my usual routes.

Hurray!!! I'm feeling more positive about my prospects but will just see how I go.

MamaTT Thu 27-Apr-17 19:45:18

I need to get a bump support thingy too! Where can I get one?

DizzyNorthernBird Fri 28-Apr-17 07:56:26

I ran until about 24 weeks and would have carried on beyond this but I pulled a muscle in my groin. I'm now almost 34 weeks and I'm trying to get out for a walk 3-4 times a week, walking my usual 'safe' pregnancy running routes (3 or 4 miles) just to get outside and keep sane!

I think the thing that did it for me was running on back to back days as I was needing more recovery time in between runs. So my tip would be to take a recovery day or two in between your runs.

I also had the problem with pressure on my bladder, just make sure you've been for a wee before you go out, I used to find after the first mile the pressure would settle and I'd feel more comfortable.

AHedgehogCanNeverBeBuggered Fri 28-Apr-17 12:59:12

Mama just google 'pregnancy running belt' and loads will come up.

SeatOfMyPants Fri 28-Apr-17 14:55:17

Wow there are quite a few - they do seem to be very different. Does anyone use one of the softer ones? If so - which is best?

KitKatSplat Fri 28-Apr-17 23:14:58

I really appreciate this thread! It is depressing how little information there is out there for women who ALREADY exercise before they fell pregnant and want to know to what degree they can continue. I'm only 16 weeks but it's starting to get uncomfortable, but running is so invaluable for my mental health and well being. The midwife seemed really pleased when I told her I still did weights and ran 3 times a week, so I guess I shall continue for as long as I am able, especially because of your inspiring messages!

actino Sat 29-Apr-17 06:54:17

wow, I'm impressed! I am 12 weeks and have been so exhausted that I am just now starting to feel up for running. I'm hoping to either run a few miles today or cycle about 15 (if I get around to changing my brake cables).

Todayistuesday Sat 29-Apr-17 07:52:56

I agree re the longer rest periods in between. I do a lot of walking on school runs too, so tend to run on days when I'm not doing too much walking around as well. To be fair, my pelvis is holding up really well, just erring on side of caution because I had SPD in last pregnancy. No sign so far!

KitKatSplat Sat 29-Apr-17 08:05:01

actino I felt like roadkill during my 1st trimester so don't worry about it. For me and for most people, it gets better!

Agreed on breaks. For running I do the same distance but slower (partly because if I run any further I get MAJOR NIPPLE CHAFAGE). For weights I've also gone down and take longer breaks.

activepregnancy Tue 29-Aug-17 12:01:41

hi guys, could you possibly take part in my physical activity during pregnancy study? its understanding women's experience about being active whilst pregnant, if you could email me on i can provide more information and documents to show this is a proffessional study!

PLEASE HELP ! xxxxxxxxxx

mayhew Tue 29-Aug-17 12:08:12

Why are you addressing pregnant women as "guys" ?
I don't think you have thought through your opening invitation! Are you by any chance, a "guy" ?

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