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Running through pregnancy

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user1486291035 · 30/06/2017 09:13

I am currently 5 weeks pregnant with our first baby and wanted some advice about running through pregnancy. I am part of a running club and regularly run 5-7 miles a week. Is it safe to still run this distance through the first 12 weeks? My doctor said to see how I go as I may not feel like running at all but also that run/walk or even just walking is a good option. I am a slow runner and average around 11.30-12 minutes per mile.
I don't want to tell anyone at the club or any of my running friends yet as it is still a bit early, although I feel that telling someone for when I'm out with them, in case of any difficulties, may be an idea?
Anybody else in the same position?

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Owl1011 · 30/06/2017 09:42

I'm continuing the gym at the moment whilst still in my first trimester but have scaled back massively compared to what I used to do. I told my coaches straight away so they scale everything for me accordingly. Midwife said to continue if you were active before but listen to your body and don't do too much, you might not feel like it soon! Walking is still excellent exercise, I try to get in a couple of miles a day minimum. Hope that helps!

Owl1011 · 30/06/2017 09:43

Oh and congratulations!

OutComeTheWolves · 30/06/2017 09:48

I'd say just listen to your body. I'm a keen runner and ran right through my pregnancy until at 8 months the extra weight started to hurt my pelvis so I stopped.

Currently 14 weeks pregnant with number 2 and haven't ran for well over a month because I feel so ill. I'd say just do what feels right for you and don't push yourself to much!

MrsMP123 · 30/06/2017 09:52

Thanks everyone. I went out for 4.5 miles last night which was the first time since finding out and really struggled. Felt a bit out of breath and generally lethargic but I think I was just worrying about whether I should be doing it or not. If I just stick to this once a week, do you think this should be okay?

tuxedocat · 30/06/2017 11:10

I'm a regular gym goer and have been since I found out at 5 weeks. I'm 17 weeks now and I avereage 4 days a week, with at least 30 mins of cardio. Just drink plenty of water and don't push yourself! I find my stamina is not what it used to be, so I do more incline walking or slow down every 5 minutes. I think mentally I feel better for continuing exercise though.

I've scaled down on my weights but actually on research most people tell you to keep up your fitness as well as you can - should make labour easier!

BaffledMummy · 30/06/2017 19:21

Not me...I was too busy trying not to vomit to consider going running! But one of my food friends used to run 10k every morning on a treadmill and continued to do it right up until she was 7 or 8 months when the size of the bump made it physically painful to do so. I'm in awe of her!

BaffledMummy · 30/06/2017 19:22
  • good not food....durrrr
TriJo · 30/06/2017 22:35

I ran until 25 weeks last time. It really should be fine if you're low risk and it's something your body is used to.

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