Running during pregnancy is a personal choice, and I cannot stress how important it is to listen to your body.
When I was about 8 weeks pregnant, I ran the Runner’s World Half Marathon and felt really strong throughout the race. It was a tough one too!
But, now running is becoming a bit more difficult and uncomfortable.
I really should’ve invested in a support belt earlier than 29 weeks–there’s only so much weight connective tissue can support!
This definitely feels better than running “naked”, but there are times when I feel that side stitch pain that I have experienced before. But, when you’re pregnant, you question pains differently.
Normally, I have the mindset of PUSH THROUGH PAIN, which will be helpful in the delivery room, but not now. Duh. I stop and walk.
So, I’m taking running day-to-day. Thankfully, strength training and HIIT workouts still feel good (with modifications). And, that 140 bpm guideline you may or may have heard regarding heart rate, is really outdated. It does not take into account one’s exercise history, current health, or pregnancy risks. Talk with your doctor about what works best. I found the “talk test” is the best method for me.
When I ranted about Exercise & Pregnancy, I loved reading your thoughts on the subject too. We are a passionate group! I also have followed bloggers running through their pregnancies, like Janae, who ran until the end. Amazing.
I even put a tweet out asking others who ran during their pregnancies:
I love seeing pregnant women continuing to stay active. But remember, we are all different. Listen to your body and stay on the same page as your doctor. This isn’t a competition to see who can exercise the most strenuously while pregnant. It’s about having a healthy baby.
1. Would you rather give up running or strength training?
2. Moms, did you run while pregnant? Share your link below!