I just found out I am pregnant! When I was pregnant with my son I was violently sick and ended up having to stop running after a couple of months and that was at a drastically reduced mileage for those months. Although before I was pregnant, I had intended to run through the pregnancy I gave up the idea of it pretty quickly, which I regretted later. I gained 65 pounds and had a terrible time during and after because of all the weight. I ate much better than I usually do, incidentally, Pregnancy combined with not running was a bad combination for me. I eventually lost all of the weight and resumed running about 20-30 miles a week.
I am now running about 30 miles a week and am scheduled to run a couple of half marathons. I feel totally great this time! A half marathon is not a difficult distance for me to complete and I have no problem taking walk breaks or stopping if I get tired or something doesn't feel right. I don't plan on racing it, I just want to complete a couple of races for fun.
I was just wondering if anyone managed to keep their weekly mileage up throughout pregnancy and when you had to start cutting back. My first priority is safety for the baby, but from what I read as long as I don't overexert myself and my body temperature remains low, running is safe. How long were you able to keep your regular mileage up? When did you have to start cutting back? How did running effect your pregnancy weight gain? Not that I see gaining weight as being an kind of problem for me Thanks!
I ran up until 36 weeks. At that point, I was too grumpy to do anything !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
My first and second trimester were easy (no sickness) so I was able to keep the mileage up. However, I noticed an immediate impact on my speed - it was much more difficult to run my regular speed because I was so tired. So I just took it easy on the runs.
The longest run I did was 8 miles in my second trimester. Because I was slower, it would just take too long to do anything farther.
I got really big in my third trimester and running got much harder. (I'm 5'2" so my belly had only one way to go - out!) I switched to jogging a few minutes and walking a few minutes off and on for 30-40 minutes. Towards the end it was more of a waddle - but I was still called it running !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
In the end I gained 37 pounds. I ate like a pig so I am sure I would have gained much more if I hadn't been running.
I had a tough labor - 16 hours including 4 hours of pushing. I am sure being a runner got me through it. In fact, I later ran a marathon in a quicker time than I gave birth!
Best wishes with your baby and your running. You can have a healthy baby and run - just listen to your body.
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