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Graciemygirl Rookie 27 posts since
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Jul 1, 2007 9:41 AM

Pregnant...running...miscarriage

Long story short...

I have a history of miscarriage...I am training for Chicago--my first marathon...and I found out that I am pregnant. I am scared to keep training. Obviously I am hopeful this pregnancy is FINALLY the one that works out...but after 5 miscarriages, 15 years of trying and disappointment...I don't want to put a hold on my training if the inevitable is going to happen. I guess my questions are...What is a safe distance to keep running? Should I keep running? Any help would be appreciated...THANKS SOOO MUCH!

I posted this in the med tent too but I am very anxious about this so please bear with me...Thanks!





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  • formationflier Rookie 974 posts since
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    1. Jul 1, 2007 9:48 AM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

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    Originally posted by Graciemygirl:

    Long story short...

    I have a history of miscarriage...I am training for Chicagomy first marathon...and I found out that I am pregnant. I am scared to keep training. Obviously I am hopeful this pregnancy is FINALLY the one that works out...but after 5 miscarriages, 15 years of trying and disappointment...I don't want to put a hold on my training if the inevitable is going to happen. I guess my questions are...What is a safe distance to keep running? Should I keep running? Any help would be appreciated...THANKS SOOO MUCH! <br /><br />I posted this in the med tent too but I am very anxious about this so please bear with me...Thanks!</b><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><br /><br />Do you really want to trust such a personalized question to <br />the general running public here?  I hope you can get some good<br />info from your obstretician and if you don't have one currently<br />(I could envision a desire to look around a lot for a good one!)<br />maybe you can interview several to find one that appreciates<br />a desire to run!  Sorry - I wish you the best.  <br /><br /><br /><br />--



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  • runxc09 Legend 354 posts since
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    2. Jul 1, 2007 9:57 AM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    I definitely agree with asking a doc/ob-gyn about this.

    I know women who have run up until the few weeks before they were due without problems. They only ran at most 3-4 miles though. I would say definitely no on the marathon training. It takes a huge toll on your body and would make a pregnancy even more difficult for you.

    Definitely talk to a doctor though.

    Good luck!!

  • Gotta Run041 Rookie 33 posts since
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    4. Jul 1, 2007 11:45 AM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    I ran through both of my pregnancies, 20-30 mpw, and had the FULL support of my OB.  I wouldn't have done it without her support.  I did choose not to "Push it" and run any 1/2's or full marathons, but I did keep up with a nice base.  I would definitely talk to your OB, but my non-expert opinion from all I've read and researched on my OWN about this topic, is that running is not the cause of miscarriage.

  • AndyHass Rookie 1,368 posts since
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    5. Jul 1, 2007 12:46 PM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    My wife ran some during pregnancy, and in general it is supposed to be safe.  In your shoes, however, I would not take the chances.  You'll be what, 4-5 months pregnant when you run Chicago?? 

    The training is one thing.  Running a marathon in the 2nd trimester when you are already high risk is quite another.  My wife is an NP and she says not to even think about it.

  • jbruns2far Rookie 8 posts since
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    6. Jul 1, 2007 1:19 PM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    Hi there...

    First of all congratulations!...I hope that this pregnancy goes to term...

    I can speak from experience here-During my first pregnancy, I had been running for over a year but was racing regularly , 5K's to half's-and training about 40 miles a week. When I got pregnant, I switched to aerobics. stair masters and some wieght training. All went well for the most part.

    I found out while "tapering" for my first marathon that I was 7 weeks pregnant...that would have put me at just over 10 weeks for the marathon. I had done all my long training runs and felt good so my doctor supported my continuing to run the marathon. I also had a few more years of running under my belt, was in a low risk catagory for pregnancy, and knew my body and how it reacts to longer distances pretty well. I promised my doctor and myself/family that I would listen to my body and stop if I experienced any discomfort-one of the bigger issues is body temperature and hydration. Heart rate doesn't play as important a role as originally once thought because your heartrate is already somewhat elevated during pregnancy. Anyway, I ran the marathon-it was cool out...good thing, and finished with only a couple walking breaks and overall, felt good. I continued running until about 5 1/2 months and then changed to other activities running got less comfortable...

    I am now 29 weeks pregnant with my third child and I am still running, mainly because I can and because I feel good. The most important things you can do is: listen to your doctor and listen to your body...I ran my last half marathon at 16 weeks and I ran it slow. It is not the time to be setting any records no matter how far you are running. I continued to do long runs (9-13) until a couple weeks ago and I'm still getting 40+ miles/week in but some of them are walking-it all depends on how I feel.

    Bottem line, everyone is different-unfortunately you have a history of miscarriage so you need to especially carefull. I would think your doctor would support your continuing to run-moderately but you should put your training for a marathon off for another year...you will have many more opportunities to run a marathon, maybe not to grow a life.

    Best wishes ahead for you-if you want to discuss any further, feel free to e-mail me jennygb@comcast.net. I understand how it feels-there is not enough information out there to help guide you along.

  • rochey Rookie 186 posts since
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    7. Jul 1, 2007 8:10 PM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    Congrats! 

    I ran throughout my entire pregnancy, at least 30 mpw, and even did a few short races. I wouldn't have even thought to train for or run a marathon...not pregnant, a marathon is extremely taxing on the body. Ditto on the comment about heart rate and dehydration. I would talk to your doctor and listen to your body, but above all, err on the side of caution.

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  • tuscaloosarunner Rookie 726 posts since
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    9. Jul 2, 2007 5:10 AM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    Congrats on the baby!

    I'm a guy, so take it FWIW: the marathon will always be there. If I'm going to do a mary, I'd want to be in tip-top shape and ready to kick butt.

    Be healthy, good luck!

  • maryt091 Pro 781 posts since
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    10. Jul 2, 2007 6:07 AM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    Graciemygirl

    First off, wishing you the best for this pregnancy. I hope you have been able to go to a specialist to try to determine what might have been causing so many miscarriages.

    As for running, most of what I have seen says that easy running for a few miles is OK so long as it's something your body is already used to doing and may even be better for both you and your baby than no running at all. It helps keep your body in good condition and also helps most people to relieve stress which is good for both you and your baby.

    However, marathon training isn't like easy running.  It puts a lot more stress on your body.  In addition to the factors of heat stress (known to be bad for pregnancies) and dehydration, you produce a lot of stress hormones like cortisol once your glycogen levels get low on those long runs over 2 hours and they have been recently thought to cause long term effects on a baby's brain function and behaviour that may not show up until years after birth.  The most serious effects of the stress hormones appear to be around 17 weeks or later, and that where you would be at Chicago. 

    Again, good luck and wishing you the best!

  • d3finition Rookie 96 posts since
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    11. Jul 2, 2007 7:01 AM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    I am in no position to be giving advice on this issue but just in my opinion you shouldn't really take the risk. Besides, training for a run and running consumes a lot of energy. Not just energy spent running, energy and nutrients spent healing your muscles. All these nutrients are better off contributed to your baby's development.

    Congrats on the baby and yes consult a doctor on this issue.

  • bmccurdy Rookie 21 posts since
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    13. Jul 2, 2007 7:34 AM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    Congratulations!

    I can't speak to being pregnant and running, But my wife was always told she would never carry to full term due to several 'female' problems. A little over 5 years ago that all changed and we how have a wondeful son.

    First off as many others have said talk to your obgyn and even take a sample of your training plan in with you so they can get an idea of what you really plan to do. If your doc isn't an avid runner they may not understand the training that goes into preparing for a marathon. Personally I would say if you have a doubt why risk it? You've waited so long for this moment, do anything you can to protect yourself and the baby.

    It took several miscarriages before my wife was diagnosed with incompetent cervics, something that just couldn't be tested for except for the fact all the miscarriages were right around the same time where the cervics couldn't handle the weight of the baby. The doc put in a cerclage, and my wife went on bed rest at 16 weeks. If you are not seeing one already you may want to go to a high risk OBGYN specialist or at least consult with one.

    Good luck, I wish you and your new family well.

  • becky24 Rookie 33 posts since
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    14. Jul 2, 2007 8:41 AM (in response to Graciemygirl)
    Re: Pregnant...running...miscarriage

    I am no expert - but I have heard that it is safe to keep the same level of intensity of work outs that you had before you were pregnant - in other words, DO NOT ADD INTENSITY during a pregnancy.  I would definitely talk to a dr...but this is what I heard from a pregnant PE teacher in High school who kept up her aerobics up until she gave birth.

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