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!
My dearest one, this is only my opinion, it is ONLY a marathon, not a baby, I would say, forget the marathon IF you are pregnant, there are thousands of marathons a year, they are not all that important, I have done 3 of them , please believe me, for have 3 children that are far more pricless than to be able to say I ran the Chicago marathon. Maybe some day after the baby comes you will have an opportunity to run a marathon, with a history of that many miscarriages, I would do all I could to insure a healthy pregnancy & baby, that reward is matchless,& compares to nothing else in life. Maybe 20 years from now my dear one, you will run a marathon with the baby you now carry !http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|src=http://www.coolrunning.com/forums/smile.gif|border=0!
God Bless you
I used to work w/ a wise obstetrician who told his worried patients that "you can't shake loose a healthy pregnancy." While he/we knew this was true, he also recommended bedrest or limited activity for women at high risk of miscarriage "because if they do eventually miscarry, they won't beat themselves up wondering if the activity caused it."
There will be other marathons, but there may not be other pregnancies. Take it easy for the first 3 months, then gradually get back to running. Maybe aim for a half or shorter distance this year.
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Thank you for your words of wisdom. I don't think my post came across quite the way I wanted it to. I know that a baby is way more important than anything. I did not mean to compare the baby to finishing the marathon. I just wanted to know if it was safe to keep running until a certain point in a pregnancy and if so...what distances? I could maybe salvage my training IF something happens...it is hard to be optimistic when there has been so many disappointments. I have finally resolved those feelings and wham...it happens!
Don't get me wrong...it is a WONDERFUL thing...I just don't want to be disappointed if I miscarry AND cannot run the marathon...I know If I made it out of the woods with this one, I would not be running a marathon and I would be estatic. But if I miscarry and am unable to run the race, I will get a double whammy. I am just trying to weigh my options if I keep running...even if it is just a little bit...I would like to but I will ask my DR tomorrow if he thinks it is ok...I just can't ask anyone this weekend and was looking for insight from those who may have experienced something like what I am going thru.
I think my first post was short and to MY point but left a selfish sound to my question...I hope you all know that I am MORE THAN aware that this may be a one time chance for me and I do not want to take any unwarranted risks. I have waited a LONG LONG time...Thank for all of you help and kind words...I will keep you posted.
I heard that the first few weeks/months are when the baby is forming so it's not recommended to run during that time. Check with your doctor but if you are allowed to water run after the initial baby-forming period, you can maintain a lot of muscle memory and a certain level of fitness while you are carrying the baby and it will speed up your training when you get back into it after the baby is born...
there are plenty of runners that keep running through their entire pregnancy and those first few months when the baby is starting to form, many many women don't know they are even pregnant yet so they keep running. Normally, if you are active and a runner prior to pg, then to continue to do so after learning you are pregnant is not a risky thing - so long as you just keep an eye on your heartrate. HOWEVER, you are not "normal" in the sense of women getting pregnant and having healthy pregnancies. I, too, have a history of miscarriage and infertility, so I sort of know where you are coming from. This really is a question for your doc and I'm assuming with 5 m/c's and 15 yrs of trying , you are working with a high risk OB. But, since you do have such a long history of fertility issues and m/c's, then I would err on the side of caution and stop training, unless your OB says it's okay. Your body is a bit more fragile when it comes to allowing the baby to mature past some of these initial stages, so if it were me, I would not want to continue doing things that, while they may not be risky for most women, could be risky for you. Have your other m/c's happened early in pregnancy? If so, it might just be a matter of making it past a certain point in your pregnancy before you can resume your physical activities again. Again, these are all things that your doctor should really know best about.
good luck to you and I hope after all these years of trying that this one is a wonderful healthy pregnancy for you!
Originally posted by dragonsrouges:
... after the initial baby-forming period...
What? Miscarriages are most common in the first trimester, but the entire pregnancy is the "baby-forming period." I'd have to agree with others that you can't "shake loose a healthy pregnancy," but you are at high-risk and will probably have to deal with restrictions. Follow your doctor's advice on this one, whatever that advice winds up being.
Take heart, Gracie, both my mother and grandmother had several miscarriages and still went on to have healthy children. My mother even had miscarriages between every successful birth. She wound up with three healthy children, all conceived naturally, the last born when she was 41 (this was when 41 was considered "really old" to have a baby).