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#1 hanz33

Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:30 PM

Is it safe to run while pregnant? including 1st trimester or should I wait or not run at all and just go for brisk walks?

#2 Mousky

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:10 PM

I was advised by my OB that if you are already fit and healthy and you have no pregnancy complications, then yes it's ok to run. In fact it's good for you and the baby. Contrary to popular belief, it can't cause shaken baby syndrome.

#3 Natalie26

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:14 PM

I ran with #3 till I was about 9 weeks.  Started getting a bit uncomfy then.  But I've heard that it is fine to do so if you are already an established runner (ie. don't take it up when you're pregnant!).

#4 Lagom

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:15 PM

A friend of mine ran a half marathon when she was 7mths pregnant. She was a runner before though.  She did her last 'run' at about 38 weeks.  She made up for all the running I didn't do.  ph34r.gif

#5 HerringToMarmalade

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:17 PM

Basically, if you were already running you can continue what you were doing but you shouldn't try something new.

#6 Girlo

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:18 PM

The general rule is not to do anything new. So, if you we're running before you were pregnant it is fine to keep going.

But the main thing (as I understand it) is not to overheat. So, be careful with the weather, or exercise indoors.

But above all else, if you feel uncomfortable, stop!!

But you may just find it is a good cure for morning sickness and nice to do something normal!

#7 Jen the hen

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:21 PM

Just watch your pelvic floor ... when it starts to feel like a cannonball bouncing on your pelvis, good time to stop.

#8 hanz33

Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:51 PM

QUOTE (HerringToMarmalade @ 30/11/2012, 06:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Basically, if you were already running you can continue what you were doing but you shouldn't try something new.

So i use to run about 20 mins but stopped running for since June and haven't run since. Does this class as something not knew? I was planning on just doing 5 mins on 3 mins off or something.

I'm really worried about gaining too much weight especially since I am constantly hungry even straight after a meal.

#9 Hutchess

Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:03 PM


I am a runner and I ran with twins until about 24 weeks, it started to feel a bit weird after that so I just did brisk walks. You can get a belly bra especially designed for runners, it wraps around under your stomach and supports the bump so it doesn't bounce at all. I just googled running belly bra and it coame up. It is a OSFA, you just losen it as you get bigger.

Agree with others though, watch this heat - treadmills at gym are good, and don't start doing anything that you weren't already doing.

#10 =R2=

Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:06 PM

It's ok to run but mind that your joints will be extra loose because of pregnancy hormones so the risk of injury and trauma to the joints is increased.

#11 Lainskii

Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:31 PM

Yep as PP have said, if you currently run then it is ok to continue.

The general rule is not to let your HR get above 140 so running was out for me because even though I was fit and ran nearly every day before dd - whenever I run my HR goes up to between 155 - 180 so I didn't risk it.

It isn't recommended in the last trimester, but I know women who continued running until around 33 weeks and were fine. Just stop when you feel uncomfortable.

#12 Koobie83

Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:28 AM

Yeah from what I know you need to be careful of:-

1) Your heart rate - they say you should still be able to hold a conversation with someone
2) Your body heat - overheating can cause problems
3) If you have been consistently exercising then it's fine to continue. I had a gap between my exercise (Spin classes, Body Step etc. Went overseas and then fell pregnant so I stopped my classes because I knew my fitness wasn't the same)

Also, I had a small bleed at 14 weeks the day after I went back to the gym and walked on the treadmill for 60 minutes. I was told that you should limit it at 30 mins. I don't know if the bleed and the walking was related, but it happened the day after... so now I avoid the gym altogether and am taking it easy. I still try to get my walking in - I walk the further distance to the next bus stop rather than the one closer etc.

Maybe speak to your GP or midwife for advice?

#13 BBV

Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:10 AM

I had planned on running while pregnant but it didn't feel right. I take pump twice a week and do a brisk walk on the treadmill and 20 mins on the cross trainer. I've found ur body will tell u when ur pushing too hard and just make sure u listen to it!

#14 porkchop's mama

Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:37 AM

I was running regularly before I got pregnant and managed to keep it up to week 22.  My belly wasn't huge at that point, I could just feel my uterus bouncing uncomfortably on my bladder so thought it was time to stop.

I did cut down my distances as well.  Didn't get overheated and didn't do sprints.


#15 SarahVandooo

Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:37 AM

QUOTE (hanz33 @ 30/11/2012, 07:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So i use to run about 20 mins but stopped running for since June and haven't run since. Does this class as something not knew? I was planning on just doing 5 mins on 3 mins off or something.

I'm really worried about gaining too much weight especially since I am constantly hungry even straight after a meal.

It's perfectly safe to run! It's just about using common sense and don't push yourself! Nothing wrong with starting something new! Just don't go past you limits and know when to stop!

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