7 Terrific Tips for Running While Pregnant
So you’re a runner – but you’re pregnant. The truth? It’s totally safe (and highly recommended) to keep running to stay fit and healthy.
In fact, only 7 things for you to consider – 7 terrific tips for running while pregnant – to keep you doing what you love.
** If you have never run prior getting pregnant I would be considering other exercise alternatives with less impact on your body, such as swimming and walking at moderate pace just to be safe!
1: This is not the time to get a PERSONAL BEST!!
I know you are competitive and like to play hard… but seriously, this is not the time to be trying harder than before.
Remember that at this stage your body is requiring more energy than before to grow your baby and protect the precious bundle of joy you are carrying!
Not saying to just drop all your enthusiasm and competitive nature, just saying to just be very mindful and enjoy the ride.
2: Protect your bouncing boobies.
Have you seen the ad with Serena Williams.. BOUNCE BOUNCE BOUNCE?? Well she is a clever lady and no bounce is stopping her from performing.. and shouldn’t stop you from running either. A good training bra is required!
Nobody likes to be experiencing boob pain especially during pregnancy when they can be a bit more tender than usual!!
One thing I recommend is getting properly fitted for your new bra requirements! Especially if you are an avid runner.
3: Get belly support
The heavier you are getting as the baby grows you need to find extra support, that’s not saying to wear really tight clothing.. NOOOO! Is just about having the nice support to accommodate your growing belly so you can comfortably and safely perform your desire wellbeing activity!
I know from experience that a lot of runners JUST run! Normally they don’t do other exercises, such as strengthening exercises as most professional athletes would!
Why not try to do other exercises that will allow you to continue your fitness routine but it will have less impact in your body.. I love Yoga and swimming as great alternative during pregnancy. They complement beautifully any runner’s routine allowing you to keep your body moving but also giving it a chance to stretch, strengthen and recover.
5: Stay hydrated
This is a biggie!! Especially during the hot Australian summer or winter.
Firstly I would avoid running in extreme temperatures either way of the thermometer too low or too high!
Then drink up water before, during and after!
A big alarm bell is feeling thirsty because this means you are already dehydrated! Make sure you are drinking plenty water and one of my favourites is coconut water as it’s a natural way to replenish your electrolytes.
P.S Even more important so, is stay away from the sports drink!
6: Focus on time instead of distance
Runners love to track stats (I know my hubby does!), but there is nothing more depressing than to see these stats get slower…and slower. Instead of focusing on running x distance, run by time. You’ll still get in your workouts, but you won’t feel the sense of loss in fitness.
7: Listen to your body
Your magnificent, amazing body is working hard to keep you and your baby safe and healthy!
The same body is the one that would give you subtle and not so subtle signs that you are pushing too hard.
I know this is a bit difficult to compute if you are used to playing in the competitive league.. But this time of your life you need to really listen!
Listen to how you are feeling,
Listen to your energy levels,
Listen to your body parts,
If it feels off, wrong, icky, unsure or in doubt please STOP! And focus on what you need.. do you need rest? Do you need a break? Do you need more fluids? Do you need a doctor?
P.S Here are some links to refer to about running during pregnancy
Disclaimer: If you feel any pain or discomfort whilst exercising, stop. If pain continues consult your G.P or Obstetrician. You cannot hold PregFit liable in any way for any injuries that may occur whilst training/ running. https://pregfit.com.au/disclaimer/