5 Things You Should Know About Running While Pregnant

February 21, 2018

5 Things You Should Know About Running While Pregnant

It's natural to worry about what you can and can't do while pregnant. Your body is going through so many changes, and there's so much advice being thrown your way. So what's the deal with running? Is it safe while pregnant?

For the most part, experts agree that it's perfectly fine -- even beneficial -- for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies to continue their running routines. 

Here are 5 things you should know about running while pregnant. 

1. Running can make you feel better. 

According to doctors with the Mayo Clinic, performing 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day can reduce backaches, constipation and bloating, improve your mood, help you sleep better, and prevent excess weight gain.

If running made you feel good before you were pregnant, it will probably do the same during your pregnancy. So get out there and reap the benefits! 

2. It's important to discuss your routine with your doctor. 

Your doctor always asks you about your exercise. It's helpful information for them to have when regarding your health and wellness. During pregnancy, it's even more important to be open and honest with your doc. Fill them in on your running habits, and your goals for running while you're pregnant. They can work with you to develop a pregnancy running plan that's safe and fulfilling for you and your baby. 

3. It's even more important to pace yourself. 

Julie Levitt, a Chicago-based OBGYN and marathoner, stresses the importance of pacing yourself while you're pregnant. 

“You’re going to get slower and that’s a given,” the doctor says. “But you may be able to spend the same amount of time being active, you just won’t cover as much ground.”

This means that there may be more jogging, walking, or stretching breaks than you’re used to. But just because you're slowing down doesn't mean you shouldn't walk away from your workouts feeling accomplished! 

4. You probably won't run until the end of your pregnancy. 

You've probably heard the stories of professional and just plain dedicated runners completing marathons and maintaining their mileage, well into their third trimester. But that just isn't the norm. 

In a study conducted on competitive runners’ pregnancies, only 31% of the participants were still maintaining a running schedule by the time they hit their third trimester. 

Mobility and energy are limited for most moms towards the end of their pregnancy. Don't be hard on yourself when running no longer feels comfortable. Stick with it only for as long as it feels right. 

5. Women who exercise during pregnancy have faster and easier labors. 

“Women who exercise [during pregnancy] have easier, faster labors, they feel better postpartum, and their recovery is much quicker,” Erin Dawson, an OB/GYN told Runner's World. 

Even that isn't a great reason to keep running, we're not sure what is!

Lily Trotters compression socks provide increased circulation, which is beneficial for both runner's and moms-to-be. They can help with comfort while running, and help you to recover faster from workouts. 

Whether or not you should run during your pregnancy ultimately comes down to how you feel. Listen to your body -- it knows what to do. And here at Lily Trotters, we'll be cheering you on either way! 



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