It is hard to believe that we are almost 2/3 of the way through this pregnancy. People aren’t lying when they say that the second time goes much faster. I guess when you already have one little one to chase around, there isn’t much time to spend thinking about much else!
I have been very fortunate to run through both of my pregnancies. One thing I think is very important for everyone is to have a doctor that you feel you can trust and has your best interests at heart. If you enjoy running, find a doctor that respects and understands the sport. Not everyone can run through pregnancy and each case is different, but having a doctor who is on the same page with you is key.
Here are a few tips that have helped me. Please note that I am a RRCA Certified Running Coach and ACE Certified Health Coach. These tips are from both my experiences and training. However, you should always consult with your physician first.
Don’t start anything new. If you ran before getting pregnant, it shouldn’t be a problem to continue if you have a healthy pregnancy, with your doctor’s consent. However, it is not recommended that you pick up a new activity during these months. If you are new to running and want to give it a try, wait until after the baby has arrived.
Keep moving. One of the best things for mom and baby is staying active. A minimum of 30 minutes, 3 days a week is a great start. However, getting some sort of activity in each day is ideal during this time. Some days can and should be lighter than others. But some activity can lead to a healthier pregnancy for both of you.
Hydrate! I made the mistake of not taking my hydration seriously enough early on. It lead to a calf tear and some very uncomfortable weeks. Hydration is more important than ever during pregnancy. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of early labor. Drinking plenty of fluids and electrolytes can also help ward off calf cramping, which likes to show up in the middle of the night!
Know when to kick up your feet. While being active is important right now, so is rest. Make sure you take time each day to kick your feet up and elevate. Proper rest will help you recover between workouts which will hopefully make everything more enjoyable and long lasting.
Take it slow. Running during pregnancy is all about enjoying yourself. You need to keep your exertion and heart rate down. You don’t ever want to overheat you or the baby. If you find that you worry too much about your pace, leave the GPS at home and run a route you feel comfortable with. You will have to slow down and your body will also force you to slow down. Enjoy your time on the road (or treadmill) with you and your little one to be.
Did you run through pregnancy? Do you have any tips?