Pregnancy and exercise - does society judge?

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19/11/2012 at 15:39

I think that I have definitely been judged for exercising during pregnancy!
On my morning run last week I had a delightful busy body say that I was being selfish!
I think too often people think that mums running or exercising is due to vanity, when there is so much more to it than that!
It's so frustrating!
There is a similar thread on this forum too 

cougie    pirate
19/11/2012 at 15:58

Spam Womble to aisle one please....


Oh best bring towels and hot water - just in case....

19/11/2012 at 16:02

I think everyone is going to complain no matter what you do. If you're fat - they'll tell you to not run because you'll kill your joints. You shouldnt run if you're on your period etc. As others have said - just listen to your body.

22/11/2012 at 17:07

Ran a 5k in the summer and there was a heavily pregnant lady. To be honest i was more worried about her beating me than passing judgement (she looked like a serious runner to me even with bump).

I confess to having a little thought of "is this wise?" but I kept my opinions to myself as I have no knowledge to judge from.   

25/11/2012 at 19:59

I ended up on a st johns ambulance stretcher at mile 18 at VLM.  I was pregnant but didnt't know it.  Despite being marathon fit before pregnancy, I couldn't get on with running whilst pregnant, it made me feel horrible and a bit faint.  I also struggled with yoga as your head is down alot in yoga  and it made me feel dizzy. I did swim lots, use the gym and do power walking.  A few people made some dumb comments but most people were fine.  Despite exercising, I managed to pile on weight... 

Personally, I wouldn't race whilst pregnant.  I was told that you had to keep your heart rate below 150 and I am not sure I could do what whilst 'racing'.

One of the problems of being pregnant is that you become some kind of public property, everyone comments on you/your bump and seems to have an opinion on what you should and shouldn't be doing.  Just do what works for you...

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