Pregnant runners' club

for anyone who's expecting...

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27/11/2005 at 18:45
I've just tested positive...due on 2 August! Can't run at the moment due to sprained ankle, but it's healing fast. Usually do 30-40 min 2 x pw with a longer run on Sundays--training to do a 10K. Been running since July ish, done one 5K in 38 mins.
I'm 44 and I have a son of 4. Last year I had a miscarriage so I want to do everything possible to stay healthy--so I'm not going to push things too much when I am well enough to get back out running (got a sprained ankle at the moment).
Would love to hear from other mums to be.
27/11/2005 at 22:49
Big Congratulations. I was a big runner until I got pregnant and then gave up after I was 4 months gone, but continued to go swimming, go on the cross trainer and attend a a yoga pregnancy class (highly recommended if you can find one in your area). Just becareful (especially due to your sad story last year)instead of running slow your pace to a jog. You know your own body it will tell you when you should start to take things more slowly. I'm now trying to get back in to running after the birth of my daughter.
27/11/2005 at 23:17
no advice
but just wanted to say congratulations

28/11/2005 at 14:56

Congratulations, and like Mini MoJo said, do take it very easy. Someone in a similar position to you posted last week, and she hadn't been running for very long either. The general consensus seems to be that if you've been running for over 6 months, it's fine to continue at pre-pregnancy levels of training (as long as you feel OK and the doc/midwife don't forbid it). Otherwise, you probably need to ease off a bit. It's definitely a good idea to carry on exercising though, and as Mini MoJo suggested, swimming, x-training etc are really good for you and baby as well.

Pregnancy is NOT a time for trying to improve your fitness, or take on new fitness challenges, so perhaps postpone the 10k until after baby's born?

Anyway, good luck and hope everything goes really well for you!
28/11/2005 at 18:55
Hey Caramel--another coffee related name. I have been running 'seriously' for around 6 months but my fastest pace is probably only a jog.
Thanks for the congratulations PH! I can't really believe it especially as I am so old. I'm not expecting everything to be OK though, but obviously it would be fab if it all works out.
MiniMJ, I will also be working out at the gym, and doing preg yoga after 12 weeks. I am getting a new gym programme sorted as soon as ankle is better. Why did you stop running--did it get too uncomfortable after 4 months?
28/11/2005 at 19:04
you aint old
silly moo!
28/11/2005 at 21:00
For a start my boobs got really big really quickly and couldn't keep up in buying new sport bras every 2 weeks!!! All that bouncing around started taking its toll and got a bit uncomforatble. I know this sounds stupid but when I got to the 4 month stage I could feel the baby plodding up and down inside of me as well and didn't want to risk anything, so decided to take it easy. As Caramel said this isn't the time to be thinking about improving your fitness and that 10K - even though its important to you. Just think it will be something to aim for once you have had your little bundle of joy.
29/11/2005 at 08:31

Forgot to say that all the advice I've seen says that, if your body is used to exercise, then it's best that you keep exercising when you get pregnant. You will need to tailor what you do to how tired/sick/sore-boobed you feel, but you are much less likely to develop the annoying side-effects of early pregnancy, and you can protect against the potentially dangerous complications of later pregnancy, such as high blood pressure, diabetes etc.

Your body is going through so many changes in early pregnancy that cutting out exercise altogether if you have been used to it is actually thought to make it more of a challenge for your body to cope.

But, as with all these things, I suspect it's based on conjecture and anecdotal evidence (ie. one woman didn't run in first pregnancy and felt rough/had high blood pressure, but ran in second and felt better/didn't have high blood pressure etc), because, as you can well understand, no woman is going to allow her pregnancy to be subjected to serious medical experiments to test the affects of exercise on the baby. They've done tests on pregnant ewes, making them exercise hard for extended periods of time, and come to various conclusions - everything from 'it's very dangerous' to 'it's absolutely fine', but these days, it's generally acknowledged that exercising at an intensity which the pregnant woman feels is 'quite hard' is perfectly fine. No-one will tell you how long it's OK to run for - ie 30 mins, an hour or longer? It depends on how YOU feel.

Wow - that was a lot of waffle, wasn't it?

I'll get me coat...

All the best!
29/11/2005 at 21:27
MoJo, I'd forgotten about the sore bouncing boobs--I can already feel mine expanding if that's possible after 5 weeks!
Caramel, that's exactly the conclusion I reached from what I had read. Before I tested, I noticed a book about running and pregnancy in my local library--the woman who wrote it was an elite runner who said she went for a 5-mile run on the day she gave birth!!!!
As soon as my ankle is better I'll go for a gentle jog around the park and see how I feel.
30/11/2005 at 13:00
Yes it is possible. I'd already gone up a size by then and continued all the way through, to an impressive 42D and I'm only a wee gal.

Was that elite runner for real. I just urge you to becareful. If you've only been running since Jul I think it may be a bit much on your body to continue running -stick to that very gentle jog and just keep up with alternative exercise. You'll soon know how you feel once you've been round the park.
30/11/2005 at 13:17
Am so glad have just found this thread. Found out my girlfriend is 3months pregnant, and she is getting miserable about what training she can or cant do. She's just been accepted into marathon, and cant accept that she wont be able to even walk it- she is due on 10th June.

Best of luck everyone!
30/11/2005 at 14:31
can i join even tho not preggers ? am actually on fertility treatment, FSH injections, second cycle and totm just came this morning, so am a bit down today, however treatments are working and i am ovulating, unlike the 18 months of hell on clomid !!!
Have been running and consultant happy for me to keep running even though i am on fertility treatment, as long as i just keep to what i'm used to and don't overdo it and run at comfortable pace, i usually run 3 times per week, one longer run of about an hour and 2 shorter ones about 30 to 40 mins and do a yoga class
30/11/2005 at 14:35
btw i have been running for about 6 years, Americano, tell me i'm being nosey, but what age are you, since you reckon you're 'so old'
30/11/2005 at 19:17
Mrs O, I am 44! But am v immature with it, still don't know what I want to do when I grow up. How long have you been trying for a baby?
SDadtobe, congratulations! I know someone who's got a FLM place and is deferring it to next year (although training with a small baby in tow is not ideal)-is that an option for your partner?
MMJ that elite runner is very definitely for real! I think you can view the book on this site somewhere. Obviously though, she was used to running long distances and probably weighed no more than a flea even with a bump!
30/11/2005 at 22:46
Slippery Daddy big congratulations to you both - you've got so much to look forward to.

Good Luck Mrs O - hope you have some good news soon. I'm not preggers either - just a Mum to a 9 week old girl.

As for that elite runner - bloody mad! Mind you I did go shopping in Tesco the morning my waters broke as worried we wouldn't have any food in the house and would we have time to go once the baby arrived...
01/12/2005 at 07:56
Been trying for about 2 and a half years now, already knew i might have trouble so docs put me on clomid after being of pill for about 3 months as my periods never came back. On clomid for nearly 2 years right up to highest doses which gave me horrible side effects, basically pmtx10 and visual disturbances and i didn't ovulate once. On FSH injections now and seems to be working really well, just need to let nature take its course. Apparently even normal couples would expect to take up to six months or even a year to concieve naturally so probably a bit much me expecting to fall pregnant on first or second cycle, maybe third time lucky !!!!!
01/12/2005 at 13:51
Mrs O you never know Santa may bring you an extra special present this year - fingers crossed for you.
01/12/2005 at 15:20
thanks a lot mini- congratulations to you as well!!
01/12/2005 at 18:20
Congrats both Americano and SDTB, I start my fertility treatment tomorrow so really hope to join you guys soon :-)
01/12/2005 at 18:22
Mrs O, just re-read your post, fingers crossed for you. Its Clomid I'm starting on tomorrow.
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