for anyone who's expecting...
Good evening Ladies (and congratulations on being new Mummies or expectant ones)!
I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for support belts for running. I'm 21 weeks, and although not big by any stretch of the imagination, I am starting to get discomfort under my little bump. I'm an ex-international rower and trained A LOT just before finding out I was pregnant, and ran a half marathon three weeks gone (although I didn't know it at the time - wondered why it felt so wrong and hard at the time though). Having had a hard first trimester, I still managed to run and train and am still trying to get a run in almost every day now and intend to as long as I possibly can.
I've looked on the internet and I'm slightly overwhelmed at what's out there and some of the belts look pretty industrial! I haven't got pelvic girdle/SPD pain, and I haven't gained a huge amount of weight, just what seems "normal" I guess (coming from weight-restricted events it's really hard seeing the scales increasing!) so I'm guessing something lightweight yet supportive would do.
HI Kinsey - thanks for that! Another person has suggested an all in one (which I haven't worn since the rowing career went southwards) so I'll give that a go. Thanks for taking the time to write!
Congratulations SN and LP on your new arrivals. Hope everything is going well.
Piglet Pie - I tried one of these - http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Support-Belt/dp/B005UCSWJY?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_3&nodeId=72181031&sr=1-3&qid=1329168515&pf_rd_r=1ZRYT2TM5VC7RVW6RP4V&pf_rd_m=A2LBKNDJ2KZUGQ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_i=72181031&pf_rd_p=231490867&pf_rd_s=related-tab-3-5 when I was about 20 weeks gone, as my back was getting a big stiff if I did runs with a lot of hills, and I felt like I needed a bit of support (like you though, I didn't look at all big at this point). Unfortunately, I can't recommend it - it didn't seem to give much support and it pressed on my bladder. Think I only used it 3 or 4 times, and most of those ended up taking it off half way round. Might depend on shape of your bump though (mine was very high at that point). I gave up the running at 26 weeks as my posture seemed to change and it started to bother my hips. 33 weeks now and still swimming and using the cross-trainer/sit-down bike at the gym, not the same as getting outside but it's enough to stop me going mad!
Just joining this forum as now entering the 11th week of my first pregnancy, and can see it offers lots of great advice and suppot
Have seen GP, but still awaiting my first midwife appt! Having been a competetive runner for 19 odd years now, I was very very pleased that my GP sooooo supportive of me carrying on with my running and other training (spinning, circuits) as long as I remember to keep in mind that I am to 'maintain' rather than 'train' over the next few months. With that in mind, I'm finding it vey difficult to keep my pace down a little, as before falling pregnant, at my fittest and fastest I'v ever been. I haven't done any speedwork though since discovering I pregnant and haven't really done many hills, as aware these are two areas I should hold back on whilst pregnant? I guess my pace will start to slow as I start to actually feel pregnant and get bigger in the future months too? I haven't entered any more races apart from the Sport Relief 6 mile (of which I will use as a rare chance to dress-up and have a fun training session). Will have to defere my South Downs Marathon entry too Had no symptons or problems at all really, so have to keep reminding myself that I am pregnant!
I work as a fitness instructor and have completed the pre/post natal exercise qualification, however, found the bulk of the training included in this qualification only really applied to those who not complete fitness and runnning fanatics, so it great for me to have found this forum to get the advice etc needed to keep me running at a decent level throughout me pregnancy and beyond, and to get info on bra's etc too (something I've really had to worry about!)
I look forward to being part of the forum over the next few months
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