for anyone who's expecting...
Hi Mrs James Smith 66 - congratulations on your news! I was in a very similar position to you when I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks, and was planning to run a half at 11 weeks. I fully intended to run it, but I found I was so exhausted from about 8 weeks that I just couldn't face training for it let alone running the race. Everyone is different though, so you might find you're totally fine.
I would say there are always loads of walkers (and very slow runners) at any race - if the Bath half course is still the same as when I did it a few years ago, it is made up of two laps of more or less the same route so you can always drop out if you don't feel too good.
Even if you do feel a bit ropey for a few weeks, don't lose heart. Once the fog of the first trimester lifted, I had much more energy and I'm still running (albeit short distances, very very slowly) at 22 weeks.
Hello ladies, I thought I would pop in and say hello. I'm due on 28th July, so I'm just about coming up to 14 weeks. I wanted to run throughout my pregnancy if I could, but I've been suffering terribly with nausea during the first trimester. I've been able to mostly keep eating, but I've really been struggling with drinking as anything liquid seems to make the nausea much worse. I've never struggled to drink water before, but the last few weeks have been pretty miserable. I've been managing to drink enough to keep myself out of hospital, but have been feeling so rough that running just hasn't seemed possible...and probably not safe if I can't keep hydrated! I keep being told that the nausea should clear off soon, and I am wondering whether I will be able to get running a little bit before bump gets uncomfortable. The only thing I was really wondering was whether the lay off has been too long...everything I've read seems to agree that you are ok to continue with exercise at the same rate as what you were doing before (as long as you feel up to it). I suppose my question is...does 9-10 weeks off (my last run was 2nd December) mean that I shouldn't be starting up again now? Will it be too much? I'm not talking running miles and miles...I was averaging 3-5 miles per run before I stopped. Did anyone else stop during the firs trimester, and then pick it up again in the 2nd?
Thanks so much for andy advice, and I hope all you ladies are well.
Have you tried fizzy water Erika? I always preferred that for some reason when I was pregnant. If you feel okay I would try one of your normal runs a bit slower than normal and see how it goes. Good luck!
Thanks for the tip Kinsey...I can sometimes stomach fizzy water better, particularly with a bit of lime in it. I could do without the extra gas though
Thanks Emma. I'm hoping that I can drink enough today to go for a little 'run' round the block tomorrow, just to see how it feels and to guage just how much of my fitness I've lost. Weather forecast looks good, and a little milder so no ice to slip on. Would be good just to get some fresh air!
Hi. This thread is brilliant. I was happily clocking 40 miles a week including a 20miler each weekend training for the Cotswold Ultra and the VLM when I have discovered that I am pregnant. I am still running quite happily without discomfort although its obvious now that I am sharing my air supply and if i'm hungry it feels like a national emergency! I have assumed that the ultra is a big no no mainly because its off road rather than specifically the distance (ultras are much slower and you walk/run them)however I was wondering is the VLM is still viable. Has anyone run a long distance or specifically a marathon whilst pregnant? I will be about 18 weeks. I understand that hydration is important, I presume I cant have gels due to caffine and I realise that it will be a sight seeing plod not a race but is it ok? I also assume that the midwife has to say yes! I don't want to do anything silly but I could run a marathon tomorrow fitness wise so its not as though I have to train up, only maintain. Any advice would be great, Thanks
Shelly, I've never run a marathon in my life, so I can't really give you any advice. Everything I've read suggests that if you are already training at a certain level, you can carry on as long as you feel ok. So, if you are marathon fit I don't see why you wouldn't be able to do it. I spoke to my midwife and GP about running and they said the important things to watch are that you don't get too hot, you don't push yourself beyond being able to chat whilst running and that you are sure to keep on top of hydration. Why don't you talk it through with your midwife/GP?
I managed a very short plod round the block yesterday. It felt like quite hard work, and I had to keep bringing it back down to a walk because I was feeling breathless. Still, the first time out in 10 weeks was never going to be easy.
Hope everyone is ok?
Thanks for this Mingo. Yes I am going to chat with them. Still plodding along quite happily and if anything it clears the stress away from a working day so mentally its a good thing as long as I don't do speed work. I have however stopped running on my own and always carry water now...ha ha my poor husband is now getting very fit
Hello...we're very close. I was 23 weeks yesterday.
Sorry to hear about the injury and the sickness. I'm still suffering from sickness, so I haven't been running either. I've been for a couple of swims in the last couple of weeks, ut it always leaves me completley wiped out. So much for blooming!
Yep, 28th July. I expect baby will come when it like though!
Hi there, new to RW and this forum, but am in need of some support and encouragement! I'm 16+3 and am struggling with any sort of activity at the moment. Feel really inspired to run, then I go to get changed, see the bed and want a nap! I've done less than 10 runs in the past three months, and apart from feeling very unfit, am starting to feel a bit wobbly around the belly, even though there isn't much of a bump to speak of.
Has anyone investigated bump support belts? I thought I might get one as a friend used one to keep running through pregnancy, but they look so ... surgical!
Hope you are all feeling ok these days?
I feel you on the tiredness. For some people it lifts and apparently you get lots of energy. For others it doesn't. I feel like I could sleep all day and then some!
As far as bump support, I haven't tried anything yet, but a friend of mine was given this mahoosive tubi grip by a physio, so it might be worth seeing if you can get something like that at the chemist.
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