Running with a bump!

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07/02/2003 at 12:48
Hi,
Are there any other pregnant runners out there?
I'm just coming up to 24 weeks now, and getting a few strange looks when running out and about or on the treadmill!
Up to what point did you continue to run and have you any tips at all for a first timer runner with a rapidly growing bump!?

BK
07/02/2003 at 12:49
Annie I didn't think you were supposed to run at all when pregnant. I'll send Doctor V-Rap in this direction. Congrats BTW
07/02/2003 at 12:54
Congrats Annie!!

I have a friend who ran for most of her pregancy and experienced no problems but I really think you check with your doctor/obstretician. You wouldn't want to risk anything.

I wasn't allowed to exercise in either of my pregnancies because of previous history but if you get the green light from your doctor I would. I ended up putting on masses of weight and still need to get rid of some nearly 6 years after my last child!
H.
07/02/2003 at 12:54
I was reading about women runners last night (yes, still on that book!) and RE pregnancy the advice was as long as the doc says you're in good shape then go for it!

Cited quite a few elites who'd done marathons when pregnant/run to 8 and 9 months etc etc.

The good news is too that theres evidence to say that women who've had kids often run better with the same training than those who haven't. Something to do with improved stamina/higher pain threshold/hormones or whatever....

Happy running (but do check it out with the doc first)!!!
07/02/2003 at 12:59
H: sorry seem to be following you around at the moment! But, yes, my experience is that I am so much stronger since kids. Could be the pain threshold being redrawn but I do think there is a physical difference.

Sonia O'Sullivan said much the same thing recently i.e. that post-children she's got much more stamina.
07/02/2003 at 13:00
I got told off for runnig up a hill pushing an empty pram (just collected from the shop on way to antenatal appointment) when 38 weeks pregnant. I wasn't a runner then, but used to run everywhere anyway. Doc said it had put my blood pressure up and would I mind not doing it again until after baby born.

She's 23 now by the way, and didn't seem to have suffered for having an 'active pregnancy' experience'

Seriously, congrats, and V-rap has been summoned for you.
07/02/2003 at 13:40
Of course you run faster when you have had children.....because there is more incentive to get out of the house and train..........FREEDOM!

(actually I think there is some medical evidence to show that the pelvis stretching makes you quicker afterwards)

I agree with H. there have been several top athletes who have trained late into their pregnancies. I think Liz McCollgan was one. Anyway I'm glad you made it past the running with morining sickness (My Mrs didn't this time :-( so she's had 28 weeks of inactivity now). I would say take it V easy, listen to your body and stop in plenty of time!..

Good luck for the beginning of June!
H.
07/02/2003 at 13:44
Hope you're looking after her BBB.

Any names yet?
07/02/2003 at 13:52
Congrats Annie, I like your attitude. Personally, I always tried to keep running even during the conception. This was difficult at first until we discovered the "wheelbarrow" method. The only problem was in races when the timekeepers would insist that my wife had finished ahead of me.

Good luck!
07/02/2003 at 14:39
As long as you are well then running during pregnancy is fine.
Lots of elites have done it. Ingrid Kristensen famously only stopped running at 38 weeks and started again when her baby was 5 days old. More recently Sonia O'Sullivan trained during her pregnancy
www.soniaosullivan.com
There is even some physiological evidence that pregnancy improves running performance because of increased oxygen carriage. This led to a rather strange
urban legend

Just one caution: in your 2nd and 3rd trimester you have a hormone whizzing about that softens your ligaments and tendons. This allows for some extra room at various sites. However, it can make you more vulnerable to pulling something when stretching. I advise pregnant athletes to be careful not to overstretch.

Good luck with the pregnancy and the running!
07/02/2003 at 15:00
Thanks everyone for your comments and words of wisdom! Much appreciated!
Luckily enough my doctor and midwife are of the opinion that as long as I maintain my fitness levels and not aim to imcrease them then keep up with the running!
Like I said though, it's great to read all your thoughts! I'm now just deliberating whether to enter a Half (Petersfield) in March ~ anyone done that one?
07/02/2003 at 16:37
Are you sure you meant to thank everyone? Must be losing my touch.
Monique    pirate
07/02/2003 at 21:20
I ran all the way through my second pregnancy- your body slows you down naturally, I found it very difficult to overdo it. I did my last race at 7 months- a 3 mile fun run- which I won, Ihad no problems apart from the odd criticism from non-running trogs who see pregnancy as an excuse to eat a food mountain, order their husbands about and double in size!
Healthy baby 8lb 15 oz, born approx 3 weeks late so all that nonsense about premature underweight babies doesn't wash with me.
However each woman is an individual, listen to your body and stop if it hurts.
09/02/2003 at 19:43
I stopped running when I was only about 10 weeks pregnant due to sore boobs! Even on the treadmill all that joggling around was agony. So well done for getting so far - I really admire you all. I did manage to swim half a mile 3 or 4 times a week right up to and even after my due date... much to the consternation of the lifeguards at my local pool.
Monique    pirate
09/02/2003 at 21:47
I got looks of consternation from my mates at the football I was due to go in and get induced that evenig, but in a last ditch attempt to get my Cheshire baby I did Stockport away- I also decided to fortify myself for the torture ahead with several blobs, a couple of pints of guinness, fish and chips and a McDonalds. Waste of time after the inducing drugs I threw it all back up again-nice.
09/02/2003 at 21:48
Blob, is that the hot alcoholic drink, thought you could only get it in swansea
10/02/2003 at 09:36
I kept forgetting to drop in, and now I've missed the party.

Annie, keep running for as long as you enjoy it. There's a lot of urban myth about running and pregnancy, and how long you continue will depend on how you feel - some elites (Liz McColgan, notably) have run marathons at 7 months, and Monique demonstrates that running fast over a shorter distance can be done safely too.

Pregnancy wouldn't be a good time to start a running programme if you don't already run, but if you're a regular runner already it makes MUCH more sense to continue running that to turn into a slug (which I did - I put on 4 stone with each of my first three babies and 5 stone with the fourth).

A woman who is now a good 7 months pregnant goes to the same BodyPump class as I do, and her only concessions to the bump are that she puts her bench at a slope and does rows instead of clean-and-presses. She still piles 20kg+ on the bar without breaking sweat.
Monique    pirate
10/02/2003 at 17:22
Tired Hippo, indeed it is and very popular in Stockport, also any Yates Wine Lodge- not that I've been in them all of course.
19/11/2003 at 13:35
Boing for Brucie
19/11/2003 at 15:06
And again - has he found it yet?
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