Running and jogging during pregnancy can be great exercise, but also has its risks, so precautions are necessary. If you ran before becoming pregnant, you are likely safe to continue your program gradually decreasing intensity through the first, second and third trimester. Make sure to drink enough water, wear supportive footwear, and avoid over-exertion.
If you weren’t running regularly before your pregnancy, it might be more appropriate to choose walking as a regular form of exercise, since the changes in body weight, joint laxity, and center of gravity could increase your risk of injury if you initiate a running program. It’s not ok to run if you have placenta previa, where the placenta covers the cervix, because too much jolting can make you bleed. It’s also not safe if you have hypertension or preterm labor or are at high risk for a preterm delivery. If this doesn’t apply? Running and jogging during pregnancy can help you feel peaceful and fit, and also gives you a chance to be in tune with your body.
Our running tips:
1. Stay hydrated.
2. Wear clothing that wicks – especially an appropriate bra for your growing ‘girls’
3. Listen to your body and slow or stop when you feel tired
4. As your body is now producing relaxin, make sure that you don’t overstretch after your workout, as your flexibility increases with this hormone.
Dr. Linda Ducholke, a mother of two, has been a successful Family Practitioner with Obstetrical privileges for the past 20 years. The main focus and passion of her practice is obstetrics and childcare. Jill Amery is a mom who loves fitness.