It’s ok to run when you’re pregnant!
It’s ok to run when you’re pregnant!
Whether you run competitively, with a club or simply for your own individual pleasure the chances are you run because you love it – because you love the way it makes your body feel and the boost to your mood and general well-being.
But what happens when you become pregnant?
Suddenly, everyone seems to have an opinion about what you should and shouldn’t be doing, introducing unexpected levels of anxiety as to whether or not it’s safe to carry on running. It’s not uncommon to experience negative comments from complete strangers when they see a pregnant woman running; partners are often concerned about whether it’s ‘good for the baby’ and even fitness instructors often err on the side of caution when it comes to giving advice about exercise during pregnancy.
What makes it worse is the underlying implication that continuing to run during pregnancy is basically selfish.
Pregnancy fitness experts FittaMamma would love share a few facts about exercise during pregnancy to allay any anxieties you might have!
First and foremost, exercising while pregnant is good for you and good for your baby.
Experts, including both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists agree that healthy pregnant women should aim for at least 30 minutes exercise on at least five days a week – for a whole raft of good reasons!
- Regular exercise can help with all sorts of pregnancy niggles such as backache, varicose veins or swollen ankles
- Maintaining your pregnancy fitness will help you prepare for the birth. Giving birth is physically demanding – staying fit during pregnancy will help you be prepared
- Remember how running makes you feel better? That won’t change because you’re pregnant! Exercising improves your mood, makes you feel less tired and will help you sleep more soundly
- Continuing to exercise will help you to stay toned and maintain a healthy pregnancy weight gain
- Women who exercise during pregnancy tend to have shorter labours, less medical intervention during the birth and recover more quickly afterwards
- Babies born to women who stay fit during pregnancy are often leaner – which is a tactful way of saying ‘not plump’
- According to research babies that are born to women who maintained their pregnancy fitness are likely to be smarter too!
- What’s more, active mums are more likely to raise active families – and who doesn’t want to encourage their children to adopt a healthy active lifestyle?
A few tips about running during pregnancy!
- Listen to your body – if you feel uncomfortable don’t push yourself too hard. It’s important to remember the ‘talk test’ – you shouldn’t be exercising so hard you can’t hold a conversation.
- Go for maintenance not improvement – enjoy your running without any pressure to improve your speed or distance
- Warm up and cool down afterwards
- Don’t overstretch – your ligaments soften in preparation for birth and the risk of injury can increase slightly as your joints loosen up
- Stay fuelled and hydrated – avoid running on an empty stomach and drink plenty of water
- Stay supported and wear the right clothes – well-fitting shoes, a sports bra and supportive maternity fitnesswear that holds your bump securely
- When you reach the point when you can’t see your feet it might be worth switching to a power walk!
- If you have any concerns about your pregnancy or a medical condition check with your midwife or doctor
For more information about safe exercise during pregnancy and to see FittaMamma’s full range of maternity fitnesswear visit www.fittamamma.com
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