Well, the cat’s out of the bag… If you follow me on Insta, you’ll know that I’m expecting baby number 2 in January 2018! I’m a firm believer in keeping up with physical activity while pregnant. So today we’re talking about running and I’ll be sharing 7 tips to keep you safe and in shape while expecting. As you know, the Servus Edmonton Marathon is coming up next month on August 20th and I’m currently training for the 10km run. Part of me wishes I signed up for the half marathon, just so I could add it to my list, but I’m finding that shorter runs are better suited for me right now.
Wait… should you even run while pregnant?
A lot of expectant Mamas (especially first timers) are afraid to do any physical activity out of fear that they’ll harm their baby somehow. If you were fit prior to conceiving, then don’t be afraid to continue to be fit while you’re pregnant! That being said, the only rule here is to listen to your body. Before getting pregnant with my first, I ran 4-5 times a week and completed at least 3 races per year. I thought I would be one of those Moms who you’d see crossing a marathon finish line at 30 weeks pregnant. Alas, I was not. At around 10 weeks, running just felt wrong. My legs felt as though they were made of lead and talk about sore boobs! So I stopped running and kept on with barre and spin for the remainder of my pregnancy.
I’m sure you’ve heard that no two pregnancies are ever alike, and I can fully attest to that statement now. Not only are my cravings and energy levels different, but I love running in this pregnancy! It feels amazing even though I’m carrying a few extra pounds and am usually pushing a stroller 😉
7 tips for running while pregnant
Clear it with your Midwife or Doctor – if this is your first pregnancy, be sure to have a chat with your care provider to make sure that you are low risk and healthy enough to run.
Listen to your body – if something doesn’t feel right or your energy levels are down, back off. Hold off a day or two and rest before picking up your pace again. Remember to be kind to yourself, have patience with your body, and realize that you’re creating a whole human inside of you.
Run on trails – if you live in the inner city, I know this might be hard. But try and find a trail to run on rather than hitting the pavement. Running on hard dirt or grass is much kinder on your joints, which become loose in pregnancy, making you more at risk for injury.
Hydrate – this is crucial times a million, particularly in the summer time. Since hydration is so important throughout your entire pregnancy, drinking water on your run is always a good idea. If you’re going for more than 5km, think about bringing a water bottle with you. If you’re a stroller runner like me, it’s super easy to just pop a bottle into the holder.
Make sure you can maintain a conversation – our intention while running pregnant is not to win the race or beat our personal best. It’s to maintain our fitness and fuel our bodies and babies with oxygen and endorphins. You’ll want to keep your heart rate at a lower rate than you would otherwise and make sure that you can maintain a conversation throughout your entire run.
Map out your runs with bathrooms in mind – you know how teeny tiny your bladder feels while pregnant, and it seems like you have to urgently pee every 10 minutes! Don’t let this ruin your run and plan for some bathroom breaks along the way. A bush totally works.
Try run/walks – Some of the best runners I know swear by run/walks. The walking allows for a bit of recovery before you become exhausted, therefore giving you even more endurance. Welcome those walking breaks while you’re pregnant and try a 10 minute run/1 minute walk pace.
Wanna join me?
If you live in the area, I would LOVE if you joined me on August 20th for the Servus Edmonton Marathon. Even if you came and cheered that would be awesome! My belly will be rounder and my pace will be slow, but I’m gonna rock it like there’s an ice cream & pickle sandwich waiting for me at the finish line. See you all there!
Love, peace & baby steps
*This blog post is sponsored by Servus Credit Union. I am a paid ambassador and all opinions are my own. I truly love this company and the resources they have to offer and would recommend them for anyone looking to achieve optimal financial fitness.