Running and pregnancy can very well go together provided that the running mom-to-be has been doing it regularly prior to becoming pregnant. In fact, running (though with some modifications) brings about some benefits for the pregnant runner:
-helps alleviate morning sickness (which unfortunately happens not only in the mornings!)
-helps keep the weight gain at a healthy rate
-prepares the body for the toughest race that a mom has to run – labor and delivery
Oh and wouldn’t it be a cute sight seeing somebody who is pregnant and all, doing that early morning run? I remember hearing stories about Paula Radcliffe running until her 8th month of pregnancy. And girl friends who have comfortably continued with running and biking while they were pregnant. I do envy those who really can. But It’s really a NO for me…
You see, not all women can run while pregnant. I for one, unlike the “kulit runner” image depicted in my blog’s header (yes, she is carrying a bump too!), have not been running since confirming that I am carrying a baby. It is pretty hard to accept but then, there are some conditions that prevents one from running during pregnancy:
-if carrying more than just one baby (i.e., mom is having twins, triplets,or more) – might experience preterm labor
-persistent second- or third-trimester bleeding
-placenta previa after 26 weeks
-ruptured membranes (your water has broken)
-preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced high blood pressure)
If you have any of those, any form of aerobic exercises is off limits to you. Unfortunately, I have the last two. I have been diagnosed with “preeclampsia with super-imposed chronic hypertension”. Wicked isn’t it? But then again, instead of being bitter and wallow on sadness and self-pity on not being able to run, I just turn and look at the brighter side and focus on other things:
- think, always think that this will just be for at least a year – nine months of being pregnant and a few months of recovery after. I always tell myself that I can always go back to running afterwards and it would be a great challenge to see how running can help me get back to my “pre-pregnancy me”.
- get enough sleep – or lot’s of it! Since I don’t have to get-up very early for that morning runs, I would gladly welcome converting those times to get additional shut-eye time. It will be good for both me and the baby anyway.
- walk routines - i may not have been able to run, but I can still do walking exercises. this is better than having no activity at all! hmmm, and i can even do so inside a mall, right?
- start eating right. Even while running some eating habits remain to be not that healthy. But now that I am pregnant, it will be the best time to start with the healthy eating habit. It will be good for the baby and also for me – I wouldn’t have to worry with unnecessary weight gain due to bad eating habits eh?
- look forward to a lot of pampering. Get a new hair style, have my hair treated and colored, have my skin treatments (oh, at least those that are still safe for pregnant women!). These are some of the things that most women take forgranted during running. Especially the hair since it always is comfortable worn tied instead or letting it down.
- forget about weight gain. It will be an exciting challenge to lose it after giving birth anyway.
- enjoy the smooth and sometimes rough ride to the pregnancy. Which I can do so still with the company of running friends. I may not be running, but then I still have them to join me in looking forward to being able to run again soon!
Meanwhile, the very pregnant me will still try to attend exciting run events, blog about those and enjoy the pregnancy while being witness to whatever great things are to unfold this year. Hopefully, sometime soon, I’ll be able to get a nod from both my set of doctors and hubby to be able to just jog for a few minutes in a week. It will surely be a blast when that happens.
NOTE: oh no, no pictures this time…