Running During Pregnancy

For those of you that don’t know me, I’m a runner. In this post, I want to focus on what I did to continue running throughout my pregnancy with Odin. In a second post, I’ll cover running after pregnancy and selecting a jogging stroller 🙂

Pre-pregnancy, I would run roughly 10km a day, and long runs on the weekend would range from 15-25km per run. That’s a lot of kilometers each week. When my husband and I decided to start trying for a baby, I modified my training schedule. I run with a Garmin, so I was able to make sure I was running at a slower pace and started to cut back on the distances I was running. For some reason, I thought that making these adjustments before I got pregnant would be beneficial.

Ottawa Race Weekend Half Marathon, 2010 (I think)

Ottawa Race Weekend Half Marathon, 2010 (I think)

Once I found out I was pregnant, I wasn’t overly concerned about continuing to run, as I had been running for a long time beforehand and had done a lot of reading about running while pregnant. However, I knew I needed to make some changes. I discussed my previous running schedule with my doctor (as anyone should do with any exercise routine when pregnant) and we worked out a plan to stay safe while running when pregnant.

Some of the things I did to continue running while pregnant included:

  • Monitoring my heart rate to keep it below 140
  • Run shorter distances
  • Slow my pace down
  • Avoided running when it was too hot out
  • Ran with water to stay hydrated
  • Stuck close to home in case of emergency (or pee breaks) – I actually resorted to running up and down my street so that my house was close by and left my water at the end of my driveway. My neighbours probably thought I was crazy, but if I needed to pee, I wanted to do it at home.
  • Listened to my body

I adjusted this plan by further reducing distance and pace as my pregnancy progressed. I also added some walking into my runs to give myself a bit of a break. Listening to my body was extremely important. There were days I wanted to run, but my body definitely didn’t, so I listened. I stopped running and resorted to walking when I was 6.5 months pregnant. By that point, I was big, it was a hot summer, and running just didn’t feel the same. I was happy I was able to run for as long as I did, as I believe that exercise while pregnant is extremely important and played a huge role in the way I felt during and after my pregnancy.

Are you a runner who ran while pregnant? What adjustments did you make to continue running while pregnant?

Stay tuned for part 2, where I will talk about how I started running again once Odin was born and the life saver that is my jogging stroller.

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