Tommy’s: Running in pregnancy

Tommy’s: Running in pregnancy


Louise:
Well, I always feel great after a run
you just feel sort of uplifted, and I think if I feel good then that’s got to
be good for the baby. I feel really healthy and I want
that to translate into healthy pregnancy. Ultimately a healthy birth. But also it de-stresses me. If I’ve got lots
on my mind I go for a run and feel great after. Lou:
Generally women are quite often
worried about continuing to run during pregnancy. Some people believe that it
might be associated with increased risk of miscarriage and actually some women
think that baby will just literally fall out. Luckily, this isn’t true so if you’re
a regular runner before pregnancy you can continue to run as long as you feel
comfortable. There’s really good evidence that running
and exercise in general is beneficial during pregnancy. It’s really good for mum, it helps to
keep fitness levels up which can be really good for reducing some of the common discomforts that women have during pregnancy. It’s also really good for baby.
We can tell that there’s increased oxygen supply to the baby in the womb during exercise, which is going to help with growth and development. Also, generally women have less intervention during labour if they’re physically
active during their pregnancy. That means the less likely to have something
like a c-section or have some kind of assisted delivery. Louise:
I mean obviously I’m not doing the intensity or volume of running that I was doing prior to being
pregnant because that was marathon training, but I’m now doing sort of 30 to 40 minutes three or four times a week. Elena:
I think is super important, more from a sanity perspective because it was my place,
so I didn’t want to give it up, unless I thought it was definitely
detrimental and a doctor said you have a condition and need to stop.
But I was very lucky that I was never in that
position, so why would I give it up because it’s fantastic! Louise:
Running doesn’t cause miscarriages, which is what people had told me,
“you have to be really careful” or “you shouldn’t run”. So yeah, just to carry on doing similar
amounts but less intensity and less miles. Lou:
There’s a few sensible precautions that
you should take when you’re running. Things like avoiding overheating. So if you’re going to run outdoors
avoid hot parts of the day. If you’re running indoors on a treadmill
then try to make sure you’ve got good air ventilation
around you. Make sure you dress comfortably. So layers can be good so you
can take some off if you get a bit too hot. Wear some really good running shoes
with some good support in them and a supportive sports bra. Just make sure you keep your fluids topped up. Keep drinking as you run so you don’t
get overheated and you keep hydrated, and you should be fine to continue running
as long as it all feels good.

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