**I originally posted this in the general forum, but finally figured out how to find the "Womens Running" forum so I'm re-posting here. Maybe I'll get more of a response.
I'm new to this forum as of today. I had started to read a bit on Runner’s World, but it appears that most people are here now? I’d love to join in to help with my questions (and my motivation!!).
I’m currently a 29 year old working mother of a 17 month old. I’m married to the love of my life who is also a runner. I’m currently 17 weeks pregnant with our second child due May 24th. Although I guess I’d consider myself a runner, I’m newer to it (really got serious about running over just the past 5 years or so…never really ran in high school or much in college). I started doing 5K’s and 10K’s about 3 summers ago (I live in Northern Michigan where winter runs are unheard of. Haha.) and I love it. I do plan to do some halves and fulls and had actually planned to this coming summer until finding out I was expecting again.
I ran up until 40 weeks with my first (she was born at 41 weeks) but only did the races until 36 weeks per my physician. I would pretty much run 3-6 miles 4-5 days a week and did non-pre-natal yoga the other 2 days along with a prenatal exercise class one night a week.
My question comes in here: I’m currently 17 weeks now, but have NOT ran but a couple times during this pregnancy. It’s so pathetic. I’ve had so much morning sickness and have been SO exhausted that I just can’t even make myself get out and go. I feel better, now and fitness-wise I feel okay (although I can tell that if I don’t start something soon I’m going to be in trouble) so I’m considering re-starting. One of the RN’s I work with told me not to start running again as the old saying is not to start anything new during your pregnancy. Thing is, I ran beforehand and I feel like my body can handle it as long as I start out super slow and just increase as tolerated.
I guess I’m just looking for insight and wondering if any of you have started running after the first trimester and how it went for you? I know the official okay should come from my physician and I will discuss it all with her, but I’m just looking for stories and your experiences.
Welcome! I think the general consensus is that even if you have to stop running in the first trimester because of morning sickness or whatever, you can resume running whatever mileage feels comfortable. Your body is used to running a certain amount, speed, etc, and its not going to "forget" that too quickly. Its not the time to increase speed or distance, but you can certainly try running and see what happens! I'm 29 weeks tomorrow with my second. I didn't stop running in the first tri, but my mileage was down a bit when I dealt with acid reflux and general ickiness. I picked it back up and ran a half marathon at 20 weeks. My monthly mileage for a few months was near the 80s, but its gone down a lot since the half and I've only run 12 miles in December. Its gotten a lot harder!
Come join us on the daily preggos thread! We have preggos in all stages who ran a lot or not at all, its a great community! Someone starts a post each day with preggos in the title.
Thanks Monk! That's what I've assumed, but then with the RN warning me about not starting anything (even though she knows well enough that I was running before hand)...it made me question. I'd LOVE to join the pregos forum! I just posted hoping to join in.