Three Perks of Prego Running & Workouts
- Running has been amazing. I ran straight through my first tri, same pace as non-prego. Regular exercise of any type builds stamina and prepares and strengthens muscles and body for delivery. Oh fun times.
- You feel like a bada**. Yes, people stare at my midsection but I’ve had so many people tell me that I’ve motivated them to “move.” I’ve never been more proud of my distance running.
- Even as my pregnancy progresses, if I run a 15-minute mile or 8-minute mile, the fact I’m continuing to exercise has positive benefits for me and the babe.
Three Downsides to Prego Running & Workouts
- My Garmin mocks me. I didn’t really have problems running until around week 17. And by problems I mean it felt like my legs were made of lead. It now takes about 3 miles until my body will relax and I can get into a comfortable pace. You really have to work for every mile. Shortness of breathe is a pain. I had to throw out the mantra of if you run a mile and you don’t feel good you should stop – it’s about powering through now.
- Normally running 20 miles a week would keep me pretty fit, but now the scale loves to go up!
- You feel like you have to pee. All. The. Time.
FitPregnany has a great article for those considering working out while pregnant: 33 Reasons To Exercise Now.
Always consult your physician before starting a new fitness program, especially during pregnancy!
Where’s the worst place you’ve been on a run where you’ve realized you really have to go?