Just because you are pregnant does not mean you have to sit idle all day long. You can actually still do a rather impressive list of physical feats and exercise as long as you work with and listen closely to the advice of your medical professionals. Running is one of those physically jarring activities that is still safe for an average pregnancy with no high-risk elements. You may need to rest more often and you absolutely should if your body tells you to, but in reality, healthy running during the first trimester is amazing for your body, and will help it to adapt to the hormonal changes taking place. Moreover, running at moderate speed can help in addressing proper blood flow circulation and keep swollen feet and other unnecessary problems at bay.
Keep Additional Weight Down
Running can go a long way in maintaining a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy. Remember that you are eating for not one, but two people at the same time, and you should focus more on exercising off the extra proteins you’ll want and need to absorb, instead of avoiding them. Sometimes, after giving birth, your activity level may be determined by your newborn baby, so the running during the pregnancy itself can help stave off common issues women can have before or during pregnancy, such as diseases like diabetes. Avoid falling into that shackle of unhealthy physique by maintaining moderate running, just as your body permits. Never overdo yourself and limit yourself to physical exercise according to the professional suggestions and advice from your doctor.
Running Safely While Pregnant
Running, for the average person, male or female, is already a somewhat harsh, physical activity and requires a fit body and great endurance, and running during pregnancy can be a completely different ball game. Your body does not have the same old stamina, and you might lose your energy more often. You may even feel a bit awkward with the physical movement itself. Especially if your hips begin to widen to prepare for the birth of the baby. Following some steps might help you to run safety when you are carrying a baby within.
- You have to be a bit easier as you are pregnant. Do not forget to warm yourself up and cool down properly, when needed. If that takes a bit more time, then dedicate that without fail. Your favorite mountain path might be where you prefer to run, but it would be safer to run in areas where you’ll be more unlikely to be injured. Run in pairs every chance you get.
- As already mentioned, avoid pushing yourself too hard. You should be running in such a pace which is comfortable for you. If you do have a running partner, you should be able to carry on a basic conversation with them. If you find yourself winded in your speech, you’re probably pushing yourself a little too hard. Don’t hesitate to listen to your body’s limitations during pregnancy.
- Do not fail to wear comfortable shoes. Uncomfortable shoes will not just prevent you from running smoothly, but can give rise to some dreadful accidents or foot and knee injuries no new mother needs! Make sure to wear proper shoes made specifically for running to avoid injuries, trips, and falls.
- Before, during and after running, always stay hydrated. This will prevent you from getting dehydrated, which is already a more likely prospect while pregnant. Always carry a bottle of water where it’s handy to grab a sip really quickly, even while continuing to run. If you find yourself beginning to cramp anywhere, stop, hydrate, rest, and move on again once you are refreshed.
Simple yet effective measures:
It just takes few simple steps to follow and enjoy proper running during pregnancy. However, if you are facing any complications or high-risks and your doctor advises you against this exercise, then it’s better to skip it completely.