Running for Two: Guidelines for Pregnant Runners
Want to stay in shape throughout your pregnancy? Take these tips from the pros to ensure you get off to the right start
Where should you run?
So you’re going to keep running, belly and all. What is the safest place for you as a pregnant runner?
Dr. Sam says that as your center of gravity changes later on in pregnancy, your abdomen gets bigger so you’re at a greater risk for falls. She recommends running indoors on a treadmill during the second and third trimesters. A controlled environment is safer for you and your unborn child.
Karena Tapsak, mother to four children, started running after having her second child. During her third pregnancy, she enjoyed running outdoors during the warmer months—pushing a double jogging stroller no less! During the colder winter months, she ran indoors on the treadmill to prevent falls on the slippery pavement.
What should you wear?
Before pregnancy you might have been smaller in the bust area; now here you are with swollen and possibly tender breasts. Dr. Sam recommends that her patients wear a supportive sports bra or one with adjustable straps that offers good control.
Don’t forget to support your feet, too. With pregnancy hormones loosening up joints, even your ankles are at risk. Make sure you have a supportive shoe around the ankle with good cushioning and shock absorption.
Remember that controlling your body temperature is more important than ever, and you don’t want to overheat. Wearing comfortable, breathable clothing can help keep the sweat from adhering directly to your skin and retaining heat. A number of online stores, such as www.lucy.com and www.fitmaternity.com carry maternity fitness wear if you need bigger sizes.
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