Running for Two

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! As you begin this experience, a million questions will tumble through your mind. One of those might be, “Can I still run?” Most likely the answer is yes. Make sure you check with your doctor first, but as long as you have been a runner and had an active pre-pregnancy, you’re probably good to go. Here are five tips for safer running while pregnant.


Change Your Mindset

You’re no longer training for something—you’re in maintenance mode. Your body is going through more changes now than ever before, and exercise will help on several fronts. Both mentally and physically, your body will benefit from the endorphins, fresh air, freedom, and peacefulness of a run.

Listen to Your Body

Each day of a pregnancy creates a new set of feelings, both emotionally and physically. If you’re exhausted, nap. If you’re tired but feeling okay otherwise, maybe go for a brisk walk. If you’re energized, that is your day for a good run. If you’re cramping or feeling any abnormal pains, STOP. Keep your routes closer to home, too.

Don’t Overdo It

Remember that your heart rate shouldn’t exceed 140 beats per minute during your workouts. If you don’t have a heart rate monitor, not to worry—just keep in mind that you should be able to carry on a conversation while you’re running. Make your workouts social events.

Layer Up

Dress for the weather as you normally would, but dress in layers. It’s important not to overheat during pregnancy, so if you’re getting hot, shed a layer and take it easy. Hydration is crucial and drinking extra to accommodate for your workouts is of the utmost importance.

Have Fun

This is such an exciting time in your life, and running your way through it will better prepare you for labor and life with a little one. Take the time to run, breathe, get some fresh air, and enjoy every moment. Before you know it, everything is going to change.