Is It Safe to Run When Pregnant?

Running when pregnant in HoustonThere are many dedicated female runners who become pregnant and are faced with the decision of taking the next 9 months off from running or continuing to run while pregnant. There are varying opinions out there about how much exercise a woman should or should not do during pregnancy. This can be confusing for a woman who is looking for a clear cut answer. The reason for the ambiguity is that there is no absolute "yes or no" answer to if a women should continue to run during pregnancy. The answer depends on the health, level of running a women usually does, and difficulty of pregnancy of the women.

One thing that most experts on this subject agree on is that women should stay active during their pregnancy as long as they do not overexert themselves. If you are a long distance runner, then you are going to need to tone down your training schedule because any stress or strain you put on yourself will also be put on your child. It is also important to remember to never let yourself become overheated because when you overheat so does you baby. If you live in a hot climate, such as Houston, then you are going to have to consider moving indoors for your runs. Runners do love, and even depend on, their routine. Pregnancy, however, requires some of your routines to change.

There are also many side effects of pregnancy that may limit a woman from running certain speeds, distances, or even running at all. During the first trimester, women commonly feel morning nausea which may prevent those who are used to running in the morning from continuing their morning running routine. During the second and third trimesters, the feet also can become swollen which can prevent women from running. Women should not attempt to run away the swelling in their feet because this may overwork the heart as it attempts to pump the excess fluid against gravity while also keeping up with the stress of running.

Running is a very important part of many women's lives. It is important for pregnant women to know the facts about running while pregnant in order to keep their body and their baby's body safe. It is also important to communicate with your doctor and podiatrist about running during pregnancy so that they are well informed of your physical activity during pregnancy so they can best inform you of any side effects you may experience.

If you need to know whether running is safe during your pregnancy, be sure to consult with your obstatrician. If you are experiencing any pain or injury from running, whether pregnant or not, contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists for a comprehensive and immediate evaluation.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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