Running During Pregnancy? Is it Safe?

Now that it is finally spring, the idea of putting on your favorite workout outfit, popping in your headphones, and heading out for a refreshing run can seem pretty enticing. There are a lot of benefits to running during pregnancy. It alleviates back pain, keeps you in shape, and reduces the risk of getting gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. While there are great perks, it’s important to know what the limits are when it comes to hitting the pavement.

Running During Pregnancy

Whether you’re an active runner or just starting out, make sure you visit your physician before starting exercise during your pregnancy. It is always best to be extra cautious when it comes to your baby. If you are experiencing any complications during your pregnancy, your doctor will most likely advise you to stay away from running.

Once you’ve visited your doctor and they give you the “okay”, you can start your run!

If you weren’t very active before your pregnancy, then you should slowly ease yourself into running. Start off with a nice stretch and then alternate between walking and a slow jog. Afterwards take time to stretch again and cool your body down.

On the other hand, if you were an experienced runner before your pregnancy, then you won’t have to start off slow.

Whether you are an active runner or just starting out, make sure you don’t over exert yourself. Always listen to your body. It will tell you if you’re pushing yourself too much.

Also, avoid running in extreme heat. It’s best to go for a run when the weather is cooler. In the warm months, this means going in the early morning. You want to avoid the risk of dehydration or fainting.

The overall verdict?

It really depends. Exercise can be great for you and the baby so long as you listen to your body and don’t overexert yourself. If there are any complications during your pregnancy though, then sticking to a light walk will be a better option. In the end, it’s always best to talk to your physician to see what they recommended and what will be best specifically for you!