It is safe to run during pregnancy!
Do you get the feeling that you will harm the baby with whatever you do as soon as you confirm that you are expecting a baby? Are you extra conscious about everything during this period? Well, I have good news for you! You are not alone and almost every woman identifies with your experience! It is a natural instinct for mothers to be protective and cautious during pregnancy.
A poll conducted by the Charity, Tommy’s discovered that about one-third of expecting mothers are not sure as to whether it is safe to run during pregnancy. Many of us love to keep fit and the thought of breaking our jogging and running routine for fear of harming oneself and the developing baby in us doesn’t really come easy for us. Today, we are breaking that myth! Yes, it is safe for an expecting mother to run! So, you don’t have to give up your hobby!
‘Women can continue accustomed exercise during pregnancy, and we would encourage this to ensure a healthy outcome for both mother and her baby.’ Says Professor Andrew Shennan, a Lead author from King’s College London. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends pregnant women without obstetric or medical complications exercise at least 30 minutes a day most – if not all – days a week, just like the rest of the population. Regular runners can keep running, though they might have to modify their routines.
The truth is that running has no negative effect on the well-being of the developing baby and the mother.
“We’re seeing more and more data about how beneficial exercise truly is in pregnancy,” says Dr. Stephanie Romero, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine at the University Of South Florida Morsani College Of Medicine.
Who wouldn’t want a smooth pregnancy experience? Girl, don’t stop your routine! From these studies, we see that it is safe to run during pregnancy and what do we stand to gain from it?
- Chances of having premature births and low birth weight are close to non-existent.
- It helps in prevention of pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.
- Reduced risk of gaining excess weight.
- Relief from feelings such as stress, anxiety, and depression.
- It will reduce lower back pain, varicose veins, swelling of ankles and fatigue.
- Running develops your pelvic floor muscle tone as emphasized in the BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine Journal.
Take for instance; Abi Gooch, a 40-year-old mom who is required to pass an annual fitness test as part of her police firearms officer job from Milton Keynes has completed triathlons running for over 2 decades testifies that she was fit and healthy running throughout both her pregnancies. ‘With my second daughter, I did park run on Saturday, a spin class on the next Monday and gave birth to my daughter with a four-hour labor on Wednesday. It doesn’t surprise me that running has been deemed safe during pregnancy. If you’re used to doing it and you still feel comfortable, then why stop?’ she says.
“It’s great for mental health, keeping the body strong for labor and I also found I got back to fitness quickly afterward. I also found it helped me keep my identity and not just ‘a pregnant lady’ or “mum”, I was still ‘me’.”
This topic got me thinking of fellow women in my part of the world who trek kilometers to get water and firewood, till the farms and engage in so many physical activities even during pregnancy. No wonder they rarely experience hard labor during delivery! Getting too comfortable will give you hard time during delivery. So, if you haven’t started jogging, it’s time to get out of that comfort zone and start now!
Pregnancy is an amazing unforgettable journey for every woman and I’d love for every woman out there to continue with all the amazing activities they regularly engage in to stay strong and fabulous! Now that we know it is safe and beneficial to run during pregnancy, share your opinion and experience with us. Let’s keep it up! #Rewordit