In the first trimester of your pregnancy, a wide range of symptoms are possible. While you’re not yet feeling heavy or weighed down by a big belly, you may feel nauseated and fatigued. Some lucky ladies don’t suffer from any of these common woes, though, and barely notice their pregnancies during the first trimester.
If you’re a runner, you may want to keep up your exercise routine to feel healthy and simply feel like yourself. A good rule of thumb is to always consult with your doctor about exercise during any stage of pregnancy to be sure that it’s safe.
Running while pregnant. First trimester
running during pregnancy can offer significant health benefits provided you’re up to it and exercise some caution. Running during the first trimester may seem like a real challenge, considering the nausea and fatigue you seem to wake up to each morning. Getting out for a brief run each morning can however do a world of good, energizing you for the rest of the day. Make sure that you don’t push yourself too hard however and make it a point to rest when you feel like you need it. This is important for both you and the baby. If you don’t live in a polluted city, then the fresh air will also do you a world of good, invigorating you for the rest of your day. You will however need to cut down on the distance you run and speed as compared to before your pregnancy. When you’re running and pregnant you also need to pay great attention to how you feel, and learn not to ignore any tiredness or discomfort. Anaerobic workouts or quick sprints are also a bad idea because of the high demand on oxygen that is also needed for your baby.
Running during the first trimester does raise a few concerns, but later in the pregnancy your body also becomes a lot more awkward because of the large belly and the shift in your center of gravity.
When shouldn’t you run?
Being at risk for certain medical conditions can halt even seasoned runners from running during pregnancy. Always consult your physician before embarking on an exercise program while you’re expecting. First trimester: It’s important you don’t overheat, particularly in the first trimester. It could be harmful to your baby. So, don’t overdo it, and don’t jog or run in hot and humid weather.
Make sure you aren’t pushing yourself too hard and can comfortably carry on a conversation while running.
Drink lots of water before, during and after an exercises.
From our readers. Vanessa:
Before the pregnancy test confirmed I was pregnant, I knew I was pregnant because my runs felt different. Running at my usual speed required more effort. Once I found out I was pregnant, I discussed my desire to run with my midwife and did independent research on the internet and books to determine that it was safe for me to continue running. I was committed to at least trying to run while pregnant and I would stop if I felt uncomfortable. Also, after recently watching Sex and the City: The Movie, I was motivate to keep running because if Charlotte ran pregnant, so could I!
Remember: Running while pregnant first trimester is good for female health!