Health & Fitness, Pregnancy, Running

Why I decided to stop running during pregnancy

Well, here I am at 37 weeks pregnant!  I am almost to the finish line of this pregnancy and I can’t wait to meet my sweet baby boy in only a few weeks!  In some ways it feels like the pregnancy has gone fast and in other ways it feels like I’ve been pregnant forever.  One of the hardest parts of being pregnant has been giving up some of my favorite things because I know it’s the best choice for me and the baby.  I tend to be on the conservative side when it comes to making these pregnancy choices.

One of the hardest sacrifices for me has been giving up running.  When I first became pregnant, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to continue running or not throughout my pregnancy.  I have followed and watched many runners on Instagram who have run the entire way through their pregnancies and had perfectly healthy babies and no problems!  I talked to my doctor about it and she told me that since I was a runner before, there was no risk to me continuing running in pregnancy.  That was reassuring, so for the first few weeks after I found out I was pregnant, I continued doing some short runs – mostly 2 or 3 miles.  As the weeks went on, I started to have some lower back pain, and continued to worry that the running was going to hurt the baby.  The bouncing and intensity of the running made me uncomfortable.  It was bothering me so much that I was thinking about it all the time, and I decided it wasn’t worth the worry.  I made the decision then that I was going to remain active during the pregnancy – mainly through walking, and running could wait until later.  For me, piece of mind was the most important thing.

Now, at the end of my third trimester, I am glad I made this choice.  I give props to all the moms-to-be that continue running throughout their pregnancies but I decided it wasn’t the right choice for me.  Walking has been an excellent way to stay in shape, burn off energy, and bond with my husband over these last few months.  Now I look forward to easing back into running once the baby is here and I get the doctor’s clearance!  Once the baby is a little older, I plan to use my new BOB running stroller that we got for our baby shower!  My first goal will be to complete a 5k, and maybe a half marathon after that.  I can’t wait to get back into one of my favorite hobbies so soon!