Active Pregnancy
Run With the Bun (in the Oven)

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If you’re an active person and you typically run for fitness and fun, pregnancy shouldn’t stop you from pursuing a healthy habit. However, there are guidelines you should follow to keep you and your baby safe before you lace up your running shoes. Provided that you’re going through a healthy low-risk pregnancy, you may run until your delivery day and even keep up with a fun run, if you’re really up to it!

  • Get your doc’s go signal. If medical conditions like placenta previa, preterm labor, short cervix, preeclampsia, or a growth restricted baby suggest you take a break, even seasoned runners may have to seek other ways to keep fit during pregnancy.
  • Get good, comfy shoes that fit. Support at this time is important since you’ll be gaining needed pregnancy weight and your body will be adjusting accordingly.
  • Stay away from crowded or deserted areas. Run in a safe place with good, wide, well-lighted and paved paths to help you keep your balance and reduce risks of accidents or any untoward incidents.
  • Stretch and warm up before running then stretch some more and cool down afterwards.
  • Set smaller, manageable, preggy-friendly goals. Opt for shorter runs with longer breaks. Don’t be too concerned about mileage at this time. Some preggy runners alternate between a gentle stride for a few minutes and a walk.
  • Run comfortably without feeling out of breath or overextended. Do not push yourself. Stay at an optimal below 150 beats per minute.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
  • Listen to your doctor and most importantly, your body. If you feel any pain, discomfort, contractions, dizziness, breathing difficulties, bleeding, or leakage, stop immediately and proceed to the nearest medical clinic.

Running will help you stay fit and healthy throughout your term and help you get back in shape after your delivery. But if you were never a runner, pregnancy is not the time to start. Try walking instead and gentle stretching.

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Philippine Association for Childbirth Education

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