Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse of midwife. The information expressed in the series “Mom on the Run” should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before running during pregnancy and postpartum.
Welcome to “Mom on the Run!” A blog feature that shares a mom-on-the-run and her story of running during and after pregnancy. My hope is to provide a resource for women who are thinking about running during pregnancy. The overarching theme: everyone is different. No two pregnancies are the same and of course no two stories of running during pregnancy are the same. In this series you will find a wide range of experiences that both inspire and comfort runners who are pregnant or have recently given birth. To read about other “Moms on the Run” click HERE.
I’d like you to meet this months Mom on the Run: Fiauna from ReadRunRadiate. Fiauna is a seasoned mama, who ran through pregnancy back when it wasn’t so “hip.” Fiauna has four kids and says running played a huge part in each of her pregnancies. She shares her story of running through pregnancy and postpartum here!
Did you run through your pregnancy or pregnancies?
With my first two pregnancies, I hid my running. I ran on a treadmill or with a jacket so no one could easily tell I was pregnant. Running with child wasn’t cool back then (’98-’01). With my third I ran up to week 28, when running became too uncomfortable. With my fourth I ran until 31 weeks when I was placed on bed rest. And with the fifth–well, that one ended in a miscarriage. I ran until the doctor told me not to (at about 8 weeks) because I had some bleeding. Then, well, it ended at 11 weeks. We were devastated, but feel very confident that running had nothing to do with the miscarriage.
Did you incorporate cross training into your weekly exercise routine? If so what did you do? And what did you find most enjoyable?
I tried to cross train. With the first two, I tried prenatal aerobics. I HATED it, but did it because I thought it was good for me and the baby. I preferred doing Tae Bo (see, showing my age) for as long as I could. With the later pregnancies, I worked out on an elliptical.
Where can readers find you?
I love what Fiauna says about managing your expectations. Have you ever had to reevaluate your expectations for running (pregnant or not)?
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