Lately, it’s been really hard to fall back asleep after waking up at night for my bathroom (and usually there’s a snack involved, too) trip. I think this time was a record, where I didn’t fall back asleep until almost 2 hours later. That little anecdote is related to this post because in those sleepless dawn hours, I had the idea to write about running during this pregnancy and break it up into a few different posts. Maybe it’s not the most exciting thing for you to read and that’s okay – feel free to skip along if it’s not your cup of tea! I just feel the need to write it all down especially as it’s happening (because gosh, I forget so many little things later on down the road!) and there’s no better place than here.
A few things before I dive in, one being that I’m not claiming to be an expert on running during pregnancy. This is the first pregnancy where I’ve been able to continue running as I was before getting pregnant. Second, I’m not a doctor. Everything I share about it what has worked for me and what’s been okay for me to do during pregnancy. Always check with your doctor before starting or continuing an exercise regimen – I sure did! Finally, this isn’t groundbreaking stuff I’ll be writing about and without searching online, I know there are thousands of other posts about running during pregnancy. Again, I’m just sharing my personal experience and what has worked for me.
Phew! Now let’s get to the good stuff. In this post, I’ll be covering running before pregnancy, what I did once I found out I was pregnant, and how running looked during my first trimester.