Running during pregnancy isn’t much different than running normally – well, once you accept that whole much slower pace side effect. If you’re a distance runner but stick with short runs during pregnancy, you probably need fewer things when you’re pregnant. No need for Gu on an “easy” 4-miler, right?
Still, a few things have made my pregnant running experience more comfortable. Including the following:
1. Long tops.
Taken a couple of months ago, but the top still covers the bump very well.
Clothes that fit are a must for sure. I’ve never had a problem in the bottom department – thank you Nike tempo shorts for being so forgiving in the waistband. But since I have a long torso, I needed longer tops before the first trimester came to a close. I really try not to buy maternity-specific workout gear. I have a couple of tops from Motherhood Maternity that I wore last pregnancy and I hate them so much that I haven’t even dug them out of storage yet. I ordered an Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve top a few months ago, and loved it so much that I ordered another a few weeks later. It still fits my bump well at 21 weeks, and the material doesn’t get stretched out so I know I’ll be able to wear it postpartum, too.
2. Compression socks or sleeves.
Zensah sleeves FTW.
Normally, I am not a fan of compression socks. I hate socks period. I tried out Jeff’s compression socks for recovery a few times and never noticed a difference, so I just accepted that they’re not my thing. But I was having swelling problems after my long training runs. during pregnancy so I reconsidered them. I spent the day before the Wine and Dine Half in Running Skirts Compression Socks, and I ran the actual race in Zensah Compression Sleeves. I had zero swelling and my legs felt great, so both these products get credit.
I always run with water (or Gatorade) in the summer – even on short, easy runs. But during pregnancy, I need water constantly even when I’m running in 20 something degrees. I don’t have any cool hydration products to suggest. I’ve tried several, but my boring old water bottle is still my favorite. In the winter, I always fill my bottle up with room temperature water so my fingers don’t freeze.
4. Cell phone.
I usually don’t run with my cell phone. I tell someone where I’m going, but don’t find the need to run with my phone. During pregnancy, though, I am paranoid about falling in a ditch or getting run over and not having a way to call for help. This is pretty ridiculous since I don’t run by any ditches and I live in a fairly populated area. Nevertheless, my phone gives me peace of mind.
The paces are always different, but pattern the same. If you want to learn how to negative split, get pregnant.
Ah, this is the biggie. I’ve mentioned before that pregnancy is the perfect time to learn how to negative split. That’s because it takes so long to warm up. My first mile is rarely under 10 minutes. When I’m only a mile or two into a run, it can be really tempting to give up because I feel like I’m going so slowly. Luckily, most of the time, I feel great by mile 3.
What are your pregnancy running must-haves? I never ran with a support belt when I was pregnant with Wyatt, and I haven’t needed one yet this time either. But I’ve heard great things about them!
It’s week 21. It’s so crazy to think that I’m closer to the end than the beginning of my pregnancy. Actually I don’t want to think about that – I haven’t even thought about prepping for the actual baby yet, oops.
The belly is definitely still growing!
Weight gain: up close to 12 lbs. total.
I know I mentioned this a couple of months ago, but I’ve been way more emotional this pregnancy than I was with Wyatt. I was never weepy with him – I somehow even managed to bypass the baby blues which completely shocked me.
When this post publishes Jeff and I will be somewhere in the middle of the Bahamas… and Wyatt will be at home with grandma and grandpa. I’ve left him three times before and while it’s never been easy, I’ve always felt at peace with my decision because I left him with his daddy. This is the first time Jeff and I have left Wyatt – and last week I was a complete disaster just thinking about worst case scenarios. Heck even the great case scenarios got me choked up – it feels a little weird to know we’ll be having fun without him.
Still, this “babymoon” is a celebration. We had planned to go to California in August as our trip away between babies one and two, but we had to cancel because I was on bedrest. So as soon as we got the all clear after the NT scan, we booked a cruise. Right now I better be keeping my crazy emotions in check and enjoying every minute of our vacation.
The only other symptom is my terrible sleep seems to be getting worse. Jeff even left the room this week because he can’t take my tossing and turning. The bright side? When you’re up before 5 it’s easy to find time to work and exercise – I’m just completely worthless by 3 p.m. every day.
Another great week on the workout front, though nothing special to write home about. I didn’t make a spinning class but I was able to use a spinning bike at my gym for my biking workout this week. It was a much, much better workout than using the regular bike so I’m going to try to get on it from now on.
These week’s workouts:
- M: 4mi (treadmill) at 8:58 min/mi, upper body weights
- Tu: 5mi at 9:09 pace
- W: 40 min spinning bike
- Th: 1000m swim
- F: 3.25mi (treadmill) at 8:49 pace
- S: OFF
- S: 4mi at 9:25 pace
Whooah, we’re half way the-ere!
20 weeks now vs. 20 weeks with Wyatt
Did you hear that, baby girl? Halfway and no further. It’s my goal to make it to my due date – though I’d be ecstatic if we can just make it to April seeing how Wyatt was born at 37 weeks on the dot.
This is the first week when I don’t think I look bigger than I was last time. Granted, I was huge last time – Wyatt measured 2 weeks ahead from 12 weeks on – so I don’t think this really means much. I feel big but I love my belly!
Clearly not my backyard – we spent Saturday in Highlands, NC.
Weight gain: up a solid 10 lbs.
I feel pretty great. I still wake up a million times per night, and can’t fall back to sleep whenever I wake up after 4 a.m. But other than that, I have zero complaints!
My appetite has been more normal this week. After a couple weeks of needing to eat constantly, this has been a welcome change. Though I timed it horribly with Thanksgiving, huh? I don’t think I’ve done anything differently – maybe baby just went through a growth spurt?
I had the best week ever on the pregnancy running front! I was feeling so proud of myself until I looked at my week 20 recap with Wyatt. My running paces weren’t as fast, but I dominated that week workout-wise. Oh well, both week 20s were awesome in their own right. Maybe it’s my lucky week?
Here’s the week in workouts:
- M: 4mi (treadmill) at 8:50 pace; upper body weights
- Tu: 10 mi (40 minutes) stationary bike (the spin class I’ve been trying to make has been permanently canceled!)
- W: 1000m swim
- Th: 8k turkey trot at 8:06 pace
- F: 5.25mi at 8:48 pace
- S: OFF
- S: 4mi at 9:31 pace
It’s crazy to think that 10 weeks ago I had just come off bedrest and started running again. I was slow, but didn’t really care because I just felt awful due to morning sickness. I never would have imagined that I’d be running stronger at week 20. I am so, so thankful to be having a healthy pregnancy.