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    Hi All

    I'm due to run my second half marathon on Sunday and today I found out I'm pregnant. I've been training for months albeit I've had periods of sickness etc. would you still run? This pregnancy is after several miscarriages so I'm super nervous and don't want to risk anything.

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    I would run. If you're fit and used to running, I don't believe it will cause a m/c. I've snowboarded while 5 weeks pregnant and was perfectly fine. I was advised by a specialist that you can still do the physical things you're used to while you're pregnant without having to worry about adverse effects. Unless you're talking about heavy lifting in later pregnancy etc

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    I did the Noosa triathlon when I was 5/6 weeks pregnant. I didn't know I was preg at the time. I suffered awful leg cramps and really felt rubbish despite being as fit as ever and having done the same course many times before. It was very warm though - a hot November mid-morning. I felt so bad it's what made me take the pregnancy test!

    So not sure, I would probably still run but take extra precaution not to overheat, definitely don't push it or try for a PB and be prepared to potentially feel a bit off. You can always just walk.

    As for running throughout pregnancy - I have changed my tune on that one. I tried to run as long as possible during both pregnancies and my OB and midwives encouraged it. However, knowing what I know now about the damage it does to your pelvic floor I would definitely stop running around the 20 week mark, and instead invest in some prenatal Pilates classes (and hopefully minimise damage during pregnancy and childbirth so you can be back to running sooner after birth). No Physio that deals with women's health would recommend you keep running through your whole pregnancy - of course it's your decision though. Best of luck!

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    Thanks ladies. I'm seeing my GP today and if he is comfortable with it I plan to run. I won't focus on time just finishing and enjoying it. I know here will be more walk breaks but I'm ok with that.

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    Join 'running mums Australia' on fb. I think there are loads of ladies who have done similar so they'll be able to give you some hints :-)

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    Thanks. I'm on RMA. Running in an RMA top tomorrow!! I know too many people on there so can't ask as that would 'out' me


 

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