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running whilst pregnant - any advice

i have recently found out im pregnant and in the last week or so the nausea and tiredness has started to hit. as i was getting quite used to running beforehand its not that that worries me but the fact i know the nausea etc will take awhile to pass, and i am not sure i can manage 1 shorter run at the moment , let alone 3. the last time i ran was parkrun a week on sat ago - i could not face going last week and havent been able to face it since.

im worried i will get out the habbit and all my hard work wasted.

has anyone had a break for a couple of months and got back into it without problem?

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Congratulations!!!! I have had breaks for 3-4 weeks due to holiday /life getting in the way which is very different to your position.

If you can't manage running what about going for a walk....just remember to listen to your body.


thanks i am pleased but a bit fed up about the running - i know the sickness etc will pass, at the moment i will take it easy and do as much as i can....just feel bad i cant keep up the 3 weekly sessions at the moment. i get back in from work and crash out....

i know what im like - if i get out the habit of going im really worried i wont restart again


I know that feeling! But it is very important to listen to our bodies (easier said than done I know) and if yours is telling you need to sleep /rest LISTEN!! Don't beat yourself up about not being able to do 3 times a week whatever you can do is better than nothing...wait till you are feeling better then reassess your goals based on your new situation. Good luck


Wow! Congratulations first and foremost. Take it easy for now and may be have a word with a doctor or midwife and see what they think ...


Many congratulations, how lovely you must however take care of your body as its not just you to think of now. I would agree with AliB1 try walking until things settle down and check out if running is OK with your midwife/doctor. If you run outside you will need to be very careful for trip hazards etc. Take care and keep us updated on how you are. We had a young mum and baby at our Parkrun last week, she is super fit and always was I was told, she ran on Saturday a few months ago and gave birth unexpectedly the next day. Mmmmmm I wonder about the wizdom of that, she's back running now with a special sports buggy with the cutest little baby girl I have seen for a long time, I think she is going to be spoilt by most of the Parkrunners, me included. :) Take care totalbeginner.


there is someone at our parkrun too though yes she too I suspect superfit! apparently she was running until 1-2 weeks of the birth and back within a fortnight after. me i have never really been superfit but due to the sickness i havent the energy to do the walking as im worse in the evening.

Thanks for all the comments - hopefully once i start feeling bit better i will take it easy, maybe go back to week 3 or soething and see how i go. im still glad i completed the program even if i end up starting back at the beginning or having to come back to it next year and do something else in the meantime. i havent told many people in real life yet but its getting hard explaining why im not running parkrun anytime soon!


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