Running & pregnancy is a topic near and dear to my heart, as it was the time in my life when I was pregnant with my first child (in 2002!!) that the seeds for what is now Balance Personal Fitness Training were planted.
Once Balance blossomed, Running on Balance came to be. (It lived it’s first iteration as simply “on Balance”– the name change should indicate to you that a) running is important to me, and b) I like puns.)
A few years later, Well Balanced Women came into life. (Again with the puns.)
It’s all quite fitting, actually. Pregnancy and gestation of a human aren’t all that different from building a business.
They both start with knowing absolutely nothing, requiring tremendous faith, and then developing and changing over time.
So I was thrilled when the guys Chris & Steve from Rogue Running— a big-time running coaching outfit here in Austin– invited me to come on their podcast and talk about Running & Pregnancy.
Chis & Steve know running. They coach some of the best runners in the US. They help regular, recreational runners reach serious goals. Most of all, they want each person to know how running can contribute to a happy, healthy, well-balanced life.
And as someone who has run through three pregnancies (to varying degrees) and worked as a perinatal fitness specialist for nearly ten years, I have ideas that are a blend of experience and research to help women keep running while pregnant…and get back to running postpartum, too.
As you’ll hear in the podcast, I learned (the hard way) that just because one pregnancy and recovery is super simple all of them will be.
This should be good news to those of you who have been through pregnancy and childbirth and are reluctantly contemplating a second….
The possibility of having a more positive experience exists!
I firmly believe (and science supports) the importance of exercise during pregnancy. The benefits for both mom and baby are notable and long-lasting.
As always, each woman’s experience of pregnancy is unique. Listen to your care provider, and listen to your body.
But I hope you’ll find some guidelines and things to look for as you work hard to keep you and your baby fit during pregnancy– and beyond.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Ideas offered on the Running Rogue podcast do not constitute medical advice. Each woman should speak frankly with her health care provider regarding her specific needs during pregnancy.