Re: Pregnancy and Running
posted at 2/6/2012 4:03 PM EST
I mostly lurk on the boards but wanted to chime in. I ran up until the day before I delivered my son this past summer. I was an avid runner before I got pregnant and really didn't want to give it up (except, like you said, had there been any danger to the baby, etc, etc). I did cut back on distance/mileage and speed work once I found out I was pregnant. My doctor gave me some simple guidelines--1) If I felt ok, it was probably ok; 2) If I noticed that my heartrate stayed elevated after a run it meant that I was doing too much; and, 3) Make sure I didn't overheat (I was due mid-August).
I had pain/soreness that was very similar to what you described starting around the same time. I bought a Gabriella Maternity Belt on the recommendation of some other runners (amazon sells them) and it helped tremendously. I did find that the belt ran small so I'd order a size bigger than you might normally wear. I wore a pair of compression shorts under it, primarily to help with any chaffing/chubb rub, but also because I found it sort of held everything together, if that makes any sense. I know that some people have ligament pain throughout, though I remember mine lessoning at some point--maybe around 25 weeks or so.
I also found that running every other day helped with the lingering soreness (both during and after the run). I eventually ended up running 30 minutes, three days a week, but managed to keep that up until I delivered. At the end, I took walk breaks when I needed them and never stressed about speed, etc. And, if my body felt like it needed a day off or if it was too hot, I'd take the day off and not worry about it. I just told myself that getting out there was good for me and good for the baby. I also set mini-goals for myself. For example, I'd tell myself that I'd try and run until week X and then see how I felt. When I got to week X and still felt good, I'd tell myself that I'd try and run until my next OB appoinment or week Y or whatever.
Also, at some point, I stopped fitting into my running clothes. I didn't want to invest in expensive pregnancy running clothes, so I went to Target and picked up some stuff from the men's department. I probably looked a bit ridiculous, but I figured I already looked ridiculous out there running/waddling so I didn't care. I figured at least this way, my husband could wear them to work out once I was done with them.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
ETA: Sorry, this is so long, but I wanted to second Kargiver's suggestions about the multiple sports-bra bit. I'm small on top, so I got away with two. Now that I'm nursing and running, I'm still sporting the double sports bras.