6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Running with a Bun in the Oven

Got your attention??? NO we are not Pregnant..but I did get a number of questions from the Activebands Giveaway about Running while Pregnant.

  • Baby Brock Said: Question for tall mom- Would Tall Mom like to have any more tall children? :) I am pregnant with my third (in four years) and would love to see a blog about running while pregnant or best ways of getting back into it after delivery.

First of all congratulations on baby #3!! To answer the question Muscle Man and I are on the fence about Baby #3, my heart says one thing but practicality another. We have 2 beautiful boys, and with one income it would be best to stick with a family of 4....but.....there is always that pull to add another, our boys would be awesome at being big brothers :) But...I am not great at being pregnant, I feel sick, had debilitating carpal tunnel and gain a TON of weight. We are loving our boys and everything they can do now that they are older. Going back to sleepless nights, bottle feeding, and raising an infant in a house with legos and tiny toys on the floor would be a challenge.

For now....NO we are not pregnant and not planning on having a 3rd, but I will keep you posted should that change. As you can see from the picture below I did not run while pregnant. And I gained 55 pounds... We had a miscarriage between the boys (blighted ovum, the baby never grew and we lost it at 9 weeks) and I was very nervous to run when I got pregnant again. In hindsight I think it would have been fine to run, but I was too worried I would lose Little Stud #2. My love of running started when I wanted to lose the baby weight after LS#2 was born..

  • My advice for starting to run after the baby is born is to take it SLOW. Set small achievable goals, and create a schedule you can stick with. It is hard to balance a new baby and a workout schedule, but it CAN be done. Get some compression shorts and a good bra, your bum and lady assets will be BOUNCY, so the extra support will make you much more comfortable. Start with a walk, work your way to a jog, up it to a run, then register for a race....no RUSH, follow a progression so you don't burn yourself out. Jogging strollers are your friend!! Find a flat trail and take the baby(kids) along for the ride, it is a great way to instill fitness in your kid(dos) and get you all out of the house.

Bloggers with Pregnant Running Expertise
Click the names to go to the Blogs
Zoe @ Run Zoe Run- Photo above, the lovely Zoe ran several races while pregnant with baby Goober, she stayed super fit and is already back to her pre-baby weight.

Felice @ The Happy Runner- This author and Mommy of 2 beautiful boys ran throughout her entire pregnancy and continues to inspire New York Running Mommies.

Dorothy @ Mile Posts- Mommy of 3 and balancing it ALL!! Dorothy kept so fit during pregnancy she was able to run the Boston in 3:30, just 5 months after giving birth to her 3rd child, her race report HERE will give you chills.

TMB @ Racing with Babes- Stylish Stunner Tonia has 3 glowing girls to pass on her super style. If you need coaching advice on running while prego contact T.

Carrie @ This Mamma Makes Stuff
- Carrie is my HTC vanmate, while reading her Bio I found out she ran a Marathon at 16 weeks pregnant, read her Pregnant Marathon Race Report HERE.

Good luck to those Pregnant Runners and new Running Moms, you WILL make it!!! If we go for Baby #3 I will be coming to you for advice :)



Elizabeth said...

Good post and great advice! I remember a woman wearing a "baby on board" shirt at a 10-mile race last fall. I have a lot of admiration for these women who run through their pregnancies!

Anonymous said...

Like you, I didn't run while pregnant. I became a professional eater. Ha! I think those that continue running through pregnancy are amazing and inspiring... and I hope those ladies that contacted you, keep it up!

Lindsay said...

Another good resource:


She was still running 1 week before delivery if I remember right.....

Kimberly said...

Couldn't be better timing for this post! I ran through my 36th week, and I'm now 4 weeks post-partum. I really hoping to get out there in a couple weeks (I had a C-section). I know it will be slow-going but I can't wait just to feel the trail beneath my feet.

Run with Jess said...

I always envy those women who run while pregnant. I plain old LACKED THE ENERGY to get out there and get it done. Kudos Mommas!!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

This title is similar to my "running seed" post where readers thought Coach planted some, er seed! ha ha!!

Hunnybee said...

Just wanted to add
for those that are running while pregnant.

Anonymous said...

Wow good post! I had to stop running just to compremise with the hubby since it is our first. We are expecting him arrive in November. I was thinking of doing the couch to 5K running plan after he got here. I know there is recovery time for the baby. I think my midwife said if I have a good deliverly than I can start SLOWLY working out again in 4 weeks after delivery. I think that means walking and maybe a little tiny bit of lifting. But we'll see. I just hope it won't be as hard as it was the first time to get into running.

XLMIC said...

I was only able to handle running while pregnant with my second (I have 4). And once I hit 5 mos, she would smack into my bladder with every step and I would keep peeing in my shorts. Time to stop :P

I am always so impressed by those who are able to keep at it :)

Unknown said...

What a fun post. And I am totally with you on the reasons for stopping at two while still wondering about a third =)

5 Miles Past Empty said...

OK!!! Maybe one day I can take this advice and be a running, blogging, prego person! =)

Suzy said...

Felice was an inspiration when pregnant! That lady whipped my butt at a race and she was 5 mos pregnant and taking it easy. I couldn't even walk up the stairs when I was pregnant because I was so sick. so running was definitely out for me.

Felice Devine said...

Thanks for the shout-out!
And Suzy is so sweet :-)

It's tough to decide whether or not to have another. If I were younger, I totally would have a 3rd. But, then, I do love being a mom of two boys. There's something that seems so right about it!

Love the prego pic!

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

YAY - Thanks for including me!! I ran and still gained about 40 lbs with each! My last run was 3 days before baby C was born - 3 miles not stopping. Super proud of that one :)

BabyBrock said...

OMG I a can't believe you addressed my question and I saw you running on the trail in the same day (that was me on the trail who cheered for you like a weirdo, with the 2 kiddos, I am also a tall mom, named Lyndsey.) Our #3 was a big surprise so I totally get the reservations. I had just PR'd in a half and was getting ready for a full. Now I am looking forward to a few 5 and 10k and kicking labor in the booty (had my last one natural who weighed 9lbs12oz.) Thanks so much for taking the time to blog about this you are inspiring.