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

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Pregnant Running Must Have and Tips

Although this is our 3rd child this is the first time that I have run while pregnant.  When I first found out I was pregnant I searched the web for “Pregnancy running gear”, “Pregnancy running clothes”, followed by “Cheap maternity running clothing”,  “Pregnancy running tips”, etc.. I wanted to find out what I could to set myself up for success.  As helpful as the information was each pregnancy is different and I soon realized that I would be learning as I went.  I am 28 weeks along in the start of 3rd trimester and I ran 4 HILLY miles yesterday.  This is SUCCESS in my mind.  I am not comparing myself to anyone.  I am celebrating each day that I am able to train in the sport I love.  Along the way I have come across what I am calling Pregnancy Must-Haves.  This is my short list; if something on it helps you while running pregnant it was worth posting. 

Pregnant Running Must Haves:

Support for the Girls:
Moving Comfort has SAVED me.  Having never been a big girl in the upper region I did not know what to do with my new assets.  Moving comfort had the solutions.  I wear my Juno and Fiona bras for all my runs, so much better than doubling up on constricting sports bras.  The hooks in the back make the bras much easier to get in and out of as the bump grows.  And they have SALES online HERE .

Comfortable pants:
I know many women are resistant to convert to maternity pants, if you can fit in your regular workout gear more power to you.  I have not been that lucky.  I also do not have the budget for high priced gear.  I was lucky to find pants I love at Old Navy and Motherhood Maternity.  I think 2-3 pairs is enough, but I am only running about 2-3 times weekly.

LONG tops:
Tugging to keep a top down is the WORST!  Thankfully the styles right now seem to be headed toward longer lengths.  I have had success going up a size at TJMaxx, Ross, Marshalls, and the like.  Clearance racks are great.  My worst fear is ruining my favorite tops because I try to stretch myself into them. 

I am in love with my t-shirt from Run Like a Mother BUY HERE, the top that my buddy Zoe made for me and the decals sent by my friend Mandy to add to a clearance top I found.  It is FUN to wear something that lets the world know you are bumping.
"This is not a speed bump, and I am not slowing down."
Tall Baby Runner On Board
Sweating for Two
Compression socks:
As I gain weight I notice the stress on my calves and feet.  Compression socks have kept me from mid-run cramping and aided in recovery after runs.  It is getting hotter which makes me a bit nervous, but I may need to keep wearing the tall socks for the support.  My favorite compression socks are sold by The Recovery Sock

Support Belt:
I bought mine at a consignment shop for $12, since it does not go directly on my skin I was not worried about second hand.  I highly recommend scoping out local consignment shops and sales for items like this to save some $$.  The style I got was similar to the Motherhood Maternity style.   

I don’t wear the top strap.  What I LOVE it the back-support, the breathable fabric on the back and the easily adjustable waist.  I don’t love how it makes mid-run bump photos look, but I feel like the extra support has kept baby girl off my bladder.  Also the belt keeps my under tank top down and pants up, double bonus!!

Running Buddy Support:
As you get slower you may feel like you are holding back your partner. DON’T!  That person agreed to run with you and is there for YOU!  Having someone there is important (especially as you enter 3rd trimester), don’t feel guilty, enjoy the company it will keep you from solely-focusing on your ever-present bundle of joy bouncing on your front-side (and your bladder).
I slow him down and he supports me.... TRUE LOVE!!
Good Shoes:
Pregnancy is not the time to test new shoes.  If you have a brand/style that is your old faithful keep with it.  I love my Brooks Adrenalines, I have not even thought about putting on any minimal support shoes since I have been pregnant.  My feet are flattening and widening as the weight increases making supportive shoes all the more crucial.

Tall Mom Pregnant Running Tips:

  • 1.      Take credit for every movement.  I run, jog, walk, etc. I keep my Garmin on and record the final mileage and finish time regardless because I am proud of what I have done!!

  • 2.      Pace does not matter.  As a competitive person I find myself fixating on my Garmin at time, willing it to move back to a lower pace….but now is not the time for that.  No one cares how fast I am running.  I am running for myself and my baby not to set any speed goals. 

  • 3.      Set yourself a goal of time/distance/etc. going in, but be prepared to through that goal out if your body does not respond.  This is NOT the time to push through the pain.

  • 4.      Give yourself a BREAK.  If there is anything I have learned while running during pregnancy it is that my body is very fickle.  I can set out with the best of intentions and quickly realize that it is not going to work that day.  Running 2 days in a row does not work for me and that is OK.  There will be days I think I am DONE running, then follow it up with an amazing 5 miler a couple days later. 

  • 5.      Use Bodyglide everywhere!

  • 6.      Drink water, then more water, and more water. This will help with cramping and keep you moving on your runs.  I will drop in a Nuun tab every once in a while for some added electrolytes.

  • 7.      Start and end your runs at a bathroom and use it before and after.  The unpredictability of internal NEEDS has been a tough adjustment for me.  When nature calls I want to know how far I am from the nearest facility (or bush if in dire need). 

  • 8.      Take photos of your pregnant running.  I have really enjoyed looking back at my mid-run bump shots.  Maybe it is vain, I do love having my photo taken, but I think of it as an addition to my pregnant running journal.

  • 9.      Keep a record of your workouts.  I love using DailyMile (find me HERE) it helps me keep track of walking, hiking, running, etc. and is also a very supportive community.  The comments that people leave on my runs make me smile and remind me that what I am doing is “inspiring.”  I also have a simple week by week spreadsheet for the 40 weeks of my pregnancy where I record my mileage and little notes about the week.

  • 10.  Take care of yourself and your little one!  That is the most important tip I can give you. 
I am sure there are plenty of things I have missed.  So drop additional tips in the comments.  Sending Positive Vibes your way!!  Pregnancy update and more photos coming soon!!


Anonymous said...

You running prego moms are awesome!!!!! I had my first almost 17 years ago and I remember being so afraid I was going to miscarry I didn't move. I had five kids in under 7 years so needless to say I got plenty of exercise just nursing, picking up toddlers etc. BUT if I had to do it all over I would have started running in my 20's not mid 30's

Unknown said...

all great tips Mel! I hope you continue to enjoy running the rest of your pregnancy. I am thinking I might need support belt just for daily use, might help with my constant round ligament pain.

Unknown said...

Such a great post... I have one very similar to post soon! :)

Average Woman Runner said...

Good post!

Team Pattison said...

Great post Mel. My wife and I are at the 20 week stage of our 3rd child and have just found out today that it will be a 3rd boy. I'm the only runner in the family so your post doesn't have any direct advice but I do love your tips and I'm sure if any of my running lady friends were pregnant I would pass them on. My wife is suffering from back pain at the moment so I do lots of running back and forth heating hot water bottles and wheat bags for her, because that's what husbands are for. Hope yours is doing the same for you, keep up the running as long as you can well done.

Half Crazed Runner said...

I ran when I was pregnant, too. Like one of your other readers, that was more 18+ years ago. Back then, the doctors told me that since I ran, I could still do it, but I should wear a heart rate monitor and shouldn't go over 140 bpm. I don't even know how they got to that heart rate. I don't think they even tell people that anymore! Good for you, though! Your babies will be so proud of their mommy, one day!

BrennanAnnie said...

Great tips. Being fit throughout pregnancy certainly makes a difference in the long run.

Marissa said...

I think I could have a third child just so I could sport that "sweating for two" tank! Ha! TOO CUTE!!!

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Stephanie said...

Love these tips. i did a lot of them. I loved running in my running for two shirt! But at 30 weeks I called it quits it just hurt

Nesh said...

Nice! I have been searching the web for running support items. It's a headache for sure!

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