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Remaining active during pregnancy0

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running (Tuesday September 8, 2009 at 2:08 pm)

As I write this, I am 37 weeks pregnant with my second child. My goal, similar to that during my first pregnancy, was to continue running throughout the gestational period, but alas – between working full-time, chasing a toddler, and just the exhaustion that accompanies pregnancy, it was not to be. What I have been able to do, which I think makes an extraordinary difference to the psyche and to health during pregnancy, is continued to walk to the vast majority of my destinations.

My workplace, which is approximately 1.5 miles from my home, remained the best source of walking, between frequently using the stairs and traversing long corridors with frequency; but leaving my home 20 minutes early each day gave me the nice morning walk to work itself that I needed. Until about two months ago, I was walking to and from work twice weekly and either to or from work another one or two days each week. On other days, I was taking the bus, getting off one or two stops early to build in at least a few extra blocks of walking. Then, there are walks with my husband and two year old son on the weekends, a time when we can all reconnect with one another after a busy week.

I have now reached a point where the walk to and from work is a bit much, but I still enjoy walks in the evenings and on the weekends at a leisurely pace with my family. I think it will be easier to lose the pregnancy weight after the baby is born as I have not gained much mass aside from where it should be. I think it will keep me from feeling the “baby blues” as I feel more connected with my surroundings. I think it will mean good healthy role modeling for my son while physiologically benefitting the unborn baby. Overall, remaining active has been a good decision.

After baby is born, I’m giving myself a week to recover at my own pace, and then the pedometer is returning back to its rightful place on my belt. 🙂 I look forward to the outdoors time, strolling with my (growing) family, and soon enough hitting the pavement with my running shoes and Garmin Forerunner again. I also look forward to cheering my husband on in the Salmon Days 5k run in October (my first year not running it since moving here, but I will be at the finish line with baby snuggled in the Bjorn), and encouraging my son as he sprints across a parking lot in his first 1k fun run.