Is is Safe to Continue Running During Pregnancy?

QUESTION

Dear Fitness Expert,
Can I continue to run after I conceive? I am currently running about 5-6 days a week for 30 minutes.

ANSWER

Absolutely! Given the fact that you are already a runner and will simply continue a training regiment your body is already adjusted to, this should not be a problem for you. If you are like most pregnant runners, you will simply modify as your pregnancy moves along. This is a perfect time of year as it is less likely to get too hot. Still, you want to check you inner core temperature and drink plenty of water.

Having said all this, you must, must, must first consult your OB/GYN and discuss your current training routine and what, when, how you plan to continue. Please make sure your doctor is on board and, as always, it is wise to run with a jogging buddy.For more information on inner core temperature, please check our website. Good luck and keep on running!

-- Alex

Alexandra Allred

Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.

Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!