Is it safe to run during pregnancy?

Running or jogging are great ways to stay fit and healthy and is also an effective way to keep weight  under control. Some also find it a great stress reliever (me included). But what about during pregnancy? This is a very common question I get asked by my clients and the answer is not so black and white because it depends on a number of things. 

The answer is…

If you were a regular runner or jogger before you became pregnant, it is completely safe to continue jogging while pregnant, as long as it is comfortable for you! If you are unsure, a good rule of thumb is to use the ‘talk test’. If you are unable to hold a conversation while jogging or running, it is not safe to continue and it is time to have a rest. If you ARE able to talk while exercising, it is safe to continue.

I personally usually love jogging but unfortunately I had to give it up due to pelvic pain and also the pressure it put on my bladder. (The photo below is staged if you couldn’t tell).

But everyone is different and if you’re strong and fit enough to continue jogging, then go for it!

On the other hand, if you’re NOT a regular jogger, I would NOT recommend starting while pregnant as your risk of injury will be much higher! Walking on the other hand is a MUCH better alternative and has soo many benefits while pregnant!

If you want to exercise during your pregnancy but not sure where to start, join Alex for a week by week pregnancy exercise program. 



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