I’m back today with my final post in the series you’ve likely been awaiting with bated breath, running during pregnancy. If you need to catch up, here is part 1 and part 2. The good news is, if you’ve grown tired of reading about running during pregnancy, today is the last post!
Just for fun, how many of you have ever searched these terms “third trimester running” on Google? The statistics are interesting and yes, many women have done just that and survived to tell the tale.
"Seventy percent of runners ran some time during their pregnancy (or pregnancies), but only 31% ran during their third trimester."
Consider yourself a "31 percent" statistic if you're still running in the third trimester. AMAZING!
Running during the third trimester brought a new set of challenges from all the other trimesters. There was the huge belly, zero balancing skills, Braxton-Hicks contractions, and plain old sheer exhaustion. Here are a few more important things I learned that helped me continue running up until delivery day, which you may also find helpful if you're a third trimester runner.
Finally, can I remind you that running during pregnancy is such a short time in the bigger scheme of things? Yes, it is true even if you have multiple pregnancies. Try to not be discouraged or hyper focused on those typical runner goals. Don’t compare yourself to a non-pregnant runner! Know that the time to focus on working hard at running will come soon enough.
Until then, go and conquer those miles with your ‘baby on board’ and most of all, have fun making those pregnant running memories. I treasure every single one.
Happy pregnant running!
Disclaimer: I’m not an expert, just a girl who loves running and has been doing so for over a decade. Everything I share about running during pregnancy is what has worked for me and what has been okay for me to do during my pregnancy. Always check with your doctor before starting or continuing an exercise regimen.
*The source for these statistics was this fascinating study performed by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information.
wife to 1 fine redhead. momma to 3, avid runner + health enthusiast.