Bad Angel Rule #87
The minute you become knocked up, you essentially lose control of your body. What was once yours and only yours is now in the control of a tiny parasite who’s literally sucking away all of your energy. A lot of women stop exercising during those magical months of pregnancy, but for me, running and working out are two of the few things that help me feel like I’m back in the driver’s seat.
That said, running pregnant is a totally different ballgame. Here are a few general things to keep in mind:
- Listen to your body. There are a lot of theories out there about heart rate and temperature and blah blah blah, but the real tell of whether you’re pushing it too hard is your common sense. At the end of the day, YOU know what does and doesn’t feel right for you, and that is always the best gauge.
- Talk it out. Leave the heart monitor at home, and bring a friend out running instead. As long as you can comfortably carry on a conversation, you’re in the clear.
- Be wary of the heat. When you’re feeling hot, your baby is even hotter. Slow down, walk it out, and if you feel like your face is melting off, it’s time to call it a day.
- Pre-plan pee stops. It’s no secret that pregnant ladies have to pee every 4 minutes. Add a bouncing baby on top of that, and you’ve got a recipe for frequent potty breaks. So, before you start desperately eyeing each large tree on your route, know where you can go ahead of time.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from mommydom, it is this: It’s a heck of a lot easier to run with your kid inside of you than it is to do it once they’re out in the world.
So, I say, keep on keeping on, pregnant women of the world. And when running becomes more of a waddle, that’s OK, too. You’ll be back out there soon enough. –Aidz