Thursday, February 23, 2012

Running While Pregnant: The Last Four Tips

Here are your last 4 pregnant running pointers, for a grand total of 10. Your first 6 tips can be found here and here.

7) Snacks. I'm not even kidding, if whether it's half a mile or 5 miles, when you're running pregnant, you have to bring a snack along for the ride. We're not talking a turkey dinner here, just enough to save your soul, heart, and sanity, if you get one of those all-of-the-sudden blood sugar drops. A teeny thing of fruit snacks, some hard candies, a $5 footlong. Anything's fine, as long as it's something.

8) Support. I know it's goofy, but definitely consider wearing a belly support like this one:

Ridiculous? Absolutely.

I found that one, and the picture, here. If you wear some support, your lower back will love you for it.

9) Learn. Running during a pregnancy is a great time to learn the ins and outs of childbirth and parenthood. I downloaded all kinds of podcasts to listen to during my runs. Distracting and informational--win, win, win.

Before I list a few, remember, if you plan to listen to music while you're running pregnant, turn the volume down low enough that you can hear oncoming traffic, and only wear one earbud.

Okay, here we go:

10) Enjoy. If you're running while you're pregnant, just enjoy it. You're doing something awesome for your own health, and for the health of your baby. Slow down, sniff flowers, and pet puppies. This is a time for basking in your own awesomeness--because most pregnant moms are sitting in their closets eating candy. But you? You're running and sitting in your closet eating candy.

Go get 'em!

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