Preggo running I.
First of all my apology for the pregnancy/baby ramblings – I do understand that people in general are not interested in the endless talks of pregnant women and vaguely I remember that 4 months ago I couldn’t care less myself – but it is the hormones in me talking today…
After several years of more less unsuccessful attempts I became pregnant in June. Moreover, this time my pregnancy survived the 8, 10 and 12 weeks and I actually just started my 17th week now. This is a quick attempt to note down some of the ‘pregnant running’ thoughts.
Did running help me to conceive?
First of all, I like to believe that running (and sporting in general) contributed to the fact that this pregnancy so far is developing well. I shaved off my overweight, gained a lot of strength and returned some healthy eating habits to my diet.
What do the docs say?
As I am 38 years old, of course I am being closely monitored by the medical world. As the matter of fact, after the somewhat disturbing CVS results in wk 12 (karyotype so wild with mosaic 3 and 4 (!) chromosomes that it is beyond comprehension that any baby would survive the first trimester), I am now consulting 2 gynecologists in 2 different hospitals, a midwife and a clinical genetic doc. All 4 of them were unanimous in their conclusions: If you were running before the pregnancy and if you are able to take it easy, the best thing to do is continue running as long as you can.
How do I feel?
Well, pretty good actually. Throughout the last weeks, while waiting for the results of the CVS, and this week while waiting for the amniocentesis results, I am actually very focused on my running routine. Yes, I have to build a break of several days every time somebody sticks a needle to my belly so it is getting increasingly difficult to maintain the forecasted 40 km a week (struggling with 30 km this week, actually) but other than that, I am really good. The 40 minutes outside with running shoes make my day better.
How is my body doing?
So far so good. My breasts obviously grew and a firm sports bra is a must. So are shoes with good cushioning (currently I am very happy with my Asics Nimbus). During my runs, I often feel thirsty (which is new to me as I usually drink very little) so a bottle of water is a new addition to my runs. The bottle belt is not that comfortable anymore while for a camel bag my distances are too funny, so I carry the bottle in my hand. Also, I have to pee quite often which pretty much eliminates the city center runs haha. So I am adding toilette paper to my pocket. Last but not least, I learned to carry a cell phone with me all the time and some money, just in case.
How is the baby doing?
From what the ultrasound shows, the baby likes to sleep while I move. The ultimate evidence being one recent medical check: I biked to see the midwife and she was ready to examine me right after I parked the bike. The baby was asleep and it took us some coughing and laughing to wake him/her up. Of course once he/she was awake, there was no way to stop him/her from kicking around anymore.A brief chronology:
0-6 weeks: I did not think I could be pregnant. Ran around quite actively (Juneathon, holiday in France with some trails and hill work), a beer/wine here and there…
6-8 weeks: after a positive test I deliberately slowed down my running pace – they say your body will give you signals… hmm, not quite…
8-12 weeks: The body signals came after all: my regular easy running pace slowed with half a minute or so (from 6:15 min p/km to 6:45 min p/km) and I started feeling tired during the day. Running funny enough chased the tiredness away and it helped a lot to maintain the regular ‘number 2’ routine (nobody ever warned me and constipation + a lot of gas are really the biggest problems right now). Morning sickness hit me in the afternoon. Gained 1 kg.
12-16 weeks: It was getting harder to maintain my running schedule, also due to medical checks (CVS in week 12, amnio in week 16). Less tired, not sick anymore. Ran a 10 km race in 15+3. So far gained 3 kg in total.
So to cut a long story short: although we don’t know where this pregnancy is going, I am feeling good and running definitely contributes to it. It helps me to get through the long and tiresome days well (and sane).
To be continued.