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Forty Weeks of Fitness with Chelsea

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Jogging while Pregnant

Still have a little bounce in your step? Jogging is a full body workout that can be safe for you and your baby provided you are not considered to be a high risk pregnancy.

Before heading out for each run, consider the temperature, precipitation, amount of daylight left and level of traffic on your route. During your run listen to your body and slow your pace or walk when you feel the need. The increased weight on the muscles of your pelvic floor, combined with the impact from jogging, may lead to uncomfortable pressure in the deep abdomen. Should this occur, choose one of the many other activities available to you.

Pay special attention to your clothing, from head-to-toe. Suit up with a comfortable and supportive sports bra, weather-appropriate clothing, good socks and shoes that give you the stability and cushioning needed to absorb the shock of each foot strike. On a business trip? Don't forget to pack your running shoes and ask the hotel concierge to recommend a safe and scenic jogging route; running is a great way to discover a new city. If you are more comfortable indoors, hit the treadmill at your local gym. Leave your earphones at home and take your cell phone or a friend. No matter where you are walking, be sure to keep a bottle of water with you and rehydrate frequently.

Baseline Rules

  • Speak to your doctor about your desire to stay active during your pregnancy and listen to his/her advice and recommendations.

  • Wear appropriate shoes and clothing (layers work great to avoid overheating).

  • Monitor your breathing rate and adjust your intensity accordingly.

  • Take frequent water breaks to stay hydrated.

  • Stop exercising immediately if you feel dizzy, faint or experience heart palpitations.

  • Stretch! Areas to focus on include your hamstrings, quadriceps, IT bands and calf muscles.

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