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Pain While Running?


Before I became prego, I was running regularly about three or four times a week, for a few years. In December when I got pregnant, running didn't feel so good. I was tired the first trimester, and would get subtle cramps in my lower belly, so I thought I should take it easy and started walking instead. Now that I'm in my second trimester, and the weather is warming up, I was inspired to start running again. The past few times I've tried running, I feel this subtle pulling in the muscles in my lower abs. I'm wondering if any of you moms-to-be have experienced this or have any suggestions to help prevent it. Physically holding my belly in with my hands helps a lot, but I can't do that for an entire run! Thanks for your help!

kia kia 4 years 22 weeks
It is most likely round ligament pain or simply the subtle shifts of your pelvic girdle (I had to stop bike riding around 20 weeks because of how my pelvis had shifted in my saddle). I am 31 weeks now and was able to run until 26 weeks when my midwife asked me to stop as to not tax my ligaments. Try a maternity belt or wrapping a long scarf once to anchor on the hip bones and twice to support the belly like a hammock. Another thing you can do is strengthen your lower back muscles (back part of the core) to alleviate the pressure on the front side... do this via prenatal yoga, etc. One of my saving graces is that I am a prenatal yoga instructor so would go for my runs and then go home and go into the asanas to remedy any little aches I would develop on my runs. Good luck, listen to your body, and if it is still uncomfy then take your cardio workouts to the pool where your body does not have support all your weight like it does on land. You can run in the pool too.
chab chab 4 years 22 weeks
I found that a great maternity running skirt helped give me needed support as I ran later into my pregnancy. And a slower pace (I used a heart rate monitor to help me, too), shorter distances and lots of water helped, too. Listen to your body!
jenni5 jenni5 4 years 22 weeks
Ditto on the round ligament pain. But I would call your doctor and definitely slow down. In a few months you'll be back to running full speed.
4 years 22 weeks
Definitely round ligament pain. You can try a maternity belt to give you some extra support, but really I think your body is telling you to slow down. I'm almost 35 weeks pregnant and I was an avid runner before pregnancy. I was still running races in my first trimester. But around my 4th month I started to have a hard time breathing while running because I'm short and my uterus was already putting pressure on my lungs, so I had to quit. Now I just make do with a lot of walking and prenatal yoga.
LilaBo LilaBo 4 years 22 weeks
ROUND LIGAMENT PAIN! (probably) ... just listen to your body and slow down or walk when you need to! :)
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 4 years 22 weeks
I have the same problem when I take brisk walks (~4 mph). I thought it was somewhat like a side ache, so I have been trying to really focus on my breathing -- but that hasn't helped. I'll be interested to hear others' responses.