Running during pregnancy and postpartum is a safe and easily accessible exercise that improves health outcomes. Unfortunately, many patients are unsure how to safely continue jogging during and after pregnancy. Some fear physical activity may hurt themselves or their baby. For others, nausea and fatigue lead them to avoid exercise.
Benefits of Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Regular exercise during and after pregnancy offers a host of beneficial health effects for the mother and baby. For example, physical activity improves cardiovascular fitness and emotional well-being. Likewise, women who jog during pregnancy show a decreased risk of complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and cesarean section. And they tend to have quicker recovery postpartum.
Support for Pregnant Runners
Physical activity is vital during and after pregnancy. The CDC recommends pregnant and postpartum women get 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. For example, five days a week for 30 minutes. However, physical discomfort can discourage exercise. Prenatal advice from a healthcare provider increases the likelihood of women continuing to run safely. Nurses, midwives, and doctors can ensure patients that running can be a safe and healthy part of pregnancy.
What are the risks of running too soon after giving birth?
Returning to running postpartum comes with some risks. For cesarean deliveries, the fascia needs time to heal correctly. Perineal lacerations and episiotomies need recovery time as well. So, it’s often advisable to wait before returning to running. Still, everyone’s situation is different, so discuss plans with your healthcare provider first.
Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Prenatal and postpartum running advice help patients continue jogging during pregnancy and safely return after giving birth. In addition, medical professionals can offer clinical guidelines to help women. We offer advice and guidance on Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum at Churchill Orthopedic Rehabilitation. Call our office to refer patients at 201-833-1333.