Maybe your newborn sleeps. Maybe your newborn doesn’t sleep. Maybe you’re struggling playing the formula game and trying to find one that your little one’s tummy can handle. Maybe you feel as though you have become a dairy cow and your baby is nursing constantly.
Perhaps you’re currently running on three hours of sleep. You might be the woman standing in front of the mirror, holding back tears, wondering if you’ll ever get back into shape (even though you know deep down inside it’s only been about two weeks since you housed a human).
Regardless of where you’re at, know this: It’s just an uphill stretch.
I am exactly 38 weeks pregnant today, and I began my day running 5K (3.1 miles). I’ve continued to run 2-3 days per week through my entire pregnancy, and I am extremely proud of how I’ve sharpened my mental state to keep that up!
It hasn’t been an easy journey (and I don’t think it is for any woman) to run while pregnant. For a small period, I was considered high risk due to polyhydramnios and had an even BIGGER belly than usual, so running became even tougher. My ability to keep going is a direct result of my mental state rather than my physical state.
I’ve put together some affirmations that have helped me continue running through pregnancy, and hopefully you find them helpful as well.
Before I get started, it is very important that anyone reading this understands the following:
- I am not a medical professional and the information in this blog entry is not and should not be taken as medical advice of any kind.
- The information in this blog entry is based on my health, fitness, and personal experience – everyone is different and no pregnant woman should start or continue exercise routines without consult of her doctor.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s chat. This week at an ultrasound, I was diagnosed with polyhydramnios which means I have an excess of amniotic fluid. According to most research, it occurs in about 1% of pregnancies. It all started because I was measuring big, but there’s more to the story than that…
First off, let’s get something straight: It isn’t morning sickness for most of us. Nah. For many of us, it’s morning sickness in every time zone and it can last all day, by extremely random as far as time-of-day, and sometimes doesn’t even strike until later in the day.
For the most part, my sickness didn’t start until the afternoon. There were definitely a few days were it was all freaking day long though, and that made running tough. It’s been a learning experience so far, and I am hoping that what I learned can also help you.
I still can’t believe I am starting an entire series on running while pregnant. I’m really happy about it now, but as many of my followers know, this was not the plan. I enjoyed having my daughter and my stepson. It was very manageable and while they have their moments, they’re low maintenance.
And then one day, my Garmin notified me that my resting heart rate jumped by ten…