Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pregnancy Running Belt

I am 5 months pregnant and haven't been running as much as I did before I found out I was pregnant. For those of you who are not aware, pregnancy is NOT comfortable making running more difficult and unenjoyable. I started to miss running and decided to do something about it.

First, I purchased a maternity support belt http://www.maternitysupport.com/maternty.htm. I found this one at Village Maternity at University Village. I also decided to wear an additional support tank top over my sports bra and under my workout shirt. I loaded my ipod up with my favorite songs and hit the Burke Gilman trail. I couldn't believe it. I felt great and comfortable! My tummy felt secure, my chest didn't hurt and I felt like I had been running regularly for the last few months. I ran for about 20 minutes which is not as long as I used to run, but it felt great and safe! I feel it is best to go for a walk/jog during pregnancy. My favorite is to do 10 minutes of running, 10 minutes of walking and then repeat.

2 comments:

Tamara said...

Hi, Anne. I googled pregnancy and running belt and it brought me to your blog. Am now 5-1/2mos pregnant and in the past week have found my lower belly feeling very tight/pressured about 2miles into my run, thus reducing me to a walk. Is this was you felt? And the belt alleviated it? I always hear about running being "uncomfortable" when pregnant but not what that means. thanks for sharing your experience!

Anne Hulett said...

Hi Tamara- You should be careful with the feeling of tighting and pressure, that could be Braxton Hicks contractions. You should ask your doctor at your next appointment. My uncomfortableness was due more from pelvic pressure and the belt helped with this. It also made my stomach and back feel more secure. Good luck!