How to keep up with your running routine during pregnancy

February 6, 2013

Pregnancy may change your body dramatically, but it doesn’t have to completely alter your fitness routine! Of course, you shouldn’t expect to stay at the level of your pre-pregnancy running routine in your third trimester, but having a bun in the oven is no reason to stop completely. With the right workout tips and TRUE Fitness equipment, you can continue to run safely until the baby arrives:

Know it’s OK
While expectant mothers may be fearful that continuing to run during pregnancy is dangerous, exercise can actually be beneficial for both mother and baby. However, it’s still important to talk to your doctor about your intention to continue running and make sure you’re exercising as safely as possible.

Take it slow
As your pregnancy progresses, you may find you can’t run as quickly or take hills as hard as you used to. Be sure to listen to your body: if you feel any pain or pulling, take a break. Don’t push through discomfort like you may have pre-pregnancy. Now is the time to maintain your fitness level, not push it.

Avoid running in high temperatures
Running inside on a TRUE Fitness treadmill in an air-conditioned room will help prevent you from overheating. The TRUE PS800 treadmill also uses the TRUE Soft Systemâ„¢ and has an orthopedic belt for minimal impact on the joints and knees and maximum safety while running.

Be sure to stretch
Stretching before and after each workout is especially critical while pregnant. It will help prevent sore muscles and back pain, and make it possible for you to continue to run well into your pregnancy.

Stick to flat surfaces
As your belly grows and your center of gravity shifts, you become more likely to slip and fall. Running on flat surfaces like a TRUE Fitness treadmill while holding onto the handles will make it less likely that you lose your balance and increase safety for both you and your baby.

Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your run. Although hydration is always important when exercising, it’s especially important during pregnancy: according to BabyCenter, dehydration can decrease blood flow to the uterus and may cause premature contractions.

If all else fails, switch to the elliptical
As your pregnancy progresses, you may find that running is simply too high impact. Switch to the TRUE ES700 Elliptical Trainer to maintain your fitness levels during pregnancy  while keeping pressure off of  your joints. The TRUE ES700 is designed for maximum comfort and safety with its Core Drive™ System, TRUE Lock™ footpads and ergonomically designed multi-grip handles.