Running While Pregnant
NEW YORK (NBC) – If you’re a runner and working out for two, doctors say you may not have to give up the sport you love.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists actually says it is probably OK to continue running through pregnancy as long as you were a runner beforehand and you stay in close contact with your physician.
That’s welcome news to Kelly Perkins, seven months pregnant with her first child.
“I didn’t want to give it up if I didn’t have to, but was perfectly willing to if that was necessary,” Perkins said.
Her doctor told her jogging while pregnant is fine, as long as she’s careful.
In spite of some pain in her knees, she still hopes to run up to her delivery.
“If I can, then that’s what I’ll do. If I can’t then that’s okay too,” she said. “I’m just happy I made it this far.”
Doctors say pregnant runners will probably have to adjust their routine and that it’s important to stay in touch with your body.
“Most doctors now are saying it’s safe and healthy and they actually advise women to continue being active and continue running through their pregnancies,” Runner’s World Senior Editor Katie Neitz said.
Posted: Oct 14, 2010 9:46 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2010 11:32 AM