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Can I keep running?

I was a distance runner in high school and college. I'm now 28 and still train pretty hard. How long and how hard can I run now that I'm pregnant?

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First, let me say that you--and every pregnant woman--should talk with your doctor about athletic training during pregnancy. That said, I offer the following rules for a trained athlete as long as she is in good health, has no pregnancy complications and had no problems such as miscarriage or preterm labor in a prior pregnancy.



• Stick with the training conditions you are used to. If you run on a track, this is not the time to start negotiating hilly streets.


• Do not become severely overheated. Also, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise.


• Use the "talk test." In other words, work out only so hard that you can comfortably carry on a conversation while exercising.


• If you wish to maintain the number of miles you run each week, be prepared to reduce your pace as your pregnancy advances.



Whatever exercise you do, let your body be your guide. If you experience pain, dizziness or shortness of breath, stop and call your doctor.

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From <i>Pregnancy Q&A</i> by Connnie Agnew, M.D., Febuary/March 2005

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