There are a ton of pregnant mommas out there running, kickboxing, cycling, lifting weights, swimming, climbing and training for birth..as they should be! Just because you are doing something physical does not mean its the best possible way to train for birth. As we say in Birthfit "If you had a thirty hour workout coming up you would train for it". Running is one of the most simple and easy ways to work on your fitness. It takes zero equipment and you can just step out your front door and hit the pavement. But is this particular movement good for all prenatal women throughout the pregnancy? Maybe not.
My job is to keep women strong, safe, and healthy while in my care. My main concerns with running are tight psoas that can lead to tight hip flexors, IT band that leads to knee pain, lower back pain, and pelvic floor health. Because of my desire for safety and happy hips I cut out running with my prenatal ladies early on. There are SO MANY other movements for moms in our bad ass gym to do besides run. More fun things, smarter things, better movements for your body other than running. LIKE....the sled :)
The sled is the second most versatile piece of equipment we have. You can push/pull light, heavy, forward, backwards, and laterally. It will crush your heart rate and your legs equally. This is a wonderful way to preserve the cardio stimulus with prenatal and postpartum moms without running.
When it is time and its safe to put running back in your fitness routine I suggest going to an expert. Our very own Birthfit Regional Director Nast Whitson of BF New Jersey is our resident running expert. Check out Birthiftnj.com to get started with her.
For more information on pelvic floor health check out a Birthfit Coaches Seminar near you! Birthfit.com