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Running Through Pregnancy: Plans for the 3rd Trimester!

Posted Jul 27 2012 8:34am

Happy Friday!

Was this an incredibly jam packed week for anyone else? I fully plan on the next 3-4 weeks being like this, so I’m bracing myself. I’m trying to take on a whole “bring it on” attitude. I’ll let you know how that goes. :)

So another week has passed, which means we’re another week closer to meeting this little baby. Tomorrow is officially 28 weeks, so I’m happy to announce my entrance into the 3rd trimester. Sometimes 12 weeks sounds forever away and other times, it feels like OMG it’s so soon.

It’s kind of how I waver between feeling not pregnant and feeling huge. It varies on the day and also on the time of day. Currently my feeling is not huge…ask me later, I may change my mind.

Now that I’m officially in the 3rd trimester, I feel like I can celebrate making it 2/3 of my pregnancy running. I have a goal of making it 8 more weeks, but we’ll see how that goes. Here’s a little recap on how it’s gone so far:

First Trimester: I was out of breath a lot. I had to slow down because I wasn’t sure why I was having so many out of breath runs. After I found out I was pregnant I did probably 2-3 weeks of intervals, running anywhere from 5-10 minutes at a time and talking walking breaks. After 2-3 weeks I went back to running anywhere from 20-30 minutes at a time, taking 1 walking break and then finishing up my mileage.

Second Trimester: For the majority of the second trimester (up until last week) I was running anywhere from 3-5 minutes with 1-2 walking breaks (2-5 minutes at a time). Last week it started feeling like I needed more walking breaks so I switched to interval running. I started running about 12 minutes at a time (sometimes 10), walking for 2 minutes and then repeating anywhere from 2-3 times. This is going really well right now, except yesterday’s run.

On yesterday’s run, I got really bad round ligament pain 2 minutes into my last interval of 12 minutes. I haven’t had too much of this, so as soon as I got it I started to walk for a couple of minutes. I tried running again but it kept coming back, so I stopped and walked the rest of the way home (pain free when walking.) I have to admit I was extremely disapointed, not because I felt like I was short changing my workout, but because I got a glimpse of why I would need to stop running. The round ligament pain is PAINFUL. I’m grateful I haven’t had much of it at this point at all, but if it keeps up during running, I’ll have to stop.

I know not everyone is a pregnant runner and I feel SUPER lucky I have been able to run until 28 weeks.

Here’s my plan for the third trimester:

  • Continue to run 3 times a week, as long as I’m pain free.
  • Continue to run 12 minute intervals, but reduce down to 10 or 8 minutes when needed.
  • Take walking breaks whenever I need to.
  • Try my hardest not to get disappointed when I have to stop.
  • Continue to see my chiropractor once a week and increase to 2x a week if needed. (Suppose to help with round ligament pain.)
  • Honor my body AND my baby by taking care of myself, not only by staying fit but by resting and giving it what it needs.

As far as the other days of the week, I’m really enjoying walking and continue to strength train up to 3 times a week. Hopefully staying fit will help my labor be a BREEZE (hah, but really…).

In other pregnant news, I’m still feeling really good 90% of the time. Occasionally I’ll get heartburn, but it’s mostly stopped after having it after every meal for basically 2 weeks. My biggest complaint is burning ab pain, but after talking with my chiropractor we realized I only get it when I’m sitting on the couch at night, hunched over. I basically am eating normal, but I do have nights where I’m practically in tears because I want nothing to do with eating dinner (last night it was brown rice pasta shells with broth and a boatload of grated cheese…).

So that’s about it! I’d love to hear how you stayed active during your pregnancy, or just your thoughts in general about all of this! And if you have any stories about how your labor was better because you stayed active…then you MUST share!

Happy Friday! Have a great day!

Big shout out to my mom who has been doing an amazing job on her own weight loss journey. She has been doing an amazing job staying active and exercising everyday. She called me this morning to tell me she did walk/jog intervals. I couldn’t be prouder! 


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