Now How Do You Deal with the Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is no fun at all and even though all you probably want to do at the moment is lay in bed, I guarantee you the sickness will be much more bearable, if it doesn't go away completely, if you get out and do some form of exercise. (If you are having complications, this may not apply to you.)
Now I should tell you the same thing every coach and runner I know told me regarding running while I was pregnant. Ask your doctor if it's ok for you. I'll also tell you what my doctor told me after she'd given me a clean bill of health. "Good for you. Go for it."
Not only does running help decrease morning sickness (I actually found I felt better the whole day on the days I ran in the morning), it is also great for the development of the baby. I am 100% convinced my baby is healthier and smarter because I exercised while I was pregnant with him.
I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) when I was twelve weeks pregnant. I was very nauseous and could barely keep down any food down on the run. Just the thought of getting out of bed increased my morning sickness. But once I got out there and started running, almost without fail I started feeling better. The morning sickness went away every time.
I should point out that I was one of the last people to finish this half marathon. I ran it my slowest pace ever and it took me the longest time to recover - two weeks. My average recovery time after a long race is 12-24 hours.
I also had the most fun running that half marathon. I didn't have any expectations, I was just so happy and proud that my pregnancy hadn't stopped me from running.
I know there are others who have more experience and insight into running while pregnant and I would love to hear from you.
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