Running While Pregnant

Running in My Third Trimester

As you guys know, I happen to love running.  I have been fortunate enough to still be logging miles at nearly 35 weeks pregnant but sadly that journey might be coming to an end soon so I thought it was time to write this post.


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Right now I am 34 weeks and 5 days pregnant and did a 2 mile run yesterday.  Between last week and this week something has changed in my body.  It could be that Baby B has turned (hopefully!) and her position makes it more uncomfortable or my body is just starting to realize that it’s 8 1/2 months pregnant.  Either way, running is starting to get uncomfortable.


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I feel extremely fortunate to have logged miles for 7 weeks of my third trimester and I am not quite ready to throw in the towel completely yet.  Here is what my plan is to keep going:

  • Keep my pace slower.  I have found that keeping my pace slower (for me) is helping keep the round ligament pain at bay.  What does that mean?  My miles are looking more like 11-12 minutes/mile which is a lot different from just two weeks ago when they were sub-10 minute miles.
  • Keep my distance short.  I am keeping my runs to 2-3 miles and keeping up with walking the dogs to keep me moving more.
  • Sport my maternity belt for walks.  I LOVE my Gabrialla maternity support belt and have worn it every run since like 28 weeks, however, I wasn’t wearing it on walks.  I am going to see if the extra support keeps my belly happy.
  • Incorporate run/walk intervals.  Before this week I was pretty much running my my miles straight.  I am going to do more walking during my runs now.
  • I’m not going to push it.  I have super competitive … with myself.  I hate giving up.  Chris and I have had some talks about how I need to realize how pregnant I am and just go with it.  Easier said than done but I have to prepare for labor and delivery and not wear my body out NOW when I need it more THEN.


The issues I am currently dealing with are most likely due to how Baby B is sitting.  My round ligaments start to flair up during my workouts and my right sciatic nerve is being compressed.  I had bad sciatic pain with Em near the end too so this doesn’t surprise me.  Sometimes stopping and walking helps, other times just stopping is what I need to do.


Most importantly, I plan on listening to my body these last few weeks.  We aren’t sure if we will have more children after B so this could be my last time being pregnant EVER.  Plus, I have to get the nursery done because well, I haven’t started.  HA.  No matter what, I am PROUD of my body and what it has been capable of during pregnancy!


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Enjoy your weekend friends!  We have Chris’ battalion Fall Fest tonight so Em gets to go trunk-or-treating :)

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26 thoughts on “Running in My Third Trimester”

  1. That shirt you’re wearing is adorable! Way to go for keeping up the running so long into your pregnancy! I completely agree with you on your thoughts for running now. The best part is that you’re listening to your body and doing what you need to in order to stay active, but not hurt yourself.

    I hope the little one has turned for you. That in and of its self would be more painful this late in the game. I hope you have an incredible weekend!

  2. I am so impressed that you have been able to run this far into pregnancy! I had to stop around 5 months and it took about 5 months after giving birth for it to not feel painful. Needless to say, I am still working up my miles! I hope the last stretch is great and baby B has turned!
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  3. You are AMAZING! You’ve done such a great job caring for your body and having a fit pregnancy – I’m so impressed you’re still running! I had to stop at 33w w/Wyatt and bounced back easily postpartum and I credit running. i know you will too. You’ll be out there with a double jogging stroller before you know it!

  4. You’re amazing for running throughout it!! When I ran that 5K at 33 weeks, I thought I was going to die & my uterus was going to fall out. hah.

    But then again, I stopped running around 14 weeks. So that could be it 😉 haha

    I am excited to start up doing HIIT runs again though! If only baby would COMEEEEEEEEEE. haha

  5. I think you have been doing some running for me too. I haven’t ran in SO long. I miss it, but I don’t at the same time. So weird. I think I’m just so stressed with school that the thought of running and actually doing it would just contribute to the stress, which is probably all in my head haha

    You are a fantastically fit mama!!
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  6. This is awesome! Running at 34 weeks is amazing. I’m sure you posted about this at some point, but how did you deal with running while nauseous? I’m in the first trimester, and finally getting over the all day nausea and really want to get back into running, something I’ve neglected because movement made me feel worse. I didn’t run or work out much during my first pregnancy and would like to be more fit this time.

    1. I didn’t. I have hyperemesis with my pregnancies and get back into working out when it finally passes. I did “Couch to 5K” as a way to get back into running and felt great after a week of that and was back to logging regular miles. I had a good base coming into pregnancy and got back to it pretty quickly.

      1. That’s great that you got back into it! I don’t have hyperemesis and have still struggled, but it is helpful to see that if you ease back into it, working out is still possible.

  7. Love that you are running still- it makes a huge difference with your delivery and recovery! Love your tank, one of my favorites from For Two Fitness. Wear it all the time too. Keep feeling good and congrats on baby #2! Having two girls is pretty special…we don’t know what #3 will be. 😉

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