January 31, 2019


The Conversation asked five experts: is it safe to run while pregnant? Exercising during pregnancy is fine, so long as it’s not a tough new regime.

Alexandra Hansen, The Conversation

Pregnancy can be a magical time, but also a stressful one. With so many things you can and can’t do, it can get confusing. Guidelines recommend women without complicated pregnancies should be maintaining fitness. But how?

Many women love the alone time pounding the pavement for a nice run out in nature, but is this too strenuous? The Conversation asked five experts if it’s safe to run while pregnant.

Five out of five experts said yes


Here are their detailed responses:

If you have a “yes or no” health question you’d like posed to Five Experts, email your suggestion to: alexandra.hansen@theconversation.edu.auThe Conversation


Alexandra Hansen, Chief of Staff, The Conversation

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

  • I am glad they all agree. I think my running was getting very funny towards the end but I still enjoyed it. With the twins age and a big belly, I did stop after a few months but still walked jogged until it became too much for me. Yes do not take it up if you did not do it before, just use your common sense when doing it.


  • Oh that’s surprising! I stopped running after being two months pregnant. I didn’t think it was safe.


  • My mother fell whilst running when she was pregnant i wouldn’t take the risk look after your baby if you love them look after them its too late if something happens best wishes and love to all mum’s.


  • I couldn’t imagine running while pregnant…urgh


  • I believe you know your body, and in consultation with your GP and OB, that you can make an informed decision that is right for you.


  • It’s fine so long as it’s part of your normal routine. It’s actually good for you I was able to continue running until about 7.5 to 8mths and it meant that I didn’t gain much weight and I lost it so much easier.


  • If you are a person who has always run, then continue to do so – just don’t take it up because you are pregnant – that’s inviting disaster.


  • It looks like they all agree in running during pregnancy. It sound good to me.


  • I ran a few days per week before I got pregnant with my first. I stopped running during pregnancy but only because it made me feel so sick every time I started to jog.


  • Think indeed it’s from great benefit to remain in good condition throughout the pregnancy. It’s wise to listen to your body and seek advice and support throughout the pregnancy from various experts.


  • I’m not a runner so it’s not a big deal to me but if your Dr says it’s fine and you like it why not.

    • Exactly – it is so good for the mental health of some people too.


  • I would think it’s fine if it’s something you were doing already,


  • If you are a runner then I would assume you could continue doing so.


  • I think if you are already active and healthy then it’s ok. If you dont already run or exercise and you suddenly start, thats where the issues might come from


  • I have friends that run and did so during pregnancy. They received some negative comments from some people but ignored it.


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