Back Into Running Post BabyHow long to wait?
Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:16 PM
So I guess what I'm looking for here is some guidance about how long I should wait - I do want to have a go at the mothers' day classic 5k next year but I will need to complete the c25k again first.
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:26 PM
I have no idea about pregnancy but I'm sure the average patient who has knee surgery only needs to wait three months, right?
what a crazy suggestion from that physio..
Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:33 PM
ETA: This might help...
Your Guide to Postpartum Running - Article
Edited by Kyliee, 08 September 2008 - 08:34 PM.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:36 PM
After my first (July), I ran in the Noosa 5km fun run (Sept). I had trained a fair amount throughout the pregnancy, and swam rather than ran in the last 3 months.
The main thing is not to start back too early, and to begin walking, then running. You really have to listen to your body, because you will also be tired from feeding, and new baby routines.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:07 PM
Don't put any pressure on yourself this early. If you're breastfeeding the weight should start to come off on its own, and you will be needing all of your energy just for that. I found that my hips and legs just weren't up to anything more than a walk for about 4 months, I was doing some gentle weight training (with a trainer) from about 8 weeks. Being pregnant and giving birth puts a huge strain on your body, but so does actually caring for a baby.
My babe is 10 months and I'm just starting running again, I could have probably started (physically) at about 7 months but finding the time has been very challenging.
Good luck, you sound committed and I'm sure you'll get back there. If it makes you feel any better I don't feel like I lost *that* much fitness for having had the long break.
Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:32 PM
Congratulations!!!!!!! I'd be working on those pelvic floor muscles for six weeks and then see how you go.... 12 months has got to be a joke, right??
Do plenty of research on the internet. Lots of good advice out there (and I'm sure you can search out the good advice from the bad.)
Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:35 PM
Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:48 PM
I had #3 in late May, was exercising at 10 days and had my first run after 3 weeks (which was just a wobbbly awful stumble really). I exercised right up until the birth which is why it was okay for me to resume so quickly but wouldn't recommend anything more than walking for 4-6 weeks if you weren't exercising. The relaxin stays in your body for some time, often for several months so you need to take it easy. I had a fast birth as you did and didn't suffer any trauma, except a slight shift in my pelvis which is only noticeable when I do situps. My feet, while they didn't change size did flatten out but have gone back to normal now.
If you have had any trouble with pelvic floor see a physio, they can ultrasound you doing your pelvice floor to make sure you are doing it correctly, was an eye opener for me. I have a really great physio who I saw during and after the pregnancy so would recommend you find someone who is familar in both sports and womens health.
I think redoing C25K is a great idea. Since I have started following a program I have found it easier to get out of the house and run rather than thinking about what I need to do or not do. And getting out of the house without the kids is absolute joy.
What is it about pregancy and the Colonel, everytime I saw KFC the car seemed to drive straight in.
Edited by loubee, 09 September 2008 - 12:06 AM.
Posted 09 September 2008 - 07:49 AM
Thanks to all for taking the time to respond.
Posted 09 September 2008 - 07:56 AM
Seriously though take advice from experts and take it easy. But keep that goal in mind, and don't wait as long as I did!
Posted 15 November 2008 - 07:58 AM
Your Guide to Postpartum Running - Article
After reading the article above (thanks Kyliee) I waited 10 weeks and set out today for my first run. I decided that I was just going to see how far I could go and didn't bother with the C25K.
I did a 500m walk first to warm up. It was at this point that I should have turned around to change my pants. When putting them on I thought to myself, gee these seem loose now. Instead of going home to change to a better fitting pair I pushed on and started my run. About 100m down the road I had to pull the hairband out of my hair and use it to pull my pants in tighter to stop them from falling down while running.
Once the pants were sorted out I set off again. I thought I would just run until I thought I couldn't go any further. I managed to fight those little demons telling me I couldn't breathe and that my legs were hurting for a whole 1.5kms before I began to walk. I then walked the last 500m home. All in all I did 2.5kms today which I'm totally stoked with. I can't believe I managed to run 1.5kms without stopping. Well I say run, but plod would definately be more accurate.
I'm now going to train to be able to do the Mothers' day classic next year with Cirque and Meezuki!
Thanks everyone for your advice and support.
Posted 15 November 2008 - 12:44 PM
Keep at it, nothing better than leaving the kids at home with Dad while you run off for a little bit of down time. I started following a program about 8 weeks after #3, it was great with a newborn as most days I couldn't think about what we were going to eat let alone what/where/how I was going to run, and I only have 3 Running partner also made running super enjoyable.
Posted 15 November 2008 - 01:02 PM
I now feel like I am running slightly better than I ever have.
good luck training for the MDC!
Posted 15 November 2008 - 02:46 PM
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Posted 15 November 2008 - 07:12 PM
Glad to hear that your running is going well!
Posted 22 November 2008 - 10:34 PM
I was a big runner when I got pregnant with number 1. I ran until I reached 5 months and then spent the next 4 going to the loo...
I couldn't wait until the little munchkin was born so that I could get back int it, but, I made a big mistake and started running 3-4 weeks post-partum. Unfortunately, I ended up with some serious hip and knee problems. My physio and obstetrician told me that any cardio before 6 weeks post-partum is ill advised. But, I felt fine and started running anyway. Shame on me! As it turns out (or so I was told), that while breastfeeding your body maintains those loose ligaments. I can't think of any biological reason why this would happen (while pregnant your ligaments loosen to allow your belly to grow) but all I can say is that when I stopped breastfeeding, all the hip and knee problems disappeared... I have heard that your body can produce those relaxin hormones for 6 months after birth, I never followed this up but you could always ask your doctor/adviser what evidence makes them suggest that you wait 12 months and then follow that up.
Good luck with it all!
Posted 22 November 2008 - 11:09 PM
Good luck with it all!
Another thing to be wary of is for some reason feet change during pregnancy; bigger; smaller and or your gait can change which maybe why I'm suffering plantar as my neutral shoes may not be supporting my feet anymore!
Posted 23 November 2008 - 06:38 AM