I am often contacted by women who are interested in continuing to run during their pregnancy, but are concerned about the health of their baby.
Recently, I read that Line Pedersen, a Danish woman between 3 and 4 months pregnant, took second place in the European Championship in Mountainbike Orienteering.
This inspired me to write a post dedicated to a few women (who I met through my blog) who ran through their entire pregnancy. Below are pictures of the happy mothers with their girls (links to their blogs are found in the column to the right).
First, Enthused. She is 42 and ran through her entire pregnancy (avg 21 miles/week). She gained 18 lbs and reported a complication-free pregnancy. Enthused kept an incredible journal of her pregnancy experience and is a great resource for exercising pregnant women.
Here is the nearly 8 lb Cadence.
And here is the happy mom 14 days after delivery.
Then there is Joy. She also ran through her entire pregnancy, had an at-home delivery and gave birth to a 7 lb 5 oz girl. The picture below says everything.
Here she is with her baby girl, Selah.
And here is Heather (Ad Astra, Per Aspera), who also ran all the way through pregnancy. She even raced at 39 weeks! She gave birth to an 8lb 10 oz girl, Angeline Marie. Here she is with her almost one year old daughter.
I hope this is reassuring to all of you exercising moms-to-be out there!
And these are just the ladies I have pictures of and info on. I would love to hear from more of you if you've had your baby.
Running Song of The Day: Engel by Rasmus Seebach
Photo from the 2014 Ice Age Trail 50 Miler by Ali Engin. Permission to use header photo must be obtained through Ali Elgin.
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