No, I am not currently a Knocked^Up Runner, but this time last year it was 4 days before my due date with Mr. Grayson Scott and I was either on the elliptical or the treadmill running/walking until the day he arrived {just a reminder, he was 11 days late}.

When I tell people I ran & worked out my entire pregnancy they look at me like I am crazy. My second pregnancy was MUCH different than the first. With Alivia I did not work out, I ate a large order of Chick-fil-a french fries at least twice a week, I indulged in so much candy corn around Halloween, and neglected my health pretty much all together. I made excuses like "oh, I'm pregnant, It's okay to eat two enchiladas a double side of rice and a bowl of chips for lunch" or "I'm pregnant, I don't need to work out."

Well, to say the least I learned my lesson. I gained over 60lbs and tipped the scale OVER 200lbs {Ouch, hurts just typing it!} But the good news is I have a happy, healthy, and beautiful almost 3 year old out of the deal! She does love some Chick-fil-a though!

So, when I found out I was pregnant with G I knew I needed to do something different. So, I continued my workout regimen. I continued taking fitness classes at our local YMCA, and running. Sure, I modified some of the moves in class, especially when my belly got so big it started making it hard to move as much. I stopped taking classes around 30 weeks. Not only were jumping jacks getting hard to do, they were also doing a number on my bladder. But, I continued moving. 

I ran until about 36 weeks and then I started having horrible shin splints every time i started to run on the treadmill. That is when I moved my cardio workout to the elliptical most days and ran {I use that term loosely, it was a very slow run} only once or twice a week until the day before G was born. 

Working out while pregnant not only helped me keep my weight gain under control, {I only gained 32lbs the second time around} it helped with the recovery after delivery. I had my running shoes back on when Grayson was just 3 weeks old. 

Two thing are very important here:
1. I am not a doctor, but I communicated with my doctor throughout my pregnancy. He was on board with my physical exercise but instructed me to listen to my body and if something was uncomfortable or caused pain to stop. 
2, Running worked for me during my pregnancy, but might not work for you. The most important thing is to make healthy choices for the babe growing in your belly.

I just want to encourage any momma-to-be, just move daily {even if it is just a short 20 minute walk around the block}! If you ever have questions about being a knocked^up runner feel free to contact me!


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