I ran three to five times a week prior to pregnancy. But as my bump grows, I have been gradually pulling back and replacing more of my runs with swims. But I do really want to continue running for as long as possible – I figure it will be easier to get back into running after birth if I maintain the habit.
So last week, I laced up my sneakers and headed out for my first run in 13 days… I only did 2.0 miles because I was totally surprised to feel my then-18 week bump… well, moving around. Ew!
Since that workout, I’ve been nervous about running. I didn’t like the sensation of the bump bouncing up and down, although I know running is generally considered safe during pregnancy (if you ran regularly before). A few experienced running mommies have suggested that I invest in a maternity support belt.
A maternity support belt supports the lumber and abdominal area and has the following benefits:
- Less lower back pain
- Increased blood circulation / decreased swelling
- Reduced pressure on the bladder
- Control of bump movement during exercise (Wahoo!)
Some manufacturers even suggest that these benefits may prevent pre-term contractions.
I’m in my 5th month now and am thinking it’s time to buy a belt – my friend specifically recommended the Gabrialla Maternity Support Belt, which has a pocket in the back for a warm or cold compress. I’ve also heard that many insurances will cover the cost of a maternity support belt – win, win!
Did you wear a maternity support belt? Do you think it helped you stay active throughout pregnancy?