Like so many things in pregnancy, a person’s workout goals are something best determined by the pregnant person and their care team (doctors, doulas, trainers, etc.) Everyone’s body is different (especially when it comes to pregnancy) — and some people’s bodies can still handle some intense workouts while pregnant: Like one Utah mom-to-be who showed off her speedy 5:25 minute mile on TikTok — while nine months pregnant.
Myler’s husband Mike shared the final trimester dash last week, garnering hundreds of thousands of views and comments: ranging from “whoa, how can she do that?” to “is that safe?” to “I have never/will never move that fast.”
@mikemylerSomeone find whether this is a world record ##pregnant ##zoomies ##track ##mile ##champion♬ original sound – Mike Myler
And while we won’t give credence to people’s unsolicited concern-trolling about the safety of running at that point in her pregnancy — she’s making the call with her doctors and her family and listening to her body — it’s generally understood that, provided you check-in with your doctors about your body and its particular needs, there is no danger running during pregnancy (especially if you’ve been a runner before being pregnant). The important things to do are to make sure you’re fueling and hydrating your body and keeping an eye out for anything that feels abnormal.
“If you are healthy and your pregnancy is normal, it is safe to continue or start regular physical activity. Physical activity does not increase your risk of miscarriage, low birth weight, or early delivery,” according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “However, it is important to discuss exercise with your obstetrician or other member of your health care team during your early prenatal visits. If your health care professional gives you the OK to exercise, you can discuss what activities you can do safely.”
Don’t feel self-conscious if your pregnancy workouts look different — just doing even five minutes of movement (with a doctor’s okay) a day can be really beneficial to both pregnant person and baby.
Myler did share that running while pregnant does (obviously) change a few things about how she moves: “The weight really does a number on my cadence,” she said. “The first 2.5 laps were pretty comfy from training, but from there my form turned into more of an emperor penguin style — side to side as well as forward motion.”
We’re still hella impressed — way to show off an amazing pregnancy PR!
Before you go, check out the things you’ll want/need in your post-workout recovery kit: