This evening I was watching a news story about pregnant women and jogging and was surprised to learn that one of the women featured was nine months pregnant. I couldn’t imagine jogging so close to having a baby. At nine months I was waddling and anxious to give birth. The woman on TV looked fantastic. She was in great shape. This was her ninth pregnancy. Another woman received nasty comments because of a picture of her jogging while pregnant. She was called “selfish” and one person went as far as saying that child services should be called.
Is it safe for to run during pregnancy? I read on the Baby Centre website that it depends. If you ran regularly before getting pregnant, it’s fine to continue — as long as you take some precautions and first check with your doctor or midwife.
But pregnancy isn’t the time to start a running routine, according to Julie Tupler, a registered nurse, certified personal trainer, and founder of Maternal Fitness, a fitness program for pregnant women and new moms in New York City.
Pregnancy’s also not the time to start training for a marathon, a triathlon, or any other race, cautions Tupler. “The first trimester is when the baby’s major organs are forming, and overheating’s a real issue. If a woman’s core temperature gets too high, it could cause problems with the baby, so why risk it? Instead, train for the marathon of labor by strengthening your abdominals and pelvic floor muscles,” she says.
Whether you’re pregnant or not, running can be hard on your knees. During pregnancy, your joints loosen, which makes you more prone to injury. So unless you’re an avid runner, you should probably steer clear of this form of workout at least until after your baby arrives. For now, focus on exercises that are safe for pregnancy.
What are the benefits of running during pregnancy?
According to Zara Watt, who specialises in training for pre- and postnatal fitness, “Research and statistics show that women who exercise during pregnancy avoid unnecessary health risks to themselves and their unborn babies, and experience less labour pain because exercise has strengthened their muscles. They also have lower fat content and, more importantly, achieve a faster recovery following the birth of their baby. I’ve worked with pregnant women who also believe that regular exercise during pregnancy helped them with muscular tension, aches and pains, posture and circulation.”
On the Baby Centre website, the benefits of running during pregnancy are:
- It is a quick and effective way to work your heart and body, giving you a mental and physical boost when you feel tired.
- It’s easy to fit into your schedule.
They offer the following tips for each trimester:
First trimester tips
Follow the usual precautions, such as drinking lots of water before, during, and after your run. Dehydration can decrease blood flow to the uterus and may even cause premature contractions.
Wear shoes that give your feet plenty of support, especially around the ankles and arches. Invest in a good sports bra to keep your growing breasts well supported.
Second trimester tips
Your center of gravity’s shifting as your belly grows, leaving you more vulnerable to slips and falls. For safety, stick to running on flat pavement.
If you lose your balance, do your best to fall correctly, says Tupler: Try to fall to your side or on your behind, to avoid trauma to the abdomen. Or put your hands out to break your fall before your abdomen hits the ground.
Consider running on a track as your pregnancy progresses. Not only is the track surface easier on your joints, but you may feel safer running somewhere where you won’t get stranded in case of an emergency.
Third trimester tips
Be as careful as you’ve been during the first two trimesters. And remember: If you feel too tired to go for a run, listen to your body and take a break. Being sedentary is unhealthy, but pushing yourself too hard is also harmful.
Most avid runners find that their jogging pace slows down considerably during the third trimester — a fast walk may be a better choice as your due date approaches.
Never run to the point of exhaustion or breathlessness. Pushing yourself to the limit forces your body to use up oxygen that should be going to your baby.
Stop running or jogging immediately and call your doctor or midwife if you have any of the following symptoms:
- vaginal bleeding
- difficulty breathing, especially when resting
- chest pain
- muscle weakness
- calf pain or swelling
- preterm labor (contractions)
- decreased fetal movement
- fluid leaking from your vagina
In the news story, a medical doctor warned that if you are panting too hard, that means that the baby is not getting enough oxygen. I suggest that you check with your doctor before jogging or doing any kind of activity. If you don’t think it’s a good idea to jog during pregnancy, that’s fine but don’t judge a woman who decides that it’s something she wants to do. It doesn’t make her selfish or unfit to be a mother. She is trying to stay in shape and would never knowingly endanger her unborn child.
If you are interested in learning more about jogging during pregnancy, check out this site for guidelines.
I thought it would be interesting to find out some facts about women and money especially as I used to spend, spend, spend money on clothes, shoes, books and Bibles. I have so many Bibles. The clothes I bought I had to donate because they couldn’t fit me. I had to get new clothes when I became pregnant. I had to get Employment insurance when I went on mat leave. I am still paying off my VISA debts. I had planned to buy new clothes and shoes which I really need but will have to wait until the next time I get paid because I have to pay the rent.
Being in debt makes me feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes and find myself longing for the days when I used to be able to pop into my favorite stores and buy what I needed. I needed tips on how to stay on top of my debts until they are all paid off and came across these 8 must-follow tips from the Women in Red online community for reducing debt by M.P. Dunleavey.
Face Up to What You Owe Financial solvency starts with fearless honesty. So sit down and tally every last dime.
Set Up an Emergency Fund
Having backup savings will help keep you from going further into the red.3.
A good online debt calculator (like the one on bankrate.com) lets you run “what if” scenarios with different repayment amounts and deadlines. Choose a plan that’s more demanding than you’d like.4.
Track Your Money
It’s duller than eating Weetabix for breakfast, but keep a spending diary for at least two weeks. What you’ll learn: why and how your cash is leaking away.5.
Visualize your post-debt life, when you will be able to use your money for some interesting or more important things.6.
Go On a Cash-Only Diet
It’s a known law of financial physics: Plastic attracts debt. So cut up all your credit cards (except one, for emergencies), and when you buy, spend actual money.7.
Pay Bills More Often
Many Racers make debt payments two or even four times a month. This pares down principal faster and reduces interest, too.
Adopt a “No Excuses” StrategyYou may not want to take on a weekend job or sell your grandmother’s jewelry — but maybe you should. Do whatever it takes to succeed. You’ll thank yourself when your debt load shrinks
Right now I have one credit card which I can’t use because I am trying to pay off the debt I still owe. I am using cash only to buy what I need. I am really trying to conserve and only buy things that are essential. I have enough clothes for now and I can survive on three pairs of shoes although one pair looks worn. I have my moments of discouragement and a sense that I will never get out of debt but then I get suggestions from my fiance and I feel optimistic. Right now I am looking into an option he suggested to me. Hopefully it will work.
If you are in debt, don’t be discouraged. Just focus on paying off your debts using these tips.
Di Barrong is the founder of Bags of Love, a charitable organization which provides bags to the various community agencies that serve the needs of children in those scary days between being taken from their own homes and being placed in more permanent foster care. In her own words, she shares how this organization came about.
A number of years ago, a dream began for me that I needed to find a way to help the children being removed from their homes and being placed into foster care. The children I observed being placed into an emergency foster home came with next to nothing in the line of possessions. I felt something needed to be done to help with that particular situation. I worked on this dream for about ten years before an idea was presented that I felt would work and be the best solution.
I was approached by a group called “Its My Very Own.” I received their manual and considered their program. It became clear after doing some research that this was in general a good project but it needed to be revised to meet the needs of our area. So, first of all, I chose the name of Bags of Love and filed with the State of Oregon to become a corporation on May 1, 2008. Next Bags of Love, Inc. filed for non-profit status. We filed on June 3, 2008, and it was official at the end of October. We received our status as a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization.
Initially,we contacted DHS and they had bags that were supplied by a church that they used and were not interested in our bags. That was a blow, but we then began to contact local agencies that might have a need such as Relief Nursery, Head Start, Birth-to-3, Child Center, Womenspace, and many more. In talking with this group of agencies, if we could meet their need for the bags with the number of children they deal with, we needed 300 bags a month. Obviously that is an unattainable statistic.
This brings us to where we are now. We currently get out 50 to 75 bags a month, at a cost of approximately $75 a bag. The items within the bags are partially donated. However, with the support of numerous volunteers, Bags of Love, Inc. manages to keep putting bags in the hands of children that need them.
We recently moved into a new building that will allow the charity to grow and provide better service. We are located at 3910-A West 1st Street, Eugene, OR 97402. We have a new number, 541-357-4957. With the added space, we have added the number agencies we can serve as well as the number of volunteers who can work with us at any one time. We currently pull group volunteers from such groups as Levi Strauss, LeDoux Insurance, Kiwanas, etc.
The charity has grown so fast that we now have an Executive Board, a Board of Directors, and many sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Each are unpaid and do it with love from their hearts for these children. That is what Bags of Love, Inc. is about: Helping children in crisis one Bag of Love at a time.
The bags are hand sewn, a nice, personal touch and a far cry from the garbage and plastic bags carried by the children who changed Di’s life. Each stitch is made in love, something these children craved and found in these bags. They are filled according to the needs of boys or girls within the age ranges of Birth-1, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Based on the age and sex of the child, the bag may contain soap or baby wash, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant, combs and brushes. Disposable diapers, fire-retardant pajamas, socks and underwear are also in the bags.
“We include a stuffed animal, an age- and gender-appropriate toy, school supplies, coloring books and crayons. Every bag, regardless of age or gender, includes a beautiful handcrafted quilt. Everything in each bag stays with the child, regardless of their placement, to give them a sense of security and belonging.”
When I expressed my appreciation to Di for the work she has been doing for these kids and that she is a blessing to them, she was quick to inform me that she was the one who was blessed. It is rewarding for her to show these kids that someone cares about them and that they are not throwaways.
Di’s dream has transformed so many lives. She is helping children in crisis one bag of love at a time. If you are interested in helping Di, please visit http://www.bagsofloveinc.org