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"I'm addicted to running but pregnant, can I continue running safely for my baby?" Anna Roy, a liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris, answers Frédérique's question.
The answer of Anna Roy, liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris
- Physical activity is not incompatible with pregnancy. On the contrary ! However some sports are strongly discouraged. This is the case of running.
- Except for specific contraindications, physical activity contributes to the physical and mental balance and development of the pregnant woman. This is even strongly recommended if you opt for an activity that takes into account physiological changes related to pregnancy. This is not the case of running. This discipline, in absolute terms, requires a lot of perineum, imposes many shocks on the back as well as on the joints of the knees. These consequences will be exacerbated by weight gain related to pregnancy, which can weaken the pelvic floor and damage the joints. No need to add, especially when you do not really know what the hypothetical effects of running on the baby. Both calm the game and apply the precautionary measure during pregnancy by falling back on a less "muscular" activity.
- Before physical activity, even if it is prior to pregnancy, it should always be discussed with the midwife or gynecologist, who will define, depending on the clinical picture of the pregnancy, if this is possible. Be that as it may, the woman will, if she practiced qualified sports of violent like the running, the horsemanship, the ski, to give up the time of the pregnancy. It can move towards many disciplines, more "soft" as walking, yoga, swimming ...
Interview by Frédérique Odasso
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To find out more: Welcome to the world, confidences of a young midwife, Editions Leduc (April 2015).