Is It Safe to Run During Pregnancy?

Staying active during pregnancy is vital, and running can be a great option for expectant mothers who were regular runners before conception. However, safety is paramount. It is beneficial to consult a medical professional before undertaking this type of exercise. In many cases, you can continue running if you experience good pre-pregnancy health and do not have complications. Secondly, it is helpful to choose proper footwear that supports your changing feet and opt for breathable, loose-fitting attire. Third, run with caution, especially as your balance changes, and run with a buddy. Avoid hazardous trails and prioritize pavement. It may be wise to refrain from running in particularly hot and humid conditions. Most importantly, slow down or stop if you feel pain, exhaustion, or an abnormal heart rate, and always consult a doctor if you experience dizziness, chest pain, contractions, or bleeding. Drink water regularly and monitor urine color. If you have questions about the wisdom of running during pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for consultation and guidance. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.