Q. Before I became pregnant, I was a keen jogger – heading out three to four times a week for 4k to 5k runs. I am still in the first trimester but I’ve switched to fast walking as I’m nervous that running could do some damage and also I have heard that it can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Am I worrying unnecessarily or should I still stick to the walking?
You are worrying unnecessarily. Jogging during pregnancy, especially since you jogged pre-pregnancy is a fantastic thing to do and I would highly recommend it. So keep it up and remember to pace yourself. If you feel dizzy, nauseous or just unwell, slow down or stop.
Running with an already pre-existing prolapse, or if you’re recovering from childbirth can lead to a pelvic prolapse and further weaken muscles, but only if they’re already weakened. So if you have no history of a weak pelvic floor, than go for it! You can keep jogging right up towards the end of pregnancy but remember that your centre of gravity shifts so mind your balance and take care not to fall.