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Runner's World Guide to Running and Pregnancy: How to Stay Fit, Keep Safe, and Have a Healthy Baby [Paperback]

Chris Lundgren
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (30 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579547478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579547479
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each year the thousands of women runners who are pregnant or have just had a baby hear conflicting advice from friends, family, even from doctors. These women have had nowhere to turn for accurate, up to date information. The Runners World Guide To Running And Pregnancy is the first ever comprehensive look at the how-tos and benefits of running for the expectant mother. And the benefits abound. Even a modest pregnancy running programme gives women a reduced risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pleasure, and premature birth. It also leads to fewer Caesareans, faster recovery after delivery, and even smarter babies!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very reassuring 21 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
Bought this when thinking about a second pregnancy as I was very inactive during my first, and wanted some advice/hints about being more active when pregnant. It was perfect. I am not a full on runner, but it was just reassuring to read that women could still do exercise and there are many helpful tips and pieces of information about how to be active safely (not just running and not just for experienced runners).

I found that if you spoke to nearly anyone (dr, midwife, physio etc) they are very reluctant to recommend anything much at all apart from going for a walk - which I guess is fair enough as they would get the blame if something happened from other recommendations (even if it was completely random to have something bad happen).

This book has exercises, stretches and lots of info about walking/jogging/running and other exercises. I found it very helpful and reassuring. Obviously there are no guarantees, but it really isn't healthy to sit around doing nothing for the best part of a year when your body is under so much stress anyway - we need healthy forms of exercise to keep our bodies strong and flexible and fit enough for birth and new mummy duties.

Might not be for everyone, but I found it very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative 17 Nov 2013
By LH
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This has been a generally informative read. It included lots of exercises and good, up to date advice. The only thing I found a bit annoying is that it has American measures so I had to sit with a converter when reading this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful book 16 Jun 2013
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Great book if your considering running while pregnant. It shows that you can run while pregnant and in the later stages gives feedback that running on a treadmill may be good. However made me feel a little inadequate when some people in the book didn't change the distance they were running ( I did) also scared me a bit when said people could get aggressive when you run and are pregnant ( this never happened to me.) I did find it useful and quite inspiring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice book to read whilst pregnant 27 Sep 2012
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I ran up to 31 weeks, and although I didn't learn a whole lot that I didn't already know, it was nice to read about other running pregnant ladies. Fair play to those who run into late pregnancy!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference 27 April 2004
By K. Duff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I found this book to be easy to read and full of advice based on the latest studies. I enjoyed the book because it is the most comprehensive reference on current information about running and pregnancy I have found.
The book is written by a woman who has run with two pregnancies, and is full of stories from other women who have run with their pregnancies. It talks about their experiences, motivations, and suggestions/cautions. The book also provides material about how running and conception interact, diet, strengthening exercises, stretching, and the truth about aerobic exertion during pregnancy.
As a runner, I think the book is an excellent addition to my pregnancy book collection, and recommend it to all similar runners who are thinking about or have become pregnant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for runners 19 Dec 2005
By nerdmom - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fun book that details briefly the changes that happen to your body during pregnancy and focuses on the runners body. The author had first hand experience of running throughout her pregnancy. The factual data is supported by 2 page case studies of women runners who had children. Some of them ran all the way through, some switched to cross training and some had to stop. There is a whole spectrum of experiences.

It is an inspirational and supportive book, and helped me get through my exercise on days when I did not feel like it. I also passed it on to my mother when she had issues about my exercise .I recommend it to any runner thinking about having a baby.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Advice for Pregnant Runners 25 Sep 2007
By S. Sprouse - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up Running and Pregnancy before we even started trying to conceive so that I would be educated about my exercise choices once we achieved a pregnancy. I am pleased to say that this book is very realistic and doen-to-earth. They debunk some of the exercise myths (don't let your heart rate get above 140) and provide reasonable guidelines to active pregnant women. I am almost 16 weeks, still running strong and look forward to continuing to run through my pregnancy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK 2 Nov 2011
By soccer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am pregnant for the first time and had so many conflicting views on whether I could run, how long I could run, how fast I could run, whether I pay attention to my heart rate or respiratory rate....it was overwhelming. All I knew is that I ran before my pregnancy and wanted to continue while I was pregnant as long as it was safe for the baby. THIS book was perfect for me and anyone out there that has these same questions/issues. It is absolutely a good thing to run while you are pregnant (as long as you arent high risk). This book is great as it describes how and why it is ok to run, when it is not ok to run, and describes each month- how you will feel, how running will feel, etc. Easy to read and so informative. GREAT book! Definitely recommend it!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good basic guide 17 Aug 2009
By Christina Tracy - Published on Amazon.com
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I stopped running when I became pregnant but this book helped me to get back to it. The basic advice is to run at a comfortable pace, slowing to a walk if you are so out of breath you can't talk and stopping if you feel dizzy, etc. I appreciated the stories of the women in the book who have run though multiple pregnancies and are realistic about expectations of when to get back to racing.
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