The number and age of female recreational runners is increasing, demonstrating a significant number of women of childbearing age running competitively, many who may wish to continue their training while pregnant. Despite copious evidence suggesting exercise including running is safe during pregnancy, there appears to be a lack of knowledge among obstetric health care professionals and fitness professionals.
First things first: It is important to consult your midwife or doctor if you have any questions and to never attempt anything that causes pain. Vigorous exercise should be avoided until bleeding has stopped and you have had a 6-8 week post-natal check by midwife or doctor.
Just two years after having her son, Jessica Ennis Hill won a silver medal in the Rio Olympics in the heptathlon. Those of us who have had children can relate to just how hard her comeback must have been and what an amazing achievement it is in such a short space of time.