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Jogging During Pregnancy

Hola 🙂

Yesterday was a big day in the WB household!

Little Miss M ate yogurt from a spoon… All by herself… And is wasn’t a disaster!

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Other than getting a little yogurt on her bib and her mouth… she did great! I was totally expecting her to pick up the container and flip it upside down…

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So cute…. I’m such a proud mama 🙂

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I got my 6 mile run in yesterday…. but it wasn’t good. It was one of those runs where I was just glad it was over. You know what I mean… Right?

Since we still have a plethora of zucchini from our garden, I decided to make some zucchini fries.

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These are so easy and so good! M loves em’ too, so its the perfect side for the whole family 🙂
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Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • a few grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut zucchini into small wedges or sticks. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and milk. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Dunk the zucchini into egg mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture. Place on foil lined pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and tender.

These are so good! I like to eat mine with ketchup 🙂

Moving on to the Kiddie Lunch Box 🙂

Pizza Quesadilla and Zucchini Fries!
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I know I posted a quesadilla on Monday… but the reality of being a mom is sometimes you gotta go with what’s quick and easy. I already had zucchini fries made, and I know how much she loves her pizza quesadilla 🙂 She also had a side of sliced strawberries 🙂

Jogging During Pregnancy….

I’ve gotten many emails asking me if I continued to run throughout my pregnancy and what kind of advice I can give.

I am not an exercise expert, or a doctor, so all I can do is share my personal experience with you. If you are pregnant and would like to continue running, please seek the advice of your doctor before starting.

When I first found out I was pregnant, I asked my doctor if I could continue running. I know of many women who ran up to eight months. At the time, I was running about 30 miles per week… and had been running long distance for close to 16 years (I’m 33 years old). The doctor said I could continue to do what my body was use too, and to use the “talk test” to make sure my heart rate didn’t get too high. Right away, I change my workout routine. I ran about 4.5 miles 3x per week. I slowed my pace down and walked any hills that were in my running route. The other days I either walked or did the elliptical. I felt great! I did have morning sickness, but the exercise actually helped. Everything was going great until I was 26 weeks along. Even though I was doing everything right… my small 5’2″ frame couldn’t take it. I became at risk for pre-term labor. The doctor down-graded me from running, to just the elliptical. So, I did the elliptical 3-4 times per week for 30-40 minutes. That ended up still being too much for my body. I was down-graded again from doing to elliptical, to walking no more than 30 minutes, 3 times per week. So, without any hesitation, that’s what I did. M was delivered three weeks early and was very healthy 🙂

I guess what I’m trying to say is to listen to your body and your doctor. It would’ve been best for me to completely give up running from the beginning, or at least stop once I hit the second trimester. But who was I to know? And the doctor felt the same as me. If my body was already conditioned for running, then how can it be bad? Like I said before… I know plenty of woman ran up to their delivery date, and felt great.

When you’re an avid runner, it can be very hard to give it up… but its not worth risking a pregnancy. Listen to your body. That’s the best advice I can give. Its important to exercise and stay healthy during pregnancy… but once you become pregnant… its not about you… its about growing a healthy baby. The way I see it, is that I have the rest of my life to run. After M was born, I was able to pick up running again 🙂 My pace was slower, but after time, I was able to build back up to where I was at before 🙂

22 Responses

  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on August 4, 2010 at 8:18 am

    hey, M! you got a little somethin’ on your chin 😉

    my mom jogged with us while she was pregnant, but the moment it got uncomfortable she stopped jogging and started walking. the key is to stay active…not only does it help with losing baby weight, it makes the baby healthier and (i’ve heard) aids in labor too!

  2. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on August 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Great post! It’s so important to listen to your body, I plan on doing this when I’m lucky enough to be pregnant! 🙂

  3. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on August 4, 2010 at 8:29 am

    So awesome…I think this is great! And seriously running 6 miles with a stroller sounds HARD!!! Maybe do a post on tips with jogging with a stroller…do you have a special running one?

  4. Shannon said on August 4, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I ran up until 20 weeks and had to stop because the impact caused pelvic/groin pain. I have continued using the elliptical, and although I miss running, I am grateful I can still be active. Like you said, I have the rest of my life to run. 9 more weeks to go 🙂

  5. pregnancy knowledge said on August 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Awesome post!:D cute images:P

  6. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on August 4, 2010 at 9:16 am

    I love M. She is just so precious. I’m stealing this recipe to make carrot fries tonight. I just decided!! Loved the running tips when pregnant. Because I’m obsessed with becoming a mom some day, I often wonder about things like this. I think the answer is simple, like you said: listen to your own body.

  7. Kat said on August 4, 2010 at 9:27 am

    My nephew just had some yogurt yesterday and got so frustrated with it he ASKED me to help him. lol poor little guy

  8. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on August 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Yay for Ms. M! She is just beautiful! Repeat meals are ok in my book! When you get complete nutrition and a great meal…why mess with it?! Have a great day Estela!

  9. Tina said on August 4, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Love your insights onto jogging and pregnancy. I don’t do it because I wasn’t running much beforehand. I still do spinning, lifting, kickboxing, and yoga though.

    I think the biggest thing is what you said. Listen to your body and if something feels wrong or too much, stop. The baby’s safety comes first. It’s only 9 months and before you know it you will be back to your regular fitness routine. Too many people don’t realize that.

  10. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on August 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Funny, every time you post a pizza quesadilla I want one for lunch. I need to remember to stock up on marinara so I can make one. Yes, I realize you make them for your baby girl.

    I think it’s great that you ran so long through your pregnancy. Fact is, exercise during pregnancy–as long as you don’t overdo it–is good. Sitting around and being inactive isn’t good for mom or baby. If I ever have kids I want to stay active while pregnant, too. Of course, while listening to my body.

  11. Granny Deb said on August 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Look at that beautiful little face–yogurt and all ! Good for Marin for doing it all by herself !!

  12. tanyasdailyproductreviews said on August 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

    cute pics!it’s funny how they get half on their face

  13. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on August 4, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Now that I’ve gotten into running, I think it would be difficult to give it up, especially in the early stages of pregnancy. Great tips–thanks for sharing your experience!!

    Big girl M for taking those big bites 🙂

  14. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on August 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Great post! A friend of my family tried to run a marathon while pregnant. She had had a very premature birth once before and it seemed like a risky idea to me. I think it’s really important to listen to your body and to your Dr when deciding what you are able to handle at such an important time!

  15. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on August 4, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Hmmmm, those zucchini fries look great! What a great way to use them up!

  16. carissa @ Fit To Indulge said on August 4, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    If I can’t run during pregnancy its going to be a huge mental struggle.. But growing a healthy baby is without a doubt the most important thing. I love M’s photo shoot. 🙂

  17. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl said on August 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Yay, M! Eating with a spoon on their own is such a big deal! I love it!

  18. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on August 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    It’s funny– we’re not even near having kids any time in the immediate future, but I do think about things like whether or not I’ll be able to run and exercise while pregnant! Thanks for this post!

    M. looks like such a big girl with that spoon!

  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on August 5, 2010 at 5:14 am

    i was sooo incredibly sick when i was preg. heaving 10x a day or more, for 6-7 mos. The whole time pretty much. Running, yoga, nothing was on my radar screen. I was lucky to stand up. I did walk about 1-2 miles a day, but that was down from 90 mins of yoga daily and 5+ miles running daily. You are so right, it’s not about you anymore…and you know what, the day after she was born, I was working out again and never looked back. Your body knows what’s right and each woman is different! great post!

  20. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on August 5, 2010 at 7:39 am

    M is growing up fast! You should be a proud mama!

    Thanks for the zucchini fry recipe…what a good idea!

  21. Graze With Me said on August 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I just found your blog through The Ketchup Diaries – I love it and am already a follower. MY husband and I are in the process of “trying” right now and I can’t wait to have a child to share my love of food and nutrition with. I love the lunch box posts – so many great ideas. 🙂

  22. Tahara Chatham said on August 5, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Hey lady – great info and great pix (my “lil miss” which I call Charlotte has that same bib and I have the matching diaper bag). You are so Martha Stewart (hopefully you take that as a complement). I have two comments, 1) I was not extremely active pre-pregnancy so I started walking after the morning sickness stopped to stay healthy, until I had contractions starting during my walks @ 24 weeks – after a visit to ER triage MD said don’t do anything that causes contractions, so I started swimming (since EVERYTHING caused me to have contractions, probably braxton hix, but didn’t want to risk it); 2) cant wait til my lil miss (9mos) is feeding herself. she is now on finger foods for snacks but does not like some tastes and textures (Gags at chicken) so I am at a loss sometimes on how to feed her (babies are not my area of expertise nutritionally as I work with the elderly)… you should write a book – take care, tc:)