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Running through Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: If you're a runner, you know that it's a way to clear your mind and escape everyday stress. Does that have to end during pregnancy?
Air Date: 8/20/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM
Jim Pivarnik resizedJames Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at Michigan State University, where he directs the Center for Physical Activity and Health and serves as a University Research Integrity Officer. Dr. Pivarnik is a nationally recognized expert on issues related to exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period. As an exercise physiologist and epidemiologist, his focus is on the role of physical activity in reducing the risk factors for chronic disease development and the morbidity and mortality of those suffering from these conditions.

As past president of the American College of Sports Medicine (2009-2010), Dr. Pivarnik is a leader of the ACSM "Exercise is Medicine™ On Campus" initiative. His presidency was marked by an increased emphasis on graduate students as the future of the profession of sports medicine and exercise science.
Running through Pregnancy: Is It Safe?
If you're a runner, you know that it's a way to clear your mind, cleanse your soul and get away from stress and hectic pace of everyday life.

But what happens when you find out you are pregnant?

Does that all have to end? Or can you still keep running throughout your pregnancy?

Can you even train for an event?

While there are certainly some safety precautions you must heed to train for any event while pregnant, it is possible to keep up with your running.

Past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr.Jim Pivarnik, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the ins and outs of safe running and training while pregnant.
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