I am exactly 38 weeks pregnant today, and I began my day running 5K (3.1 miles). I’ve continued to run 2-3 days per week through my entire pregnancy, and I am extremely proud of how I’ve sharpened my mental state to keep that up!
It hasn’t been an easy journey (and I don’t think it is for any woman) to run while pregnant. For a small period, I was considered high risk due to polyhydramnios and had an even BIGGER belly than usual, so running became even tougher. My ability to keep going is a direct result of my mental state rather than my physical state.
I’ve put together some affirmations that have helped me continue running through pregnancy, and hopefully you find them helpful as well.
Running Affirmations for Pregnant Mamas #OnTheRun
I repeat these daily before and during my runs. It’s important to instill confidence in yourself to not only prepare for your running journey, but your labor and delivery experience, too. After all, birth is an endurance event, too!
I suggest whispering these to yourself beginning the night before you plan to run. Going to bed with a positive mind will help you wake up with the same.
I am confident in my abilities as a runner and a mother to be.
My health is more important than my pace during my pregnancy.
I will make it through regardless of how I have to get there.
The work I do now provides immense benefits for me and my growing baby.
I am capable of these miles and of birthing my child.
I am not afraid of pain; I am one with pain – it is helping me reach my destination.
Each minute that passes is one minute closer to meeting my goal and meeting my child.
I will take my journey one step at a time, literally and figuratively.
My journey is my own and I will not compare myself to others. I am proud.
I am strong and I am able.
Before you go out for your next run, give these a try and let me know how it goes! #runningfortwo #pregnantmiles
Please note: You should work with your healthcare professional(s) before beginning, altering, and continuing any exercise routine. I am not a healthcare professional and do not claim to be. The material in this blog entry should not be taken as medical guidance or advice.