so at my first appt I asked my OB if it was cool for me to keep running as long as I felt good, didn't go crazy, and scaled back my mileage some. She gave me the stink eye, wrinkled up her nose and said she did NOT like running, to maybe try walking instead. When I pushed her as to why, she eventually said it'd prolly be ok to continue running as long as I kept my heart rate below 140. I didn't argue or ask any more questions bc at that point I was feeling like a terrible person who was stubbornly endangering her baby.
From what I've read, the 140 heart rate thing is totally arbitrary and the ACOG rescinded that recommendation several years ago, instead switching to rate of perceived exertion to determine if you were exercising too strenuously during pregnancy.
My issue is that my heart rate is naturally high, so I easily hit and pass 140. I'm on the treadmill running slowly, still able to sing and loudly complain to my husband about how much this stupid heart rate restriction sucks, and my heart rate is above 140. Have been stopping to check it every half mile, walk till it comes down, then start again more slowly. It sucks and I think it's stupid but I'm not a doctor so have been trying to stick to it until my next appt when I can ask her to explain the rationale and see what's up.
But tonight during our after dinner walk my husband asked why I was being so stubborn about the whole running thing, suggesting that maybe i should just stick to walking until my next appt (bc EVERY time i run, even a mile, my heart rate is in the 140s or a lil above, so even tho I stop to walk, it still gets up there for a lil bit).
I'm so frustrated. I know I'm pregnant. I want to have a safe and healthy pregnancy with a happy and healthy baby. But sometimes it feels like the only safe thing for me to do is sit on my butt and eat. And how unhealthy is that? At this point I feel great and would like to continue running but I totally don't want to risk the baby's health...thanks for letting me vent and any thoughts/advice would be appreciated