What is it about?

Running is a mass participation sport for all and the numbers of women participating is now far greater than men. Women who run find that there is a lack of information on how to look after themselves before, during and after pregnancy. This paper examines the benefits of running, the contraindications and gives practical advise for midwives.

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Why is it important?

There is a lack of information for women and midwives about running in pregnancy. This paper signposts the readers to a host of online support networks alongside the traditional sources of support.


As a runner and a midwife, this article was of particular interest to me. Through my own practice I know that there is little information out in the public and professional domain for women who run. Often the knowledge of some professionals is out of date and not relevant. What has been interesting is the rise in social media networks for women who run, not only mothers but any woman. In addition, the parkrun organization where it is a mass participation free community event, continues to grow and encourage people and families of all ages to join in either as a participant or a volunteer. It has a been a privilege to share my passion for running and midwifery in this article.

Clare Gordon
University of West London

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This page is a summary of: Physical activity in pregnancy: practical advice for women who run, British Journal of Midwifery, April 2019, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/bjom.2019.27.4.214.
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