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Our top 5 books for pregnant runners

Top 5 books for pregnant runnersFinding unbiased resources for pregnant runners can be a challenge. Sure, there’s a lot of anecdotal information out there in forums and blogs, but all of these should be taken with a grain of salt.  Here are some books that can help you know what to expect with your running when expecting:

  1. Runner’s World Guide To Running And Pregnancy: This book is written by Chris Lundgren, who has run through two pregnancies, and also features stories from a number of other moms who stayed active with the sport during pregnancy. This book provides sound advice all while debunking some of the pregnancy running “myths,” like not allowing your heart rate to go above 140 BPM.
  2. The Pregnant Athlete: How To Stay In The Best Shape Ever: Written under the supervision of an OBGYN who has worked with marathon runners, triathletes, and fitness instructors, this book has some more generalized information for women athletes looking to transition their workouts to pregnancy. There’s some practical stuff about how the body changes each month and some flexible workout plans to accompany.
  3. Exercising Through Your Pregnancy: Another more generalized book on being an active pregnant person, this one uses case studies of women at all stages of pregnancy to illustrate its points. That’s one of the main differentiations of this book from the others – it won’t give you any workout suggestions per se, but you’ll see in practice what staying active during pregnancy can do from a more analytical point of view.
  4. Train Like A Mother: Not only does this book have some good anecdotes, but you’ll also find two different, totally doable training plans for each distance ranging from 5K to 26.2 for after pregnancy. Within a year, I successfully got back to (and then surpassed) my pre-pregnancy half marathon PR using some advice from this book.
  5. Run Like A Mother: Another book in this popular series, Run Like A Mother is much like the others. You’ll get some relatable advice and stories to help when you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the day holds. (And it will happen from time to time, for sure.) And if for nothing else, reading humorous and uplifting thoughts about other running moms will help you get out there for early morning miles despite nights with little sleep.

As always, we want to hear from you: what books helped you while pregnant?

Written by Ashley Marcin