A pregnant friend recently sent me a message:
Hi Hannah, I have a question for you. How do you manage to train & run, when you are sleep-deprived from looking after your twins? I am just wondering cos I always feel so lousy from lack of sleep and I imagine it’s only going to get worse once the baby arrives! xx
My answer I told her, was extensive, so I thought I would post it here, to maybe help any other preggos or new mums thinking the same things.
My answer is primarily based on my experience of being pregnant with and breastfeeding twins. I’ve gleaned some other information from here and there.
I’ve heard of mother’s running marathons and ultra marathons, stopping to breastfeed their babies along the way. I’m pretty sure these mothers didn’t jump into that idea after giving birth. They must have been in a pretty good physical state before hand. The first mother I heard about doing this, stepped into a 24-hour timed race (you run as many time round a track loop as you can in 24 hours) after her husband couldn’t take part. She ran more than an ultra, without planning to. An ultra is anything over a marathon distance. The second was a professional runner who was back training 6 weeks post-birth and back competing in the first year.
I was not an athlete before I gave birth. I was training for Malta marathon when I found I was pregnant, before that I was an on-off runner, much like now I did a 19km run in September 2009 and felt a bit weird. I discovered I was 6 weeks pregnant and on the next run I tried to do, I felt all kinds of cramping and pulling in my abdomen. I was not comfortable. (more…)