Today, I was officially medically cut off from running for the duration of this pregnancy.
And I am heartbroken.
Between the contractions and preterm labor scare last week and the discoveries of my prenatal checkup today, I have been instructed to not do anything strenuous or that has a high oxygen demand. Both of which running is for me.
At my appointment today, the baby measured small, and my doppler on the ultrasound was elevated, meaning there was high blood pressure in the placenta, making it harder for the baby to get blood in and out of the placenta. The low blood flow could be why the baby is small, or it could just be that I grow small babies, like my daughter. Either way, with an existing strain on the blood/oxygen supply, I cannot fuck around.
My doctor is not overly concerned and is having me checked and monitored frequently. She believes the issue will resolve itself over the next couple of weeks, but even if it does, no more running. Too much of a risk, especially with the contractions.
I know it’s what I need to do, but it makes me very unhappy. I have been using running for sanity, fitness, me time, balance for the past few years. This pregnancy has been so rough on me; I don’t want to give up my outlet. But I will. I will just be depressed about it.
I am still registered for two races, which I’ll be walking. I still plan on going to weekly run club, which I’ll be walking. Until I get restricted from that too.
Back at it int he fa