Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Things People Don’t Tell You When They Tell You About Pregnancy #1

Okay, so this is probably not a universal pregnancy symptom (is there such a thing?) But I still can’t believe I had never heard anything about the fact that if you are runner, and you get pregnant, then running might suddenly make you feel like you are morbidly obese and will die. And that this will happen immediately, and not at all because you are carrying dozens of extra pounds around the mid-section, because you totally aren’t yet. It fact, it could happen before you ever pee on a stick! Seriously, who knew?

Feeling like I was going to die on a run was my very first pregnancy symptom, though I didn’t know it at the time, because I was something stupid like five days past ovulation. In other words, too early to even score a positive pregnancy test. So, I just thought I was having a moment. It happens. I mean, not really, on a cool and breezy trot around little ol’ Lake Merritt, but whatever.

For all you runners out there, this basically means that every run feels like a recovery run. Plodding, lead-footed, huffing and puffing, and oh-so-very-slow. And you thought morning sickness was the scary part of pregnancy.


  1. I feel that way throughout pregnancy, too--not a runner, but I just feel huffy-and-puffy doing just about anything. Even when the baby is the size of a grain of rice. Weird!

  2. It is so strange how early the huffing and puffing feeling starts! Like being at altitude, where everything is just inexplicably tough. And I'm sure running around after two little boys only makes it tougher! Thanks for the comment, Lindsey!