Eleven months ago, my wife Megan was in the hospital for heart issues that had doctors worried about her future. Last week in that same hospital, we had a very different visit. This is an article about what can happen when you’re forced to run down a new fork in the trail.
An August 2022 study tracked performance before and after pregnancy in 42 elite runners. While every pregnancy journey is different, there was an exciting finding—athletes “who intended to return to high-level competition did so at a statistically similar level of performance in the 1- to 3-year period post-pregnancy.” A whopping 46% improved performances post-pregnancy.
Medical professionals and coaches say it's both safe and beneficial for most pregnant women to continue running on trails, with caveats.