Is It OK To Train For Triathlons While Pregnant?

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  • Published Sep 26, 2012

NBC’s chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman says you can usually continue to compete in sports, like triathlon, when pregnant. Remember to talk to your doctor first!

After Olympic beach volleyball champion and mom of two Kerri Walsh Jennings revealed on “Today” yesterday morning that she was five weeks pregnant when she won her third gold medal at the London Olympics, scores of women shared some amazing pregnancy feats of their own on the “Today” Moms Facebook page.

Like Walsh Jennings’ tough-as-nails example, many women shared stories involving athletics and physical strength.

NBC’s chief medical editor, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, says women usually can play most sports – except skiing and horse riding – while pregnant because the fetus is so well protected. “Sports themselves do not present much of a problem,” says Snyderman, adding that Walsh Jennings did not put her pregnancy at risk by competing.

That should be comforting news to women staying active during pregnancy.

“Did a 10-mile hike up the Na Pali coast on Kauai, Hawaii at 15 weeks pregnant. Swam with manatees who swam up to us while at the beach at home in Florida. Did ashtanga flow yoga every week, and continued running a few times a week up until 36 weeks,” Kelly Schwencke Thompson wrote on the “Today” Moms Facebook page.

Julie Ogden Thompson wrote: “I did my first triathlon (Olympic distance too!) when I was 10 weeks along – and finished in the top 25!”

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