Gotta get moving..
I have no experience with taking up running but I have taken up the elliptical in the garage and I'm so winded so quick, I worry I won't have the endurance for labor if I don't get on it daily and build up my stamina.
I'd say to let your body be the guide, if you feel discomfort, stop.
I jumped off the rock wall yesterday and felt the baby like a water-balloon shake around in my belly, made our separate bodies quite noticeable for a few minutes. I felt like a fish tank stand.
This just happened to me tonight when on a bumpy road, it was WEIRD, my eyes bulged out of my head LOL!!!
I certainly don't mean to discourage you, but I have read on many occasions that jogging is fine early on, as long as you had been doing it prior to pregnancy. I would just double check with your practitioner to make sure they stand behind it...I have been doing prenatal yoga on youtube after putting the kiddo to bed. House is quiet, I can wind down. And it isn't as cardio as other things, but when I first started, it whooped me...and it does get me heart rate up in a gentle and supportive way for the pregnancy and birth. If you are looking for more cardio, I also do prenatal Pilates sometimes. I hope you can find something that works for you :)
I took tiny to the zoo today as I think morning sickness is FINALLY done - and we're a bit behind in school, and I wanted to do a fun camera project. We didn't get much school done due to everyone being at the zoo for the beautiful day and the school holiday (we were anticipating an empty zoo from people at work and children in school - not today, sadly) but walked for a good three and a half hours and took plenty of photos.
Ran a few errands with my husband, came home, and promptly went to sleep for a few hours before hungry tummy woke me - I clearly need to walk more, I NEVER sleep that quickly and that well.
Go to the zoo, take a nice camera, have fun. The time flies and you get decent exercise.
I've been trying to think of ways to be a little more active this pregnancy (and hopefully have a baby weigh in the single digits) and of course, I'm full of excuses why most options are impractical/won't work for me. I've been thinking, one that could work is couch to 5k. Its a pretty gentle transition into running, so I think it'd be fine to start even with a body not used to running. And I figured out how I could make it work. There's 2 nearby parks with a grassy area adjacent to the playground. I could run in the grass where it's gentler on the feet, and keep an eye on my kids. Hmm... My only worry is how my round ligaments will react. I have a belly support I can wear, might help! Has anyone else ever started running in about the beginning of the 2nd tri? It's not a totally stupid idea right? Lol
I am under the impression you are only supposed to run if you did so prior to pregnancy. I was a runner, and I actually stopped around my second trimester. Walking is just as good and less stressful on your body. When you run with the belly, your balance is off, its harder on your knees and ankles...it's not just the round ligaments. Walk when you can, chase your kids around.. If you have the means, get yourself a pedometer. You might be surprised how much exercise you already get if you are chasing three kids around!
I do actually have a fitbit. Over the summer, when it was nice and there was more outside fun, I would be over 10k steps a day a couple times a week. I don't even know the last time I got 10k...these days, hitting 5k is an accomplishment :/ So I know I'm more sedentary than I need to be! Ugh, if this was my first pregnancy, it would be so easy its disgusting. Even when we go to this nice walking trail (burke gilman trail) its just stressful. My kids make really sucky walking buddies. Its hell just taking them around the corner to dd's bus stop.