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Episode 4: Gwen Jorgensen - Exercise During Pregnancy

Gwen Jorgensen is dubbed the “Queen of the Triathlon”. She became the first American to win a gold medal in the triathlon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. In 2017, she transitioned to professional running. Gwen currently lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, Patrick, and her son, Stanley. She is coached by Bobby McGee.

In today’s episode, Gwen discusses her recent big announcement. She shares her personal journey of balancing life as a mom and an athlete. We talk about some of the current recommendations with regards to exercise during pregnancy and some of the knowledge gaps that still exist with regards to recommendations for elite pregnant athletes.

What we talked about:

3:50- Introduction to Gwen and her recent announcement

6:30- Personal and professional challenges of timing pregnancy to fit as an athlete and a mom

10:45- Exercise during pregnancy resources

16:15- Training adaptations during pregnancy

21:25- Barriers to exercise and how to overcome them

24:05- ACOG guidelines - past and current

27:15- Approach to training in the elite pregnant athlete

29:00- Incorporating pelvic floor PT during and pregnancy and postpartum

33:05- Return to training after pregnancy

37:15- Training goals

42:15- Takeaways

Show notes:

Gwen on Instagram

Gwen on YouTube

Gwen's Website

References

Brown WJ, Hayman M, Haakstad LAH, Lamerton T, Mena GP, Green A, Keating SE, Gomes GAO, Coombes JS, Mielke GI. Australian guidelines for physical activity in pregnancy and postpartum. J Sci Med Sport. 2022 Jun;25(6):511-519.

2020 ACOG Guidelines: https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2020/04/physical-activity-and-exercise-during-pregnancy-and-the-postpartum-period#:~:text=Although%20the%20evidence%20is%20limited,prevent%20excessive%20gestational%20weight%20gain.

ACOG Exercise during pregnancy FAQ: https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/exercise-during-pregnancy#:~:text=How%20much%20should%20I%20exercise,arms)%20in%20a%20rhythmic%20way.

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