Walking is one the best forms of exercise which you can partake in during your pregnancy. It will keep you fit during the next 9 months, without placing any undue pressure on your joints. It will also increase your energy levels and improve the way you feel in general.
Walking During The First Trimester
If you have been walking before you were pregnant the chances are you will not have to change to way you have been exercising. What is important is that you ensure that the shoes you are walking in are comfortable and are correct for your feet. During the hot summer months make sure you protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and a good SPF 15+ sunscreen on your face, arms and shoulders. Perhaps also consider walking in the early mornings and late evenings when it is cooler. Remember to take plenty drinking water with you so as not to risk dehydration.
If haven’t really been following a regular exercise routine prior to falling pregnant then start yourself off slowly. Don’t push yourself too hard to early and remember that you wont become an overnight professional athlete either. You are aiming to build yourself up to being able to walk for 30 minutes.
Walking during the second trimester
You can continue your walking ways during the second trimester making sure that your shoes are still comfortable and not too tight due to any swelling. Drink plenty of water as you are walking, protect yourself from the heat and the sun.
If you are finding it difficult to stay focused and keep your walking up on a regular basis, then it might pay to find a walking buddy or to pick a mall to walk around in.
While you are walking focus on the following:
- Keep your head straight and your chin level
- Keep your hips tucked under your shoulders
- Swing your arms for balance
Walking during the third trimester
During your third trimester you can keep up your walking regimen for as long as possible, bearing in mind that now is also not the time to be pushing yourself too much. Perhaps you should consider a shorter route more often or simply walking slower.
If you feel any discomfort at all while walking, stop! You don’t want to risk causing any damage to you or your baby in any way. Keep your intake of fluids up, now it is just as important as ever.
As your due date gets closer, try and stay closer to home, keep your mobile phone with you at all times or only walk with your partner or a friend. You never know when you may go into labor and be sure that you are aware of what the signs of labor are.
Warning Signs When Walking
Never walk to the point of exhaustion or breathlessness, for the simple, and possibly most important reason as pushing your body to the limit forces your body to use oxygen that should be going to your baby.
If you experience any pain, stop walking and consult your doctor immediately! You will also want to watch for any of the following:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Blurred vision