Compared to all other exercises, walking during pregnancy is one of the safest exercises for both – the mommy and the baby.
Walking while pregnant: Do’s and don’ts
First things first: make sure to get the most comfortable pair of shoes and clothes and get started. With respect to walking in pregnancy, an expectant mother would have multiple questions pertaining to – how much to walk, when to walk, its benefits and other do’s and don’ts.
Let’s begin with some basic do’s and don’t which you need to take care of before engaging in this type of exercise.
When walking while pregnant, do take care of your body’s balance. It might take time for you to get used to your larger midsection while walking, but walking every day will get you closer to the technique.
Do listen to your body’s signs and signals. Understand when to pause and stop if you feel tired or going out of breath. Take it slow. The most important thing is to get moving, at your own pace.
Avoid comparing your performance against your pre-pregnancy fitness levels. Remember: when it comes to walking while pregnant, the goal with respect to walking time should always be to maintain your fitness and not challenge its limits.
Don’t go out for walks if it’s extremely hot. Go for a treadmill on such sunny days. Walking in pregnancy makes you feel better when done in pleasant weather.