Keeps your mind relaxed and peaceful
The happy hormones released while walking helps the mother to feel good and stress-free. Happy mom passes the happy feelings to her baby as well. It helps the mother to maintain a positive mindset.
Tips for walking while pregnant per trimester
These are certain basic tips and suggestions which can help you adapt to the right form of walking spread over the different trimester. However, always consult your doctor or therapist before starting any new form of exercise.
During the first trimester, which is the first 3 months of pregnancy, the mother should start walking 10-20 minutes, three days a week if not used to exercising earlier.
Once you are regular and your body gets used to, increase it to 15-20 minutes for five days a week by the end of this trimester. For the ones who exercised before pregnancy as well, they should try to begin the pregnancy walking 20-30 minutes – four days a week and eventually go up to 40-60 minutes for six days a week.
In the next 3 months, referred to as the second trimester – as the morning sickness becomes lesser, it’s a good time to amp up your pregnancy walking.
Beginners can walk five-six days a week for 20-30 minutes per day. Those used to walking while pregnant can opt for a thirty-fifty minutes target per day for six days a week.
In the third trimester of your pregnancy, slow down and focus more on being comfortable. You can maintain the same duration as per your second trimester but at a reduced speed. You can even consider doing the pregnancy walking for lesser days compared to your previous trimesters.
This period is more about being in your comfort zone – physically and mentally and prepping for the big day.
So all you mommies-to-be out there, now that you know the perks and techniques of pregnancy walking, what are you waiting for?
Get, Set, Start Walking!