Benefits Of Walking During Your Pregnancy – One Step At A Time

How important is walking during your pregnancy?

As per the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans & NHS, it is suggested that you walk 150 minutes (2 & 1/2 hours) in a week during your pregnancy.

How can you incorporate walking daily?

If you have a habit of walking, we encourage you to continue it into your pregnancy. If you are starting new, then start slow  (15-30 minutes, 3 times in a week) and increase it gradually ( 45-60 minutes for 4-6 times a week).

How safe is it to walk during your pregnancy?

Walking is a low impact activity. In the first trimester, you can consider brisk walking (low to medium impact) and maybe even into your second trimester. You can speak to your doctor if you have any apprehensions. Walking can also be done in your third trimester and even after your delivery, based on when your doctor allows you to.

 What are the benefits of walking during pregnancy?

  1. Maintains your health
  2.  Lowers your stress
  3. Makes your delivery easier during labor
  4. Reduces the occurrence of pre-eclampsia
  5. Increases your chances of having a natural birth
  6. Reduces the chances of gestational diabetes
  7. Keeps your baby healthy
  8. Helps you sleep better at night
  9. Improves and provides relief to minor aches and pains
  10. Helps to boost your mood

So, seeing the benefits of walking, we strongly suggest you invest in a good pair of walking shoes and find a safe, flat and even walking path ( best would be a park or a place that has greenery).  Start walking!

 

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Aishwarya

Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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