We know how important walking can be when you’re pregnant. It has a variety of benefits: from elevating your mood to ensuring a normal delivery to helping you sleep better.
So as you start developing a walking regime for yourself, follow our list of dos and don’ts to ensure a great walking experience for you and your baby-to-come:
Dos for walking during pregnancy
- Do give yourself some time to gear up to exercise. You might find it a task initially, but keep trying – it should get more and more effortless with every passing day.
- Do wear comfortable and light clothing.
- Do make it a point to walk for at least 15 minutes every day, and you can gradually increase once you get into the groove.
- Do use walking shoes to support your ankles and arches. Avoid using slippers or sandals as they might cause you to slip.
- Do carry a water bottle to help you keep your body hydrated all the times. Dehydration during pregnancy may raise your body temperature and is not safe for your growing baby.
- Do stop or pause when you feel tired or exhausted. Listen to your body, do not over exert yourself.
Don’ts for walking during pregnancy
- Don’t expect an overnight transformation (to either your weight, mood or sleep pattern). It will take some time.
- Don’t slump and walk. Make sure you keep an upright posture when you are walking.
- Don’t forget to apply a sunscreen or lotion or wear a hat if you’re going out to walk on a sunny day.
- Don’t go for a walk when it is dark outside or the weather is not conducive to walking as you might stumble or fall.
- Don’t walk on terrain you’re unsure of. This means you should generally avoid roads, stairs or mountainous terrain. A walk in the park usually is the best option. It not only helps you keep away from pollution but the calm atmosphere around you helps you enjoy your walk.
You can read ore about the benefits of walking during pregnancy here.