It’s important to get the right amount of exercise while you’re pregnant so you can build stamina and tone muscles for childbirth. But if you’re like most pregnant women, you wonder which exercises are safe for you and your baby. Experts say walking is a great option for pregnant women because it’s safe, low-impact and easy to do. Read on to learn how to develop an effective walking program during your pregnancy that you can continue after baby arrives.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends pregnant women get 30 minutes of low-impact exercise every day of the week. It’s best to check with your obstetrician to ensure you’re healthy enough for a walking regimen during your pregnancy.
Why is Walking Beneficial for Pregnant Women
Walking is good for pregnant women because it provides aerobic exercise, but doesn’t stress the knee and ankle joints which take enough abuse as it is during pregnancy. Walking is safe during all nine months of pregnancy, and it’s a great way to ease into an exercise routine if you weren’t active before.
If you didn’t exercise regularly before you became pregnant, start slowly and build up to a 20-30 minute walk at least a few days a week. Don’t walk to the point of exhaustion. If you do, your baby may not get the oxygen it needs. And if you experience unusual symptoms – like vaginal bleeding, dizziness or contractions – while walking, stop and contact your doctor immediately.