Here’s Why Walking Should Be Your Pregnancy Health Mantra

Tue, Oct 13th 2015

Debolina Raja Gupta

3 mins read

While you do feel tired all the time when you are pregnant, especially during the last trimester, a little exercise can bring in a host of benefits for both you and your unborn baby.

Though experts recommend light to moderate exercise during pregnancy and there are a variety of options that you can choose from if you’re looking for an easy and natural way to maintain your pregnancy weight and ensure a safe pregnancy, walking can be your best bet.

Research shows that walking during pregnancy can not only increase your chances of having a natural birth, but also reduce your chances of contracting gestational diabetes and other pregnancy-associated complications. [1]

Here are four ways in which walking can benefit you and your baby during pregnancy.

1. Improves Blood Circulation
During pregnancy, your body needs more nutrients for the proper growth and development of your baby. Walking is a great way to improve blood circulation to the fetus in order to maintain a healthy flow of nutrients to the baby. It will also help reduce or prevent any pain that can be triggered by poor blood circulation. However, please consult your doctor before you start walking, especially in your first trimester.

2. Eases Fluid Retention
As your pregnancy progresses, you will most likely experience water retention, due to which fluids will get trapped in your tissues and cause swelling. In most cases, the swelling will be around your ankles, feet and legs.

When you walk, it will contract your leg muscles and release the fluid out of your tissues. The improved blood circulation will also help flush out those extra fluids. If you have been allowed to walk by your doctor, make sure you wear supportive shoes to cushion your feet and maintain a good posture and balance.

3. Keeps Stress Away
When you walk, your endorphin levels increase that help reduce stress related hormones, thereby bringing down your tension and stress. Make sure you walk on even surfaces and avoid rocky or elevated walking tracks.

4. Prevents Excessive Weight Gain
It is important to keep a healthy weight during pregnancy, as being overweight or obese during pregnancy can cause various health issues in both you and your unborn baby.

Being overweight or obese while you are pregnant can increase the risk of a miscarriage, can lead to preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, blood clotting, high blood pressure and excessive bleeding at the time of birth. Walking on a regular basis will help keep your weight in check. Always stop to relax and stretch after every 10 to 15 minutes to help your muscles relax.

Warning
While many experts consider walking to be a safe exercise during pregnancy, make sure that you don’t overdo to the point that you feel breathless, nauseous, tired or dizzy. It is always wise to consult your gynecologist before you take up any kind of exercise during pregnancy.

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References:
1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3874484/

About the Author
Debolina Raja Gupta

A pregnancy & babycare writer as well as wellness believer, Debolina is always trying to bring in health and wellness into her family’s, especially her kids’, lives. With a Master’s degree in English literature, she has worked with several mothercare and babycare brands. In her free time, she helps with campaigns that work towards promoting the health and well-being of women and babies. Her experiences as a mother help her talk about busy modern-day parenting and its changing trends.

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