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Fitness & Health: Walking While Pregnant

One of the best things you can do for yourself and for your baby, besides prenatal yoga, is walk. Walk around the block, walk around the park, or walk on the treadmill. Keep it at a moderate pace (you should be able to talk without any trouble) and keep it relatively short. Sorry, no marathons!

Walking throughout pregnancy ensures that your body keeps up a level of health and fitness, making it easier to lose those pregnancy pounds after delivery. Walking eases constipation, along with aches and pains, helping you to sleep better at night. Keeping up your fitness will also improve your endurance during labor.

If you are already walking, keep up with your regular program. Otherwise, begin walking 20 to 30 minutes three times per week. Work up to every day at 30-60 minutes per day. It is better to take a couple of shorter walks, rather than one long walk. Just do what feels comfortable to you.

Now that you are pregnant, you may have noticed that your center of gravity and mass have changed dramatically. This may give you a reason to go out and purchase some new walking shoes. Get some good shoes with extra ankle support if you make walking a habit.

Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise programs when pregnant. If you feel any dizziness or experience any pain or bleeding, stop immediately and consult your doctor.

With common sense and moderation, you should be able to enjoy a walking routine throughout all of your nine months of pregnancy. So get outside and enjoy yourself right now!

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