Walking and Pregnancy
By Lisa Stone, ACE
Q. I have an 8 month old daughter, and am 8 weeks pregnant. I also work full time. I want this to be a healthy pregnancy so I want to stay in shape. I'd like to go walking every evening (as it is too hot before 8). But I am so tired by the time I get home that I don't do it. Should I walk anyway even though I am so tired?
A. While I normally advise pregnant women to listen to their bodies and not to do more than feels comfortable, I do think taking an evening walk might prove energizing for you as long as you don't overdo it. Be sure to take along a bottle of water so you don't get dehydrated. Try walking just 15 or 20 minutes the first few times and see how you feel afterward. My guess is that it will feel good to get outside and get your body moving. As you get past your first trimester and regain some energy, try increasing your walks to 30 or even 45 minutes, letting comfort be your guide.
CHEAP PLUG: We have a great walking audiotape available at www.fitfor2.com that includes cues and tips geared toward pregnant women and new moms. The music is really fun, and it might be just the ticket for keeping you motivated!