Walking Can Carry You Through all Three Trimesters
You might know that exercise can help stave off excess weight gain during pregnancy; you might also know that doctors warn of over-exerting yourself during pregnancy. Walking might just be the happy medium between these two.
The ACOG recommends healthy pregnant women exercise moderately for at least thirty minutes on most, if not all, days of the week. There are a plethora of ways exercise can help lessen the discomforts associated with pregnancy, some of which include constipation, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, leg cramps, and swelling of the ankles. The key here, however, is the term moderate; doctors warn that raising your body temperature and heart rate beyond a certain level can potentially harm your developing baby.
Although every woman should first discuss an exercise regimen with her doctor, walking can provide an excellent form of exercise for everyone from novices to pre-pregnancy cardio-queens. You can tailor the vigorousness of your workout by altering terrain (including hills or sticking to flat land), altering pace, and altering the length of time you walk.
Finally, in your third trimester, walking may be all you can do! Just kidding. But due to the increase and shifting of weight you have experienced, your balance might be a little off in your third trimester, making certain activities out of the question; therefore walking provides a relatively safe form of exercise throughout all three trimesters.