The Benefits of Walking for Pregnant and New Moms

Why Walk When You're Pregnant?

Hey, you do it anyway, right? Here, some added incentives to take some extra strides every day:

  • It keeps your heart strong and your muscles toned. "A stronger mom will have an easier time meeting the demands of motherhood," says Neporent, an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and author of Fitness Walking for Dummies (IDG).
  • It may help you have a shorter, easier labor.
  • It burns calories, which helps prevent excess weight gain.
  • It keeps your body fit, which offers protection from gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
  • You'll have an easier time exercising after you have the baby, "because you'll already have an exercise routine in place," says Rocker, a personal trainer and fitness expert based in Los Angeles, who specializes in walking workouts.
  • It eases constipation.
  • Anyone can do it, "and it's something you can do just for yourself before you have to focus on your baby," Neporent says.

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