The Benefits of Walking for Pregnant and New Moms

Dos and Don'ts for New Mom Walkers

Do give yourself time to gear up to exercise. Some women will be able to walk weeks after giving birth; others may need more healing time. "Just taking a few turns around the block is a great start," says Rocker.

Don't expect an overnight transformation. A regular walking program will help you get your shape back, but it may take several months -- even a year.

Do take advantage of stroller jaunts and dog walking to add a kick to your regular walking workout.

Don't fitness walk with your baby in an infant carrier as resistance. "Ergonomically, carriers are designed for leisure walking, not fitness walking, so you could hurt yourself using one," notes Rocker.

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