The Benefits of Walking During Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, your energy level may lag. You are, after all, creating a human being, and that’s hard work! But in spite of the fact that your low energy level and growing belly may make you feel more like lounging around, you should be doing the opposite -- at least for about 30 minutes a day.

Exercise during pregnancy is important for your overall health and the health of your baby. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that healthy women get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, ideally spread out across the week.


Do you know what makes an ideal moderate-intensity activity for pregnant women? Brisk walking.

Why you should walk during pregnancy

Walking is a low-impact exercise that can be done almost anywhere and any time. You only need a good, comfortable pair of sneakers and a water bottle, and you’re ready to walk around your neighborhood, a park, or around the block outside your office.


Our team at Annandale Ob-Gyn & Primary Care knows that walking is a great way for many pregnant women to exercise. We’ve pulled together a list of the many benefits for you.


Walking during pregnancy:

Safety tips for walking during pregnancy

If you were active before, staying active during your pregnancy should be fairly simple. If not, then you should start slowly, walking for five minutes and day, for example, and building up to 30 minutes or more. Always consult your Annandale obstetrician before embarking on any type of exercise routine during pregnancy.


Some general tips include:


Walking can be a wonderful way to stay fit while you’re pregnant. If you have questions about exercise, give us a call or ask at your next prenatal visit.



Author
Dr. Anna Le A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Anna Le received her Medical Doctor degree in 1998 from George Washington University. Dr. Le completed an OB/GYN residency at Howard University in 2003. Dr. Le is the founder of Annandale OBGYN. She began her practice in 2003. Dr. Le offers comprehensive care for women throughout their lifetime, from pregnancy and childbirth to the treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding, menopause, and urinary incontinence. Dr. Le specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic procedures including laparoscopy, endometrial ablation and hysteroscopic Essure procedures. She also practices the full scope of office gynecology including management of abnormal pap smears, adolescent medicine, hormone therapy, birth control, abnormal bleeding , sexual dysfunction, diagnostic ultrasound for obstetric and gynecologic disorders.

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