Is it really necessary? No, but it definitely has too many benefits of walking during pregnancy that are hard to ignore and tones your muscles at the same time.
1. Physical Fitness:
Walking makes you physically fit. It is a wholesome complete body exercise routine, which increases your cardiovascular health and tones your muscles at the same time.
2. Healthy Baby:
Yes, walking keeps your weight in check, which also keeps the baby’s weight in check. It helps your baby to achieve a healthy birth weight and not weigh as heavy so as to become impossible to deliver naturally.
3. Lowered Risk of Gestational Diabetes:
Because your body weight is being maintained at a constant, there is a significantly reduced risk of developing gestational or pregnancy diabetes.
4. Lowered Risk of Pre-Eclampsia:
Pre-eclampsia is high blood pressure during pregnancy. Walking helps to maintain weight and reduce cholesterol leading to balance in the blood pressure levels during pregnancy.
Stress is a big part of pregnancy. Blame it on hormones, but a pregnant woman is subjected to high mood swings, from happiness and elation to anxiety and downright depression. Walking, like any other exercise, releases endorphins, the feel-good chemical of the body. It is a great stress-buster and elevates your mood especially on days when you are feeling extremely low.
6. Increases the Chances of Normal Pregnancy:
Walking during pregnancy increases your flexibility and tones up your hip muscles, a great recipe for a pain free, faster and easier labor than a woman who does no walking at all.
JAYSHREE BHAGAT. (2015, July 21). 6 Amazing Benefits Of Walking During Pregnancy, MomJunction [Online]. Available: http://www.momjunction.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-walking-during-pregnancy_00211/ (2015, July 21)