10 amazing benefits of walking for expecting mothers

Published on Jan 21, 2024 06:00 AM IST

  • Walking during pregnancy can decrease risk of complications and improve overall health of expecting mothers. Here are benefits of walking for pregnant women.

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“Incorporating a brisk walk into your routine, even for a short duration each day, can have significant positive effects on your physical and mental health over time. Walking during pregnancy can offer numerous benefits for both the expectant mother and the developing baby,” says Shazia Shadab, Lead Physiotherapist at Cloudnine group of hospitals, Bangalore, Jayanagar. She shares key reasons why walking is important during pregnancy. (Freepik)

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1. Maintains fitness: Walking is a low-impact aerobic exercise that helps pregnant women stay fit without putting excessive stress on joints. It supports cardiovascular health and helps manage weight gain. (Freepik)
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1. Maintains fitness: Walking is a low-impact aerobic exercise that helps pregnant women stay fit without putting excessive stress on joints. It supports cardiovascular health and helps manage weight gain. (Freepik)

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2. Boosts mood: Regular walking releases endorphins, the body's natural mood lifters. This can be particularly beneficial during pregnancy when hormonal changes may affect mood. (Freepik)
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2. Boosts mood: Regular walking releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters. This can be particularly beneficial during pregnancy when hormonal changes may affect mood. (Freepik)

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3. Improves sleep: Physical activity, including walking, can contribute to better sleep quality. Establishing a regular walking routine may help alleviate sleep disturbances common during pregnancy. (Freepik)
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3. Improves sleep: Physical activity, including walking, can contribute to better sleep quality. Establishing a regular walking routine may help alleviate sleep disturbances common during pregnancy. (Freepik)

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4. Aids digestion: Gentle exercise like walking can help prevent or alleviate constipation, a common issue during pregnancy. It promotes regular bowel movements and aids in digestion. (Freepik)
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4. Aids digestion: Gentle exercise like walking can help prevent or alleviate constipation, a common issue during pregnancy. It promotes regular bowel movements and aids in digestion. (Freepik)

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5. Reduces swelling: Walking helps improve circulation, which can reduce swelling in the ankles and legs – a common occurrence during pregnancy. (Freepik)
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5. Reduces swelling: Walking helps improve circulation, which can reduce swelling in the ankles and legs – a common occurrence during pregnancy. (Freepik)

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6. Manages gestational diabetes: Regular physical activity, including walking, can help manage gestational diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels. (Freepik)
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6. Manages gestational diabetes: Regular physical activity, including walking, can help manage gestational diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels. (Freepik)

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7. Prepares the body for labour: Walking engages and strengthens the muscles, including those in the pelvic area. This can potentially ease labour and delivery. (Freepik)
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7. Prepares the body for labour: Walking engages and strengthens the muscles, including those in the pelvic area. This can potentially ease labour and delivery. (Freepik)

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8. Eases back pain: Many pregnant women experience back pain due to the added weight and changes in posture. Walking, with proper form, can help alleviate back pain and strengthen core muscles. (Freepik)
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8. Eases back pain: Many pregnant women experience back pain due to the added weight and changes in posture. Walking, with proper form, can help alleviate back pain and strengthen core muscles. (Freepik)

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9. Enhances posture: Walking promotes good posture, which becomes especially important as the body undergoes changes during pregnancy. (Freepik)
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9. Enhances posture: Walking promotes good posture, which becomes especially important as the body undergoes changes during pregnancy. (Freepik)

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10. Bonding opportunity: Walking can be a simple and enjoyable activity that the pregnant woman can share with a partner, family, or friends, providing a social and bonding aspect to the routine. (Freepik)
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10. Bonding opportunity: Walking can be a simple and enjoyable activity that the pregnant woman can share with a partner, family, or friends, providing a social and bonding aspect to the routine. (Freepik)