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Benefits of Walking Through Pregnancy

Over the course of my pregnancy so far, minus the awful first few weeks where I barely left the couch, I’ve tried really hard to incorporate walking into my routine at least a few times a week. I know it’s not exactly the same level of exertion as all of the running I was doing, but it’s something and I know every little bit counts!

Walking also isn’t the most “fun” exercise, but it’s much easier to stay motivated when you know just how beneficial walking can be for a pregnancy. For now, I’m thankful that I feel up to walking, and I hope I can continue walking as long as possible! I imagine there will come a point where walking is anything but enjoyable!

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I did some research, and pulled ten key benefits of walking through pregnancy! There are dozens and dozens, but these ten really stood out to me and were extra motivating for one reason or another.

10 Benefits of Walking Through Pregnancy

1. Walking helps reduce your chance of developing gestational diabetes.

2. Walking keeps you used to working out so when baby gets here you already have a workout routine established. In theory, of course.

3. Walking might help you have an easier labor (supposedly). They think this is the case mainly because you will be in better shape and have better stamina than someone who doesn’t exercise at all.

4. Walking keeps both your heart and the baby’s heart strong, and helps lower your blood pressure.

5. Walking regularly helps you gain a healthier amount of weight, and keeps the baby’s birth weight in check. Apparently, the more mom exercises, the higher the chances are that baby will be born a bit slimmer, which in turn could you help you have a smoother delivery.

6. Walking helps improve your mood. Hello endorphins! And with how moody baby girl has made me, I think Adam is extra thankful when I walk!

7. Walking can help your back ache. Now, I’m not sure I 100% believe this because my back doesn’t necessarily feel better after I walk, but maybe it’s at least staying loose and isn’t as tight as it could be?

8. Walking can help you feel better about yourself. I know I always feel great about myself after a good run, and walking is no exception. I just feel like I’ve been productive and that I haven’t fully lost my shape yet!

9. Walking may help you “bounce back” faster after delivery. I’ve read this time and time again, that if you stay in shape throughout your pregnancy, that after your pregnancy your body will have an easier time recovering.

10. Walking helps you sleep better. Truth X’s 1,000!!!

So even if it’s not much, just a few minutes everyday is better than nothing! But of course, listen to your body!

Did you walk throughout your pregnancy? If you can’t run for one reason for another, what did you do instead?

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18 Comments

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    Mom
    May 21, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Oh my goodness!! So, so proud of you 🙂

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      Sweet Miles
      May 28, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you thank you 🙂

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    Heather @Fit n Cookies
    May 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Walking is honestly one of the best things you can do, ever! I might be sticking just to walking starting soon. My running days may be coming to an end, which makes me sad. The biggest thing for me is that walking is so much slower and I just need to get used to that! haha I liked running and knowing in 40 minutes I’d have almost 5 miles done, and now it’s like 2.5 lol
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      Sweet Miles
      May 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Hahaha YESSSSSSSSS agree X’s 10000. It was SO hard to accept the fact that I just literally didn’t feel like running anymore and I HAD to slow down, like way down, like got passed at the lake by an old man! But at least we’re moving! And hopefully you can keep running just a little bit longer! You’ve been KILLING it lately, girl!!

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    Danica @ It's Progression
    May 21, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve always believed that going for walks is probably the very best exercise for anyone, at any point in their life! So yes, I’m definitely going for a lot of walks during this pregnancy – I look forward to them and I can instantly see a lot of benefits from each one! Fingers crossed it helps us both to have a better labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery : )
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      Sweet Miles
      May 28, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Fingers crossed for sure!! And I am with you! Even my grandparents still walk! Doesn’t taking a nice, long walk just make you feel so productive??

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    Fiona MacDonald
    May 21, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Love this post! I had a small set back at the end of my first trimester which my doctor gave me strict orders to walk only. Going from 5 days a week of gyming it up with weights and spinning this was a hard transition, but I loved every minute of it. I came to realize how it was still a great workout and ending up keeping up my walking even after being able to go back to the gym. Now I aim for about a 30-60 minute walk most days of the week. Having a dog helps that though 😉

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      Sweet Miles
      May 28, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Oh wow! I imagine that was tough to deal with at first, thank goodness you could still walk though and weren’t on bed rest! Haha having a dog definitely helps!!

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    Molly Rose
    May 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I love walking! And I’m so glad it’s been helping you out through your pregnancy!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Me too me too! It is for now! I wonder if I’ll get to the point where walking downhill is difficult because I’m so front heavy, hahaha, oh dear, it’s going to be rough!

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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    May 21, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I love walking! And for me, it’s one exercise my husband and I like to do together and we take our pup so it’s a triple win!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 28, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      Agreed!! That’s how we are too. We don’t really agree on running together, but family walks in the evening or on the weekends are always a perfect compromise!

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    Sara
    May 21, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    I love this list! I’m still running at 24 weeks, but we’ll see how long that lasts. I’m still planning on walking 3-5 miles per day after I stop running.
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      Sweet Miles
      May 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Girl that is amazing!! I wish my bladder could handle that!

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    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    May 22, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Yes! I’ve always liked walking, but I’m doing even more of it now that I’m pregnant. I usually walk for an hour at lunch and then I try to throw in some strength training a couple of times per week too. Fingers crossed that we have easier labors and recoveries!!
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      Sweet Miles
      May 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Oh I hope so too!!! That’s the dream plan at least! I need to do more strength training, in fact, my dumbbells are currently staring at me from across the room!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    May 26, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Love this! I think walking gets a bad rap… but I love it.
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      Sweet Miles
      May 28, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      I agree!! I used to feel so lazy walking, but now that it’s like my lifeline I’m all for it!

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