Reviewed April 2014, next review April 2017

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Walking and pregnancy

Walking is a safe option during pregnancy. A brisk, mile-long walk three times a week can help keep you fit, and the fresh air may also help you combat morning sickness.

If you're going on longer walks, take the same precautions as you would for running:

  • Wear supportive shoes.
  • Stay on level ground.
  • Don't walk during the hottest part of the day.
  • Carry water with you and drink it regularly.

You can walk all through your pregnancy as long as you’re feeling comfortable.


Sources

RCOG Guidelines, Exercise in Pregnancy, Statement 4, London Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 2006

NHS Choices, Exercise in pregnancy, London NHS Choices, 2013


In this section

How active should I be?

What exercise can I do?

When to be careful exercising

Setting exercise goals

Pelvic floor muscles exercises

Questions on exercise in pregnancy

Five pregnancy exercises (pdf)

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In this section

How active should I be?

What exercise can I do?

When to be careful exercising

Setting exercise goals

Pelvic floor muscles exercises

Questions on exercise in pregnancy

Five pregnancy exercises (pdf)


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