Updated October 2013
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.
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?
When to be careful exercising
Exercise/activity to avoid
Everyday activity suggestions
Pelvic floor exercises
Swimming in pregnancy
Running in pregnancy
Walking in pregnancy
Yoga and pregnancy
Aerobics and weights in pregnancy
Questions on exercise in pregnancy
Five pregnancy exercises (pdf)