Dear Mamas,
I passionately want you to prepare for birth on every level, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically! In this day and age we have so many conveniences at our finger tips we have become a fairly sedentary species; often spending many hours of our days sitting on our behinds. Back in the day everyone walked a whole lot more, including pregnant women. Today there are many prenatal workouts available locally and shelves full of prenatal pilates and yoga dvds to help us increase our activity levels. But I am here to remind you of the completely free and highly accessible exercise of walking.

abbotsford doula blog walkWalking is the most simple and basic form of exercise you can do and is safe for each trimester. Walking 30 minutes a day will help increase blood flow to baby, improve your stamina and help prepare you for birth. Walking burns calories, helps you stay fit, and decreases your chances of developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Walking can ease constipation and helps your muscles stay toned which can decrease your overall aches and pains in pregnancy.

Walking is a great stress reliever, and improves moods by releasing endorphins, it can also aid in warding off postpartum depression in the 4th trimester by going for walks with baby!

Walking helps keep the muscles and ligaments of your pelvis aligned allowing baby to engage and sit optimally on your cervix, as you approach your last month of pregnancy walking helps baby move lower into your pelvis and settle into a good position for birth.
Walking right up until labour has been found to help bring on contractions and ripen the cervix!  It may even help you have a shorter labour. In fact, going for a nice walk in early labour may help labour pick up. Just don’t walk to the point of exhaustion you’ll need your energy later!

Always remember to bring a bottle of water, rest as needed and be aware of your shifting center of gravity as your baby grows.

 

“You have been walking the ocean’s edge,
holding up your robes to keep them dry.
You must dive naked under and deeper under,
a thousand times deeper. Love flows down.
The ground submits to the sky and suffers what comes.
Tell me, is the earth worse for giving in like that?
Do not put blankets over the drum.
Open completely.”

-Rumi