Fall is here and the cooler weather makes the outdoors more comfortable for pregnant moms. Even though most moms receive a new stroller at a baby shower there is no need to wait for baby to be born to enjoy strolling with your baby. You can take your baby on a walk even before the birth. Walking is a great exercise for the pregnant mom and both mom and baby will benefit. Walking can boost your mood, improve your sleep and reduce the aches and pains of pregnancy. Walking can also help prepare your body for the strenuous work of birth.
For women with an uncomplicated pregnancy, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ACOG, recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise on most, if not all days of the week as a general guideline. Walking is a great option; easy, inexpensive, and both you and baby will enjoy the time together even before baby is born. Walking daily this fall can be a regular time to connect with your unborn baby. Talk to your baby as you walk. Share your hopes and concerns about the impending birth experience. Make it a time to relax from your busy day and connect with your baby.
Establishing a habit of daily exercise now also means you will be more likely to continue walking with baby after the birth. So no need to wait to use the new stroller, take your unborn baby for a daily walk this fall and enjoy the stroll!