What shoes to walk in pregnancy, what benefits it brings and what you need to pay attention to: an interview with a gynecologist
Walking in pregnancy
Let’s forget stopwatches, pedometers, calorie counters: the walking during pregnancy it should not be taken as a sport for ambitious athletes but rather as a support that must contribute to the general well-being of the expectant mother. Walking must provide Relax and following the natural rhythms of the body when gestation is taking place according to a physiological course. Step by step the body releases endorphins and also the mind finds renewed benefit especially if going on with the months it is difficult to accept the lesser agility of the physique in transformation.
In order not to improvise and fully enjoy the benefits of this physical activity, it is good to respect some simple precautions. We talked about it with Alessandro Bulfoni, Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Humanitas San Pio X in Milan.
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Benefits of walking in pregnancy
The benefits are:
- keeping fit
- the benefit of practicing outdoor activities
“Play one moderate physical activity it is advisable – Bulfoni said – and walking is one of the most suitable options. The premise is that the pregnancy has a physiological course and therefore there are no pathologies that could compromise the health of the future mother. The benefits are to be found above all in the opportunity to maintain in this way a ideal weight that balances the caloric needs of the mother in a balanced way in the nine months: the increase in ideal weight at the end of gestation is between 11 and 12 kilograms more. Walking can, therefore, help keep fit. Practice outdoors with a gait that does not require excessive effort is also advantageous compared to exercising indoors, which are less healthy and more at risk, especially in this period “.
Risks of walking in pregnancy
“Sustained activity can involve some risks – continues the gynecologist – related to contractile activity: the increase in uterine contractions exposes the woman to a risk of preterm birth. For this reason, before authorizing the pregnant woman to a constant motor activity, a careful assessment of the state of well-being is required. Women who suffer from need to be more careful hypertension in pregnancy: it is recommended for them absolute rest and even mild walking activity must be appropriately accorded. In any case, in the morning, when blood pressure is generally lower, and in the evening we find the most suitable times to reconcile this activity in pregnant women, especially in the hottest season.
Another precaution to be observed especially in the second and third trimesters is to prefer times of the day away from meals: digestion becomes slower in the pregnant woman and exercise in the post-prandial phase is not recommended.
Finally, many women, even during pregnancy, drink too little: sweating caused by movement requires a sufficient supply of water.
Me too’supplementation of vitamins it can be a good supplement if agreed with your gynecologist “.
Walking in pregnancy: treadmills and footwear
Treadmill and pregnancy
“The Tapis Roulant it is not contraindicated – comments Bulfoni -, it can be superimposed on a walk. However, it should be noted that the stresses of this tool are higher than a brisk walk in the open air. Although used at low speed, this tool imposes greater stress while on the contrary the walk in the park is more natural and respectful of the natural rhythms of the future mother “.
What shoes to use?
“The footwear, on the other hand, even if it is a mild activity, must be comfortable: the sneakers they are fine as long as they have very low soles or heels and the support surface is not narrow, this is because maximum stability of the foot must be guaranteed.