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walking tips Here are some really important TIPS to remember as you are walking to stay fit during your pregnancy. drink

stretch

Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your walk. Bring along a bottle of water to stay well hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink one cup every 15-20 minutes.

To prevent leg cramps, warm up your muscles with some easy stretches. Hold on to a chair or rail and practice your squats. This loosens up your hips, which also helps prepare for labor.

shoes Wear quality, properly- fitted tennis shoes. Keep in mind that your feet can swell a whole shoe size in pregnancy. Wearing shoes made of fabric that can expand is something to consider if purchasing new shoes.

posture

pulse

Practice good posture. Stand up tall and tighten your booty. Wear a maternity support belt if your tummy feels heavy like a bowling ball. This will help take pressure o of your back.

While walking, your pulse rate should not go above 140 beats per minute. Try the talk test. Keep a conversation going with your walking partner, maintaining a steady pace without feeling winded.

cool down Remember the cool down period. Check your heart rate again, making sure it is not above 100 beats per minute for more then 5 minutes. Stretch again, and grab another swig of water!

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