As a pregnant mother of a toddler, the furthest thing down my priority list is taking a walk. In the time I’m not chasing after Little Man, doing chores, or making meals, I want to sit on the couch and veg.
However, I also know how important it is.
During my last pregnancy, I remember someone telling me about their friend who walked her way to an easy labor. She told me that the friend had a hard first labor and heard that walking helped, so she went for a walk everyday of her second pregnancy.
My labor was 8 hrs of early/practice labor with contractions 10 min apart, which I mostly slept through (yes, I can sleep through a lot), and then a three hour active labor and 20 min of pushing before Little Man was born.
Now, I’m not saying walking is whole reason I had this kind of labor. Short easy labors do run in my family, so it may have a lot to do with genes and body type. But I’m sure it didn’t hurt.
I walked four miles almost everyday throughout that pregnancy. When I reflect on that now, I think I was a little bit
insane ambitious. I can’t imagine walking that far now. I have no idea where I’d find at least an hour every day to just walk.
I do plan to take my CO midwives’ advice, though, and get at least 30 min of walking in a day. I’ll probably have to split it into increments, and chasing little man will have to account for some of that, but I want to give myself as much of a head start towards another smooth labor as I can. Especially, since I’m having a home birth this time!
We’ll see how much of that I stick to, but hopefully this post and your support will help to keep me motivated. Wish me luck!
*I may have to find a gym with treadmills, ellipticals, and maybe even a track to keep this up through the Northeastern winter