Hiking is a great way to improve your strength and cardiovascular health during pregnancy. Plus, it works wonders on your mood (look at that view!). Just ask Stacy Keibler, our June/July cover star, who told us that exploring the great outdoors is one of her favorite workouts!
But when you’re doing it for two, hiking does take some special considerations. So before you hit the trails, check out these tips for a better, safer hike.
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Get The Go-Ahead From Your Doc
First thing’s first: Talk to your OB-GYN to make sure hiking is right for you and your baby. If you’re a long-time hiker, hiking is probably safe, but if you have a complicated pregnancy, or have never hiked before, it might not be your best bet, says Marielena Guerra, M.D., of Elite OB-GYN in Florida. Also, be sure to also discuss any hiking trips that may take you to extreme elevations, as they may be contraindicated or require additional precautions.
Related: The Pregnant Woman's Guide to the Gym
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