Hiking while Pregnant-11 Things I've learned

I really enjoy being outdoors, but being pregnant during the summer months is tough on it’s own. I am really glad I did not allow my pregnancy stop me and my family enjoy being outdoors. Over this summer I continued to hike throughout my pregnancy, while packing our 1 year old with us. Earlier on in my pregnancy it was just our one year old and me, then the further along I was I wouldn’t go alone so it was our 8, 6, 1 year old, and my husband would join us whenever possible. If my husband couldn’t make it out I made sure to invite a friend. I have learned quiet a few things during the past few months.

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  1. Drink pleny of fluid! This should be a pretty easy thing to remember, but its easy to forget when you’re focused on the trail ahead. I actually used to carry several water bottles, but then my husband gave me a camel back that fit right in my Deuter Comfort Kid II. It was life changing.

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            2. Take Breaks. As much as we really want to be super mom, it is so super important that we take breaks. Our bodies are in the process of doing something amazing and we need to do our best to keep from over exerting ourselves.

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3. Wear supportive shoes. Tennis shows are great, but I really suggguest something with some ankle support as well as arch support. First few times on the trail I wore my regular addidas that I would wear to the gym, however as I got deeper into hiking and more into my pregnancy I noticed my arches and ankles were beginning to pinch. I also noticed that my body began to compensate because of this. I shortly after bought hiking shoes and I insantly could tell a difference.

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4. Pack Snacks!  Nothing makes you more hungry than hard work and that is exactly what hiking while pregnant does to you. Your body needs extra 300 to 500 calories per day when you’re growing a baby. When you hiking you work hard, but when you’re packing a todddler and a bun in the oven you’re really exerting some energy. The best way to prevent dizziness on the trail is to be sure that you have plenty of fuel on hand

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5. Posture check your posture is so important at all times. When your pregnant your center of gravity changes, therefore changing your posture. Bad posture causes back pain and neck pain. So be sure your body is properly aligned when hiking

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6.Sunscreen super important thing to bring. Who wants to add anything more miserable to pregnancy. Your skin and hormones are all very different during pregnancy you just want to be sure that you’re taking the best steps to prevent adding anything that will cause your pregnancy to be any more miserable!

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8. Pack light I like to think I’m wonder woman and the first time I went I packed tons of extra crap and carried my 15 month son on my back as well in a soft carrier. What a terrible plan. I was so tired and sore. I learned fast to pack light.

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9. Share the weight if you can’t pack light be sure you are sharing the weight. Don’t try to be a super woman and haul everything.It’s ok to ask for help!

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10. Heart rate monitor although you don’t need to stay away from certain zones you do need to be aware of what your heart is doing. If your heart spikes for an unknown reason you’ll need to know. Be sure you have a monitor!

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11. Listen to your body! If your body is telling you you’re over heated and need to sit and breath then do it! If your body is telling you you can’t go any further, then turn around. Don’t push your self!

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