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is it normal for a heavily pregnant woman to be able to walk 12 miles?

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mum0ftw0 Wed 03-Aug-11 16:16:47

or is that an unreasonable expectation?

Eglu Wed 03-Aug-11 16:18:41

I would say highly unreasonable.

shouldbeelswhere Wed 03-Aug-11 16:19:05

seems fairly unreasonable to me but I'd say it's up to the woman doing the walking.

Salmotrutta Wed 03-Aug-11 16:19:28

I don't know but pregnant African women out in the bush probably have to walk similar distances for water, visiting clinics etc.? Not sure though.......

Mitmoo Wed 03-Aug-11 16:19:42

Unreasonable I'd say I couldnt have managed it.

mousymouse Wed 03-Aug-11 16:19:53

I couldn't, or only very very slowly.
would never expect it from a pregnant woman.

TattyDevine Wed 03-Aug-11 16:20:38

Highly unreasonable.

Its probably possible...if you had to to save your life or something, of course. But its bloody uncomfortable beyond a certain point, it bears down on your bladder, sometimes they are sitting on your sciatic nerve, also its hot...your feet or legs might be swollen, etc...

So what I'm saying is it may be possible but you wont find many doing it just because they have nothing better to do! Particlarly in this kind of weather.

AgentZigzag Wed 03-Aug-11 16:20:50

I did about two hours walking a day right up to having DD2 (not that it kept the weight I had to lose afterwards down hmm) but it was pretty slow going at times.

12 miles is far too far.

desperatelyseekingsolutions Wed 03-Aug-11 16:20:53

Good God no. I'm 22 weeks pregnant and would struggle to do two miles at the moment!

Salmotrutta Wed 03-Aug-11 16:21:34

Is this woman in the habit of walking long distances?
Because if she is then it may well be OK - Julia Bradbury on Countryfile seems to be continuing her walking although not quite "heavily" pregnant yet.

MalkieFraser Wed 03-Aug-11 16:22:12

I don't know, some heavily pregnant women are more precious than others. Also depends on level of general fitness and whether bothered by spd, pgp, wtf, etc. I felt no different at 40 weeks than pre-pregnancy both times and would happily have walked to the ends of the earth. Why?

DogsBestFriend Wed 03-Aug-11 16:23:51

Dunno. I covered that sort of distance fairly regularly when heavily pregnant with both DD1 and DD2 (early 30s, naturally slim, neither a gym-freak nor wildly unfit at the time).

I considered it normal, having no car, living miles from town and owning dogs but have no idea whether others would do so.

Salmotrutta Wed 03-Aug-11 16:24:00

Yes......... why OP?

<NEEDS to know!!>

MissPenteuth Wed 03-Aug-11 16:24:08

Generally speaking, no it's not normal. That's about 4 hours at normal walking speed; a lot of walking even for a non-pregnant woman! I'm sure there would be a few that might be fit enough though.

mum0ftw0 Wed 03-Aug-11 16:27:09

I was just shocked at some posts in the other thread;

'altinkumWed 03-Aug-11 14:40:58
yes I am saying exactly that, 12 miles is at most a 2 hour walk, if your not fit enough to walk that time, then tbh, you need to address your fitness levels.
At 38 weeks pregnant I was regularly doing walks that length.'

'ApocalypseCheeseToastieWed 03-Aug-11 16:16:44
And I agree with altinkum, many heavily prregnant women would be able to walk 12 miles, especially on the flat.'

Salmotrutta Wed 03-Aug-11 16:27:29

Well, it's perfectly normal for pregnant women in under-developed countries though isn't it? They have to walk. We've just become very sedentary by comparison. I know I am pretty darned lazy when it comes to walking blush

Salmotrutta Wed 03-Aug-11 16:28:17

What thread?

TeamDamon Wed 03-Aug-11 16:28:38

So this is a thread about a thread? <tut tut>

Can you not discuss this on the original thread?

mum0ftw0 Wed 03-Aug-11 16:29:26

should wheelchairs users get priority on buses

Salmotrutta Wed 03-Aug-11 16:30:00

Ah - must have a look!

MissPenteuth Wed 03-Aug-11 16:30:01

From Wikipedia:

"the average human walking speed is about 5 kilometres per hour (km/h), or about 3.1 miles per hour (mph)"

I doubt many people that could walk 12 miles in 2 hours, pregnant or otherwise.

mum0ftw0 Wed 03-Aug-11 16:30:40

those statements were just so outragious, I thought a fresh point of view on 12 miles being walkable would help get things into perspective.

upahill Wed 03-Aug-11 16:31:00

I managed a lot of walking with DS1 but not that far. The heat wiped me out.

DS2 was born in the autumn and I used to walk to work which was 8 miles away up until about 7 1/2 months pregnant. It wasn't easy but I was doing it to stay resonably fit. After 7 1/2 months I just swam and went walking on the tread mill gently.

MissPenteuth Wed 03-Aug-11 16:31:36


FetchezLaVache Wed 03-Aug-11 16:31:54

I am pretty fit (and not pregnant) and I couldn't walk 12 miles in under 2 hours! That's twice average walking pace. I guess I'd better get addressing my fitness levels, then.

FWIW I had days when heavily pregnant when I couldn't have walked 12 yards...

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