Long walks safe ?

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maymay6575 Tue 17-Nov-20 13:42:32

I had a dentist appointment and when I was going back home all the bus stops was closed just my luck so I literally had to walk the whole way back home which is 30mins walk at first the walk felt fine but when I got a little close to home I started to feel a bit of pain so I sat down at a bus stop for a minute then continued walking I then got to a park which is around the corner from my home and sat down for 6mins and felt better... I hope this does not start labour as I'm 32weeks 😫

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luxxlisbon Tue 17-Nov-20 14:00:06

What? 30 minutes isn't really a long walk.

Walks are perfectly safe and 30 minutes is barely even considered light exercise. Really you should be doing that every day.

It won't start labour at 32 weeks.

AdelaMia Tue 17-Nov-20 14:01:39

I think it may have been pelvic girdle pain? I used to get pain from standing or walking for too long in the third trimester. It wasn't dangerous or anything, just uncomfortable for me. A support belt might help if you think it's this kind of pain?

Oneandabean Tue 17-Nov-20 15:02:59

A 30 minute walk is recommended daily 4-5 times a week during pregnancy it won’t start labour. I’m 30 weeks and have been going on 7 mile walks over fields and styles and uphills the last few weeks. Apparently walking and keeping active can help shorten labour and I’m all for that😂 if you’re getting pain speak to your midwife to see if it’s something like pelvic girdle pain

TheDaydreamBelievers Tue 17-Nov-20 15:03:55

Basically most exercises safe. 30 mins walking definitely safe yes. Only unsafe physical activity is stuff that is super strenuous (I mean a HR of 180 strenuous) or risks hitting abdomen (like boxing).

Disappointedkoala Tue 17-Nov-20 15:59:08

It's encouraged isn't it? I've been trying to do 45 minutes - 1 hour every day, more if I feel good. It gets more challenging the bigger you get though but after a short rest I'm normally fine.

Moo678 Tue 17-Nov-20 16:38:39

At 32 wks in my 1st pregnancy I was still walking my two Great Danes for 1 hr twice a day. One of my friends did a five mile walk with a massive hill every day from her due date in the hope of bringing on labour - she had to be induced.

I’d be much more worried about getting the bus than I would walking. I’m sure you will be fine. flowers


Turtleturtle81 Tue 17-Nov-20 18:09:08

I’m 36 weeks and did a 2.5 hour walk the other day. 30 minute walk is the absolute minimum I would do. I don’t understand where this idea comes from that we are all china dolls in pregnancy.

LoveSunshine01 Tue 17-Nov-20 19:35:42


So I did a few 30 minute walks or a bit longer at around 30 weeks which wouldn't normally worry me in the slightest. It really really wore me out. Similarly I had to keep stopping on benches etc, was a nightmare.

I'm now 35 weeks and the other day I did a 2 hour walk in the woods and had plenty of energy left and no pain and I've done way more activity than I could have done a couple of weeks ago. Could just be a phase of pregnancy that you're particularly tired in or a passing pain.

So yeah, wouldn't worry. And as others have said keeping active is a good idea as much as possible. If you find the pain is persistent and stopping you doing things or stopping you sleeping go and see someone, my osteopath has been an absolute saviour!

EmilySpinach Tue 17-Nov-20 19:38:08

30 minutes isn’t a long walk and it certainly won’t bring on premature labour.

PurBal Tue 17-Nov-20 19:48:33

I thought you meant in excess of 6 miles or something. I think 30 minutes will be fine.

DinosaurGrrrrr Tue 17-Nov-20 21:31:15

I was walking around 4 miles a day right up to a week before giving birth just as part of my commute to work. A 30 minute walk isn’t even 2 miles, it really isn’t very far. You should be doing 30 minutes exercise a day anyway, don’t you do any exercise at all? I actually think staying active throughout and right up to giving birth helped me have smooth births and v quick recoveries. I went for a 4 mile walk the day after I had my second child.

39weekswithno2 Wed 18-Nov-20 04:17:41

As others have said 30 minutes is not a long walk at all.
I've been regularl

39weekswithno2 Wed 18-Nov-20 04:18:18

Regularly walking for much longer than that throughout my whole pregnancy, as well as swimming for 30 minutes twice a week etc

RayOfSunshine2013 Wed 18-Nov-20 04:41:23

30 minutes is absolutely nothing. I’m lucky if I can walk around the supermarket and I’m only halfway through, but that’s due to pelvic girdle pain and if I could I’d be keeping moving more than just what I have to do

FlyNow Wed 18-Nov-20 04:45:45

30 minutes is more like the minimum you should walk per day, not the maximum.

Needsakickupthearse Wed 18-Nov-20 04:58:47

I would struggle to walk that far, but I have SPD and hypotension. So it isn't actually "dangerous" as such, it just causes me pain and I need to rest a lot because I'll faint if I'm on my feet for too long.

By 30 weeks into your pregnancy you would know if you had hypotension, but you may not know about SPD/PGP. It might be worth looking into.

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