After giving birth, I only have time to go hiking once a week, so it’s important to me that I get the most out of those hikes. It took a bit of experimentation and experience to learn how to enjoy the short exercising time that I have to its fullest, but I’ve come up with several general principles that I follow to do so. Perhaps they can help others who are navigating their postpartum periods as well.
This is a round up my exercise and hiking activity for my third trimester of pregnancy, as well as the fourth trimester (the first 3 months postpartum) together. From my pregnancy and postpartum period I have learned to be kind to myself, slow things down, and exercise only to the point that my body feels comfortable.
The purpose of this post is to help expecting moms sort through the options for maternity hiking clothes and other maternity activewear that is out there in order to decide what works best for their circumstances. I also share what options worked for me.
While my first trimester of pregnancy was marked by a sense of urgency that I must continue hiking as before, in my second trimester I comfortably settled in to understanding and respecting the limitations of my body during pregnancy.