Hiking is one of the best ways to stay fit and active outdoors. There are so many things to see and do while hiking and it is a great way to clear the head of the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. Hiking can take many levels of difficulty so it is best to find out about the trail before you go. Here are some other tips to keep in mind.
- Drink lots of water. Water is important for everyone but it is especially for pregnant women because of the risks and complications associated with dehydration and the unborn child. Bring plenty of water with you.
- Take plenty of food and healthy snacks. Hiking can easily burn up 500 calories in an hour or two and you need an extra 300 calories per day when pregnant. Eat before you leave, snack during the hike and eat when you get back.
- Do not carry a heavy load or pack. A light day pack with some snacks and a jacket is ok, but you should not be carrying any significant weight. Give the gear to someone else and have them help you carry it. Experienced hikers may be able to comfortably carry heavier packs, but for most pregnant women a day pack of 5-10
- Always tell someone where you're hiking and what time you plan to return. If reception is available where you are hiking, take a mobile phone in case of an emergency.
- Wear sunscreen and reapply often to help protect you skin and avoid the development of melasma, a hormonally caused increase in the brown pigmentation on your skin.
- Carry a first aid kit and emergency supplies such as waterproof matches, several candles, a space blanket and energy bars or trail mix.