(Closed) Is it dangerous to walk up/downstairs when pregnant?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Wannabee

Good question.  I am not sure.  Something to ask your doctor about!

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I can only tell you what I learned. I waited tables with my son and that was 7 days a week walking miles a day plus college and that was up and down stairs for every class.  My pregnancy was actually helped with all the exercise and my doc said it was the main reason that my deliverary was so easy on me.  With your condition you should discuss this with your doctor, but I was always under the understanding that non-strenuous exercise was good for you while pregnant.

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Bumble Beekeeper

I’m not a doctor… but I wouldn’t think so. Obviously it’s a different story if the doctors tell you not to engage in lots of activity or something. I just know that my doctor wants me to exercise.

I would say that my main concern would be that pregnancy has greatly exacerbated my already clumsy nature. lol

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@zippylef: Agreed. I think it’s just the risk of falling. When my mom was pregnant with me, she walked five city blocks each day to work and also up flights of stairs. I like to think I turned out fine. πŸ˜‰ lol

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m obviously no doctor either but, I’d guess that walking would be very good for you. I’ve heard from SO MANY women who stayed fit during pregnancy that the work-puts they did helped them in labor because they we’re not as tired and they were more flexible….so maybe it’s a good thing.

But like PP said….don’t fall! If you get big and wobbly then you’ll have to be extra careful:)))

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would think only if you’re on bed rest or if you have a habit of falling down the stairs lol, then no, you probably shouldn’t walk up and down the stairs frequently. But there are women who run long distance during their pregnancies and they’re just fine.

The weekend before I delivered, my sister had me walk up two steps of stairs, down one, repeat, and continued this for an hour so I would go into labor while she was visiting me. Owh!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m actually on modified bed rest and we live in a two story house.  I don’t work so I basically walk upstairs and downstairs many times during the day and it’s fine.  As far as a regular pregnancy, I can’t think of any reason why it should be a problem.  Unless your doctor puts you on strict bedrest where you literally cannot leave bed and have to pee in a bed pan, there should be no problem.

Post # 12
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Newbee

I previously worked in a large maternity hospital, and as long as you have no major activity restrictions, stairs are not a major concern.  In fact, maintaining a healthy level of incidental exercise is great for you!  In some high risks pregnancy, a recommendation may be made for activity restriction, but if that is the case usually they would also recommend you take a break from work, so that would solve that problem!

The only other thing that could prove an issue is if in the later stages of your pregnancy you develop significant pelvic of sacroiliac joint pain.  This type of pain is really flared up by taking all your weight through one leg, and that can make stairs quite painful.  Maintaining a good level of fitness and looking after yourself and keeping your pelvic floor strong can all help to minimise any back or pelvic pain – so the stairs should be a breeze πŸ™‚

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My sister has a job where she’s constantly going up and down stairs, it’s actually been good exercise for her. There was no problem with it until she developed bad sciatica (which was unrelated to her using the stairs) and it’s getting to be very painful. Now her doctor doesn’t think it’s a good idea. But until you have a complication I’d say it’s fine, definitely better than a job where you sit still all day.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@knight.keira: There is a chance you could fall over and injure yourself anywhere, I am 16 weeks pregnant and still doing bootcamp 3 days a week, personal training twice a week and RPM, Body Pump and Body Attack. I don’t think pregnant women need to rap themselves in cotton wool.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Women walked up and down stairs while pregnant for centuries before elevators and escalators were invented. πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

@mink: Lol truuuue. My goodness, elevators are awesome. Thank you engineering

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