Snowshoeing with a Baby Bump

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Michelle, Day Hiking Ambassador 

It’s been a really cold winter. This past February was the coldest winter in 115 years for the Ottawa Valley. Temperatures were consistently at -20c to -30c every day.  One activity that managed to keep us warm and active was snowshoeing. Staying fit is an important part of my pregnancy. I am currently 37 weeks (9 months and a bit) and feel great. Being active has helped me stay positive and comfortable throughout my pregnancy.

Important things to remember to do while snowshoeing with a baby bump are:

  • Take breaks often, let yourself catch your breath
  • Drink lots of water, it is very important to stay hydrated
  • Take snacks, even if you don’t think you’ll be out for long you always need to have food with you. My go to snowshoeing snacks are apples, granola bars and a peanut butter sandwich.
  • Bring a roll of toilet paper and a plastic bag for disposal.  Toilet paper is not biodegradable (unless you have a special kind). It is not okay to leave your toilet paper on the side of the trail.
  • Go first. I am lucky enough to have a great snowshoe partner who allows me to lead the way so that I can set the pace. Unless there is deep snow, then he will break trail for me making it easier.
  • Take lots of pictures. Growing a human being is an amazing thing so why not document it!

I really enjoy being outside with our baby and am looking forward to next year when we can go on family snowshoeing adventures.

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