Hiking with a young baby can be a daunting task. Lack of sleep and the extra gear that you need to remember to bring with you always adds an extra level of effort to your day. However, the work that it takes to go on a hike with your little one we have found is worth it. We have found that being outdoors has been great postnatal therapy for both our mind and body. Since we were both outdoorsy before having kids getting outside on a hike post kids helped us to feel more normal again at a time when our life felt completely different. Not only can getting outside and exploring the outdoors with your little one be a great bonding experience but there is something about the fresh air that feels fantastic.
Note: Make sure you are cleared for postnatal exercise which typically ranges from 4 – 6 weeks.
Here are a few tips to help you with your first time hiking postpartum/postnatal.
Fitness If you plan on completing a hike that is classified as moderate to difficult make sure that you have already done enough activity to complete the hike safely. Also trust your body. The day before having her first daughter, Annika was doing full push ups and still running. Post baby fitness was more of a struggle for her because of torn abdominal muscles and tearing from giving birth. It was important for her to take the time to heal to prevent injury and lengthen the healing process. Talk with your doctor or a good postnatal fitness instructor if you are unsure.
Enjoy the Hike Whether you make it to your destination make sure to take pictures of your little one and you hiking. Enjoy the process and if you don’t make it up to your destination don’t worry. Remember that you are a family now and that the hike is about experiencing it together however the experience unfolds.