The following is part of a series of posts detailing the information in my free download 26 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Birth.
Whether you are an avid outdoors-woman or would prefer to admire the Great Outdoors from the comfort of your own home, being outside and aware of your natural surroundings is a fantastic way to prepare for labor. When you're outside, especially now that summer is in full swing, everything is alive. The trees are full, flowers carry heavy blossoms, and even the weeds are flourishing. You are also a part of this season of growth. Your body nourishes your growing baby, and your heart is expanding to make room for a new person in your life.
Moving around in a new environment will strengthen your muscles and increase your stamina for labor. Experiencing the gifts of nature will awaken your intuition and mothering instinct. There is no better time like now to get out and take that hike!
Where to Go
Almost anywhere you live, you can find a hike to meet your needs. If you are an active healthy person, you might want to try a more challenging hike. Or perhaps you would prefer to go easy on the incline, and just take it all in. Here in Colorado there is something for everyone. I've listed a few of my favorite places to go, ranging from easy to challenging.
**As with any physical exercise, please check with your care provider and make sure you are not overextending yourself.**
Castlewood Canyon: Just south of Denver, near Franktown, Castlewood Canyon State Park is a great place for hiking and a picnic. A beautiful creek runs through the bottom of the canyon and there are several trails to choose from to meet your hiking needs. You'll be amazed with this surprising gem of a place so close to the city.
Rock Park in Castle Rock: This short hike is right in the heart of Castle Rock. The views from the top of the Rock are astounding. The trail isn't very long, so it's perfect for a pregnant momma!
Garden of the Gods: Another perfect hike for a pregnant momma. These trails are well marked and the views of the red rocks are beautiful. You'll get the feel for being out in the wild and you practically don't have to leave civilization! About one hour south of Denver in Colorado Springs.
Adams Falls: This is an absolutely beautiful hike outside Grand Lake, Colorado. A short trail takes you to the waterfalls, which are not to be missed. Afterward, take in a boat ride on Grand Lake or a stroll through the town. Grand Lake is at the foot of Rocky Mt. National Park, so if you're feeling more adventurous, there are plenty more places to hike from there!
Chief Mountain: If you want to see some vistas, this is the place to go! The trail head is just off Squaw Pass, almost to Echo Lake. Go early and take drink a lot of water as the elevation is pretty high. On this short hike, you will pass through several eco-zones and get above tree-line. This hike could be challenging, so make sure you are up for the task!. (Meaning: check with your doctor.)
Still Need Some Inspiration?
Where is your favorite place to hike? Link to it in the comments!