Monday, June 14, 2010

The Pregnancy Exercise Plan

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about my Mommy Exercise Plan, filled with daily parenting activities that make us moms break out in a sweat and raise our heartbeats. Whether or not they actually burn calories is debatable, but I think they should, anyway. And now that I'm pregnant, I decided to write a list especially for us expecting mommies.

We all know how important exercise is while you're pregnant. Moderate physical activity is "extremely beneficial for most expectant mothers and their babies," touts the pregnancy bible, What to Expect When You're Expecting. Exercise while pregnant can make you look and feel better, stimulate your heart and lungs, process oxygen easier, relieve some aches and pains, and help make relaxing before and during labor a lot easier.

That is, if you have the time and energy.

Well, no worries. I have come up with a feasible plan for pregnant moms to squeeze in that exercise that is so necessary for a fit pregnancy. And, guess what, you're probably doing these things already! Now, some of these may sound easy, but remember -- you are pregnant. You need to take things slowly and to keep it to low impact activities. Don't worry, though: each of these activities will make any pregnant woman's heart pound and gasp for breath.

  1. Tie your shoes.
  2. Apply lipstick.
  3. Walk up and down the aisles at Wal-Mart.
  4. Walk up the stairs in your own house.
  5. Stir a pot of soup on the stove.
  6. Bend down to pick up anything.
  7. Get in the car and buckle your seat belt.
  8. Get up to answer the phone.
  9. Get up to do anything.
  10. Open the back door to let the dog out.
  11. Sweep the floor. Or, (for more a more advanced workout) vacuum.
  12. Make your bed.

And, for the most well-trained, experienced athletes only:

*******Change the sheets on the upper bunk of a set of bunk beds.*********

I myself have performed all of the above activities and can therefore attest that they will get a pregnant woman sweating and her heart pumping! And, if they technically don't "burn calories" or "increase stamina" or any of those other supposed "benefits" of exercise, they sure wipe me out!

Did I leave any out?


Anonymous said...

OMG! SO true about the bunk beds! I just refused to do them until the baby was born!!!

Elena said...

Love it!