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Exercising While Pregnant

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I wrote a blog on exercising while pregnant a few weeks ago. All of these are things I’ve done while pregnant.

People are always recommending swimming to pregnant women. I don’t have a pool, and none of the gyms in my area offer any pregnancy-specific swim classes. However, I did go swimming at a friend’s house once over the summer, and holy crap! It was really hard to keep myself afloat! I wouldn’t go in the deep end, because it was a struggle to pull all that extra body weight. It was completely unexpected. I thought swimming would be stress-free and easy, because you’d be all floaty and weightless. But no. Swimming while pregnant only works if you have giant biceps.

I did a few prenatal yoga classes, too. I didn’t take too many though, because they were somewhat expensive, and I already belong to a gym so it didn’t make sense for me to pay additional fees to the yoga place. These classes where all right. I’ve never been a big fan of yoga to begin with. I’ve always found it too slow-paced, but I will say that some of the body weight and balance stuff is a lot harder to do when you’re pregnant.

If you know me at all, of course kick boxing is my favorite activity. In the aforementioned blog, I talk about how I’ve been pretty consistent with going to classes, and right now, at 37ish weeks pregnant, I’m still able to go.

I will say, the baby doesn’t kick much when I exercise. He usually takes that time to nap, so I guess when he’s out, he’ll really enjoy being rocked to sleep.

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Chelsea Carr has been cartooning for over ten years. Currently, she works as the editorial cartoonist for Harford County’s The Aegis and The Record. She has also had her work included in MAD Magazine, b, and Baltimore’s City Paper. Chelsea holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (2005) and an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University (2011.) In addition to cartooning and being a first-time mother, she has worked as an elementary school art teacher.

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