Can't hike, don't swim, what's a pregnant lady to do for exercise?
December 12, 2010 5:35 AM Subscribe
I need a way to exercise while pregnant that isn't hard on my feet. But not swimming. Ideas?
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Health & Fitness (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Normally I'm a walker/hiker, but I'm having some trouble with my feet pretty early in my pregnancy (3 months) that's making long walks difficult or impossible.
*Standing or walking for a long time is painful because of my feet issues (probably pressure on the sciatic nerve, though diagnosis is not yet firm; I am working with my doctor and may go see a physical therapist, though I currently have no restrictions on my activities other than the normal pregnancy restrictions and common sense)
*I have a toddler. I am home with him during the day; I work (some) nights.
*Swimming isn't an option, though I realize it's the natural #2 suggestion; I HATE it, I don't have easy pool access (certainly not with childcare available), and the pool chemicals trigger an asthma reaction that's doubly unwelcome during pregnancy.
*It's cold and periodically snowy, so outdoor activities are limited (though not out of the question, at least as long as it isn't icy)
Things I have:
*I have access to a gym with lots of cardio machines and a full compliment of weight machines and free weights, AND child care.
*A DVD player, a smallish exercise area in front of it, and a willingness to try videos
*A toddler who thinks it's hilarious when I bench press him
*Excellent pre-natal care with doctors who are happy to discuss any exercise ideas with me if I need to ask questions
I'm don't know if yoga, for example, would be a good option or not; there's only one pregnancy yoga class near me and it's on a night I work, but I could get a video. But is it too much standing? What about a stationary bike, or a recumbent?
I'm not looking to train for a marathon, just keep up some reasonable cardiac fitness while pregnant so I'm not a total couch potato, especially with my feet giving me trouble. I'm not super-exercise-lady normally but I like to hike and feel that healthy feeling of "hey, I am not a slug!" and I'm a little frustrated by not being able to (and would prefer to keep healthy!). So suggestions for exercise that leave my feet out of it are welcome, even if you weren't pregnant, just having foot trouble ... I can always adapt.