Remember that first pregnancy? Or maybe you are still in the middle of it? (If so, congrats!) During that first pregnancy, all I could think of was the pregnancy. I was aware of everything I touched, everything I did, and every bite I ate. I read the ingredients in lotions, watched the scale, and went to aerobics class.
And thank God, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl.
Then I got pregnant again. And all that pregnancy vigilance went out the window. I no longer had time to even say the word pregnant. I was too busy chasing my daughter around the house and rocking her to sleep at night. It was difficult enough to stay healthy during my first pregnancy, but having a healthy pregnancy the second time around seemed nearly impossible.
I found myself getting absolutely no exercise, unless you include chasing my daughter and folding laundry. I just didn’t have time. I found myself eating her leftover mac and cheese instead of making myself a spinach smoothie.
I’ll be honest: I was exhausted. And it was starting to get a little depressing.
Then I found the magic tool. I bet you can guess what I’m going to say. I’ll give you a hint: it rhymes with polar. Did you get it? Good for you! That’s right – I dusted off the stroller.
Of course, I already had one, but I had really only used it for trips to the mall or airport. I had barely broken it in. So, I strapped that little girl in, and I put a leash on the dog and I hit the road!
And my weight gain ceased almost immediately. And I began to feel better. I felt better physically and I felt better about not entirely botching my second pregnancy. My daughter and I walked every day, sometimes far and sometimes not, depending on the weather, but we made sure we got outside and walked at least once a day.
My obstetrician was thrilled with this news. I thought I was selling my second child short by not attending aerobics class, but the good doc told me that walking is one of the healthiest things a pregnant woman can do. Finally, I got something right.
So, if you too are struggling with staying active during a second (or third) pregnancy, get out the stroller (or double stroller) and hit the roads. You can also visit uBaby for more information on how to stay healthy during pregnancy.