Week 18 of Pregnancy: After Exercise During Pregnancy, I Just Want to Sit Down

Sports AerobicsThe library that I work at is currently working on a huge project involving a couple thousand books from the stacks to storage. I had been volunteered to help with the project, which I am absolutely happy to do. I am not, however, exactly over the moon about how much exercise during pregnancy that my part of this project is giving me. Frankly, my current work-related prenatal exercise routine makes me just want to sit down.

Exercise during pregnancy is very important for the mama-to-be. Not only does a good prenatal exercise routine keep the expectant mother healthy, but exercise prior to labor and delivery can make the whole birth process go smoother. Not engaging in exercise during pregnancy is like not training for a marathon.

In general, my non-pregnancy exercise routine involves a lot of walking. While on the job, I find myself walking about the library a lot. On the weekends, my husband and I will go to the mall and just walk around. Walking is a great exercise during pregnancy because walking is low impact and not intense. Therefore, I generally feel pretty good about my prenatal exercise routine.

The last three weeks at work, however, have brought my prenatal exercise routine to a whole new level. The first part of this huge project involved marking the books that were going to moved into storage with paper flags. Therefore, in addition to walking around the library a lot like normal, I added climbing up and down and step stool and squatting a lot as a new exercise during pregnancy. A little more rigorous, yes, but squatting is also a very good exercise to do prior to labor and delivery. In fact, getting my body used to squatting now will help me during my labor and birth come January.

Today, however, brought a whole new level of intensity to my prenatal exercise routine. Today I had to help move all the flagged books to the ends of shelf rows for easier removal. Thus, in addition to climbing and squatting, I also had to lift book upon book upon book. To make the task go faster, I found myself grabbing groups of a handful of books at a time. Talk about an arm workout!

After two hours of this new exercise during pregnancy, I was exhausted. Fortunately, the flagging and rearranging part of this huge project is now complete. I am glad to have helped. However, I must reiterate, after exercise during pregnancy, I just want to sit down!

Originally written on August 3, 2011

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Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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