Pregnant women at the gym.
Biff, have I written about this already? It's like, Lady, give yourself a break. go easy. You're growing a human being in your uterus, for chrissake ... it's ok to have a little arm flab while you're doing this.
Stu, I'm usually the biggest fan of your peeves, but this one is pregnant with patronization. Firstly, childbirth is a very rigorous activity and one that supposedly goes smoother if mumsy has stamina and physical endurance. This is why many docs recommend that women work out if they have a bun in the oven. Secondly, if mumsy is getting fat in strange places and her body is being taken over by alien life forces, it would make sense that she might try to regain control and be fit in other places. Thirdly, once the little eating-shitting-crying creature is born, mumsy might not have a lot of time or energy to get her body back into shape. So better to not let it ever get to far out of shape. It's a way for her to mitigate her damages. Easier to lose 30 pounds than 50. Lastly, Daddy might be a dick who gets her in the family way and then tells her she's fat. The fear of daddy turning his attention on the hot new sec'y are yet another thing that might have mumsy running for the stairmaster. So many reason for little mom there to be doing her triceps at Equinox.
— Vagina Jones
You've really thought this through, VJ -- plans must be in the works to brew something downtown, and then sweat it off into the gym. My question, the answer of which must be 'no', is: is it harmful to an unborn child to radically vibrate it in the gym as much as you would? Is the child evaporated in a frothy, fizzy shake of aerobicized vag juice or does it live on to destroy your life and make you obese?
No, biffy, no seed-planting in the works for me. Don't worry, you'd be the first to know. I'm unsure of the upper limits of fetus shaking while in utero. I do know that pregnant girls in yoga aren't supposed to do handstands. Wait, maybe that's for menstruating girls. . . Oh, and the rides at disneyland are off limits for those with heart conditions or pregnancies.
— vagina jones
Hmm... your points are well taken, VJ. I still do think there's an element of unnecessary hyper-achieving to this toning w/bun in oven... If men got pregnant, don't you think many more of them would just pat themselves on the back and treat it as an excuse to let themselves go completely? On the other hand, I am indeed sexist, since I have a senseless nostalgia for the way pregnancy is in, say, Anna Karenina, where Kitty while pregnant is forbidden from any strenuous activity and only allowed out of the house to take brief walks in the orchard.
Exercise while pregnant is really good for you. A lot of women use being preg as an excuse to eat whatever they want and sit on their ass, which is bad for their health AND the fetus. And putting on too much weight while preg is bad for you too. Your caloric needs do not change as drastically as one might think, and you are NOT 'eating for two' (another excuse to pig out). Exercise while preg is like not smoking while preg. It's just what is best.
— Blizzardo posted 2/18/2009
Re: Anna Karenina, Kitty's highly traditional pregnancy and marriage is a foil for Anna's entrapment in her life, and it implies that the only way to be a virtuous and happy person is to be totally helpless and happy to be that way. And remember, [spoiler alert!] the alternative, according to Tolstoy, is to throw oneself under a train. So I'm not super nostalgic for that, personally.
— Diana posted 2/18/2009
(If you still doubt that moving around a lot is a good idea while pregnant, just youtube M.I.A.'s grammy performance. Terrible outfit and differing views on the validity of her art aside, I wish more women this pregnant shared this kickass attitude. Kanye West's facial expression is a great bonus.)
— Diana posted 2/18/2009
Exercise is good for everybody. I think this bothers you for some other reason, archaic, protective, or maybe it sickens you like obese men wearing a speedo - do not want. Also, I think one usage of "mumsy" per post is adequate, but maybe that is irrelevant here.
— Kerrin posted 2/18/2009
How is that a "peeve"? Don't you think pregnant women get enough bullshit advice and judgement from awesome enlightened dudes like you? Mind your own business, it's up to her to decide whether or not she stays active.
— Personaldecay posted 2/18/2009
I am a runner and have not given up working out while pregnant. While I am no longer in "training" mode, I still go to the gym every day. In fact my doctor requires all of her patients to strive for at least thirty minutes of cardio activity everyday. I worked out throughout my entire first pregnancy, and my delivery was much smoother. I hope that the same is true for baby number 2. Although I would hate to lose tone and then be even further behind in training for my races next year, it's not my top priority; I know I'm training for a different kind of physical test. If men did have to deliver babies, I would hope that they would figure out that lack of activity and poor eating habits are dangerous for the mother and baby, and can cause complications during delivery.
— Jules posted 8/4/2009
mommies get way too much pressure to stay fit while pregnant. Each woman is different and if you can work out a bit than do it. However some mommies can not no mater how much they want to. Different women can do different things while pregnant, and don't need any criticism from anyone. Be more understanding to what makes them feel good and happy, they are not hurting you in any way, or the baby.
— alicia posted 1/6/2010
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— dotersdasw posted 11/17/2012
Cardio is actually proven to make not only the mother's heart but the baby's heart stronger too.. Even after birth. There was a study done on the hearts of babies while in uetero and 1 month after birth. They showed lower heart rate (healthy response in any athlete) and higher heart beat variability. This is incredible. And aside from logic and all that other bull crap, why do you care? If a pregnant lady wants to rest and do nothing so be it.. if she wants to work out once in a while why not?
— BSmith posted 12/4/2012
Another thing.. coming from a pregnant lady who is currently doing a highly modified insanity program: Last time I checked I don't take medical advise from a blogger of peeves. Dr. clears most if not all women for physical activity as long as she takes breaks, hydrates and doesn't overheat. Weight lifting is not as strenuous as cardio and for that reason good on those women for taking it to the gym.
— Bsmith posted 12/4/2012
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