Once I went to visit Caroline, a neighbour who lived down the next street. She was four months pregnant and I was worried that she was beginning to stay indoors a lot more. Unlike her, in the first two months of her pregnancy, she worked out a lot more at the gym and joined the sports team in the neighbourhood.
“Not sure there’s a serious need for you to work out Caroline. You have the house chores to keep fit with. Moreover, you’ve got a lot to do to work out in your new state.”
Those were the exact words my Caroline’s husband told her when she talked with him about her intention about continuing her routine.
I felt no surprise, as this was not the first time I have had to intervene in such argument between expectant couples. I heard husbands tell it to wives, not because they couldn’t afford the gym fees, but because they thought their wives already had the misconception that too many exercises during pregnancy might affect the baby or the mother in some way.
These fears should, however, not rule out the importance of exercise, especially during pregnancy. From strengthening the cardiovascular system to easing off stress and boredom, the invigorating effects of exercising cannot be overemphasized.