Pregnancy is one of the most exciting things that can happen in a woman’s life, and to keep you and your baby healthy while you’re expecting it’s important to eat well, get enough rest, and do some form of physical activity. According to health experts from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. While you can certainly meet your exercise quota through activities such as brisk walking and gardening, there are other things you can do to stay active while you’re expecting. Here’s how you can have fun and stay active while you’re pregnant.
Game night at the restobar
If you and your partner love game nights at the restobar, go ahead and have some fun bonding at your favorite hangout spot. You can safely participate in bar games such as darts, but make sure that the darts aren’t made of lead, or use a soft-tip dart. You can also play several rounds of pool, but avoid playing in smoke-filled rooms, as exposure to cigarette smoke during pregnancy can cause health complications in babies, such as having a low birth weight. Stay hydrated by drinking water and lots of fresh fruit juice while playing, and by all means, avoid alcoholic drinks on your night out. If you miss cocktails, order a mocktail from the bartender.
Sign up for an outdoor dance class
Getting your groove on in the comfort of your home may be fun, but it’s even better when you’re dancing outdoors with other people. Dancing is a safe activity for pregnant women, so see if you can find an outdoor dancing class at a nearby park or garden. Avoid hip-hop, street, or urban dancing, as the sharp movements can put some strain on your body. Instead, go for a samba, jazz, or salsa dancing class to keep in shape. If you can’t find an outdoor dance class, organize your own by getting a few friends and family members together and have a dance party in your backyard.
For those who like to explore, try geocaching with your partner or with your friends. This outdoor treasure hunting game is not only fun, but it’s a great way to bond with people. Best of all, it’s free. Wear comfortable walking or running shoes, and make sure to bring water and small snacks with you while searching for geocaches near your area.
Catch some Pokémon in the wild
Pokémon Go was a big hit when it came out in 2016, and people all over the world were able to make their Pokémon trainer dreams come true as they caught Pokémon in public spaces. The game is still going strong to this day, and since it just involves walking and searching, it’s the perfect activity for pregnant moms who want to have some fun. Get a few friends together and see if you can catch a Dragonite or a Snorlax – just don’t forget to stay safe and avoid catching Pokémon in busy streets.
The fun doesn’t stop just because you’re expecting a baby. Try these tips to have fun and stay active while you’re pregnant, and enjoy all the stages of your pregnancy.