Let the Games Begin!

 Let the Games Begin!

9 Pregnant Activities that Deserve Olympic Medals


By Devan McGuinness
One of my favorite things to watch on tv is almost here — the Olympics! I don’t normally enjoy watching sports on TV, but there is something about watching the world’s-best athletes compete in totally exciting events that makes me glued to the screen. The dedication it takes for them to be the top of the game astounds me and I often wonder what it takes to get to where they are.
I got to thinking: Olympic athletes and pregnant women are not all that different. Okay, there are certainly some differences, but I do think that the endurance and skill required to carry around a changing, growing bump is often underlooked. Some activities done while pregnant require great skill, patience, and endurance, and if being pregnant was an Olympic sport — there would be several competing categories!
1. Getting Off the Couch
You finally settle in taking forever to get your belly in the chair. Pregnant women who can get back up with no help or at a reasonable time deserve a gold medal.
2. Making it Through the Bad Smells at the Store
Smells kill me when I am pregnant. If you're pregnant and able to make it through the supermarket without puking, you deserve a medal.

3. Putting Together an Outfit that Fits at Moments Notice
I would wake up one morning in a rush to get somewhere only to find out I grew over night and nothing fit. If you're able to put together a last minute mix and match outfit at the last minute, that deserves a gold medal!

4. Walking Without Waddling
When you're in the later stages of pregnancy, there may be a head in your pelvis. If you're able to walk without acting like there's a head between your legs and waddle, you deserve that gold medal.

5. Making it Through a Movie Without Having to Pee
One of the more annoying symptoms of pregnancy is needing to pee more. In the beginning it's because of the hormones, near the end it's all the baby's fault. If you can get through a whole movie without needing to pee once or twice, you should get that gold medal.

6. Bending to Tie Shoes
This should be a sport, if you're still able to tie your own shoes when you're pregnant -- that deserves a medal. It may even exert the same amount of energy as an Olympian does.

7. Finding a Comfortable Sleeping Position
One pillow, two pillows a full body pillow? Getting into a comfortable sleeping position while pregnant can feel impossible. If you've found the secret that is totally gold medal worthy.

8. Not Spilling Food on Your Stomach
It takes a lot of practice and hard work, much like an Olympian does during training. If you have mastered the art of eating while not spilling on your pregnant belly, that is gold medal worthy.

9. Making it Through the Day With No Nap
Being pregnant and being tired are pretty much the same thing. I would need to take a quick nap or two especially in the first and third trimesters. If you're pregnant and able to make it through the whole day, you have the endurance of an Olympian and deserve the gold.
This post originally appeared on babble.com



Melissa Walton on 11 July 2012 07:40
As a normally flat-on-my-back sleeper, no.7 proved impossible! And rolling over in bed was hard work - my husband used to laugh at how slow I was!


Wendy Parkes on 10 July 2012 18:21
I went fishing with hubby 7months pregnant with number one..... the line on the petrol tank broke and I had to carry it (crouched over) all the way home.... i so deserved a gold medal!!


Wendy Owles on 10 July 2012 17:00
Not spilling food and getting through a day without morning sickness


Kristy Williamson on 10 July 2012 16:13
Getting off the couch is a fun exercise at the moment, even better getting off the floor without assistance!


Katarina Habjan on 10 July 2012 16:09
I love it !


Angeline Harrison on 10 July 2012 15:26
Yay gold 4 me, made it thru all of these preg with twins born 8lb6 and 8lb11. Also had a not quite two year old 2 run after :) women are awesome!


Sarah Forster on 10 July 2012 15:22
Walking up stairs while carrying a 13kg toddler. I always find myself out of breath at the top!


Veronica Donaldson on 10 July 2012 14:50
So TRUE!! I always hated picking up toys off the floor. You basically have to crawl around because it's just to hard to reach down or even get back up again. Gold medal worthy for sure!


Rachelle Kershaw on 10 July 2012 14:43
Im pregnant with daughter #2 (due in around 6wks) and nearly all of these medals apply to me now! wonder how ill be at 40 weeks. hehe


Kim Sanderson on 10 July 2012 14:33
So true!! Finding a comfortable position to sleep in at night was impossible for me. I slept more once the baby was born incredibly!


Hope Mcguire on 10 July 2012 14:32
Been waddling since forever but tying shoes is the worst! as is picking anything up off the floor lol


Jenny Clement on 10 July 2012 14:32
They are great!!

Mine was making it through a movie without needing to cry! I even cried at transformers when Optimus Prime died!


Maria Millar on 10 July 2012 14:28
I think looking after any other kids while you are pregnant is a medal winner - especially when you are out and about and you can't run after them!!!


Nicola Griffin on 10 July 2012 14:20
Totally feeling the waddle earlier this time round... Oh and sitting at a table without squishing your belly!


Tania Parr on 10 July 2012 14:15
he he no spilling food on your stomach!! and with the tying shoes thing, shaving your legs - very tricky with that big baby belly in the way! Husbands sure better apprieciate what we women go through!! ha ha


Anita Murrell on 10 July 2012 14:11
That was exactly the giggle I needed today - thanks Reach Me!


Caroline Childs on 10 July 2012 14:08
i think i deserve Gold i WORKED at a supermarket till i was 35 wks thank god i didn't suffer bad nausea.


Kristina Hillock on 10 July 2012 14:07
Numbers 3. 6. and 8. are my challenges.


Tasia Smith on 10 July 2012 14:07
i so need a medal from walking up a steep stairs to the bottom of a long walk way i had to stop at least 3 times felt like i was carring 4 people instead of one extra person partner had to walk behind just incase i fall over lol


Heidi Gibbs on 10 July 2012 14:04
I love it. Numbers 4and 6 definitely deserve a gold medal especially in the last trimester.


Erin Bothwell on 10 July 2012 14:03
Haha what a great laugh so totally true, but the more children you have the more you have to do so no day sleeps :)


Alex Larsen on 16 August 2012 15:37
This made me laugh, especially number 5 :)


Julie Mcdonald on 10 July 2012 14:03
5. SO not possible OR complete medal winner!.. I couldn't even make it an hour without needing to pee day AND night *sigh* haha


Casey Williamson on 10 July 2012 13:59
I think the only medal I would be getting at the moment is for number 2 :)


Annette Hynes on 10 July 2012 13:58
lol, I love this article, I am due with baby number three in 5 weeks and was only a few minutes ago dreading going to the washing line to take in clothes as it is such a mission. Saying that I am fortunate that so far I have not got that big so sleeping, shoe laces or getting off the couch are still ok.


Rebecca Balmer on 10 July 2012 13:57
#3 was always my ultimate challenge!!

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