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
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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.
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