Cabin Fever and Pregnancy

pregnant woman laying on the couchIt's winter and you're pregnant. If you live in the northern part of the globe, this can be a difficult time for you. Sure, when the weather's nice, you can go for walks, go out to the park or the lake, or go over to a friend's for a barbeque. But when it's freezing and snowing outside, it's hard to get the fresh air and exercise you need to feel good. Here are some ideas for staving off the cabin fever this winter.

Get out of the house. Sure, you may go to work or go out to volunteer or buy groceries, but that really doesn't count. It's important to keep moving during pregnancy to keep your joints and ligaments feeling loose and comfortable. If the weather is decent, go for a walk. (If it's icy, be extra careful. Right, fellow Minnesotans?) If it's not so nice outside, there are other places to go for a brisk walk.

Hit the mall. If you're afraid this will lead to unnecessary spending, leave your money and credit cards at home! You can meet up with friends and make a ritual out of it. Give the mall a lap or two and head home; you'll feel good after you get your body moving.

Check out a local school or college; they probably have an indoor track for walking. Of course, you'll need to check with school officials to get the okay.

How about joining a health club or the local YMCA/YWCA? Not only do they usually have room for walking, but you may be able to take a class like prenatal yoga, low-impact workouts for pregnant women, or water aerobics.

Try just getting out, even if it isn't all about fitness. Go to a museum and walk around, checking out everything they have to offer. Jump on Google to see what your area has available (art, science, history, etc.). Don't count something out if you're not immediately drawn to it; sometimes you can surprise yourself.

Make a point to visit friends and family if you have some nearby. Make a regular date for coffee, dinner, lunch, or just going over to each others' houses for conversation. Even if you don't feel like it, and trust me, sometimes being pregnant inspires you to just lie in bed as much as possible, make a real effort to do this. You'll feel better afterwards.

So, do your best to make this winter less gloomy and more enjoyable. Lack of sunlight, fresh air, and activity can really wear a person down, especially one who's pregnant. Do yourself a favor and make a point to conquer your cabin fever!

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Cabin Fever and Pregnancy

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8 comments

  1. Hope says:

    I recently got laid off and I’m having a hard time trying to keep myself busy and active. Although this is a great time to get books read and crafts done, I don’t like being cooped up in the house.

  2. I never thought about winter, but now I’m worried about it. I hope I’ll be able to keep going to the gym and keep moving – exercise always helps!

  3. Julie says:

    Well, it’s been almost 100 degrees here everyday and I am stuck inside during the hottest part of the day.

  4. SammysMOMMY says:

    Yes sleep is good but it is summer right now and super hot!

  5. Kristin says:

    if you dont have a car and no is willing or able to take you try calling a cab service if they are available in your area. if you live somewhere it snows a lot it might be harder and you might have to make due with walking your house a few times. if it just gets cold you can walk down the street to a gas station or to the end of the block so that your getting the nice brisk winter air. trust me it betterr to be prego in winter than in summer and the farther along you are in winter makes it perfect. 😀

  6. Rosie2day says:

    I am due in december and am not looking forward to this

  7. Melissa says:

    What if i dont have a car and nobody is willing to take time to take me anywhere?

  8. marylove says:

    What about when there is not a mall or shopping center within 10 miles of you? I know it’s hard for myself having 2 other children, with one that is in school and has a schedule, to just pick up and leave. My youngest still takes naps too.

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