Pregnancy Pick-Me-Ups | Fit Pregnancy

Pregnancy Pick-Me-Ups

From lap swimming to leg rubs, here are 15 ways to boost your mood.


11. “If you have a preschooler at home, set a timer for 10 minutes and tell your child that it’s ‘mommy time.  I would use those few free minutes to fix a snack or sit down to read and relax.”
—Madeleine Lewis, fitness choreographer, Buns of Steel,
the Pregnancy and Post-Pregnancy Workout, mother of two,
Los Angeles, Calif.

12. “Take a weekend retreat just for you. Leave your other children, partner, responsibilities behind. . . . And wherever you are, if people ask how much weight you’ve gained, say, enough.”
—Jennifer Louden, author of
The Pregnant Woman’s Comfort Book, mother of a preschooler,
Santa Barbara, Calif.

13. “My yoga teacher, Catherine McNamara, taught me this move that gives your entire body a zing: Get down on all fours, on a carpet or mat, toes pointed but not tense. Beat the tops of your feet against the floor for 30 seconds. Now sit back on your heels, widen your knees and slowly bring your forehead to the floor, arms stretched out in front of you. Enjoy the vibration.”
—Peg Moline, editor, mother of two, Santa Monica, Calif.

14. “Crudités! For a pick-me-up, I snacked on raw carrots, celery and other crunchy, healthy vegetables.”
—Jane Seymour, actress, mother of six, including two stepchildren,
Los Angeles, Calif.

15. “My favorite stress buster while I was pregnant was a three-letter word: S-E-X. It didn’t cost anything or require new clothes (we were on a very, very tight budget), didn’t add calories or fat and, best of all, made me feel sexy and desirable even when I looked as big as Babe, the blue ox.”
—Alexa Whidbey, travel editor, mother of one, Cherry Hill, N.J.

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