If the heaviest thing you ever pick up now is your coffee cup, start working your muscles today: According to calculations done by an Australian health organization, by the time your baby weighs 22 pounds — for many, that happens as soon as 9 months of age — you'll be lifting almost 1 ton of tot per day.
That figure is based on a stay-at-home mom hoisting her baby an average of 90 times per day for feedings, diaper and clothing changes, in and out of the stroller, car seat, crib, highchair and a number of other baby-gear items.
And that doesn't even count lifting the stroller in and out of cars and other baby-care tasks!
Now is the time to strengthen the muscles you'll need most as a new mother. Check out our Super Mom page for everyday tips and workout pointers to help you prepare your body for the constant lifting and holding to come.
Plus, our Ready to Deliver exercises will help moms-to-be build up their quadriceps safely in preparation for all of that picking up in their futures (don't forget the baby gear!). And the benefits are double: Strong quadriceps also help you if you squat during labor and delivery.
Remember to take care of your wrists! Our A Pain In The Wrist page tells you how your new bundle of joy could be taking a toll on your wrists, plus how to prevent this common new-mom pain.
—Sharon Cohen is Fit Pregnancy magazine's executive editor.