Exercise is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy. Well, that's what my husband keeps telling me. He's not wrong, though, and a regular exercise routine can help alleviate pregnancy discomforts, stress, and help prepare your body for childbirth. Certain types of exercise are a no-no, but a general rule of thumb is that if you did it before pregnancy, you can do it now. But what if you weren't so big on working out beforehand? I'm pleased to report that the following everyday activities totally count as exercise when you're pregnant, at least according to yours truly.
I've danced my whole life, so I'm not in terrible shape, but the idea of running or lifting weights sounds like a damn nightmare to me. That hasn't changed now that I have a kid, either. I'm not a "fit mom," and you won't catch me in anything resembling Stroller Strides or Baby Boot Camp. During my first pregnancy, I quit the only exercise I was doing (pole dance) because of my severe nausea and the risk of fall. I've been a little better this time around. I take a weekly level 1/2 pole fitness class that's fairly low impact and doesn't require inversions. Other than that, though, I'm not so much on the whole "exerting myself" thing.
As far as I'm concerned, growing human life is work, and it's hard on a body (hello, fatigue, my constant companion). Literally everything is more difficult when you're pregnant, so you might as well get credit for exercising any time you do anything on this list: