While I talked a lot in my last post about the great benefits of exercise while pregnant, I also need to point out the fact that I do tend to take more rest days when pregnant vs. non-pregnant. In general over the last few months, I have been averaging about 4-5 days of working out per week (probably closer to 4 most weeks.) Sundays are always my rest day, pregnant or not, but I tend to take 1-2 additional rest days during the week in order to give my body a bit of a break. It's a lot of work to make a baby after all!! So today was one of those rest days with no formal workout planned (but raising two small children=no REAL rest day, right?!?!)
I did have something interesting happen to me yesterday. I was walking into my doctor's appointment yesterday afternoon when a man stopped me. I really thought he was going to ask me for the time or maybe even directions on how to get someplace, but what he did actually ask me kind of took me by surprise (any guesses???) He asked me....
"Do you have a cigarette?"
Really? Really? I had to chuckle a bit as I said no. I think it's pretty obvious that I'm pregnant at this point and it's hard for me to fathom smoking at all, but especially while pregnant. Unfortunately I do see quite a few pregnant women smoking around town so maybe it wasn't such a weird question to be asking me....but really, shouldn't it be??
This picture is so sad to me. Here's a pregnant woman with a cigarette in one hand, complaining about the effects "on her unborn child from the sound of JACKHAMMERS!!!" (REALLY?!?!?)
(Picture found here)
(Picture found here)
One thing that I also find really bizarre is to see people smoking outside the gym and then to see them come inside to workout reeking of cigarette smoke. I admire these people for wanting to get healthy, and maybe they are really trying to quit, but it just seems counterproductive to run 30 minutes on the treadmill and then go outside for a smoke. I know nicotine is so powerfully addictive. I have had many friends and family members struggle for years trying to quit only to be drawn back again and again to this deadly habit. I really do admire those who are finally able to kick the habit for good and I'm very grateful I never had the desire to take it up.