I attended my first Aqua Mom class, a water aerobics course for pregnant women, yesterday at 1:30 p.m. in midtown. I first went to the wrong floor in the hotel but eventually found my way to the pool on the 5th floor. I was given a towel and changed in the locker room into a bathing suit for the first time since I left Africa.
The class started with laps across the pool. I’m not a very good swimmer, so I struggled with my little floatation device and watched as the nine other (pregnant) swimmers surpassed me in the water. It didn’t take long before I realized prenatal fitness wasn’t inherently easier than its without-baby counterpart.
After the laps, we did some resistance training with small, floatation weights in the pool. We did jumping jacks by pushing the floaty down into the water beside our hips, ab exercises by laying on our sides with the weight fully extended and switching positions, and cardio by sprinting laps in a circle around the floaty.
Minus a few strained faces, most the women were smiling and continued to hang out in the pool after the class was over. The exercises were pretty fun and did have the effect on me that teacher, Andrea, Pritchett, described, i.e. the sudden, strange desire to want to be pregnant. No worries. It’ll be a while.
Today, I’ll be heading down by NYU to observe another prenatal class at Core Pilates on University Place.