Anyways... any ideas, mamas?
Anyways... any ideas, mamas?
If it were me, I'd say oh well and skip the class.
I finally tried my prenatal pilates dvd and I'm loving it. I feel so dumb for not having started it much earlier.
Even that dvd says, make sure to get approval from a doc before starting any exercise program. Liability thing. :) At least with a dvd, you can tell it to shut up and do whatever you want.
I'd at least talk to someone at the registration department and tell them the situation. That you're willing to draft/sign a release of liability or whatever. I, however, get off on this sort of engagement with people as far as gently promoting birth options..."Hey, I'm a people too and I'd like to take the class. Can you help me?" kind of thing.
So..hmm.. how closely are they going to look at this note anyway? Office Letterhead? What if you just scrawled out a note something like, "I, as ____(your name) prenatal care provider, have deemed her healthy and eligible to participate in [activity]" Then sign your name. Its not really lying, YOU are your prenatal care provider :P How sloppy is your signature anyway? Are they going to notice? Will whoever is signing you up just glance briefly at it, see permission and a signature, file it away, and sign you up?
I would read "popular" as "crowded". DH did lap swim at the local public pool for a while, and on Saturdays it was crazy - tons of people. Keeping up wasn't so much an issue as finding space.
However, for stuff like this, I think it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Actually, I take that back, I think it's easier to just go swimming, and behave as though anyone who asks you for a doctor's note is nuts. Because they kind of are. They're going to have the lifeguard ask you for a doctor's note? Seriously? Seriously? They think anyone has the time to go bugging their doctor for generic notes authorizing them to go about the normal activities of daily life while pregnant? You don't need a doctor's note to grocery shop, or run after (and carry!) your other kids, or clean your house - higher impact activities in which you are more likely to strain or injure yourself than swimming. Further, it is an affront to your dignity and privacy that you are being asked to provide private medical information to anyone not involved in your care,or to anyone who does not understand the degree of confidentiality such information should be treated with, just so that you can carry on with your daily life.
But on a more practical note, if anyone asks you if you're pregnant, you can always just look offended or grief stricken (take your pick) and say that you're not.
i absolutely second
a) to write your own note with an illegible signature,
b) to act outright offended at the notion that you are pregnant. that should keep them from any further harrassment!!
good luck, stand strong in what you want to do. swimming is a fantastic excercise while pregnant. no gravity, relaxation, avoiding the reflux issue, further bonding with baby by being in 'the water state.'
i would gladly sign a note for you!