Have people spent the last few months telling you that your labor and delivery will be more like a marathon than a sprint, so you'd best get prepared?
We commend you for not slapping them for scaring you silly. But, um, they're right. It's going to be a workout. And unless you want to be stuck with the hospital's piped in Muzak, it's time start prepping the playlist for the big push.
Unless you're the type who runs the treadmill with Enya whispering sweet nothings in her ears?
Studies have shown a host of benefits to listening to music while you do something strenuous -- it can boost your brain power, and music tempo can affect the effectiveness of the workout. Speed up the music, and you push yourself more. Which is exactly what you need when you're feeling like you just can't do this.
The Stir asked women to weigh in with their favorite "gave birth to" songs to help you craft your playlist. Not surprisingly, the majority had a lot in common with the type of songs the moms say they listen to at the gym or out on their run.
Their babies' themes songs are the type of songs one might call badass: a strong beat, fast pace, and sometimes (but not always) a girl power message:
1. "I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy
2. "Paper Planes" by M.I.A.
3. "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
4. "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor (anyone sensing a theme here?)
5. "Push It" by Salt N Pepa (OK, this one came from a man, but it made us laugh)
6. "U + Ur Hand" by P!nk ("Because if I'd stuck to that, we wouldn't be in this mess!")
7. "Lose Yourself" by Eminem
8. "Me Against the World" by Tupac Shakur
9. "Single Ladies" by Beyonce
10. "Free Fallin" by Tom Petty
11. "Mamma Mia" by ABBA
12. "Miss Independent" by Kelly Clarkson
13. "Blah, Blah, Blah" by Ke$ha
What would you add to the list?
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