• Fitness,  Motivation,  Pregnancy

    How Important Is Exercise During Pregnancy?

    For many who grew up with a mostly sedentary lifestyle, the motivation to get active is often lacking and feels like a monumental task. The older we get, the more conditioned we become to continue doing what we have always done, which can make change hard. Fortunately, pregnancy is an amazing time to begin a new health and fitness routine. Many new moms are highly motivated to do what they can to positively shape their baby’s health and most will keep up the practice after they deliver, which can change the health of their entire family unit. In her book titled, The First 20 Minutes, Gretchen Reynolds said, “A baby’s time…

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    Fitness,  Pregnancy

    3 Ways Pregnant Women Can Improve Birth Outcomes

    The decision to become a parent is a big one. Whether you are contemplating parenthood or are ​already pregnant, you know the responsibility is enormous and want to take all appropriate steps to ensure your child is happy and healthy. The most rapid growth rate period in the human life cycle occurs during gestation and the lifestyle of the mother has an enormous impact on the baby. One way moms influence the health of their baby is through nutrition. It’s easy to get confused about what you should or shouldn’t eat, especially during pregnancy. You may decide to consult with a registered dietician or nutritionist who specializes in prenatal nutrition.…

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    Fitness,  Pregnancy

    How To Have Visible Abs After Delivery

    The human body is so amazing and the changes the body undergoes during pregnancy are fascinating. Skin and tissues (including muscle) are elastic, much like rubber bands. When the integrity of a rubber band is solid and strong, it can be stretched for a period of time but will return back to its resting length once tension is no longer applied. If the rubber band is really old or has been kept in a stretched position for too long, the elasticity has been compromised and it will often remain stretched after there is no longer any tension being applied. Many times when one loses a lot of weight after years…

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    Pregnancy

    Effects Of Obesity On Pregnancy

    Forty percent of American women are obese. Doctors recommend that obese women lose weight before pregnancy. Not only are obese women 35% less likely to become pregnant, but for those who do become pregnant, there is an increased risk of stillborn births by 2x the rate of women who are of normal weight. Obese mothers additionally are at increased risk for complications during pregnancy. Examples of this include, increased risk of miscarriage, c-sections, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and sleep apnea. Babies born to obese mothers are more likely to become obese as children and as adults, suffer from neural tube defects, and be premature. In the U.S., being obese has officially become a marker for…

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    Fitness,  Pregnancy

    Use Pregnancy To Improve Health And Fitness

    It is common to give up on weight loss programs because they can be very demanding and hard to maintain. Although it may seem counterintuitive, pregnancy is a fantabulous opportunity to improve your health, increase comfort, and minimize time spent in labor. The best part is, your baby benefits from your efforts too. Charles Duhigg states in his book titled Smarter, Faster, Better, “Figure out how this task is connected to something you care about. Explain to yourself why this chore will help you get closer to a meaningful goal. Explain why this matters and then you’ll find it easier to start.” If you connect the importance of working out and eating…

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