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    Pregnancy

    Do Only Humans Suffer In Childbirth?

    I recently saw a shark on television birthing her pups with ease. Not more than a minute after she delivered did she swim away, appearing not to be in any pain, nor slightly disfigured. I thought, Great Scott!  What if it were that easy for humans?! I wondered if all animals seemingly pooped out their young and moved on with their day as if it was all effortless. I began researching this topic and it turns out that birth isn’t always a walk in the park for every animal. Hyenas for instance, give birth through an extended clitoris (a pseudopenis). OUCH! If a baby porcupine is facing in the wrong direction in…

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  • 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

    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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