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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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    Mind

    Diets Suck!

    When most of us sign up for a new diet or exercise routine that promises losing ten or more pounds, we get excited and think it will work this time, even though nothing much has changed since the last time you purchased a weight loss program. The problem is that many weight loss programs are marketed and sold as temporary or quick fix solutions. If you reach, or get close to reaching, your goal weight, the carrot is yours. This is the most dangerous time though; many people begin putting weight back on once they have reached their goal weight. This is particularly true if the diet was highly restrictive…