Benefits of Exercising During Pregnancy

Benefits of Exercising During Pregnancy

Exercise offers plenty of benefits both for you and your baby – if pregnancy complications do not hinder your ability to exercise throughout your pregnancy. Exercise can help you:Feel better – the changes that pregnancy does to your body can be overwhelming. Exercise can increase your sense of control and energy level. It also improves your mood and sense of well being by releasing endorphins [naturally occurring brain chemicals]. Apart form that, exercise can also – Relieve backaches and improv…

Is It Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy?

Is It Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy?

Maintaining your level of fitness during pregnancy is important because it provides many health benefits for both you and your baby. When coming up with a safe exercise plan during pregnancy, consider when you start, and whether you pregnancy is complicated. If you have been exercising regularly before you got pregnant, you can continue your routine. But if you haven’t, it’s not too late. Start slowly and progress steadily as you grow stronger. The US Department of Health and Human Services reco…

Vitamin D During Pregnancy

Vitamin D During Pregnancy

Your vitamin D level during pregnancy may be crucial in determining your health later in life. The active form of vitamin D increases during pregnancy considerably, specifically during the second and third trimesters. During this period, your baby’s bones, brain, nervous system, and other organs are developing. A review published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, looked at research on vitamin D and maternal, fetal, and infant health. The review indicates that vitamin D contributes to improving p…

Pregnancy Weight Gain Factors

Pregnancy Weight Gain Factors

Weight gain is normal during pregnancy. You have a growing baby inside you, and you need the extra calories and nutrients to help him or her develop properly, and for you to stay healthy. But why do we put so much weight on weight gain? It is because the risks of pregnancy complications are higher in the upper and lower ends of weight gain. Your doctor can give you an idea of how much weight gain is ideal for you and your baby. The amount of weight that you are encouraged to gain depends on your…

Food Cravings During Pregnancy

Food Cravings During Pregnancy

Food cravings are one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. Why women have food cravings during pregnancy is still unclear. But around 2/3 of all pregnant women experience them. But here is the thing you should consider about food cravings:If you have a sudden urge to eat something, go ahead – as long as it provides energy or an important nutrient. If your craving persists and it keeps you from getting other important nutrients, try to control it create more balance in your diet during your …

Creating a Pregnancy Diet

Creating a Pregnancy Diet

It is important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet during pregnancy because it affects your baby’s growth and development. When you are pregnant, there are several foods you have to eat more of, and also several foods that you have to avoid. To keep track of these things, it is important for you to create a pregnancy diet plan.Healthy eating goalsWhen preparing your pregnancy diet plan, aim for the following: Eat different foods so you’ll get all the important nutrients you need. According to …

Weight-Loss Diets and Pregnancy

Weight-Loss Diets and Pregnancy

A lot of women get conscious about the pounds they put on during pregnancy, prompting them to consider going on a diet while pregnant. Expert however, advises against dieting during pregnancy. You need the right nutrients to be healthy, and your baby needs proper nutrition in order to grow and develop properly. Thus, do not try to lose weight while you are pregnant. You will drop some of your baby weight the first week your baby is born.”Low Carb” Diet and PregnancyLow carb diets such as Atkins …

Weight Loss After Pregnancy

Weight Loss After Pregnancy

After giving birth, most new moms want to return to their pre-pregnancy bodies. However, experts say that it is best to exercise caution when trying to lose your pre-pregnancy weight. Remember that your body is just starting to recover from a fairly arduous experience, and putting it through another strenuous one may not be such a good idea. The key is to slowly get back in shape. Below are a ways to help you regain your pre-pregnancy figure. BreastfeedingOne way to lose your baby weigh is to br…

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

Sure you are eating for two when you are pregnant, but it is not just about how much you eat, it is also about what you eat. An expectant mom needs about 300 extra calories a day, particularly towards the end of pregnancy when the baby grows rapidly. Those extra calories should come from nutritious foods so that they can help in your baby’s growth and development. Why it is important to eat healthyOn average, an expectant mom gains about 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. But when you think about it…

6 Rules for a Healthy Postpartum Slim-Down

6 Rules for a Healthy Postpartum Slim-Down

Unless you’re a celebrity, slimming down after giving weight is not easy. But, losing your baby-weight is not impossible either. As with any weight loss program, the key to losing postpartum weight is a combination of healthy-eating habits and regular exercise. But unlike other dieters, your body needs certain nutrients to keep yourself – and your baby healthy. That said, Health.com recommends the consuming foods that will boost your energy and trim you down, all while caring for your newborn. P…