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How Much Exercise during Pregnancy Is Too Much?

How Much Exercise during Pregnancy Is Too Much?

Exercise during pregnancy is encouraged, but is there such a thing as “too much” exercise?

When pregnant model Sarah Stage made international headlines because she wassuper pregnant and super skinny, the judgment briskly rained down on her from those who felt that she was possibly damaging her baby so she could remain thin. Does this mean that exercise during pregnancy is a huge no-no? Definitely not. In fact, it’s usually recommended.

Getting the go-ahead from your health care provider is the best first step. Usually if you’ve already been participating in a regular exercise program, you will be allowed to continue, and if you want to get started, you’ll get advice from your provider for the best way to begin.  Read more

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

I had dreams that I’d eaten sushi when I was pregnant,” says Ginny Gallo-Dowdakin of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. “I would wake up in a panic since I knew it wasn’t allowed.” Figuring out what you’re permitted to eat and avoiding the forbidden foods can truly be a nightmare for moms-to-be. It seems like every day, there’s a story in the news about yet another favorite food that’s now off-limits for pregnant women, leaving you scared to take a bite of anything lest it be on the list. It’s enough to make a woman crazy. But now, learn how other moms-to-be have coped. Read more

Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

“Eating for two” during pregnancy doesn’t mean you should gorge on doughnuts and chips. It means what you eat affects the health of both you and baby. Maintaining proper nutrition during pregnancy can help keep you energized through all three trimesters, and it can give your growing baby the right combination of vitamins, minerals, and proteins to develop correctly. Eating a little junk food now and then will not harm you and your baby, but you don’t want to get all of your daily calories from foods high in fat and low in nutrients. Read more