Exercise is good for pregnant women! In addition to the regular benefits of exercise, pregnant women who exercise are likely to return to their pre-pregnancy shapes sooner, feel increased energy, and fend of stress more readily. According to James F. Clapp, M.D., author of Exercising Through Your Pregnancy women can exercise before, during, after their pregnancies. "Some women fear that exercise will increase the risk of miscarriage, malformations, pre-term labor, brain damage to the baby, or material injury, but this is not the case.” However, according to Dr. Clapp’s research, women who exercise feel better, perform better, and have babies that are be stronger physiologically and perhaps better developed neurologically.” Among the questions he answers: � How does exercise benefit the mother? � How does exercise affect growth of the fetus? � What is the effect of exercise on milk production? � Does exercise limit weight gain during pregnancy? � What is the right amount of exercise? � What are the dos and don’ts of exercising when pregnant? � When should exercise be avoided? � How late into pregnancy can you exercise? � What should be the exercise regimen after giving birth? Dr. Clapp provides guidelines for exercise plans that safely fulfill a mother’s needs during different phases of pregnancy. Common Myths About Exercising and Pregnancy 1. Pregnant women should keep their heart rates under 140 beats per minute. 2. Exercise during lactation makes the milk taste sour. 3. Women should avoid abdominal exercises in mid and late pregnancy. 4. Pregnant women should not lift weights. 5. The bouncing and jarring which occur during running and high-impact aerobics increase the risk for the baby getting tangled up in the umbilical cord. 6. Exercise causes premature labor. 7. Exercise will cause the fetus to detach from the wall of the womb. 8. Exercise right after a pregnancy will cause hernias and loss of vaginal and pelvic support.
Examining the effects of exercise on women and their babies, this book presents case studies of women who exercised regularly before, during, and after pregnancy. The book provides guidelines for exercise plans that safely fulfill a mother's needs during different phases of pregnancy, answering such questions as, How does exercise benefit the mother? How does exercise affect growth of the fetus? What is the effect of exercise on milk production? Does exercise limit weight gain during pregnancy? What is the right amount of exercise? What are the dos and don'ts of exercising when pregnant? When should exercise be avoided? How late into pregnancy can you exercise? and What should be the exercise regimen after giving birth? Updated to include the latest scientific information on staying fit during pregnancy and emphasize appropriate exercises, this new edition thoroughly describes the changes that happen to the mother while she’s pregnant and how both she and the child can benefit through exercise.
Your journey through a comfortable, safe, and confident pregnancy begins with Pregnancy Fitness. This practical guide answers your questions and delivers the information, exercises, and workouts you need to maintain your personal fitness and enjoy the best possible experience in welcoming your baby to the world. Written by three experts in prenatal and postpartum fitness, pelvic floor exercise, and core restoration, Pregnancy Fitness covers all physical and physiological aspects of pregnancy, birth, and recovery so you can enjoy peace of mind throughout your pregnancy and long after delivery. You’ll get complete need-to-know information about hormones, body and posture changes, and common pregnancy aches and pains, along with critical information on diastasis recti and pelvic floor health, which aims to support and protect your body from core dysfunction. A full spectrum of stretching, strengthening, and functional exercises provides the focus, description, safety tips, and variations that allow you to progress safely through your pregnancy and to be physically prepared for birth and optimal recovery. The sample workout programs guide you through each phase of pregnancy, including postpartum, to help you establish and meet your personal fitness goals with comfort and confidence. CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Pregnancy Fitness Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Pregnancy Fitness With CE Exam package, which includes both the book and the exam.
Pregnancy and Beyond is a must have manual for women looking to exercise throughout pregnancy. The eBook includes over 12 months of exercise programs, lists the many benefits that exercise has on both mother and baby, talks about the biological changes that occur within the mother as well descriptions of the babies development. This eBook was written so that mothers could exercise within their own home with very limited equipment needed so making it affordable for everyone. Many of the condition that mothers might suffer from are included in this book with possible solution on solving them. If you are looking to have a safe and rewarding pregnancy then this eBook is perfect, it is targeted for all fitness levels and can be started as late as 20 weeks into their pregnancy. There is also information and programs on the best exercises to do even before you fall pregnant.
By the best-selling authors of the Your Pregnancy series, medically sound and succinct information for the woman who needs detailed information on a specific concern --The facts about the frequency of sickle-cell disease, multiples, Tay-Sachs, thalassemia, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and hypertension during pregnancy in women of color -- Explanations of how these conditions are tested for, diagnosed, and monitored throughout pregnancy -- Information on premature birth and how you can protect yourself --Suggestions for staying healthy throughout pregnancy, including detailed information on diet and exercise.
For the 9 Months of Pregnancy and the 5 Months It Takes to Get Your Best Body Ba ck
Author: Lindsay Brin
Category: Health & Fitness
A simple, easy-to-follow guide for staying fit while pregnant and shedding the post-baby pounds after! Being a mom is the toughest job in the world. It's difficult to take time for yourself. Now, in How to Exercise When You're Expecting, even the busiest moms can learn how to stay strong and fit during their pregnancy and lose the post-baby weight after. Lindsay Brin, a women's fitness expert and creator of #1 bestselling Moms Into Fitness DVD series, shares insider tips to: -Understanding and tackling food cravings -Exercises that are safe to perform during different stages of pregnancy -Preparing for labor through relaxation and yoga techniques -How your body and metabolism changes after childbirth -Keeping fitness and nutrition a priority when time is scarce Battle-tested through Lindsay's own pregnancies, How to Exercise When You're Expecting offers a before, during, and after guide that will get moms back in pre-baby shape-or better.
The Ultimate Guide to Easing the Aches, Pains, and Uncomfortable Side Effects During Each Stage of Your Pregnancy
Author: Jill Hoefs, MPT
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
Category: Health & Fitness
Have a safe, healthy, and comfortable pregnancy. Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years of combined experience helping women ease sore feet, aching backs, incessant peeing, and many other uncomfortable conditions, Your Best Pregnancy provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help women feel their best from head to toe. Through detailed photographs, illustrations, and down-to-earth advice that is both medically substantiated as well as easy to understand, you will learn how to: Treat the most uncomfortable symptoms during pregnancy, such as back and shoulder pain, bladder issues, night cramps, sciatica, swelling, and varicose veins. Maintain a healthy pregnancy, even while on bed rest. Correctly strengthen the pelvic floor and core to prevent diastasis recti. Nurse, lift, and care for a baby (or babies) using proper body mechanics to avoid strain and injury. "Your Best Pregnancy is fun, interesting, and supportive. It feels like sitting down with a knowledgeable and trusted friend to talk about all the challenging and usually-not-discussed issues of pregnancy. We keep a copy at our practice to offer advice to patients." óMARC LEVIN, MD, FAMILY PHYSICIAN, MATERNITY CARE COORDINATOR, INSTITUTE FOR FAMILY HEALTH "A must read if you're pregnant or just had a baby and wonder why your body feels the way it does!... A perfect go-to book for every pregnant woman, whether it's your first or fourth pregnancy." óSTACEY J. FUTTERMAN, PT, MPT, WCS, BCB-PMD, OWNER OF 5 POINT PHYSICAL THERAPY PLLC IN NEW YORK CITY "Your Best Pregnancy is like having two best friends on speed dial who just happen to also be physical therapists, and in Hoefs' case, an experienced mom. They give new and professional mothers the scoop on all things health, with an approachable helping of medical knowledge and a touch of sass." óLESLIE GOLDMAN, MPH, WOMEN'S HEALTH WRITER, LESLIEGOLDMANWRITES.COM
Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy, an Easier Labor, and a Quick Recovery
Author: Julie Tupler
Category: Family & Relationships
Get Your Body Ready for the Marathon of Labor! If you're newly pregnant, you're probably watching your diet carefully, getting plenty of rest, and preparing for the arrival of your new baby. You're also thinking about the big day itself and what the experience of labor will be like. Even if you're following a regular fitness program, you'll want to do everything you can to strengthen and prepare your body for the rigors of labor. Maternal Fitness features clearly illustrated exercises that focus specifically on the muscle groups you'll use throughout labor, especially the transverse abdominals -- the stomach muscles that play a critical role during delivery. A powerful set of transverse abs can speed labor and delivery and make for a quick recovery. By learning how to strengthen your abdominals and relax your pelvic floor muscles, you'll be able to push more effectively. While the Maternal Fitness program is designed specifically for the big moment, it also has other benefits, from minimizing backache and fatigue to giving you a welcome head start on getting back into shape after childbirth. Developed by a professional trainer who is also a registered nurse and childbirth educator, the Maternal Fitness program is safe for you and your baby and easy to do. Once learned, it can be incorporated into any workout.
Your Guide to Health and Strength Training During Pregnancy
Author: Erinn Mikeska
Publisher: Brown Books
Category: Health & Fitness
Delivering Fitness, Your Guide to Health and Strength Training During Pregnancy contains: ? Information on how to get back in shape after delivery ? Guidelines and workouts for each trimester ? Medical truths about pregnancy and exercise ? Nutrient chart and weight gain chart ? Exercise and strength training benefits ? Information about exercise equipment ? Exercise precautions to prevent injury ? Nutritional guidelines ? Benefits of healthy eating ? Caloric needs Delivering Fitness also contains important information about nutrition and provides useful tips about exercise benefits, the precautions you need to take, and the right foods to eat. Authors Erinn Mikeska & Dr. Christine Quatro have devised a unique fitness program incorporating key strength training exercises specifically designed for each trimester and for the postpartum period. The exercises are beautifully illustrated on four large posters, perforated so that they can be easily pulled out and displayed on the wall of your exercise area. The instructions are clearly written and easy to follow.
How To Modify And Enjoy Your Exercise Program Throughout Your Pregnancy
Author: Birgitta Gallo
Category: Family & Relationships
Current research has proven that it is not only safe for pregnant women to exercise, it is absolutely beneficial. Even if you are considered a high-risk pregnancy or are restricted to bed rest, you can and should exercise during this crucial time. This book includes specially designed exercises just for you. Among the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition during pregnancy: -Shorter, less painful labor -Fewer birth defects -Less excess weight gain -Ease of regaining pre-pregnancy figure -Healthier, calmer, and more intelligent babies Birgitta Gallo's Expecting Fitness doesn't lead you through some leg lifts. It shows you how to modify your current sports activities-including tennis, golf, aerobics, swimming, even kickboxing-safely throughout your pregnancy. It also includes nutritional guidelines, relaxation and breathing techniques, and an illustrated guide to the changes the pregnant body goes through. It is a unique and comprehensive guide for any woman who wants to give her baby the best possible start in life.
An Inspirational Week-by-Week Guide for Bonding with Your Baby
Author: Jennifer Polimino
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
Category: Health & Fitness
Praying Through Your Pregnancy shows a mother how to provide an early head start for her child through the power of prayer. With fresh spiritual insight, each chapter reveals what is happening with the baby’s development that week, starting with the very first moment of conception, when God begins the creation of either a boy or a girl. Readers will learn how the confidence they place in God affects the healthy development of their precious growing baby, and how to reduce their own stress and anxiety by looking to the Creator. In this interactive guidebook, the author shares excerpts from her pregnancy journal as an encouragement for women to write their own thoughts and feelings, and each chapter ends with a “Mother’s Prayer” and “Scriptures for Meditation.”
Many older women spend months, if not years, trying for motherhood, then endure an anxious pregnancy wondering if they are eating and exercising properly. Fitness expert Suzy Clarkson has been there. Her first pregnancy at the age of 38 was relatively trouble-free, but trying to get pregnant again a few years later was very different. Following fertility treatment, she finally gave birth to her second child at the age of 45. Qualified in physiotherapy, Suzy has now devised a practical guide to assist older women through their pregnancies, using her own experiences of motherhood to support her text. This easy-to-follow fitness program will take you through each trimester, showing suitable exercises and suggesting how to develop healthy habits to achieve a safe outcome, a successful childbirth and a speedy recovery afterwards. The book is fully illustrated with step-by-step photographs showing the exercises in detail. The information she provides is based on the latest research, and is endorsed by leading specialists in obstetrics and fertility. But the book is more than its exercises. Suzy is a 'real mum' who offers encouragement and a compassionate helping hand to all older mothers. Fit for Birth and Beyond is the guide you can trust and use with confidence.
An Obstetrician's Guide to Integrating Conventional and Alternative Medicine Bef ore, During, and After Pregnancy
Author: Joel Evans
Category: Health & Fitness
At last, everything you need to know about the latest in alternative and conventional healthcare before, during, and after pregnancy—in one comprehensive, jargon-free guide.Whether you embrace the philosophy that mind, body, and spirit work together to promote good health or you’re just looking for a way to have the healthiest, most comfortable pregnancy possible, The Whole Pregnancy Handbook has the information you need to make educated decisions and take charge of your prenatal care. The Whole Pregnancy Handbook features Complementary treatments and techniques to improve your pre-conception health and fertility, such as nutritional medicine, mind-body medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine Comprehensive and compassionate information about genetic and prenatal testing Techniques such as massage, accupressure, herbal medicine, and mind-body exercises to help you relax and feel more comfortable as your pregnancy progresses A fully illustrated chapter on prenatal yoga with pose variations for all three trimesters. How your pregnancy unfolds month by month and how you can connect with your baby while you’re expecting The best practices of doulas and midwives The pros and cons of giving birth in a hospital, birthing center, or at home Effective pain management for your labor—from epidurals to hypnotherapy Everything you need to know about inductions, assisted deliveries, and C-sections What happens postpartum—physically and emotionally Candid recollections and insights from other moms and patient stories from Dr. Evans’s practice, The Center for Women’s Health The Whole Pregnancy Handbook is an informative and reassuring guide that will empower you to combine the best of conventional and alternative medicine with confidence at every stage of pregnancy. On the web: http://www.wholepregnancy.com
Walking is the most popular physical activity in North America, and for good reason: it can be done by people of all ages and all levels of physical ability, the risk of injury is low, and it doesn’t require a carload of expensive equipment. Best of all, brisk walking for just 30 minutes four times a week reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and other health problems. This comprehensive guide helps readers make the most of their walking. It offers two step-by-step programs developed by fitness professionals; advice on shoes, clothing, nutrition, and routes; tips on staying motivated and avoiding injury; stories from real-life walkers; and ways to include friends and family. Whether the goal is to return to activity, reduce the risk of illness and injury, or to minimize one’s impact on the environment, this encouraging book helps readers put their best foot forward.
The fun and easy way® to live a vegan lifestyle Are you thinking about becoming a vegan? Already a practicing vegan? More than 3 million Americans currently live a vegan lifestyle, and that number is growing. Living Vegan For Dummies is your one-stop resource for understanding vegan practices, sharing them with your friends and loved ones, and maintaining a vegan way of life. This friendly, practical guide explains the types of products that vegans abstain from eating and consuming, and provides healthy and animal-free options. You'll see how to create a balanced, nutritious vegan diet; read food and product labels to determine animal-derived product content; and stock a vegan pantry. You'll also get 40 great-tasting recipes to expand your cooking repertoire. Features expert guidance in living a vegan lifestyle and explaining it to friends and family Includes proper dietary guidelines so you can get the nutrition you need Gives you several action plans for making the switch to veganism Provides parents with everything they need to understand and support their children's choices With the tips and advice in Living Vegan For Dummies, you can truly live and enjoy a vegan way of life!
A free prequel to Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Newborn
Author: Penny Simkin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Health & Fitness
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn is one of the bestselling and most comprehensive books about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care on the market. Now completely updated, expanded, and redesigned, this authoritative book is the “bible” for expectant parents and childbirth educators. Here is a free sample chapter for you! In this chapter, "Preconception: Improve Your Health and Enhance Fertility", you’ll learn about: • Emotional wellness • Health • Health care • Hazards • Enhancing fertility and the odds of conception • Concerns about infertility • Planning ahead: maternity care choices If you like this sample chapter, look for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn. The Award-Winning Resource Recommended by Experts & Loved by Parents Parents love this book because it puts them in control by explaining a wide range of options, information, and questions to ask, so parents can find what works best for their health situation, personal goals, and priorities. Experts love this book because it’s based on the latest medical research and recommendations from leading health organizations. It’s practical—rooted in the real-life experiences of new families. The five authors bring a combined total of 150 years of experience working with expectant and new families as educators, nurses, counselors, doulas, physical therapists, and lactation consultants. They have attended hundreds of births, heard thousands of birth stories, and assisted innumerable new parents in adapting to their new lives. Not only that, the authors have a combined total of 12 children and 12 grandchildren. All of this experience allows them to write with compassion, understanding, and wisdom based on what really works in the real-world of parenting. The companion website offers even more details on select subjects, including lists of all the best resources on each topic and worksheets to guide parents’ decision-making process. The website also includes a bonus chapter on pre-conception, which provides ways to improve your health and fertility before pregnancy begins.
The reassuring guide to a happy, healthy pregnancy This new edition offers soon-to-be moms and dads detailed, friendly information on preparing and planning for pregnancy. You'll find guidance on the basics, as well as special considerations like age, multiple births, complications, illness, labor and delivery, postpartum care, and everything in between. Now in a portable, handy trim size that makes it easy to keep with you on the go, Pregnancy For Dummies, 4th Edition is your go-to guide on everything you'll encounter during the first, second, and third trimesters—and beyond. Packed with new information and the latest developments in medical technology, it puts your mind at ease by offering straightforward answers to all the questions you may have about pregnancy, including health risks during pregnancy, fertility problems and solutions, "on demand" cesarean sections, weight gain during pregnancy, the correlation between mercury and autism, ways to stay emotionally and physically healthy during pregnancy, and much more. Includes a complete guide to pregnancy, through all three trimesters and beyond, including a week-by-week account of what to expect during pregnancy Covers the latest information related to healthcare and pregnancy, including the latest on vaccinations, fertility problems, and prenatal diagnoses Offers advice on picking a doctor, planning prenatal visits, and designing a birthing plan Explains the stages of labor and how to care for yourself and your newborn after childbirth If you're an expectant parent, Pregnancy For Dummies, 4th Edition covers everything mom and baby experience before, during, and after childbirth.
Beauty, Health, and Lifestyle Advice for the Modern Mother-to-Be
Author: Colette Bouchez
Publisher: Crown Archetype
Category: Health & Fitness
The moment a pregnancy is announced, all eyes are on baby. But what about Mom? Not only is her body changing, everything about her lifestyle is turning upside down. A revolutionary new kind of self-help guide, Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy puts Mom at center stage, with hundreds of tips on how to have the healthiest, most vibrant pregnancy possible. Culling advice from top medical, beauty, and style sources worldwide , award-winning health reporter Colette Bouchez delivers sound medical advice as well as beauty and lifestyle tips to keep Mom happy and healthy, ensuring baby will be healthier and happier as well. Highlights include: *The five most common pregnancy complaints—and how to beat them *The beauty, hair, and skin care products that are safe to use—and what to avoid *How to choose maternity clothes without losing your sense of style *Natural and relaxing ways to beat stress, overcome sleep problems, and handle pregnancy fears *How to treat painful—and often embarrassing—pregnancy problems naturally and easily, and how to know when it’s time to seek a doctor’s help *Advice on how to blend your career obligations with impending motherhood—and look and feel great while doing it! *How to make pregnant sex the best sex of your life Written in the caring, one-on-one tone of a best friend, Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy is a unique (and long overdue) addition to the booming baby category. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Tips for safe and healthy exercise Understand how a fit pregnancy helps with delivery and postpartum shape-up From yoga and swimming to weight training and aerobics, you'll see how to get started with a fun, step-by-step fitness routine. Plus, you get expert advice on activities to avoid as well as staying motivated during and after your pregnancy. Discover how to Manage pregnancy aches and pains Modify your routine for each trimester Stay fit after giving birth