Despite all the beautiful parts of pregnancy, the truth is that this is also potentially the most uncomfortable you will ever be. Gas, back aches, and for the love of God, THE SWELLING!
There is a common misconception while pregnant, that eating for two means you need to consume more food. While pregnant you only need 250 -300 more calories then you do before you were pregnant. Chances are if you are eating a typical American diet you are getting way over the daily calories needed even without a baby growing inside. Instead of worrying about eating enough food, focus more on its value. Everything you put in your mouth goes right into your babys development, forming the structure from which they will grow. The healthier you eat the better you will feel and the stronger your body will be to support your pregnancy. You can shift your awareness simply asking yourself these two questions: How is this food feeding me? How is this fueling my babys development?
This is a guest post by Dr. Laura Nathanson, author of The Portable Pediatrician. Most of the parents I see know full well that breast milk is optimal for babies. But does that really outweigh other factors? What if the mother is returning to work at four, eight, twelve weeks? What if she has inverted nipples or […]
At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year – Thomas Tusser Its the holiday season and life looks different, parties included, now that you are pregnant. Its not just the mocktails instead of cocktails, or the favorite foods you now have to avoid (sushi, carpaccio, and delightful French cheeses).
Having strong abdominal muscles is important for men and women alike, however it is especially important for women when they become pregnant. If your abdominal muscles are flabby it forces the back muscles to compensate by taking on extra work to support the spine. When you are pregnant and carrying extra weight the lower back is strained even more,so the stronger your abdominals are the easier it will be on your lower back.
Its clear that gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy involves eating a healthy and well-balanced diet so that your baby gets all the nutrients he or she needs to grow in a healthy way.Weight GainIn general, you will need to consume up to 300 more calories a day to meet the needs of your growing baby. Ideally you want to gain about 2 to 4 pounds during your first three …