Between the weight of the baby, placenta, extra blood and other variants, you are going to have extra weight during and/or after pregnancy. How much weight? The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ( ACOG ) recommends a woman should gain no more than 25 to 35 lbs, but that also depends on a woman's' basal metabolic index (BMI), if they are over/under weight to begin with and other factors. However, many women over shoot these numbers.
Two best ways to avoid excessive postpartum weight
I visited a massage therapist for the first time in several years. During the massage, the therapist and I noticed my arms flopped wildly whenever she massaged my pectoral muscles. Although this did not surprise the massage therapist I was shocked. My arms were flopping uncontrollably on the table and I just knew something was wrong with me.
Are you pregnant, or plan to get pregnant, and eating foods high in animal fat and cholesterol? According to a study by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Harvard University you may be increasing your chances of gestational diabetes.
Days start out busy and stay that way for the average mom. Getting the kids to school or staying awake with the baby all night can put on a strain on a mom physically and mentally. It's hard to get a break, or learn to take a break. Lunches, naps, diaper changes and play dates take the place of some much-needed time for you.
It's common that exercise loses its importance and you've gained some aches; especially in your lower back. Although exercising has many benefits, fitting a full program into your busy schedule might be impossible. If so, try some beginner stretches like the cobra or cross legged stretches to work out the lower back pain.
Lisa M. White
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