Probably at the top of the list would be the value of pregnancy
fitness. While fitness and physical exercise are important for everyone, it is
especially important for expecting mothers.
Higher levels of physical fitness will improve uteral conditions for your baby, as
well as maximize the chances of a successful birth. In addition, regular exercise
helps reduce the discomfort and pain associated with the nine month ordeal. The
problem of course is that pregnancy reduces some mobility.
Here are some suggestions about pregnancy fitness. First, try
swimming. It reduces the stress on the joints, such as knees and
back, as well as reduce the weight load, which the water will help carry.
Pilates and yoga are also good alternatives, and many gyms and fitness
centers offer classes especially for pregnant women. Also, other types of fun
exercise classes will help your mood, your baby's health, your
delivery, and your postpartum recovery.
Many people use the saying "eating for two" about pregnancy
diets. However, you not truly eating for two. In fact, the caloric needs for your
baby are surprisingly low. Most mothers overeat resulting in excessive weight gain.
Your baby only needs roughly an additional 300 calories a day, which works out to
only one or two additional snacks each day. The importance is in quality, not
quantity. Look for a diet high in fiber and protein
and low in empty calories and fat. Fresh fruit in
the morning and nuts or cheese and crackers throughout the day is a great way to
add nutrients and calories to your diet without overdoing it.
More Pregnancy Information:
In many ways, there has never been a better time to be pregnant.
There are countless books, tapes and web sites about pregnancy health. More and
more information and support is out there for expecting women. Scientists and
doctors know more about pregnancy now than every before. Consult your physician
about pregnancy fitness. True, pregnancy will always be a grueling challenge,
physically, mentally and emotionally. But knowing as much as you can about
pregnancy will ensure that you have a far more comfortable and healthy pregnancy
and a far more healthy baby.