Fitness and Nutrition

  • Exercise Can Make Childbirth Faster and Easier

    Want to make your birthing experience faster and easier? Would you just love to avoid an arduous and prolonged second stage of labor?

  • Nutrition During Your Pregnancy

    It is important that you eat a variety of nutritious foods during your pregnancy to ensure that your body and the baby that is growing inside of you get all the right nutrients, and also to ensure that you control your weight gain. If you choose to eat a variety of nutritious foods, you will be assured of consuming adequate calories and an ideal weight gain.

  • First Baby!

    I have only been married for about three months, and we became pregnant unexpectadly.

  • Weight Loss During Pregnancy

    QUESTION

    Dear Fitness Expert,
    I'm 26 years old and 6 months pregnant with my first child. I have gained 25 pounds in the past 6 months. I'm 5'9 and approximately 230 pounds.

    I was a bit overweight before I got pregnant and I am having so much trouble trying to exercise. I can't keep up, I get tired too quickly, and can't breath. I used to belly dance and Irish dance for 12 years before I got pregnant so I'm used to being fit, though I've never been "tiny."

    I am really concerned that I'm not going to bounce back after pregnancy.

  • Running a Marathon?

    QUESTION

    Dear Fitness Expert,
    I have been training for the NYC marathon and have completed two marathon's in the past 10 months. I am not a competitive runner, but enjoy marathon running and finished both marathon's in just under 5 hours. I just found out that I am pregnant and will be 6 weeks pregnant during the upcoming run. Both my primary care and OB/GYN had no objections. Both also advised that I be careful not to dehydrate.

  • Zeroing in on Childhood Obesity

    The urgency of the childhood obesity problem is forcing researchers to take new and innovative approaches to tackling this issue.

  • Food Pouches For Kids -- Good Idea or Lazy Parenting?

    Getting toddlers and little kids to eat nutritious, balanced meals or even to get them to eat at all can be tough. To help combat this problem, companies like Kraft and Nabisco created highly processed, heavily packaged items that are found in many school cafeterias.

  • Children's Behavior and Diet

    Does what my child eats affect how he acts day-to-day? Find out more!

  • What's the Best Diet When Trying to Conceive?

    QUESTION:

    Dear Livitician,
    My husband and I are 32 years old, and we have been trying to conceive for about 6 months. I have recently started to take a hard look at my diet, as problems with diet could be leading to our lack of conception.

    I have read some studies citing the importance of including whole milk in the diet, and how low-fat and skim milks reduce fertility and can even be detrimental to conception. In contrast, I have also read that skim milk is important to include in a pre-conception diet. Which is accurate?

  • Which Sweeteners Are Considered Safe During Pregnancy?

    We all have concerns about diet and nutrition during pregnancy. One of these concerns is regarding artificial sweeteners and their use during pregnancy.