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What's the Best Breast Support for Nursing Moms?

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Dear Fitness Expert,
I did fine during pregnancy. I kept jogging until about the last 7 weeks. Then I walked. I assumed I could just pick up again once the baby was here. I have the okay from the doctor to start jogging again, but here's the problem. I'm breastfeeding and my boobs HURT when I run.

What can I do to lessen the pain? I am really looking forward to being on the go again.

Pregnancy Fitness Routine

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Dear Fitness Expert,
Hello, I just found out I'm pregnant (not my first) and am not sure about a fitness routine. After my last pregnancy, I worked out six days a week very strenuously for about a year, but have fallen out of my routine the past few months.

How much can I do now that I'm pregnant? I've also gained some weight back, and really want to keep my weight gain during pregnancy under check.

Lifting During Pregnancy

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Dear Fitness Expert,
Hi. I'm not sure yet if I'm pregnant or not but I have the symptoms of being pregnant. I have a question about lifting. I work at a place that requires lifting boxes sometimes and I was wondering what weight level would be safe to lift without hurting the baby if I am pregnant?

Also, what kind of foods can one eat during pregnancy? What kind of exercises are recommended during pregnancy? Thanks for your time and attention.

Janet

Newly Pregnant and New Fitness Routine

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Dear Fitness Expert,
I am overweight and I started a fitness routine a few weeks before I found out I was pregnant. I have heard people say you can continue a fitness routine that your body was use to. My body wasn't use to any exercise!

Can I continue working out or do I need to take it easy? I am really concerned about gaining more weight, and want to get my body in better shape.

Should I Ignore Hunger Pangs?

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Dear Fitness Expert,
I am 8 weeks pregnant and find that I am hungry all the time (or nauseous). I have a good, balanced diet and think that I am eating enough. I do not want to put on more weight during pregnancy than I need to as I tend to gain weight quite easily.

Is is OK to ignore hunger pangs? Or are these a cue that my body needs a bit more? I am normally very active (I ski, run, weight train, swim, cycle, etc.) but have cut down my activity a bit so am worried that this will also contribute to an unhealthy weight gain.
Andrea

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