After giving birth, your body will probably be larger than it was pre-pregnancy. However, you will and can bounce back. Combining a healthy diet with exercise can be your magic bullet to getting fit after baby arrives.
Even though you've been anticipating the birth of your baby for several months, it may be difficult to tell when labor actually begins. People say, "you'll just know," but that's hardly reassuring. In fact you might feel like rolling your eyes! You will need to interpret your body's changes as labor approaches. Although every woman's pregnancy is unique there are a number of signals your body is gearing up for labor.
Perhaps you eat when you're tense, lonely, afraid, depressed or angry -- pretty much anytime things go wrong. If so you may be overeating in response to emotions. Take this short quiz to find out.
Why is diet and appropriate weight gain during pregnancy important? What dietary changes should I make during pregnancy? Find these questions and more for your doctor.
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.
I weigh 150 and I am 5'6. Am I too heavy to have a baby? My weight is in my hips and thighs. I am afraid I am to fat to get pregnant or I will gain too much weight. How much weight should I loose?
I am one week pregnant. I don't feel like eating anything and am losing weight. What should I do?
Dear Fitness Expert,
Dear Lactation Consultant,
I have a two-month-old son who is breastfeeding and hopefully will continue to do so for at least a year.
My diet has always consisted of tons of carbohydrates throughout the day. I would like to cut back on them to feel better about myself (sometimes after eating lots of carbohydrates it's hard for me to get up and move around because I feel so full) and to loose some of this after pregnancy weight. I am 5'3" and weigh 150 pounds. I am still about 25 pounds more than before my pregnancy.