Pregnancy, Exercise, and Eating

Photo: Takis Markopoulos You may be tempted to decrease or stop exercising while pregnant. Or you may be tempted to eat whatever you crave–no matter how unhealthy. But doctors recommend you continue to exercise throughout any normal pregnancy. And, of course, eating right is more important now than ever, both for your health and your …

Recommended Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Table 1. Institute of Medicine Weight Gain Recommendations for Pregnancy Prepregnancy WeightCategory Body Mass Index* RecommendedRange ofTotal Weight (lb) Recommended Ratesof Weight Gain† in theSecond and ThirdTrimesters (lb)(Mean Range [lb/wk]) Underweight Less than 18.5 28–40 1 (1–1.3) Normal Weight 18.5–24.9 25–35 1 (0.8–1) Overweight 25–29.9 15–25 0.6 (0.5–0.7) Obese (includes all classes) 30 and greater 11–20 …

Postpartum Weight Loss: How To Lose Baby Weight Quickly

Photo: Cornell University Library 2 ways to ensure postpartum weight loss and to return to pre-pregnancy weight are: 1. Do not gain excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy. 2. Breastfeed for at least 6 months, and ideally for 12+ months. According to a research article in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, among a Danish …