Why exercise during pregnancy is important
Author: SCV Birth Center
Pregnancy is a time for rest and relaxation, right? We’re constantly telling pregnant women to take a load off, kick up their feet, enjoy that extra milkshake! While it’s true that you should respect your body, and sometimes that means extra rest and the occasional indulgence, maintaining an exercise regimen during pregnancy is also important. If you aren’t feeling well, especially during the first trimester, or are struggling with long-term morning sickness (like hyperemesis gravidarum), the thought of exercise might be laughable. But if you’re enjoying a healthy pregnancy, there’s no reason not to hit the gym, take that yoga class, or continue enjoying your active lifestyle.
5 Foods that boost fertility (and 5 you should avoid when trying to conceive)
When you’re trying to conceive, there are a fair amount of unknowns. Likewise, there are certain things you can’t control. But when it comes to your diet, new research is constantly suggesting that the food you eat (or don’t eat) can have major impacts on your fertility. There are now dozens of books on the market, telling you the best foods to eat and which to avoid. There is so much information out there, that it can be tough to know where to begin.
In order to make it simple, we’re breaking down the best and worst fertility foods.
4 Exercises that will gently renew your core strength
Here are 3 exercises that won’t put extra strain on your body, but will gently help you strengthen your core, post-birth
4 Things that happen to your body in the immediate postpartum
After delivering my first baby, I remember feeling as if my body would magically return to its pre-pregnant state. I didn’t expect the aches and pains, the bloated belly, or so many other things that come along with the early stages of postpartum. But I simply hadn’t heard about it. All I knew about postpartum was that I would have to take care of a baby. It didn’t occur to me that taking care of myself during this time would actually be very important, as well. I was tender from birth, emotional, and exhausted. Yet I hadn’t a clue what was really going on with my body.
Here are 5 things that happen to your body in the immediate postpartum:
3 Ways to (really) prepare for your birth
Flip open any book on giving birth and you might instantly feel bombarded with all of the things you should be doing to prepare. Eat healthy and never cheat, exercise daily, take this class, and that one. While none are bad ideas, the truth is, preparing for birth is mostly a state of mind. You have to harness your inner power. You have to believe in yourself. And you have to trust your body to do its most important work.