you're pregnant or a newly delivered mom, please be sure to
check with your caregiver before beginning to exercise. Some
exercises are not safe for pregnant moms or in the first few
weeks after childbirth. But once you've gotten the okay to
begin, make it a priority! You'll be amazed at the way it
will increase your energy and health.
I can be consistent in exercise, anyone can and it's never
too late to start. It
has given me more energy and such a boost, if I'd realized
just how much of a difference it made, I would have forced
myself to be consistent years ago. (I never was into
exercise or athletics!) I'd encourage everyone to just DO it
at least for 21 days, by then it will be a habit.
Omartian has some excellent exercise videos for all levels
whether you're a beginner or experienced. These can often be
found on Ebay.
did some easier low-impact aerobics videos during some of my
pregnancy. There was a point though (in the early weeks and
then again later in the last trimester) when I was unable to
exercise. Don't be discouraged if this happens to you, too.
After my baby was born, I began to do easy low-impact
aerobics after about two months and it didn't take me long
to get back into the swing of things.
Links for Exercising Moms:
Exercise Guidelines recommended by The American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists at Nutrition for you,
Nutrition for two
Exercise Tips at
for you, Nutrition for two
and breastfeeding are two of the best motivations I know to
eat healthfully! I've mostly stuck to a low-fat diet for
several years now for health reasons but when I became a
pregnant grandma I was even more concerned about eating well.
I gave up sweets and empty calories for my pregnancy so I
could be sure to have plenty of room for the good stuff! A
baby is a great motivator for me --no more multiple cups of
coffee; I switched to decaff and learned to love it with a
generous amount of 2% milk.
experienced morning sickness (and afternoon sickness and
evening sickness!) during all of my pregnancies but I learned
how to manage it much better by eating frequent healthful
snacks with a little protein. This generally nipped it
in the bud! I've found I can eat more of a variety if I don't
wait too long in between eating and catch it before I feel so
Here are some of the things that work best for me now --if
you're eating smaller regular meals (which I am, I can't
manage to eat that much at one time so spread it out), the
calories are all spread out over the day:
2 graham crackers (I spread one with peanut butter or cream
cheese if I need a little extra fat or calories that day.)
small amount of dry cereal (frosted mini-wheats or plain
cheerios, or mixture of healthful cereals, etc.)
1/2 cup cottage cheese and crackers or fruit
1 cup lowfat yogurt (sometimes I sprinkle lowfat granola on
1 cup frozen lowfat yogurt (I just pop the small containers in
the freezer and imagine it's healthy ice cream !)
1 slice of swiss cheese (and fruit or crackers or bread)
1 small baked potato or sweet potato
any type of vegetables that sound good
1 thin slice homemade lowfat bread toasted (I make all our
bread and only use about a tablespoon of canola oil per large
loaf.) or wholewheat pita bread.
1 boiled egg (boring but oh so full of nutrients!)
small serving of lowfat homemade pudding (I make mine with
small serving of pasta salad (the last I made had chopped
chicken breast and vegetables and pasta with a little lowfat
Pray for the Lord to bless you with a healthy pregnancy and
healthy baby and mama and that you gain just the perfect
amount of weight for this pregnancy!
In His Love,
Links for Good Nutrition:
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