Exercise is becoming a staple in more and more woman's lives, including during pregnancy. Many women view exercise as an integral, if not vital, part of their daily lives and schedules. All women should consult their physician before beginning any exercise program during pregnancy to confirm they do not possess any contraindications for exercise.

Physical Activity During Pregnancy Saves Bone Mass

According to a study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, women who exercise regularly protect bone mass during pregnancy by doing so. ... read more »

Common Postpartum Problems: Losing Pregnancy Weight

If you've gained upwards of 20 pounds or more during your pregnancy,don't fret. Most women lose half of that by the six-week mark withouteven trying. And if you follow a healthy lifestyle, the rest will comeoff as well. ... read more »

Spin Your Way Through a Healthy Pregnancy

Is it safe to attend spin classes during pregnancy? ... read more »

When to Work Out During Your Menstrual Cycle

For women who want to know when to work out during their menstrual period for best results, there could be a surprising answer. ... read more »

When to Work Out While Pregnant

Most pregnant women are encouraged to exercise from pre-conception through labor, but there are some exceptions to the rule. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga – Hip-opening Squat (Malasana)

Use this hip-opening squat during your pregnancy to release tension throughout the hips, lower back, and ankles. The pose can be an intense opener, or also more of a passive one, supported by props underneath your seat. ... read more »

Move More During Pregnancy for a Healthier Brain

Exercise during pregnancy is a healthy option for most pregnant women to improve sleep and maintain a healthy body. Today, doctors haveanother reason to suggest an exercise program during pregnancy ' reduced risk of neurological disorders in offspring. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Mountain pose is a foundational yoga pose great for centering, balancing, aligning, and strengthening your body. ... read more »

Alanine Aminotransferase - ALT, SGPT (Serum) During Pregnancy

Alanine Aminotrasferase (ALT) is found in multiple body tissues. The serum plays a role in speeding up the alanine cycle. Doctors order this blood test as one means of measuring liver health. ... read more »

Swimming in Oceans, Lakes and Rivers When Pregnant

Unlike swimming pools, oceans, lakes, and rivers are not treated to remove dangerous bacteria and germs, leaving many pregnant women wondering about the safety of swimming in open waters. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga – Cobbler’s Pose (Baddha Konasana)

This version of cobbler's pose is different from its restorativecounterpart as it is done from a seated, not reclined, position. ... read more »

Can Pregnant Women Prevent Leg Cramps?

Increased blood and fluid volume, changes in hormone levels, increased body weight and other changes can wreak havoc on the female body during pregnancy. One of the more common symptoms of pregnancy is leg cramps. ... read more »

Newborn and Baby: Month 5

With all of the emotional changes and fatigue after having a baby, you may have left behind your healthy diet and exercise routine. Now is the time to get your body back in action, but you may be surprised by the lingering effects of pregnancy. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga – Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Downward facing dog is frequently used in a yoga class as a resting or transitional pose in which to hold and breathe. It strengthens the arms back and shoulders, lengthens the spine and stretches the backs of the legs. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Final Resting Pose (Savasana)

Final resting pose (corpse pose) is the ultimate relaxation pose ' lying flat on your back, with or without props, to ensure maximum comfort. ... read more »

Exercise Alone Does Not Control Pregnancy Weight Gain

Most women are healthy enough during pregnancy to start a light exercise program or maintain an exercise program they followed before becoming pregnant, but researchers note that exercise is not enough to control excessive weight gain during pregnancy. ... read more »

Hilaria Baldwin: Exercise Daily for Pregnancy

Hilaria Baldwin may be best known as actor Alec Baldwin's wife but she made quite a name for herself even before Mr. Baldwin came into her life. She's an accomplished yoga teacher and expert on fitness with an avid following at New York City's Yoga Vida. ... read more »

Connection Between Physical Activity and Becoming Pregnant

While scientists know that physical activity reduces the risk for many conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression, researchers are not clear about the connection between exercise and female fertility. ... read more »

75-Percent of Moms-to-be Don't Exercise to Improve Mood

The medical science that documents the value of exercise during pregnancy is vast. Study results indicate regular exercise minimizes the musculoskeletal discomforts that come with advancing pregnancy, improves quality of sleep, minimizes pregnancy weight gain, and even shortens labor. ... read more »

Weight Loss and Exercise Post-Delivery

Weight loss and exercise post delivery. How soon can you start working out, dieting and so on and is it a myth that you have to wait until your first 6-week checkup? ... read more »

Fit Moms Have Heart-Healthy Babies

The findings of a joint project involving researchers in the United States and Germany indicate that the exercise a woman does while pregnant will have beneficial life-long effects on the health of the child she carries. ... read more »

Mom’s Exercise Powers Up Baby’s Brain

The value of exercise makes headlines everywhere - on TV, on the internet, and in newspapers and in magazines. Exercise energizes us, helps us sleep better, builds stronger bones and muscles, keeps excess weight off, and helps fend off many common ailments. ... read more »

Dads Turn Baby Time into Personal Fitness Routines

Two fathers, in particular, have turned their baby time into personal fitness routines that benefit dad while entertaining baby. These fathers have even turned their baby-inspired workouts into books. ... read more »

Are Sports Safe During Pregnancy?

Exercise is a crucial part of a healthy pregnancy. However, while sports may have been an important part of your life prior to pregnancy, but not all sports are safe for pregnant women. ... read more »

Swimming and Pregnancy

Pregnant women are perfect candidates for swimming, but as is the case with any exercise, there are limitations and safety issues that must be considered. ... read more »

Three Tips for Ensuring a Healthy Swimming Environment During Pregnancy

Germs present in pool waters can cause recreational water illnesses. While public pools are typically chlorinated, many public pools fail inspections and are immediately shut down for maintenance when chlorine and pH levels test below or above normal. ... read more »

Safer Swimming During Pregnancy: Fast Facts

When it comes to safer swimming during pregnancy, one of the best tools pregnant women can have is knowledge.  Pregnant women must understand the real risk of swimming in untreated or mistreated pools, oceans, lakes and rivers. ... read more »

Early Breast Cancer Detection Test for African-American Women

Young African-American women are more likely to develop triple-negative strains of breast cancer. These strains have a high mortality rate with most patients living less than five years. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Spinal Movements in Table Top Position

This series of stretches is a great way to begin your practice and create length and motion in your spine. The movements can help you to warm your body in preparation for deeper stretching, and to become aware of your breath. ... read more »

How Pregnancy Affects Running and Walking

Every woman who experiences pregnancy will experience changes in her body. Recent studies on the biomechanical changes of pregnancy on female runners shed light on how pregnancy affects their running stride. ... read more »

Study: Pregnant Women Fail to Meet Recommendations for Healthy Pregnancy

According to a new study published in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, pregnant women are not meeting recommendations for healthy pregnancy nutrition and activity. ... read more »

Pregnancy Weight Gain and Gestational Diabetes

Women with gestational diabetes are at increased risk of excessive pregnancy weight gain, increased fetal weight and difficulty losing weight after delivery. ... read more »

Prenatal Nutrition and Exercise Goals for Postpartum Weight Loss

Researchers at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University recently published a study in the Journal of Pregnancy. The study focused on the postpartum weight loss success of women. ... read more »

Coca-Cola Fighting Against Unhealthy Claims

Coke is working hard to fight back against political and public movements to curb soda consumption. ... read more »

Children are Less Physically Fit than their Parents

Children are about 15 percent less aerobically fit than their parents were at the same age, according to a new study presented by the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013 in Dallas, Texas. ... read more »

Health Effects: Teens and Increased Screen Time

A recent survey of teen activities indicates Australian teenagers are trading the recommended one hour per day of physical activity for more screen time and it could be jeopardizing their health. ... read more »

Depression During Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes Risk

A recent British study revealed a strong link between depression and inactivity during pregnancy and the tendency to gain excess pregnancy pounds and develop gestational diabetes. ... read more »

Exercising While Pregnant Improves Heart Function in Offspring

A mother can improve the health of her child's heart by exercising during pregnancy, according to a new study. ... read more »

How to Minimize Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Fifty-five percent of all women in the US will develop varicose veins at some point during their lives. The risk of varicose veins is increased during pregnancy but there are ways to minimize them. ... read more »

Exercise and Prenatal Brain Development

Did you know exercising during pregnancy may give your child’s brain development a head start? ... read more »

Exercising During Pregnancy: Your Newborn’s Brain

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. Many of us know that and still don’t exercise. However, exercising during pregnancy may come with greater motivation than normal. The motivation is that you may be helping your child’s brain develop faster. ... read more »

How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy in 12 Steps

Start taking a prenatal supplement well before pregnancy. The most important part of pregnancy is the prenatal care. The first few weeks of gestation are full of quick growth for the fetus. ... read more »

Hypothalamic Pituitary Failure

What is Hypothalamic Pituitary Failure? Learn about the causes here. ... read more »

How to Deal with Pregnancy in Your 30's in 12 Steps

Let our 12 step guide help you deal with pregnancy in your 30's. ... read more »

Implantation Failure: What Can Prevent It From Happening?

While there are many myths out there surrounding getting pregnant, when it comes to implantation, there are few things a woman can do to prevent it from happening. ... read more »

Back Pain During Pregnancy

Many women suffer from backaches and back pain during pregnancy. As the fetus grows larger, the extra weight on the front of the body is often too much for the lower back muscles. ... read more »

How to Deal with Bed Rest During Pregnancy

The priority while on best rest is the word rest. No one wants to have all their freedoms taken away during pregnancy, but if the bed rest is best for baby, it is what is best for mom, too. ... read more »

Exercising Safely During Pregnancy

Shouldn’t pregnant women be taking it easy in the days leading up to their baby's birth? Was it really a good idea for this woman to celebrate her baby’s birthday with a delightful 26.2 mile jaunt? ... read more »

Positive Effects of Exercising During Pregnancy

Recently, researchers have found that regular exercise during pregnancy can help improve your child’s vascular system into their adulthood. ... read more »

Preventing Obesity in Children with Exercise

One new educational trend in America is to start replacing art, music, P.E., and recess with more blocks of reading, writing, and math. ... read more »

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