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Complete Fit Guide Pregnancy

Looking back to when I was pregnant with my daughter, I wish I had known then what I know now.

I wasn’t overweight, but I wasn’t in good shape. I smoked, worked 10 – 14 hours a day, I ate whatever I could, whenever I could, and drank enough soda to keep Pepsi-Cola in business! By the middle of my fifth month, my blood pressure was way too high, my body was swollen, and I’d packed on far too many pounds, far too quickly. I had severe preeclampsia, and had to spend the last six weeks of my pregnancy on total bed rest. I caught up on all the sleep I’d lost to working long hours, but I still smoked, drank soda and except for not adding salt to my food, my diet didn’t change. When my daughter was born, she weighed only 5 pounds, 6 ounces, and I ended up getting a blood transfusion and was put on 24-hour watch in case I went into seizures. Believe me, I would do everything differently! Here’s what you can do to stay fit and enjoy a pregnancy without pounds!

A good place to start is with a pregnancy weight gain calculator. This will let you know how much you should weigh during each week of your pregnancy. You can easily determine whether you need to add calories from nutritious foods to, or subtract calories from your weekly diet to achieve your target weight.

Next, you need a diet plan. Pregnant women need only about 300 more calories per day, so you don’t need to pig out to get them. Your diet should be high in fiber from fresh fruits and veggies and whole grain breads and rice, beans and cereals. These foods contain the complex carbohydrates that are good for you. Add other foods as recommended by the Food Pyramid, and remember to start from the bottom of the pyramid and work up to the top!

Exercise IS necessary! With the help of a pregnancy exercise video that you can use in your home, you can get all the exercise you need from pregnancy-safe routines. Studies have shown that women who regularly exercise three or more times a week gain less weight during pregnancy, have easier labors and deliveries, recover more quickly, and have less weight to lose after their baby is born. And that’s just a few benefits of exercise during pregnancy!

To keep you and your baby healthy, you should drink 6 – 8 full glasses of water per day, in addition to milk, fruit juices and other liquids. Diet pills should be taken only if approved or prescribed by your doctor. Even the herbal “diet pills” or teas and other over the counter diet aids, often contain ingredients that are harmful to you and your baby. Avoid caffeine; it increases the heart rate, and will interrupt the normal sleep cycles of you and your baby. Decaffeinated, saccharine-free diet soda is usually fine, in limited amounts, but that’s something you should discuss with your doctor.

Interesting Holiday Fitness Guide

Everyone loves holiday. The current and hectic lifestyle of the people today makes holiday almost a necessity. After a year long of hard work and struggling with datelines, working papers and generating ideas, even a short holiday can give an amazing effect of refreshment. However, some people find it hard to maintain healthy lifestyle during a vacation.

There are ways to maintain healthy lifestyle during a vacation, both nutrition and fitness wise. When it comes to eating, all of us need the basic nutrition like carbohydrates, fiber, protein, vitamins and some fats daily. It is also applicable during your travel, and especially during this time, you will need good nutrition to keep you healthy and fit so that you will be able to enjoy your holidays without regrets and difficulties. Nobody wants to be sick while traveling.

Always bring light but healthy snacks with you. Snacks that are high in protein and loaded with good carbohydrates are among the best of choice. You can try bringing along small packs of whole meal breads, low fat muesli or granola bars or roasted almonds. Low fat milk is one of the best soft drink around, instead of juggling cans and bottles of sweet carbonated drinks. Other than that, make mineral water your best friend. Both low fat milk and mineral water are easy to find everywhere. If you are going to do some strenuous exercises like hiking or long walk across countryside, then perhaps you should keep a bottle of energy drinks together with mineral water. It helps you replenish the sugar, water and minerals in your body.

Consume food that you know. If you want to try something more adventurous while eating, be sure to know what the ingredients are. You have the right to choose what is best for your body. Try to eat enough vegetables and fruits and make sure you have the portion of meat and poultry right. Normally, people get to do natural exercises like walking while sightseeing for instance. However, in case the holiday is rather a sedentary one, then you should put more emphasis on your eating habits. Indulgences occasionally are all right, of course. It is holiday after all.

If you are visiting major cities, staying in hotels, you will have access to the gymnasium. It is best that you frequent this places, even for only 20 minutes every two or three days. It is relevant if you are on the vacation for quite some time. Bring your sport shoes along and do not forget the exercise clothes too. Most hotels too have swimming pools, and if you are going to some certain resort beaches, you can try to stay healthy by swimming. You will not even notice that you are working out since you are having so much fun. So do not forget those swimming gears as well.