July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007 March 2007 April 2007 May 2007 June 2007 July 2007 August 2007 September 2007 October 2007 November 2007 December 2007 January 2008 February 2008 March 2008 April 2008 May 2008 June 2008 July 2008 August 2008 September 2008 October 2008 November 2008 December 2008 January 2009 February 2009 March 2009 April 2009 May 2009 June 2009 July 2009 August 2009 September 2009 October 2009 November 2009 December 2009 January 2010 February 2010 March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010 August 2010 September 2010 October 2010 November 2010 December 2010 January 2011 February 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011

Monday, August 31, 2009
Study: Home Births Can Be As Safe As Hospital Ones

A large new study involving nearly 13,000 women in B.C. shows giving birth at home with a registered midwife is as safe as delivering in a hospital.

Researchers who compared planned home births attended by regulated midwives to hospital births attended by either midwives or doctors, found the risk of infant death in the home births was "very low" and didn't differ significantly from hospital births.

Women who planned a home birth were significantly less likely to experience any of the obstetric interventions the researchers measured, including using drugs to stimulate or speed labour, narcotics for pain, electronic fetal monitoring and forceps deliveries. They were also less likely to experience a postpartum hemorrhage, and their babies were less likely to suffer a birth trauma, require resuscitation at birth or oxygen therapy.

Obstetricians around the world are split on their support of births outside a hospital setting. OB groups in Australia and New Zealand are opposed to home births, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is unequivocal.

The group said complications can arise "with little or no warning even among women with low-risk pregnancies" and that childbirth shouldn't be influenced "by what's fashionable, trendy or the latest cause celebre."

In contrast, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the United Kingdom supports home births as a viable choice for women with uncomplicated pregnancies.

The study comes just weeks after the leaders of Canada's pregnancy specialists are urging doctors to "normalize" childbirth and lower the rates of C-sections and other interventions.

"We definitely understand that it's a woman's decision to choose where she wants to give birth, in a hospital or a home," said Dr. Andre Lalonde, executive vice-president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. "We don't have anything against (home births) for selected, low-risk women."
This is the second study the B.C. group has reported on the safety of home births. In 2002, the team reported on a smaller study involving 862 planned home births.

"This one allows us to say definitively what the rates of perinatal death are," said lead author Patricia Janssen, an associate professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of B.C. "Our first study was really too small to look at that with confidence."

The new study involved 2,889 women attended by a midwife who began labour with the intention of giving birth at home. They were compared to 4,752 planned hospital births attended by the same group of midwives, and 5,331 physician-attended hospital births.

In order to qualify for the study, all the women met the same eligibility requirements for a home birth, meaning they were equally low-risk women.

The criteria included:

  • Singleton pregnancy in the head down position,
  • born at term, with no pre-existing medical conditions (in the mother)
  • no important or significant health conditions arising during pregnancy

The rates of perinatal deaths — defined as stillbirths after 20 weeks' gestation, or death in the baby's first seven days of life — was low in all three groups:

  • 0.35 per 1,000 among the planned home births
  • 0.57 among the hospital births attended by a midwife
  • 0.64 among physician-attended hospital births
The study also revealed that home-birth babies were more likely to be admitted to hospital, versus re-admissions for babies who were planned hospital births. The research team thinks this is because these babies were brought in to be treated for jaundice. Many newborns have jaundice. For babies born in hospital, the condition can be identified and treated before babies are discharged.
"In every other measure that we looked at that measures morbidity, there was no difference," Janssen said. "When we looked at Apgar scores (a test to determine the physical condition of a newborn infant), and asphyxia, and trauma at birth and the need for resuscitation and oxygen therapy — all of those things were not different, or in some cases they were lower in the home-birth group."
They also cautioned that the findings may not be applicable across the country. Midwifery is regulated on a province-by-province basis. The findings "do not extend to settings where midwives do not have extensive academic and clinical training." The following comes from a list of suggested client supplies for home births, from the College of Midwives of British Columbia's Home Birth Handbook for Midwifery Clients:
  • 1 small bottle of Hibitane or other anti-bacterial skin cleanser
  • 24 sterile gauze squares
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 1 oral thermometer (preferably Celsius)
  • 1 hot water bottle or heating pad
  • 1 flashlight and extra batteries
  • 2 gel-type cold packs (place in freezer)
  • 1 plastic sheet (shower curtain, vinyl tablecloth or plastic mattress cover) to cover mattress
  • Ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen, not aspirin) for after pains

Related Articles:


Labels: , , , , , ,

Miracle Baby Born With Heart Outside His Chest

A five-day old baby is being described as a miracle after he survived being born with heart outside of this chest.

Vibha Devi, who was born on Thursday in a remote rural village in India's Bihar state, was rushed by 24hr train to the capital by his desperate father.

Leaving his wife behind, Chander Manjhi and his father-in-law travelled to Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to try to save the child's life.

During a complete check-up doctors found the baby also has multiple disorders. Apart from the protruding heart, he also has a hole in his heart and has a single pump (for pumping blood). A normal heart has two pumps.

Suffering from a condition known as Ectopia Cordis, which causes the heart to be abnormally placed inside or outside of the body, most babies die within hours of being born.

However, there is guarded optimism for Vibha after the child survived the arduous 800-mile train journey from Muzaffarpur to Delhi.

"He is stable and is being treated for infection. Once the infection goes, we will do the surgery," said Dr A.K. Bisoi, a cardiologist at the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery Department at AIIMS.

"His parents are lucky the baby is still alive even after infection as it has spread to all body parts. We are trying our best to save the baby."

Due to the family's income and the rarity of the child's condition, cardiologists at AIIMS, including Dr Bisoi, are providing treatment for free.

A team of five surgeons is on stand-by to operate should Vibha survive the next few weeks.

"The surgery is a multi-layered procedure and might take months," said Dr Bisoi.

"We have to create space step by step and the chest wall has to be reconstructed.

"In India, no infant with such a defect has survived," Dr Bisoi added.

'There are only three survivors suffering from the disease in the world. But this baby is the only one with two heart defects,' he said.

'It's a miracle and challenge for doctors. Every extra day he survives gives us an opportunity to deal with the rare disease and we are learning a lot from the case. We are doing our best to ensure the child lives,' Bisoi said.

For now, the baby's heart has been covered with a synthetic membrane and infected blood fully replaced from his body.

In 2006, doctors in Florida, U.S. carried out a similar operation on Naseem Hasni who was born with his heart outside his chest.

Doctors wrapped his heart in Gore-Tex, a waterproof, breathable fabric used in outdoor clothing and medical applications. His heart was then wrapped in a layer of his own skin, to substitute for his missing pericardium, the sac that encloses the heart.

The heart was then slowly eased inside his chest.

Related Articles:


Labels: , , , , , , ,

Joel and Harlow Shop At The Farmer's Market

Joel Madden was spotted out yesterday at the Farmers Market in LA with daughter Harlow.

The rocker daddy was recently overheard saying,
“I love to spoil [daughter] Harlow.” The eavesdropper told page six, “Joel said she’s a daddy’s girl and was talking about how exciting it is for Nicole to have [their second] baby in a few weeks.”
Harlow rides in a Maclaren Quest Sport Stroller. I love her curly hair!


Labels: , , , , ,

Sunday, August 30, 2009
Conceive at The Westin, Receive $300 Credit Towards Future Stay

Even though babies can be made anywhere, Westin wants you to know that if you conceive at their hotel between Sept. 1 - Dec 19 you will receive a $300 'conception credit' towards your next stay at The Westin Aruba.

Those trying for pregnancy (and others) can book a $399 daily package for two, including drinks, meals, lodging and tax. Reserve before Sept. 30 and get a $100 resort credit toward spa treatments and more.

How do you prove that the Westin was the site of the happy occurrence? With a note from a doctor saying the stay occurred around the likely conception date.

More information available by calling the Westin directly.(Ask for rate plan CLASSIC)

SOURCE via reader NADIA

Labels: , ,

Kendra Shows Off Her Growing Belly

Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson recently shared some personal photos of her growing belly on her website.
Kendra Shows Off Her Growing BellyKendra Shows Off Her Growing Belly

Along with the pictures the mom-to-be included the following post:
The other day Hank and I did a preg photo shoot at our new east coast home and I wanted to share a few behind-the-scenes pics with all of u! Being pregnant has been such an amazing and exciting experience for both of us and we wanted to have these photos as a reminder of this incredible time in our lives :)
Can u guys believe how much my belly has grown??? I feel like it was just yesterday that it was a teeny tiny bump lololol.
I hope u enjoy the pics and as soon as we have the final images I’ll be sure to post them. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!!!!! I love the pic of Hank and I on the stairs…it makes me smile every time I look at it!!!
Hank and Kendra expect their first baby, a boy, on Christmas Day.

Labels: , , , , ,

Romanian Mom Welcomes 14.5lb Baby!

A mom from the town of Botosani, Romania surprised everyone, including herself, yesterday when she gave birth to a baby weighing 6.7 kg (14.5lbs) and 58 cm.

The baby, who arrived on Saturday, is the tenth child for the family, whose youngest baby is one year old, and the eldest 16 years old.

The new mom told staff at the maternity ward that during her pregnancy she had never seen a gynecologist, and thus she did not know that the baby had reached such a sized.

The baby sets a new record at the hospital, after another newborn had last year 6,450 grams at the same maternity.

Related Articles:


Labels: , , , ,

Expert Panel: Ontario Should Pay For In Vitro Fertilization

An expert panel on infertility and adoption, appointed by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty last summer, is recommending that the Ontario government should provide funding for up to three cycles of in vitro fertilization for women under the age of 42.

The group said the high cost of fertility treatments is leading to decisions which result in an unacceptable high rate of multiple births in Ontario.

One in six couples will struggle with infertility and the greatest barrier to assisted reproduction services is the cost, with one cycle of IVF costing about $10,000.

To increase chances of success, women and couples choose to have more than one embryo transferred, say the authors of the report. As a result, the rate of multiple births from assisted reproduction was 27.5 per cent in 2006, compared to rates below 10 per cent in other jurisdictions with controls on the number of embryos transferred, they say.

The report recommends the province require all IVF clinics and fertility centres to be accredited and, as a condition of accreditation, required to reduce their multiple birthrate to 15 per cent within five years and 10 per cent within 10 years.

The province could save $400 million to $550 million in health-care costs over the next 10 years by reducing the number of multiple births from assisted reproduction, the panel said.

"Over a period of years, the savings from those multiple birth incidents would more than cover the cost of public funding of three cycles of IVF," said panel chairman David Johnston, president of the University of Waterloo.

Dalton McGuinty said this week the government is reviewing the recommendations.

"The reason that we asked for the report to be prepared is because we believe that there is a real issue, we believe that it is a growing concern to families — and particularly to women — who are having difficulty getting pregnant. And that's an issue for all of us," McGuinty said.

"We want to lend a hand, but we want to do it in a way, again, that is something we can manage financially."

Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, and Australia fund IVF treatments. Quebec announced this year it would fund three IVF cycles. Ontario scaled back funding for IVF in 1994 to only cover women suffering from blocked Fallopian tubes.

Related Articles:

SOURCE via reader Nadia

Labels: , , , , , , , , ,

The Rossdales Hit The Beach In Malibu

Gwen Stefani and hubby Gavin were seen enjoying a relaxing day at the beach yesterday with kids Zuma, 1, and Kingston, 3.

The family seemed to have a great time as they alternated from splashing in the ocean to playing on the beach before loading up the car and calling it a day.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Saturday, August 29, 2009
Aeromax Introduces 6 New 'Get Real Gear' Outfits For Little Misses:

It’s all about girls this Fall at Aeromax. Our favorite dress up company has added 6 new costumes to their already extensive line of dress up gear for kids of all ages.

Aeromax, understands that the look is as important as the feel and the fit. That’s why they’ve whipped up six fresh outfits just for little girls. Parents will appreciate the sturdy structure of the fabric, the stitching and other details that make these costumes stand up to plenty of wash and wear.
My son is very fond of his Aeromax costume. When he got it last year, he wore it for 4 days straight. We love that their costumes were not created for one-time use, but as an outfit that can be used for pretend play everyday.

Here are a few styles from the Fall line up:

  1. Jr. Pirate Girl
  2. Jr. Poodle Dress
  3. Jr. Garden Fairy
  4. Jr. Bee
Priced between $25 – $38.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Friday, August 28, 2009
An Expectant Ellen Pompeo and Hubby Chris Out In LA

An expectant Ellen Pompeo and husband Chris Ivery were all smiles today as they left their new home in the Hollywood Hills.


The couple expects their first child together this fall. My guess is that the baby, rumored to be a girl, will arrive in 5-6 weeks.

Her belly is so cute!


Labels: , , ,

Kelly and Helena On The Set Of Gossip Girl

Kelly Rutherford was seen doing double duty on the set of Gossip Girl yesterday. The smiley actress was snapped toting 11 week-old Helena around Gramercy Park while getting ready for her next scene.

She also looks great for someone who just delivered less than 3 months ago.

Kelly and Helena On The Set Of Gossip GirlKelly and Helena On The Set Of Gossip Girl


Labels: , ,

Thursday, August 27, 2009
RECALL: 41,000 Baby Jogger Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

Baby Jogger LLC is recalling about 41,000 City Mini strollers. The stroller’s restraint buckle could break or unlatch allowing the child to fall out.

This recall involves Baby Jogger City Mini single and double strollers. “City Mini” is printed on the stroller. Item numbers and date codes included in this recall are listed in the chart below along with stroller colors. The item number is printed on a sticker on the rear wheel crossbar. The manufacturing date code is engraved on the frame behind the rear wheel axle crossbar or on the back of the frame on the upright bar between the right rear wheel and the seat.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Baby Jogger to receive a free replacement restraint buckle and installation instructions.

RECALL: 41,000 Baby Jogger Strollers Due to Fall Hazard

For additional information, contact Baby Jogger at 877-506-2213 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, email the firm at recall@babyjogger.com, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.babyjogger.com.


Labels: , , ,

Set Of Quads and Quints Enrolled in Same Kindergarten Class

You know that there are a lot of mega multiples in the world when....

This week a Prairie Hills Elementary School in Colorado Springs welcomed 2 sets of multiples. In an interesting move, the Denny quintuplets(3 girls, 2 boys) and the Langenbahn quadruplets(4 boys - 2 sets of identicals) have all been enrolled in the same Kindergarten class.

"It's definitely unique," said teacher Melissa Coleman, who has 4-year old twins of her own at home.

"I think I definitely have an advantage in that sense and I definitely have a heart for it," said Coleman.

So far, things are going well in Mrs. Coleman's class. Tuesday was the only the fifth day of school and the kids are already branching out and making new friends.

"I try to have them meet a new friend everyday. They usually come home and say mom I met my new friend today," said April Langenbahn, mother of the quadruplets.

During class activities, Mrs. Coleman encourages the siblings to sit at different tables and to play with other children, just as she does with preschool or neighborhood buddies who land in her classroom together. But the challenge of educating multiples twins and up won end in her classroom.

Set Of Quads and Quints Enrolled in Same Kindergarten ClassSet Of Quads and Quints Enrolled in Same Kindergarten Class

The school plans is to work closely with the parents this year to help them decide if they want to keep their multiples in the same class next year.

Both moms said they think they will probably put their kids in different classrooms after this year, at least to some extent maybe splitting them up three and two for the Dennys and two and two for the Langenbahns.

Related Articles:


PHOTOCREDIT: The Denny Family & Langenbahns website

Labels: , , , , ,

Geri and Bluebell Vacation In St. Tropez

Geri Halliwell and daughter Bluebell were spotted getting off a yacht in St.Tropez headed for the beach.

Even though The Spice Girl looks like a natural in her mommy role, she recently admitted she isn't sure if she wants to have another biological child, admitting she is considering adoption.

She said: 'The further from the baby stage Bluebell gets, the easier it seems so I'm not sure any more. Having a baby is the most consuming thing you can do.

'I've thought about adopting and am still open to the idea.'

Bluebell wears a Strawberry Shortcake Bathing suit that is available here.

Geri and Bluebell Vacation In St. TropezGeri and Bluebell Vacation In St. Tropez


Labels: , , , ,

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Cover Your Mommy Handles With Modest Middles

Cover Your Mommy Handles With Modest MiddlesAt seven months post-partum, I still have some extra stuff hanging around the mid section of my body, which is usually covered, unless I am breast feeding. When we're out the baby insists on kicking off the nursing cover, showing off more than I would like him to.

Modest Middles innovative tank fits nicely under your clothes to keep your body covered while you feed your baby.

It's cool design features a 'cut-out' underneath your bra that gives you easy access when you need to nurse. It was designed to be worn under your regular shirt to give you coverage when you lift your shirt to nurse.

This is especially useful for moms who have stretch marks or scars they want to keep covered.

I like this better than wearing a cami when I'm out because I need the extra support of a bra plus the body coverage. Modest Middles offers both.

Available in 3 colors Black, Nude and White for $29.99ea.(Discounts offered when more than one)

Labels: , , , ,

ToysRUs To Offer 20% Discount To Shoppers Who Return Used Baby Gear

Toys R Us Inc. announced today that they are launched a trade-in program for potentially unsafe used cribs and other baby gear.

Between Aug. 28 and Sept. 20, all Babies R Us and Toys R Us locations nationwide(CANADA EXCLUDED) will accept returns of any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards and high chairs.

In exchange, shoppers will receive 20% off the purchase of any new item in those product categories, from select manufacturers.

"We are all looking for ways to stretch our dollars, but in doing so, children's safety should not be compromised," said chief executive Jerry Storch. "[It's important to be] vigilant about potentially unsafe children's items that may still be in the marketplace."

The trade-in offer aims to educate consumers that certain baby items should not be reused or resold. The program also seeks to call attention to the fact that only 30% of recalled baby products are ever actually returned, the company said, which means that many dangerous items remain in circulation.

Beyond recalls due to safety hazards, used baby products can pose further dangers, Toys R Us noted. For example, the materials that car seats are made of can break down over time, making the product less effective in a crash.

Manufacturers participating in the “Great Trade-In” event include Baby Cache, Babi Italia, Baby Trend, Bertini, Britax, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Jeep, Nature’s Purest by Summer Infant, Safety 1st and Sorelle. Customers can save 20% on a new purchase, from any of the specified product categories and from any of the aforementioned manufacturers, in Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us stores nationwide on the day they trade in their used item. Day care centers or other organizations who wish to exchange items in bulk are encouraged to contact their local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store prior to returning their used items to ensure adequate availability of new merchandise.

For more information customers can visit the company's Safety website, Toysrus.com/Safety

Recently Recalled Baby Gear:


Labels: , , , ,

Brooke And The Kids Enjoy The Park

Super mom Brooke Burke enjoyed a day at the park with her kids yesterday.

The mom of 4 was seen playing barefoot in the sandbox with her 3 youngest Sierra, Heaven Rain and Shaya.

Brooke recently shared her thoughts about her kids and motherhood on her blog.

Here is an excerpt:

My kids make me laugh so hard, I cry. Sometimes they frustrate me to tears. I am so touched at moments that I get a new perspective on life. They challenge every part of me, my patience, my love, and my knowledge… I have learned that as a mother I am many things.

I am a driver, a referee, a chef, a teacher, a doctor, a mentor, a snuggler, a confidant, a storyteller, a playmate, a dancer, a disciplinarian, a healer, a role model, a decision maker, and so on… Basically we are all domestic engineers.

I use to think that FRIEND should be at the top of that list, but I have learned that being a good mother doesn’t always allow you to be a “friend”. That’s been a tough lesson for me to learn. Making decisions for their well-being doesn’t always make fans, but it is my priority.

Being a mommy is the greatest and the toughest job I have ever had. That part of my life is most precious to me. I can’t say that I strive for “balance” or that I have mastered it all. I do know that I am Dancing Through The Chaos, learning as I go and loving every minute of it.

Brooke And The Kids Enjoy The ParkBrooke And The Kids Enjoy The ParkBrooke And The Kids Enjoy The Park

Labels: , , , ,

Kate Gosselin To Co-Host On 'The View'

ABC is adding Kate Gosselin to the list of guest co-hosts when "The View" returns in September.

The Jon and Kate Plus 8 star will be subbing in for regular "View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Sept. 14 and 15. Elisabeth is on maternity leave after giving birth to her third child, Isaiah, earlier this month.

Kate may have a bonding experience with the 4 other ladies on 'The View'. They are all single moms like herself and all, but Barbara, are divorced.

ABC has previously announced Meghan McCain, E.D. Hill and LaToya Jackson as guest co-hosts for the daytime talk show.


Labels: , , , , ,

Lisa Marie Presley's Ex-Nanny Sues, Claims She Was Overworked

A ex-nanny for Lisa Marie Presley has filed a lawsuit against her, claiming she's been overworked caring for the rock star's twin babies.

Christine White says she became the primary caregiver for the children several weeks after Lisa gave birth to Finley and Harper in October last year.

The nanny claims she wasn't given breaks for meals, and was forced to work seven days a week without overtime pay.

She says she didn't even get 10 minute breaks during her workdays.

Lisa Marie shot back calling the claims ridiculous. and says she paid White . She said the nanny, who was paid $650 a day, had her own guest house on the property where she would sleep and take "many breaks."

Presley gave birth to the twins at the age of 40 -- after two years of trying to get pregnant.

Related Articles:



Labels: , , , , ,

Halle Totes A Sleepy Nahla Through LAX

Actress Halle Berry and model Gabriel Aubry take baby Nahla through airport security today. The sleepy tot leaned her head on her mother's shoulder as they passed through the metal detectors.

It was recently reported that Nahla speaks French, just like her French Canadian dad Gabriel Aubry.

A cashier at the Malibu Kitchen on LA's Pacific Coast Highway overheard Nahla, 18 months, tell her dad,

"Papa! Regard! Un chien!" [translation: "Look! A dog!"] while pointing at a dog barking.

Halle Totes A Sleepy Nahla Through LAXHalle Totes A Sleepy Nahla Through LAX


Labels: , , , ,

Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Man Leaves Kids In Car; Goes To Strip Club

A Florida man was arrested after being accused of leaving two small children in his vehicle while he was in a Clearwater strip club.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reported that the 33-year-old man left a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old in a car late Sunday night, while he drank at the bar, for 30 to 60 minutes.

At the time of his arrest, police were not sure of his relationship to the kids.

He was arrested on two felony counts of child neglect and is being held at the Pinellas County Jail on $10,000 bail.

Related Articles:


Labels: , , ,

The Benefits Of Exercising While Pregnant

Mercola has a great article about the extensive benefits to mom and baby from exercising while pregnant. According to a new report, physicians should recommend low to moderate levels of exercise to their pregnant patients, even if they have not exercised prior to pregnancy.

Exercise can strengthen and improve overall musculoskeletal and physiologic health as well as pregnancy related symptoms.

Some of those exercises are:

  • Aerobics
  • Both impact and nonimpact activities
  • Resistance training (weight training)
  • Swimming
Previous studies have shown that:
  • Women who exercise throughout their pregnancies have larger placentas than their more sedentary peers. Because the placenta's job is to transport nutritients and oxygen to the baby, having a large on will lead to a healthier baby.
  • Women who exercised at the same rate throughout their pregnancy, or boosted the intensity of their exercise regimen later in pregnancy, gave birth to infants who were lighter and had less body fat than women who slowed down in the final trimester.
  • Pregnant women who exercised three to four times a week seemed to have the best chance of having a healthy weight baby. Exercising more than four times a week, or less than three, was linked to lower birth weight (but not dangerously low birth weight).
  • Back pain and leg cramps regularly experienced during pregnancy avoided with proper conditioning and physical exercise.
  • Exercising during your pregnancy will help keep your muscles conditioned to handle the increasing weight, and can be very beneficial for both preventive and rehabilitative management.

Aside from optimizing your baby’s nutrient supply and avoiding annoying aches and pains during pregnancy, exercising during this time has other health benefits, including:

  • Reduced Risk of allstones, which is a fairly common problem for many pregnant women. Serious cases may even require surgical intervention, which is far more risky during pregnancy.
  • Reduced Risk of Preterm Birth. The risk of delivering a baby during the first 37 weeks of pregnancy, known as preterm birth, has been found to be reduced in women who engage in vigorous activity such as jogging or bicycling.
  • All-Natural Post Partum Depression Relief. Dr. James S. Gordon, a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression and anxiety, states that physical movement can, Improve your mood, relieve your anxiety, alleviate your symptoms of depression.

So sticking to your exercise regimen while you are pregnant can go a long way to insulate you from the pre- and post-partum depression episodes that plague so many pregnant women. Numerous studies have found that exercise is at least as good as, or better, than antidepressants for depression.

The main reason for this is because physical exercise changes the level of serotonin in your brain. It also increases your levels of endorphins, your “feel good” hormones.

Related Articles:

Labels: , , , , ,