Weight Loss after Childbirth

In the past year, we have seen a number of celebrities giving birth to beautiful babies. For instance Brooke Shields, Katie Holmes, Brittany Spears, Gwen Stephanie, and the list goes on, have all given birth. However, each of these women has also returned to pre-pregnancy weight very quickly. The reason – they have the money to buy personal trainers, on-site chefs, and the best of everything it takes to lose the weight. For the average mom giving birth to a beautiful baby, losing the weight is not so easy. I remember I gained 60 pounds with both of my children. … Continue reading

Can I Exercise After the Baby is Born?

Of course you can. It’s generally advisable to wait until after the bleeding stops if you had a vaginal delivery before you start exercising. It may take longer if you had a c-section. Be sure to consult with your obstetrician/gynecologist prior to beginning your workout routine again. The first six to ten weeks of your baby’s life is going to be pretty hectic and don’t be surprised if your energy levels remain low for a while because you will be coping with sleep deprivation and healing all in one fell swoop. If you want to get started sooner, consider taking … Continue reading

Weight Loss After Pregnancy

There’s a lot of concern for women to lose their pregnancy weight and achieve their pre-pregnancy figures. Some women seem to do so without any real effort and some of us seem to find that losing that thirty pounds harder than climbing uphill with a fifty-pound bag. It’s hardly surprising that post-pregnancy weight loss is a hot-button issue for women and that’s not even taking into account the emotional upheaval that surrounds a woman in the days, weeks and months after her child is born. So let’s hit some highlight issues here – it’s normal for a woman to gain … Continue reading

Losing Weight After Giving Birth

Many women experience the same complaints after giving birth to their first child. Among those complaints is the recurrent, “When am I going to lose all of this weight that I gained during the pregnancy?” During pregnancy, women can put on twenty, thirty, and sometimes up to fifty pounds. This weight is made up of amniotic fluid, blood, breast milk or colostrums; and up to twenty pounds of the weight gain is usually fat used by the mother’s body to make breast milk. Body changes after pregnancy can be a jarring experience, not to mention the hormonal changes. A poor … Continue reading

The First Official Prenatal Visit with Our Midwife

The first order of business was to find someone to watch our son. It just so happened that my fifteen year old sister had the day off from work. I picked her up from work the night before so that I wouldn’t have to worry about rushing around to pick her up in the morning in combination with our 9:30AM appointment. As we rushed around making breakfast and and coffee (mine is a decaf latte), we were finally ready to go. Once we arrived at the midwives home office, the paperwork began. First she when through her contract with us … Continue reading

Exercise Won’t Decrease Your Chances of Cesarean

Go ahead and exercise during your pregnancy, but don’t expect it to increase your chances of having your “dream birth.” That is one conclusion drawn from a recent research study by Dr. Ruben Barakat and his colleagues, at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in Spain. The study followed 142 women for the second and third trimesters. Half of them followed a moderate exercise plan and the other half exercised very little or not at all. While the study confirmed the health benefits commonly associated with exercise during pregnancy, it did not confirm the previously held assumption that women who exercise are … Continue reading

Fun Pregnancy Facts

I’ve scoured the world wide web looking for fun and interesting facts about Pregnancy to entertain you. Enjoy! Did you know… The number of cesarean births has risen to 27% over the last decade. That’s an increase of 40%! Cesarean risk goes up as women age, and with all the woman putting off children for their careers, perhaps this has something to do with the increase in c-sections? The average age for a first time mother is 25-29. It used to be 21 in 1970! I was 25, so I guess I fit the bill! My childbirth class teacher reported … Continue reading

Health: Chlamydia

In the United States, chlamydia is the most common of the sexually transmitted diseases. A bacterial infection, chlamydia infects approximately 5% of people. The most likely who will contract chlamydia are African-Americans, people who live in urban areas, teenagers and young adults, and ones who fall into the low end of the socioeconomic category. The bacterial cause of this, Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia can be transferred from one person to another by sexual means and from a mother to her unborn child during delivery. This bacteria can cause eye infections in an infant and/or pneumonia. Women with chlamydia generally exhibit no … Continue reading

Types of Progesterone

Progesterone is a hormone that is necessary for preparing the lining of the uterus for implantation and to support the pregnancy in the early weeks. For various reasons, some women don’t make enough progesterone naturally for this important function. In this case, progesterone supplements will be prescribed. Inadequate progesterone levels can be detected via a blood test shortly after ovulation. An ultrasound scan is often done if you are under treatment for infertility to check the lining of the uterus. If a progesterone deficiency is suspected or blood tests come back low, an endometrial biopsy may be done to get … Continue reading

Food Preparation for Diet Success

“I can’t stand eating chicken that isn’t properly grilled and I don’t have the time or energy to grill every time I want a healthy meal. How can I save time and energy but still eat healthy and stay on my diet?” Unless you’re ready to dish out the dough for a meal delivery service like Nutrisystem or Jenny Craig, food preparation is a necessary evil for weight loss. You’re going to have to prepare the food eventually, so why not consider setting aside a couple hours one afternoon or evening per week for the preparation of your diet foods? … Continue reading