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Pregnancy Exercise and Diet Tips

How to stay in shape while your body is expanding at an astounding rate can be tricky. Follow a few simple rules and you'll have a fit body during pregnancy and your old shape back in no time after birth!

Pregnancy Exercise

Staying active while pregnant is important. Pregnancy is no longer the disability it was considered to be 50 years ago, and most women stay mobile and active up until delivery. Check with your doctor first, but for most people it is a great idea to exercise daily during your pregnancy. Pilates and yoga are excellent choices for pregnancy activities. By having a strong, toned body during pregnancy, you will have an easier pregnancy, labor, delivery, and you will have your pre-baby body back in no time.

When you're concentrating on excercising, don't forget good nutrition! Just because you are pregnant, you do not get to use that as an excuse to pig out for the next nine months. If you do that, you will gain an extra twenty pounds during your pregnancy, and you will have to spend the next six months trying to lose it. It's hard to lose weight when you're sleep deprived with a newborn, or motivate yourself to begin an exercise program once you're already overweight.

The key is substituting low fat, low calorie items for the cravings you may be having. Sweets cravings can be satisfied with fruit. Low fat chocolate pudding with cool whip is not only tasty, but it won't expand your waist needlessly. While you are eating for two, the quality of the food is much more important than quantity. Think "garbage in, garbage out"...or in this case, your baby is not getting the vitamins and minerals he or she could be getting if you chose healthy foods.

Get with your doctor and figure out how many calories a day you should be consuming. Then make sure that you get your caloric intake is from healthy, low fat foods. Filling up on empty calories is unhealthy for you and your baby. Don't let pregnancy turn you into a poor eater with zero activity. Do the very best for yourself and your baby by staying fit and healthy...for both of you!