Moms are a special breed. They do it all, and then some more, and rarely complain and hardly ever ask for anything in return. What happens in all of this psuedo-superwoman-esque-ness is that they give up a lot of themselves in order to care for a household, the children in it, the spouse, and the hundred other people and things that demand their attention each day.
Alison Sweeney is one of those moms. She has two kids, two jobs, an adoring husband, and, let’s be honest, what from the outside appears to be a pretty fabulous life. But brass tacks, she’s still a mom trying to do everything she can to maintain and manage. So, she wrote The Mommy Diet.
The book is supposed to help all these superwomen do it all AND do some for themselves, too. It’s all about getting fit and staying that way before, during and after pregnancy… even if it’s several years after.
I had a chance to speak with Alison about her new book, during a break from Biggest Loser 10 finale rehearsals. She’s excited about the book, and should be, because there’s a lot of information in there women… moms… need to hear.
“Based on the aggregation of billions of search queries people typed into Google this year, Zeitgeist captures the spirit of 2010,” announced Google last week.
At DietsInReview, we make it our business to keep our readers up-to-date with the latest diet, nutrition and health trends. Here’s our rundown on 2010 in health searches.
1. HGC Diet
HCG is a pregnancy hormone that recently has been incorporated into one of the hottest fad diets of the year. Our review of the dangerous and controversial diet has remained one of the most popular articles on our site for many months.
Once a regular guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Oz has become a celebrity in his own right, with The Dr. Oz Show. He is also the author of many books, including YOU: On a Diet,YOU: Being Beautiful and You: The Smart Patient.
There are several reasons why overweight and obese women may not want to take a hormonal birth-control. It may be for health reasons, like furthering the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, or blood clots. Many decline to take birth control for religious reasons. Natural Family Planning, or NFP, has recently gained momentum, particularly among Catholics. NFP is the only form of birth control condoned by the Roman Catholic Church other than abstinence.
Further, the birth control pill is much less effective at preventing pregnancies in overweight and obese women. A study conducted in Washington state found that the risk of unwanted pregnancy among women taking the pill to be 60 percent higher among overweight women, and 70 percent higher among obese women. Other studies suggested that the same thing may also be true of hormone-based birth control, such as implants or the patch.
Religious reasons aside, some women who cannot take the pill for weight-related health reasons may consider turning to Natural Family Planning, also known as the rhythm method and fertility awareness. NFP includes knowledge of one’s menstrual cycle(calendar method), tracking one’s basal body temperature (BBT), and observing cervical mucus (Billings method). These are all indicators of when one is ovulating. However, the rhythm method is only about 75 to 87 percent effective (WebMD). That means there’s a one-in-four chance of pregnancy every time you have sex without another form of birth control.
One in five couples who are trying to conceive are affected by fertility issues. Luckily, modern medicine has come a long way in helping couples who want to bear children increase their chances of becoming parents through a variety of medical interventions.
In addition to Western science and technologies, many couples compliment clinical therapies with alternative health practices. The ancient discipline of yoga is one of the most commonly turned to holistic practices that attracts potential parents-to-be who are looking for non-medical ways to enhance the chances of conceiving.
A new study shows that heavier women run a higher risk of preterm birth, reports WebMD. The study adds to a growing understanding of the pregnancy risks associated with being overweight, which also affects fertility and the probability of miscarriage.
The latest meta-study, which pooled data from 84 other studies, concluded that the greater the mother’s weight, the more likely she is to deliver before 32 weeks of gestation. “Thirty-two weeks is a really important benchmark in pregnancy,” study researcher Sarah D. McDonald, MD. “Babies born this early are much more likely to be sick and they tend to spend a much longer time in the nursery.”
Compared to normal-weight women, overweight women are 15 percent more likely to give birth prematurely, obese women are 50 percent more likely and very obese women are 80 percent more likely. In response to the new body of research and rise of obesity among women of childbearing age, the Institute of Medicine has for the first time put an upper limit on recommended weight gain during pregnancy.
Obesity is a major cause of infertility, but new research uncovers another reason why being overweight makes it more difficult to have a baby. Extra pounds put women at a higher risk of miscarriage after in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The AP reports on a study conducted at a clinic in London that tracked 318 women who successfully began a pregnancy by IVF. Researchers classified the women as either normal weight or obese according to their BMI. Women with normal weight miscarried at a rate of 22 percent, while 33 percent of obese women miscarried. For women who conceive naturally, miscarriage in the first trimester is between 4 and 23 percent, depending on medical history. (more…)
One of the biggest barriers to getting pregnant is weight. While obesity is a known risk factor for ovulation problems, new research is shedding light that weight issues actually contribute to a variety of infertility issues in both men and women. (more…)
Ahhh… summer… the long, hot days, the ice cold drinks, and watermelon out the wazoo! Watermelon is great after a long run (I tell all my athlete clients to eat up after a sweat fest). It has 92% water. But it’s not the water that’s the winning ingredient in this super-yummy health food, it’s the 8% lycopene. Lycopene is a phytochemical that protects your heart, prostate and skin health. Sounds good to me!
The latest scientific info on watermelon is probably the most interesting… Researchers at the Indian Association of Urologists say it can help men make babies!After conducting numerous research studies, they claim that lycopene has been found to enhance male fertility by improving both sperm concentration and motility. (more…)
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