Fit and Healthy Pregnancy
How To Stay Strong and in Shape for You and Your Baby
“Fit & Healthy Pregnancy: How To Stay Strong and In Shape For You and Your Baby” is a collaboration by authors, Dr. Kristina Pinto, EdD and Dr. Rachel Kramer, MD. As a running coach and OBGYN, respectively, the women wrote the book to, “dispel generations of old wives’ tales about exercise and pregnancy.”
Fit & Healthy Pregnancy is the What to Expect When You’re Expecting for moms who want to stay in shape throughout their pregnancy and beyond. The book is separated in to chapters based on each trimester plus, bonus pre-pregnancy and post-pregnancy sections that discuss the role fitness plays in fertility, as well as how to ease back in to exercise after the baby is born.
Each chapter begins with a frank discussion about what is happening inside the mother’s body according to each trimester, and also what growth milestones her baby is achieving in the womb.
Then, the authors discuss what general exercises would be appropriate for each stage of pregnancy and the level of intensity based on the woman’s pre-pregnancy fitness level.
The chapters are based on the trimesters of pregnancy, making it easy to go directly to specific information.
“Doctors Notes” are placed in blue boxes throughout the book providing helpful medical data.
“Training Tips” provide short snippets of fitness advice.
The “Doctors Notes Review” at the end of each chapter provides a review of the “Doctors Notes.”
The book is comprehensive yet the layout makes it easy to read.
- Though moms who are new to exercise are mentioned, the book seems primarily focused on women who are already physically fit.
Though no specific diet plan is given, the book offers nutritional guidelines including calorie recommendations based on height, weight and specific trimester. Healthy weight is addressed by using a grid that shows on average, how much a healthy woman should gain during her pregnancy. The authors stress the importance of making sure each extra pound is put on with beneficial calories, not empty ones.
The book also discusses key nutrients that are essential for the baby’s growth and mother’s well-being. Quick-look boxes are provided that list optimum foods for vitamin C, fiber, calcium and more, including serving sizes.
Gestational diabetes is also addressed. The book offers an in-depth explanation of the condition, ways to avoid it and if there is a diagnosis, what dietary guidelines should be followed.EXERCISE
Fit & Healthy Pregnancy is primarily focused on exercise. Each trimester has its own chapter. In each section, particular stretching exercises are advised for each stage of the pregnancy. Stretches are animated with sketches and the benefits are listed in detail.
A wide variety of common exercises are discussed in the book including walking, running, swimming, cycling and more. As each trimester progresses, fitness tips are given to make exercising more comfortable for the mother’s growing body. Each chapter lists warning signs to be aware of while exercising to let the mother know if it’s simply time to rest, or when it’s time to call a doctor.
The book even goes beyond pregnancy, offering mothers advice on easing back in to their fitness routine after the baby is born. The authors discuss when it’s safe to start working out again, what specific exercises are recommended and even tips on exercising while lactating.CONCLUSION
Fit & Healthy Pregnancy is easy to read and filled with practical information for each trimester of pregnancy and beyond. The book offers helpful medical, dietary and fitness advice, making it a comprehensive book about pregnancy, not just exercise.
Women who already have an established pre-pregnancy fitness routine will receive the most benefit but moms who have never worked out will also find valuable information about eating healthy, the importance of stretching and how to safely ease in to a pregnancy workout.Common Misspellings
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