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Healthy Pregnancy Week

healthy pregnant womanThis week at DietsInReview.com the focus was on pregnancy. We wanted to give moms information about nutrition and fitness they can use before, during and after their pregnancy to ensure a healthy baby, and a healthy mommy. We invited a number of moms from around the blogosphere, as well as experts in the fields of fitness and nutrition, to share their tips, insights and guidance for achieving your healthiest pregnancy.

We also did not forget about the new dads, inviting a couple of fathers who’ve battled the “daddy baby bulge” to share their experiences and how they’re overcoming the sympathy weight they gained alongside their wives.

Here you’ll find each of the posts from our Healthy Pregnancy series. We thank each of the contributors who made this series possible, and hope you’ll find this to be valuable information.

Getting Ready to Shed that Baby Weight This mom-to-be talks about her successful weight loss, only to turn around and plan another pregnancy. Learn how she plans to take it right back off. Susan Wenner Jackson from Mr. and Mrs. Get Fit

5 Pregnancy Diet Tips from Jillian Michaels and 4 Pregnancy Fitness Tips from Jillian Michaels The no-nonsense Biggest Loser trainer breaks down pregnancy diet and fitness needs with simple and approachable ways.


5 Ways to Overcome Postpartum Depression

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

Yesterday, I shared some interesting research that suggests that Omega-3 fatty acids may be your best defense against Postpartum Depression (PPD). As someone who does not eat seafood, I am guessing there are others like me who would like more options for preventing and overcoming PPD.yoga with baby

Exercise – Physical activity can play a big role in mental health and self-esteem. After pregnancy and childbirth, you may have difficulty recognizing your own body and may not like what you see. Most people suggest waiting six weeks after childbirth before starting exercise, and eight weeks if you had a cesarean section. If you are breastfeeding, you will likely feel more comfortable if you feed your baby before exercising. Exercise will help you lose the baby weight and feel more connected and in charge of your body. If you do not have someone to watch the baby while you are working out, find a gym with child care, workout at home during nap time, or take walks or runs with a stroller. (more…)

8 Tips for Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss from Moms

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

Rebecca is a stay-at-home mom to four little boys and is committed to fitness and health. She blogs at Life With Boys where she shares her experiences as a mom, and her journey toward weight loss and fitness.pregnancy weight

You’ve just had a baby and are in a hurry to lose the weight you gained while pregnant. Weight loss is challenging enough, and now it is compounded by exhaustion and excessive hunger. Don’t lose hope, here are tips from women who have been there and found a way to lose those extra pregnancy pounds.

  • The unanimous suggestion was drinking water. It helps with milk production if you are breastfeeding, and it will boost your metabolism and decrease your appetite. Drink a large glass with meals, and when you sit down to feed your baby.     (more…)

Be Grocery Shopping Savvy During Pregnancy

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

elizabeth rahaviElizabeth B. Rahavi, R.D. specializes in providing science-based communications about nutrition, health and wellness. She has extensive knowledge in consumer understanding of nutrition and food safety and serves as the Associate Director, Wellness at the International Food Information Council (IFIC). Elizabeth is also an avid runner, chef, and yogi, and lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

During pregnancy, it’s hard to turn a corner without running into someone offering advice. While useful, advice can often fall short, particularly when it comes to health and nutrition. Expecting mothers often ask, “What do these nutrients mean and how do I include them in my diet?” “I hear that folic acid is important, but how do I get it?”  (more…)

Omega-3 Can Prevent or Treat Postpartum Depression

pregnancy vitamins

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

Postpartum depression (PPD) is different from the “baby blues” that effect up to 80% of women following childbirth. PPD is clinical depression, diagnosed using DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria and effects approximately 1 in 10 women following child birth. PPD may or may not include Postpartum Psychosis, made famous by Andrea Yates, or postpartum anxiety. If symptoms are interfering with your functioning or you believe you are experiencing any hallucinations, please seek the help of a mental health professional. Many people find it is helpful to talk to a caring counselor during any life transition. Other moms may prefer to use diet and exercise to help them overcome PPD. (more…)

4 Pregnancy Fitness Tips from Jillian Michaels

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

jillian michaelsYou know Jillian Michaels best as the no-nonsense trainer from NBC’s Biggest Loser. She’s also grown a fitness empire of her own and through that has been able to help men and women alike transform their bodies and regain the healthy lives they deserve to live. Jillian joins our healthy pregnancy week to share tips for how moms-to-be can stay fit.

Here are Jillian’s tips for fitness during pregnancy:

1. Before embarking on any kind of exercise program, it’s always advised to check with your doctor first. This ensures that he is aware of the kinds of activities you intend to do and he can provide guidance and even make suggestions. (more…)

New Mom Tips for Shedding the Baby Weight

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

Christina is a mom of two living in Columbus, OH. She recently finished nursing school and can be found blogging at A Mommy Story and Hot by BlogHer or on Twitter as @mommystory.christina

I’m one of the lucky women who didn’t gain a lot of weight when pregnant, but my luck ran out after each of my daughters was born. Blaming the stress of being a new mom for my weight gain might make me feel better, but the truth is I gained weight because I let myself overeat and didn’t exercise. I let breastfeeding be my excuse to eat without restriction, and I strongly believed the mantra “sleep when the baby sleeps.” I put on more weight in the first year of both my children’s lives than I did while pregnant with them. (more…)

Dads, Battle the Baby Bulge During Your Partner’s Pregnancy

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

twin babiesDr. Clint Springer is the father of twin four-year old boys and is currently expecting a daughter in the fall. He is also an Assistant Professor of Biology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA where he studies the effects of climate change on plants.

Pregnancy not only means changes with your partner’s body, but if you are not careful it may mean some for dad, too. It happened to me when my wife was pregnant for our twins. Prior to the pregnancy I was not in prime shape, I had just completed a doctoral program and made a major life transition from graduate school to my first position that moved us half way across the country. However, after the pregnancy I was thirty pounds heavier than before. I was astounded, I had no idea I was gaining weight between the stresses of a new job and the preparations for the twins’ arrival.  (more…)

Setting Goals to Lose the Daddy Baby Bulge

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

Jason is a dad who blogs at SnaggedMag. After the birth of his daughter, he experienced what some might call the daddy baby bulge, and now he’s working to kiss it goodbye.jason perrier

Didn’t these pants fit me last week? I found myself asking that question a lot leading up to the birth of my daughter and into the first two years of her life. How did this happen? And where was I when it happened?

It seemed like the months and days leading up to the birth of my daughter there was a life transition in our home. The closer we got to the date, the more we seemed to stay home and hibernate. Maybe it was the feeling that our lives were going to change or just the pure exhaustion of getting the nursery ready. We also came up with a grand scheme of moving to a new city six months before the birth for a new job. So not only not knowing anyone here didn’t help, but having four job changes between the two of us in those six months didn’t help either.    (more…)

Obesity Increases Chances of Infertility

budgeting for infertility

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

Evelina Sterling, PhD is the CEO and co-founder of My Fertility Plan, an innovative consulting firm dedicated to providing patients with the information and tools they need to take control of their fertility. She is also the co-author of several best-selling and award-winning consumer health books focusing on reproductive health, including Budgeting for Infertility: How to Bring Home a Baby without Breaking the Bank, Having Your Baby through Egg Donation, and Living with PCOS.

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…)

Pros and Cons of Pilates During Pregnancy with Alana Reed

The week of July 20 is Healthy Pregnancy Week at DietsInReview.com.

alana reed pilatesGuest Blogger Alana Reed is the owner of Alana Reed Pilates.  She was given the prestigious certification to teach Pilates in 2001 by Romana Kryzanowska, one of the five living disciples of Joseph Pilates. Alana works in New York City with clients of all ages and abilities.  She specializes in pre- and post-natal Pilates and bone health. To learn more about Alana Reed, visit her website.

Pilates is famous for being a great form of exercise during pregnancy. Not only does it keep you in shape during pregnancy, but it can also help keep traditional aches associated with pregnancy at bay. Also, it can help you get your pre-pregnancy figure back quickly after delivery! (more…)