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Your Guide to Pregnancy Safe-Exercise

We know that staying active during pregnancy is great for both your and your baby, but it is important to be safe.  Desi Bartlett, Certified Personal Training and Registered Yoga Instructor, says that any amniotic fluid leakage, bleeding, or fainting means to stop immediately and see your doctor.  Desi also says that if you begin to experience a little lightheadedness, round ligament pain, overheating, or increased nausea, it may be a sign to slow down and check with your health professional.  Following the above guidelines and the care of your healthcare professional, the following activities are ones that are recommended during pregnancy to stay active.

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Yoga

Desi says that yoga is great during pregnancy because it provides a tremendous amount of strength, flexibility, coordination, and a deep sense of inner tranquility.  By practicing yoga with a prenatal instructor, you’ll be led through moves that are safe and effective during pregnancy.  In general, moves that have you lying flat on your back should be avoided.  You’ll also want to be careful not to stretch too far as your joints are more flexible during pregnancy.  Go for a gentle yet effective stretch. Continue reading

Are You Expecting? 5 Reasons to Stay Active During Your Pregnancy

Remaining active throughout your pregnancy is great for both your baby and you. Desi Bartlett, Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Yoga Instructor, explains some of the many benefits of prenatal exercise.

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Easier Labor and Delivery

Desi says that most mothers report an easier labor and delivery after exercising throughout their pregnancies. The endurance and core strength you’ll develop help to better prepare your body for the physical demands of labor.

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The 7 Best Power Foods for Pregnancy

Throughout pregnancy, several key nutrients are important, including folate, iron and omega-3 fatty acids. Andrea D’Ambrosio, Registered Dietician and owner of Dietetic Directions, points out that eating a variety of foods that are good sources of certain nutrients is important. The foods below are good sources of the nutrients required during pregnancy, and would make a great addition to your diet.

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Edamame
Andrea says that it’s important to eat a variety of foods containing folate in addition to taking a folic acid supplement. She points out that edamame is a great source of folate. Edamame is also high in protein and fiber. Continue reading