fitness

Uh Oh! Modern Moms Aren’t Moving as Much as Grandma Did

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Did you ever think about how your mother or grandmother spent their days when their children were young? Apparently it was quite different than it is today, especially in terms of physical activity. A Mayo Clinic study compared the activity levels of mothers of young children and mothers of older children in 1965 to that... read more

3 Ways To Boost Your Baby’s Brainpower — Before Birth

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I once thought that intelligence and brain capacity were genetically predetermined for the most part and not significantly affected by external factors. However, recent evidence shows that certain variables during pregnancy and childbirth can affect a newborn's brain development. 1. Eat well and take your vitamins! Recent studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids, especially... read more

Exercising During Pregnancy Will Make Baby Smarter

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The latest study finds that expectant moms should get as little as 20 minutes of exercise in at least three times a week if they want a smarter baby. The study, presented at the Neuroscience 2013 conference over the weekend, was aimed at moving exercise when you're expecting to the forefront of every... read more

3 Effortless Ways to Turn Your Postbaby Body Envy Into Motivation

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In the continued obsession with the postbaby bodies, Kate Middleton turned heads and made headlines once again after she was spotted playing volleyball less than three months months after giving birth, in heels no less. It was her midsection, not her shoe selection, that raised eyebrows when her shirt lifted while... read more

Finding the Balance for a Happy, Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain

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With all eyes trying to catch a glimpse of the many celebrity postbaby bodies in the news, it's hard to escape is the inevitable comparison -- between celebrities and ourselves -- over who lost the weight quickest and who isn't  sprinting to the scale. Any rational woman will agree that neither of those... read more

5 Simple Ways to Squeeze a Prenatal Workout Into Your Workday

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It's not new news that exercise can help control weight gain during pregnancy, but a new study at Iowa State University shows that exercise alone may not be the simple solution. The study showed that a sedentary lifestyle may be the bigger culprit in excessive pregnancy weight gain, a condition that... read more

What Every Mom-to-Be Should Know About Gestational Diabetes

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When I heard about the 13.47-pound baby born in Germany last month, I instinctively did a Kegel exercise in sympathy for the mother who delivered the giant bundle of joy vaginally. You may be wondering how a mother can grow a baby that size? Such an anomaly is usually the result of undetected... read more

3 Fun Ways to Look and Feel Your Best During (and After!) Pregnancy

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With so many celebrities having babies, it’s easy to become caught up in the comparison game. You might see the cover of a magazine and wonder why your baby weight isn’t melting off like Kim Kardashian’s. (Spoiler alert! Don't stress it, mama. You look fab the way you are!) A recent study by... read more

Inspiring Mompreneur: Carrie Dorr, Founder and CEO of Pure Barre

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We’re getting up close and personal with mothers who are savvy innovators and businesswomen and finding out their secrets to success. This time, we got the scoop from Carrie Dorr, Founder and CEO of Pure Barre. The Bump: Barre workouts are hot right now! Why do you think Pure Barre has become such a... read more

5 Awesome Reasons to Get In the Pool and Exercise During Your Pregnancy!

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With summer officially upon us, many of us are looking to beat the heat with a cool dip in the pool. Did you know, though, that swimming is not only refreshing, but it's the perfect exercise during pregnancy? Here are 5 reasons why: 1. Swimming is a low-to-no-impact activity. Just doing the front crawl, breaststroke,... read more