5 Things to Know Before You Plan Your Prenatal Fitness Routine

Many moms-to-be are uncertain about fitness options during pregnancy, and in the face of such uncertainty end up doing very little in the way of exercise while pregnant. Those who did not exercise regularly before becoming pregnant are afraid to start something new, and those who were active before are often afraid to continue their... Read more

8 Easy, Feel-Good Yoga Moves for Expecting and New Moms

Yoga is a great form of exercise during and after pregnancy. It can help you to stretch, strengthen, become more aware of your body and connect with your breathing. Try this simple yoga flow to strengthen and tone all the major muscle groups, including the core! The complete flow will take you about... Read more

5 Easy-to-Do Exercises You’ll Actually Want to Try

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Need a quick energy boost?This short circuit of five exercises is a great way to rev up your metabolism and get a full body workout in a few minutes (because, let's face it, all you really have most days is just that: five minutes). The low-impact version of each exercise is appropriate for beginners and... Read more

4 Simple Strategies to Jump-Start Your Fitness Resolutions

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Was one of your New Years Resolutions for 2014 to get fit or control your weight? If so, you probably already know that those are of the most difficult resolutions to keep (sorry!). It's usually easy to find motivation in the beginning, especially if you over-indulged over the holidays (who didn't?!) and have some new... Read more

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

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