How to Minimize Weight Gain During Pregnancy and Keep Your Baby Healthy

Have you ever wondered how the stars minimize their weight gain during pregnancy? Have you wondered when you see the stars with their new bundle of joy, why the stars don’t even look like they had a baby?

The main reason they can do this is because they have some really good advice from some of the highest paid diet nutritionists and exercise training coaches. When you can’t pay for this type of help or advice (like most of us), you can turn to the Internet for all the advice that you could ever need in order to make sure that you keep control of the weight that you gain while you are pregnant without putting your baby’s health at risk.

First of all, pregnancy is not an excuse to let yourself go for the next nine months. The weight that you gain when you are pregnant will often stick around with you after you have the baby. It is therefore wise to learn about ways to minimize your weight gain during pregnancy from as early as possible.

Your physician can help you to determine how much to increase your daily calories by in order to strike the right balance between a healthy baby, while keeping control of your weight gain. The exact calorie intake will vary from person to person, but in general, a woman should eat about an extra 200-300 more calories a day (on top of the average 2,000 calories per day), through the second and third trimesters, which will have them gaining about 25 to 35 pounds. This is an average healthy weight gain that can easily be worked off once the baby is born. (The first trimester require very little if any extra calories).

How you take in these 200-300 calories is the key to controlling your weight gain during pregnancy. The main reason that people have extra weight is because they start eating unhealthy foods that are high in saturated fats, or that they just think they can eat whatever takes their fancy simply because they are pregnant.

Sometimes this is due to cravings, and other times it is due to poor diet and lack of exercise. By eating healthily and keeping up with an exercise routine you will keep your metabolism consistent and reduce the cravings for sugary fatty foods.

Making sure that you eat plenty of nutrient rich healthy foods such as whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables are a great way to increase your daily calorie intake while minimizing excess fat gain…helping to ensure a strong, healthy baby.

Eating fruits and vegetables will help to fill you up without making you gain a lot of extra weight. The key of how to minimize weight gain during your pregnancy is by not indulging yourself in junk foods and staying disciplined. By all means treat yourself now and again, but make sure that you keep it under control. Get yourself a little exercise routine going too, as this will keep you in a good mood, with high energy levels, and help to minimize excess weight gain during pregnancy.

Baby Products to Make Your Baby Healthy

Babies are sensitive and vulnerable cuddly individuals. They will always need enough attention and care for them to have a satisfying life. You must make sure that you give them their needs or else they will cry a lot. You as a mother will be responsible to do that. Try to make sure that you take full responsibility of him. Consider your child as a gift that you must treasure and can give you overwhelming satisfaction and happiness. Raising kids up is never easy so you must prepare yourself for that heavy task.

You have to make sure that your baby gets the best possible care and attention. When buying the needed products and goods for your baby, try to make sure that you get the best product available. If you find them expensive, try to settle for the best within the price range that you have set. Always remember that all the products that you will buy will have a direct effect on your baby’s condition.

There are various products that can cause local irritations in the skin. This happens when the skin is not compatible with some of the contents of the products. You have to remember that this does not mean the those products that can cause rashes to your baby are already unsafe to use for other babies. It could be that your baby’s skin is just different from that of others.

If ever baby products cause irritation and rashes to your babies skin, you are always free to visit your physician and ask for some advice on this matter. You must not continue using these products because it may lead to serious problems later on. Always try to consider products which are purely natural and have been proven to be safe for sensitive skin.

Always remember that your baby is helpless and always depends on you for everything that he needs. Try to respond on his signals immediately. It is not only the nutrition of the baby that is important. You have to make sure that you do all the things that need to be done for him that will make him more healthy and well.

You must remember that your baby need enough rest for him to grow healthy and well. You have to make sure that he gets enough sleep everyday so that he will have enough stamina for all the activities whenever he is awake. Always make sure that you only use comfortable bedding for their cribs for them to have good rest and sleep.

You have to choose the appropriate products for your babies. In choosing bathing essentials like shampoo and soap, you have to make sure that they are safe for the babies. Some of these products contain harmful chemicals so you must be careful. You always have to make sure that all the products that you use are safe and will be good for him.

A Book Review: Active Baby, Healthy Brain

Active Baby, Healthy Brain: 135 Fun Exercises and Activities to Maximize Your Child’s Brain Development from Birth Through Age 5 1/2
Margaret Sasse
The Experiment, New York 2010

Margaret Sasse has provided parents with an invaluable manual on how to maximize your child’s brain development. She has divided the first 5 1/2 years of life into 8 stages with numerous activities for each stage. In the beginning of the book the reader finds two pages of defined terms. Parents learn in the preface to choose activities to develop a wide range of skills.

Also, three important words are introduced: intensity, frequency and duration, reminding the parents that no activity should last more than two minutes and should be done slowly. With short, frequent activities both parent and child can put their full effort (intensity) into it for maximum benefit. This concept applies to all ages, though as one matures the “short” activities increase in length.

Most of the book describes and illustrates all of the activities. Here are sample activities for each stage:

Stage A – birth to six months: massage and gentle roll overs

Stage B – six to twelve months: creeping, cruising, walking

Stage C – walking to eighteen months: vision and balance

Stage D – eighteen to twenty-four months: dance, beanbags and balloons

Stage E – 2-2 1/2 years: music, rhythm, nursery rhymes, and songs

Stage F – 2 1/2-3 1/2 years: Massage in crocodile position

Stage G – 3 1/2-4 1/2 years: Rhythm sticks, ropes and cords

Stage H – 4 1/2- 51/2 years: mini-trampoline, tumbling, rocking, swinging

Further, she discusses the foundational subject of nutrition. While Sasse uses only one page to discuss nutrition, she hits the important aspects that can have a major impact on learning: “artificial colorings, additives and excessive sugar.” Food sensitivities including wheat and dairy must be explored as well. Sasse refers her readers to: http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info

Pros:

  • Terms are defined in the front of the book.
  • 8 Stages are outlined.
  • Each activity is described and illustrated.
  • Format is easy to reference.
  • An ample bibliography gives the reader direction for further study.

Cons:

  • It stops at 5 ½ years…
  • Sasse has other books that have “limited-availability”

For those who want to learn more about the topic of brain development, the author provides an ample bibliography. Even if your child is older and if there seems to be some delays in one or more areas of development / learning, some of these activities would still be appropriate to stimulate that development. Sasse died in 2009, but left behind over 100 centers that use this information having founded Toddler GymbaRoo in Australia.