Health Watch — The Post-holiday Diet: Pregnancy

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At the end of the holiday season, the combined guilt of holiday excess and New Year’s resolutions leads a lot of us to swear to lose weight and get in shape. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about ways to approach your weight-loss resolution. There are actually some people who shouldn’t make a resolution to lose weight or start exercising.

Dr. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, an obstetrician and gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says if you’re pregnant, this isn’t a good time to go on a strict diet or begin a strenuous exercise program — unless your doctor recommends it. Instead, focus on eating sensibly and maybe getting a little extra exercise, such as walking or taking the stairs — if your doctor says that’s okay. But the important thing is to talk to your doctor about what exercise and diet options are best for you at this time.

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December 2008

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