Health Watch - Pregnancy and Birth: Diet and Exercise

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about what prospective mothers need to do to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. Previously, we talked about a pregnant woman’s nutritional needs. Although pregnant women need to watch what they eat, this isn’t a time to go on a strict diet.

Even if you have weight to lose, pregnancy isn’t the time to try to diet. Dr. Robyn Horsager-Boehrer, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this also isn’t a good time to begin a rigorous exercise program. If your doctor OKs it, a little exercise is good. Taking a neighborhood stroll or adding exercise into your daily routine by parking farther away or taking the stairs can help keep you in shape during pregnancy. Meanwhile, eating sensibly instead of dieting is the best idea. Your doctor can recommend a good eating and exercise plan for your pregnancy.


March 2011

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