I’ve never had a baby, let me first say that. In fact, one of the things that terrifies me most about pregnancy is that it may change my body forever. Call it narcissistic, I call it “I care about what I look like.” When did wanting to look and be fit become such a crime?
This week, celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson made famous by her Method Workouts and string of celebrity client endorsements, came under fire for comments she made in DuJour Magazine regarding women and post-pregnancy bodies. But as the media loves to do, it was all taken a bit out of context.
Tracy was quoted saying, “A lot of women use pregnancy as an excuse to let their bodies go, and that’s the worst thing. I’ve seen so many women when who come to me after having children with disaster bodies that have gone through hell,” she said, adding that they use their kids as an excuse for letting their bodies go.
Sure, at first glance this seems harsh. Pregnancy is difficult and it changes our bodies, and it’s certainly a season in which we put the needs of our baby before our own.
But isn’t she right to a certain extent? My own mother had two very difficult pregnancies during which she gained a fair amount of weight. But as soon as she was able to, she started right back up on her walking routine and got back to her pre-baby weight within a year of giving birth.
To me, that’s normal. So when I see women who gain a lot of weight during pregnancy as a result of eating poorly and being inactive, I don’t feel that bad for them just like I don’t feel bad for myself after week of heavy eating and I’m left a few pounds heavier for it. It all comes down to personal responsibility. (more…)
When Kourtney Kardashian was pregnant with her son Mason in 2022, she maintained a strict diet and gained a healthy 40 pounds, which she shed quickly after the birth using the weight loss supplement QuickTrim.
Kardashian recently confirmed that she is expecting her second child with longtime boyfriend Scott Disick and says that this time, her diet will be different.
“I’m just eating whatever I can,” Kardashian has said. “Whatever I can tolerate. I think this [pregnancy] there is less I can tolerate.”
While many nutrition experts agree that listening to your body is an important part of eating a healthy diet during pregnancy, it is still key to eat a variety of foods. Moms-to-be who have morning sickness, intense cravings or lack appetite may have a more difficult time getting the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals they need.
Beyonce is pregnant with her first baby, and she’s determined to keep her bootylicious figure. The 30-year old pop singer is due with her first baby in February, and she’s chosen to eat a mostly vegan diet to keep her weight in check. Her husband, 42-year old rapper Jay-Z, has decided to support her by following the same diet. She’s made this choice after hearing from friends who’ve counseled her to not make the same mistakes that they did during pregnancy.
In the past, the singer has been known to struggle with her weight. In 2006, she lost 20 pounds in 14 days using Master Cleanse, although it’s not a diet she’d recommend. Reportedly, she gained back all of the weight that she lost, plus extra.
Husband Jay-Z isn’t feeling any negative affects from following his wife’s dietary choice, and both have reported to have experienced an increase in energy. It’s not clear how the megastars classify a diet as “partially vegan”, but it appears that they are taking a great step towards beginning healthy choices for their growing family!
It’s alarming enough that developed nations are grappling with the adverse health effects of obesity. However, if being obese can have a direct impact on the chances of an innocent newborn’s survival, this brings the crisis to a whole new level.
That’s just what is concerning experts in the UK, as there seems to be a correlation between newborn survival rates and the weight of the mothers.
There is good news from is the Perinatal Mortality 2022 report: since 2000 stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates have been trending downward in the UK. However in 2022, of those mothers who had a stillbirth or whose babies died in the neonatal period, 10 percent had a Body Mass Index of 35 or higher. An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
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Just over 20 years ago I was looking through some photos I’d just developed of my best friend’s birthday party. As I scanned the photos I was struck by one of a large lady holding my infant son. It took me only seconds to realize that the large lady was me.
I had never had a weight problem and suddenly this photo forced me to come to terms with the fact that I put on about 30 pounds after the birth of my son. That’s right – after. I had developed a six-doughnut-a-day habit and my exclusive role was nurturing and nursing my baby… and eating. I vividly remember finishing his baby food straight from the jar. I was eating for the sake of eating. (more…)
The old adage of “you are what you eat” holds some truth to it, but it holds an even deeper meaning for pregnant women. It’s more like “you and your unborn child are what you eat.”
According to a two-year study, a pregnant woman’s diet has a direct impact on their unborn baby’s brain and their future eating and drinking habits. They are also “sensitized” to the smells and flavors of those foods.
The researchers say that this is the first study to examine what happens to the brain after steady exposure to flavors in utero and early in postnatal life. They examined pregnant mice, giving one group a bland diet and another a flavored diet. At their weaning age, the pups who had the flavored diet had significantly larger glomeruli, the brain’s factory which processes smells. This meant that their sense of smell was changed depending on the mother’s diet. (more…)
Beyond avoiding alcohol, caffeine, fish, and soft cheeses, many women allow themselves some extra indulgences during pregnancy. New research from the Oregon National Primate Research Center, presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual conference in San Diego, may have expectant and nursing mothers re-thinking the fat content of their diets and how it will permanently affect their children’s behavior and level of anxiety, not just their long-term health.
According to Live Science, researchers created a high-fat diet based on what the typical American ingests for pregnant monkeys in the experimental group. “Even if we take the offspring, after they’re weaned from their mothers, and put them back onto a normal, healthy diet, their susceptibility to stress and anxiety still remains,” said researcher Kevin Grove. “This really appears to be a permanent issue that occurs in utero.”