During pregnancy, you gained many much-needed pounds to grow and support your baby, but not every pound gained can be attributed to "baby weight" that goes away after your baby is born. A typical pregnancy weight gain (roughly 25-35 pounds)... Read more
According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, a child is more likely to be overweight at a young age if his mother was overweight before she became pregnant.
Ohio State University researchers studied data from more than 3,000 children and... Read more
Caring for your health before you become pregnant may help you identify areas that put you and/or your baby at risk during pregnancy. First, schedule a pre-conception counseling appointment with your doctor. This discussion can educate you on things... Read more
Now that your baby has finally arrived, your life will never be the same. Your body has gone through some major changes, too—and will continue to do so in the coming months.
When you're feeling ready (and after your doctor gives you cl... Read more
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that causes high blood sugar levels. It is a chronic disease that can be managed but not cured. It does not go away. Knowing as much as you can about the disease is the first step to managing it effectively... Read more
I'm a 26 year old mother of one who is trying to lose a few pounds and get healthy in preparation for a second pregnancy. I gained 50 pounds during my first pregnancy and am still trying to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. i'm 20 pounds away... Read more
I see that when you first sign up for sparkpeople it asks if you are pregnant or nursing. I don't want to create a whole new account to input that... How do I put it on some sort of "pregnancy" mode?... Read more
I have been thinking of getting a heart monitor to help with exercise. Was wondering the pros and cons of one and what brand you would recommend.? Would like something very easy to use since this would be my first heart monitor.... Read more
I am hitting a few of the signs that I need to take a week-long exercise break. Workouts have become impossible that I was able to complete fine a week ago, heart rate is getting too high too fast, and I am deeply tired. I usually run twice a week, r... Read more
Take your pulse (at wrist or neck is best) before you get out of bed. Count the # of beats in a minute. Then, knowing this as your true resting heart rate, you can find out what intensity you need to be working at during cardio in order to reach yo... Read more
Having a hard time exercising in your target heart rate zone? Maybe you need to check your resting heart rate! If you are getting regular cardio, your resting heart rate will decrease. Since your target heart rate is based on your resting heart ra... Read more
Breastmilk is the ideal first food for your baby. Breastfeeding had been found to help speed recovery after labor for the mom and assists in losing weight gained during pregnancy.While there are many things moms wish they had known about breastfeedin... Read more
I always assumed that when I was ready to start a family, it would be fairly simple and I could get pregnant without any trouble. I had a healthy diet, exercised regularly, didn’t have a weight problem and had no history of medical problems. Wh... Read more
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