3 Reasons Exercise Is Good For Nursing Mothers:
1) You Can Get More Out Of Your Workout By Doing It While Lactating.
2) You Will Be Able To Do More Exercises Because You Are Getting A Lot Of Milk From Your Baby During The Exercise.
3) If You Have An Infant Who Has Physical Disabilities, Then This Exercise Might Help Them Too!
Exercise is good for your health and it will improve your physical condition. There are many benefits of exercising. However, there are some things which might not be so good if you do them during pregnancy or lactation period. Here are three reasons why exercise is bad for pregnant women and lactating mothers:
Exercise Causes Pregnancy Loss?
It’s true that exercise causes miscarriage (miscarriage means the death of a fetus).
But how does it happen?
First of all, it’s not just one thing. When you exercise too much, you may have a sudden drop in blood pressure and heart rate. This causes the placenta to detach from the uterine wall and fall off into the uterus where it is usually crushed by the uterine muscles. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, cramping pains and pain with urination. More extreme exercise, like jogging, or a fall can cause this to happen. If the placenta detaches due to a fall the woman should stop exercising and lie down until the pain is gone. She will also feel very nauseous. Second of all, a woman is more likely to have a miscarriage when she exercises too much after the first trimester. The first trimester is when most miscarriages occur anyway. After the first trimester most miscarriages have to do with chromosomal abnormality. A woman is also more likely to lose her baby during any kind of accident or fall. But if the mother stops exercising then she’s less likely to miscarry.
2) You Are More Likely To Get Sick While Lactating
You are going to be producing a lot of milk so naturally you will be making contact with a lot of people–at least compared to before you were pregnant. Antibodies that you made in your own body to fight off infection will probably decrease. You are also now more prone to illness because you don’t feel as good as you did before and you’re usually tired. The best thing for you to do is make sure that you go see a doctor or have your husband go see a doctor if you think you are coming down with something.
You should also make sure that your computer has up-to-date anti-virus software. You may want to think about not going on rides at the fair if you can help it and don’t drink from public water fountains. You might even want to buy bottled water and make sure that the people who work in the deli where you shop and let them handle food that you are going to eat.
3) Exercise Can Be Hard On Your Breasts While You’re Lactating
Breastfeeding is more important for your infant than food is. It is going to need to drink as much as it can because its stomach capacity is small and it needs the nutrients and energy that the milk provides. If you exercise too hard or too long then your milk production can drop. Most of the time this is going to be just temporary, but if you overdo it then you may not have enough milk for your baby.
Naturally walking is not very likely to cause a problem, but running or any other kind of jogging could cause a drop in the amount of milk that you are producing. If you’re going to do any kind of exercise that is vigorous then you might want to pump instead of breastfeeding so that your body doesn’t realize that it needs to decrease your milk production. If you want to exercise after you feed your baby then you should wait at least two hours so that the baby has time to digest the milk and signal your body to make more.
There are two types of women in this world: Those that get worried about every little thing when they are pregnant and those that don’t. As for which category you fall into, if you’re worrying about how exercise is going to affect your body while you’re pregnant then you might be in the first group. If you’re not really concerned about it and are just curious, then you may be in the second camp. In any case, you’ve probably wondered at some point or another what effect exercise is going to have on your pregnancy and your baby.
If fact, this is a really good thing to be concerned about because you’ll prevent yourself from getting dehydrated while you’re pregnant and running around doing errands. You don’t want to be that person that collapses in the grocery store because you’ve been running around for the past two hours and haven’t had anything to drink. It might even prevent you from developing diabetes later in life because now that you’re pregnant your insulin resistance is higher than usual so you have to take extra precautions about what you eat and drink.
In the scheme of things, running isn’t all that bad for you and your baby unless you do it obsessively or something is wrong with your heart or your blood pressure. If either of these are true, then you really should talk to your doctor before you exercise at all during your pregnancy. Now, if you do decide to run then it’s a good idea to start out slow and only run for short periods of time. Don’t overdo it or push yourself too hard because that can cause problems with your blood pressure and possibly even cause you to fall and your fetus could hit the floor (or whatever surface you happen to be running on.)
If you’re not really into running, then walking is a great form of exercise that won’t put too much stress on your body. You still have to be careful about not overdoing it though so don’t forget to drink water and maybe take a break every once in a while. It’s probably not a good idea to walk in extreme weather conditions either so keep that in mind if you decide to take a stroll one day during a blizzard.
The bottom line is to just be careful when you start exercising during your pregnancy because you don’t want to do anything that would potentially harm your fetus. Talk to your doctor about your specific situation and see what types of exercise would be best for you and keep in mind that your limitations may change as your pregnancy progresses. Be safe!
Men, if you’re reading this then chances are you’re either having or are going to have a baby with your significant other. Or maybe you’ve been with her so long that you’ve at least thought about it. Or maybe you’re just a good guy that wants to make sure that your beloved is going to be safe during her pregnancy. (If this is the case, well then more power to you.)
Whatever the reason, you’re reading this because you want to know how your actions affect your unborn child and what you need to do to make sure your baby will be as healthy as possible. Here are a few things you can do to help.
Now we’re not saying that you have to do all of these things or that your baby is going to be deformed if you don’t do any of these, these are just suggestions of things that could potentially help.
1.) Don’t kick your partner in the belly – This seems like a no-brainer but there are a surprising number of people who do this without even realizing it. Obviously you need to get up and move around every once in a while so don’t think that we’re saying to stay seated on the couch for nine months but when you’re getting tired or you just don’t feel like moving then you probably shouldn’t be standing right behind your pregnant partner and jumping up and down.
The baby is going to move throughout the pregnancy so it’s not going to make a difference anyway. Plus you’re much bigger and it doesn’t take much for you to put your foot into her stomach while you’re jumping around. Not to mention the fact that when you do this it can cause her to fall over which we wouldn’t suggest unless you really want a laugh.
Just try and be aware of where she is and what you’re doing at all times so you don’t kick or step on her by accident.
2. Be careful during sports – Just like your actions could have an affect on the baby while she’s carrying the child, your actions can also affect her while she’s pregnant with the child.
Obviously if she’s into sports then she should probably cut down on them once the baby is started to grow. Same thing with jobs that are physically demanding. Of course we’re talking about safe sports here like running and biking not like drag racing or bull fighting.
We’d say that if she really wants to be safe, she should cut down on these types of activities altogether once the baby is started to grow but depending on her living situation this might not be an option. If she has to take the subway everyday, it’s probably not going to do her any good to have to take a bus instead.
If she does have to do sports or other physically demanding activities, she should make sure that she doesn’t over do it. She should drink plenty of water and if at all possible she should try and take breaks during her activities to rest.
3. Let her know that you’ll be there for her – It’s really easy to forget that she’s carrying another human being inside of her and that the two of you created this little life.
Obviously this isn’t going to be as easy to see on a regular basis like it is with a normal pregnancy but the fact remains that she gave life to this child and that’s a big commitment on its own.
The best way you can demonstrate this is by letting her know that you’ll be there for her when ever she needs you. This might involve taking care of the household duties a little more so she doesn’t have to lift anything heavier than a fork (especially in the last few months). It also might involve helping her get around if she needs to go some place special or perhaps even taking care of all the arrangements if she should go into labor early.
There are also times when it’s going to involve consoling her if she’s feeling down or stressed about the situation that she’s in. Because you’re with her everyday, you might notice these signs of depression before anyone else.
If you do notice it, don’t be afraid to tell her that you think she might be depressed and that she should talk to someone about it. This isn’t saying that you’re worried that she’s going to do something stupid but merely that being pregnant can be stressful and it’s good for her to let out some of these feelings from time to time.
Make sure that if she does take you up on this offer to see someone that you go with her so you can support her when she’s talking about how she’s feeling.
If you don’t feel as if there is anything wrong with her or you feel as if she’s not depressed just stressed about her new responsibilities, then you might want to try and help her by doing things around the house. This might involve you going out and buying some groceries or taking care of the dishes.
In any case, the finish point of this would be that you want to help her not feel as if she’s alone in this situation.
Other than that, some people also like to have their boyfriends or husbands around for moral support during the nine months. It really does help to have someone there to help you get through all of this. It can be a very stressful time so it’s good to know that you’re not doing all of this alone.
You might find that you’ll have some extra time on your hands once this is all over with but don’t worry about that now. Just take things one step at a time and everything will be just fine.
With that, your pep talk with yourself ends and you make your way over to the bed where you see Mindy still sleeping. You don’t think you’ve ever seen her this quiet and motionless before.
“Wake up sleepy head” you say shaking her shoulder.
Mindy wakes up and gives you a smile when she sees that its you.
How long was I asleep?” she asks in a rare display of weakness “its still nighttime isn’t it?”
“Yep, its still the same ol’ time, in fact you’ve been asleep for about four hours now.
You remember that you have an appointment tomorrow to find out the gender of the baby right?”
“Oh yeah. I’d almost forgotten about that.” Mindy says as she sits up and stretches. “
Well I guess we should get some sleep then shouldn’t we?
After all we want to be fully awake for the big event.
You don’t mind staying the night do you?”
“Of course not. I’ll just sleep in the chair.” you say.
“Nonsense, there’s plenty of room in this bed for the two of us. I promise I won’t bite at least not on the first date.
You chuckle at what she said and then get in bed next to her. She moves over towards her side and you get underneath the covers. There’s a small bit of moving around but before you know it, she’s fallen back asleep and is using your chest as a pillow once again. Mindy always was a side sleeper and you’re pretty sure its not because of the baby.
She’s just always been like that ever since you’ve known her.
Before you fall asleep, you briefly ponder the future and how its going to change now. You can’t imagine what its going to be like to have a newborn in the house. Hell, you’re still trying to get used to having Mindy in your life on a regular basis let alone adding a child to the mix.
However, as strange as this may sound, you have never been more optimistic about your future than you are right now. You’ve got a great girl by your side and a child on the way. There’s nothing more that you could ask for.
“I love you Mindy.” You whisper to yourself before you drift off to sleep.
As you sleep, you dream of a future of happiness with your beloved Mindy and your as of yet unborn child. You have a beautiful house with a white picket fence and a large oak tree in the front yard. In this dream, you’re married to Mindy and you’ve had this child with her. She’s everything you could ever want in a daughter and more.
Of course the dream changes as dreams are want to do. Sometimes it will take something small and turn it into something terrifying but in this case, your dream takes something good and makes it better.
In your dream you’re older, with a few more wrinkles in your face. You’re sitting in a rocking chair in the living room of the same house from your other dream. Your wife Mindy is sitting next to you. She’s grown older as well but she hasn’t lost her beauty even in her older age.
You have two children, a son and a daughter both of whom are playing outside. Your son is close to Mindy’s age and your daughter is around your own.
You look at your wife and say “Its a good life.”
“Yes it is dear.” She replies.
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