Weight Gain Before & After Pregnancy plus Kids Tips

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Weight Gain Before & After Pregnancy plus Kids Tips

Hello and Welcome to My Healthy Blog,

Well Ladies this post is mainly covering your concerns with your pregnancy, during and after, and hopefully this will help you through this period of time.


We start today’s post with some tips from a few ladies that might sound strange or even funny (the tips that is not the ladies) but they are sincere and they totally believe that these have helped them on their way to weight loss.

Also some tips that some ladies experience with Weight Gain Before and After Pregnancy.

Are your children putting on weight, well there are some helpful hints that might help solve this problem for you.

Enjoy and I do hope this will be of some help for you and you might be able to leave a comment when you have read this post, thanks for reading this post.

P.S. Some light hearted jokes for you that show there is nothing like a real loving relationship within marriages, hopefully not yours, lol. 

Weight Loss Tips From Real Women

Everyone has their favourite weight loss tips. Here are a handful of diet suggestions from real women who claim they really work. 

I drink a full 12 ounce glass of water before I sit down to eat. It fills me up and I don't eat as much at meals. - Monica, 22 

My secret weapon is sugarless gum. Whenever I have the urge for a snack or something sweet, I pop it into my mouth and start chewing. Works like a charm every time. -Maddi, 43 

Knitting works wonders. I used to snack like a pig while I watched T.V. at night. Since I started knitting, I've lost almost ten pounds, and I know it's because my hands are too busy to pop stuff in my mouth. -Liz, 25 

It tastes horrible, but it really works. My grandmother told me to take one teaspoon of cider vinegar before every meal to eat up the fats. - Diane, 21 

Peer support! There's nothing like feeling guilty for letting your friends down to make you get out and go exercise. I make dates to play tennis or go for a walk - no backing out when someone else is counting on me. -Cara, 22 

All right, this is going to sound really silly but - when I have to lose weight, I only eat foods that I can eat with chopsticks. I'm not very good with them so -- I don't eat a lot. -Lisa, 32 

When I'm sitting in traffic or at my desk, I do tummy tightening exercises. Just pull in your tummy, hold for a count of 20, and release. Do that about twenty times and you can really feel it. - Sheila, 52 

Water. I drink lots and lots of water when I'm on a diet. It helps flush out the system and keeps me feeling fresh. It also helps with the bad breath I get when I'm on a high protein diet. - Dena, 34 

I'm always rushing out the door and forgetting breakfast, and then I end up snacking at my desk halfway through the morning. Now I keep a box of Carnation Instant Breakfast in the break room, and fix myself one as soon as I get to work. No more craving goodies at 11 am. -Deb, 45 

When I'm dieting, I keep fresh fruits and veggies all cut up and ready to go in little snack containers. If I went to all the work of making them, I'll eat them instead of grabbing a bag of chips on the go.  -Amy, 16 

I strip down naked and look at myself in the mirror at least once a week. It's easy to see the progress I made, and how much I still need to go. Vinnie, 34 

I buy myself something really slinky and hang it where I can see it every day. The trick is that it can only be about one size too small - if it's any smaller than that, I just give up. But if the goal is just “that” close, it's a real motivator. -Shanae, 24


Got a favourite diet tip?

Make your own list, or ask your friends to fill in a few.

You might even leave your favourite tip/s in the comments to share with others

The more strategies you have to help you stay on your diet, the more likely you are to be successful.

How Much Weight Should You Gain During Pregnancy?

If you're pregnant, you're very likely concerned about the amount of weight you're gaining, the effect it has on your body, even how difficult it will be to take off after your pregnancy.

Your Doctor or midwife is your best source of advice about healthy weight gain during pregnancy, but there are general guidelines.

Depending on your weight at the start of your pregnancy, your doctor may tell you that a healthy weight gain for you is anywhere between 15 and 40 pounds.

If you're underweight to start (a BMI of less than 18.5), 25 to 40 pounds is a reasonable weight gain during pregnancy.

If you're overweight, he or she may suggest you stick closer to 15 to 25 pounds.

Of that weight, 6 to 8 pounds of it is the baby.

The rest is amniotic fluid, extra tissue and blood to nourish the baby (including the placenta), and the increased size of your breasts and placenta.

You'll lose as much as 15 pounds of it WITH the birth (amniotic fluid, placenta and baby).  

Any doctor will tell you that pregnancy is NOT the time to go on a diet.

Your body AND your baby need the nutrients of an adequate, balanced diet to keep you both healthy.

This doesn't mean that you should throw all your restraint to the winds and 'eat for two', though.

Your body needs approximately an extra 300 calories a day to build a healthy baby.

Those 300 calories should come from the same healthy variety of foods that your normal diet gives you.

(You were eating a healthy, balanced diet, weren't you? If not, pregnancy is a great time to start.) 

You can expect to gain weight along a fairly predictable pattern.

In the first three months, you'll gain 2-4 pounds altogether.

During the second trimester, you can expect to gain between 3-4 pounds a month (about a pound per week).

During the last three months, you'll gain an additional 8-10 pounds.

Your doctor or midwife will weigh you regularly, and may express concern over a deviation from this pattern.

A sudden sharp weight gain, for instance, can indicate pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes.  

If your doctor advises you to try to limit your weight gain during your pregnancy, be sure to choose a healthy diet that provides all the necessary daily requirements for vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Remember that a 'diet' during pregnancy isn't meant to help you LOSE weight, but rather to limit the amount of weight gained.  

Regular exercise is also good for both you and your baby.

You can maintain most of your daily activities, and if regular workouts were a part of your daily routine, then by all means keep them up.

You'll feel better, and your body will be less likely to protest the extra weight with aches and pains.

Do keep in mind that exercise during pregnancy shouldn't be overly strenuous, and that you should avoid activities with a risk of falling or injury.

Also remember that your center of balance is different - it may feel awkward to do the things you usually do while you're carrying your little bundle of joy.


For specifics with regard to your own situation, speak with your doctor or midwife.

If you're concerned about gaining weight, or feel that you're gaining too much, you can ask for a consultation with a nutritionist to help you design a healthy eating plan that will make sure the baby is well-nourished, and your concerns about your weight are met.

Losing Weight After Pregnancy

You could be lucky. I was - just once.

When my middle daughter was born I actually weighed 10 pounds less than I had when I'd conceived her.

That's not something you can count on, though, and I can tell you that from experience as well.

Most women start their lives as a new mom with an extra 8 to 15 pounds that they didn't have pre-baby.  

There's a very good reason for that.

God designed our bodies with nurture in mind.

Part of that weight that you put on during pregnancy was meant to nurture your baby AFTER birth.

While your body requires an extra 300 calories a day to keep up with the nutritional demands of your baby during pregnancy, a breastfeeding mother requires at least 500 extra calories a day to produce enough milk and remain healthy.

Your body stores up a little extra nutrition for after the birth just in case there isn't enough food for its needs when it's time to feed the new little critter. 

If you're breastfeeding, that's part of the good news.

You'll automatically be burning an extra five hundred calories a day - which will make it considerably easier for you to lose the extra weight.

In fact, you may not need to do anything special at all to lose weight.

Just focus on eating a normal, healthy, well-balanced diet.

If you're not breastfeeding, you won't find it quite as easy.

Your focus should still be on healthy eating, with moderate exercise to burn extra calories. 

Here's more good news for new mothers.

Exercising is easier.

Actually, that's not quite right.

Burning more calories is easier.

Walking alone for an hour burns 200 calories.

Walking while pushing a stroller ups that figure considerably.

Push a stroller uphill, and it's even higher.

You'll get extra duty out of things you never thought of like lifting the stroller and car seat in and out of the car, carrying the baby up and down stairs and just plain carrying the baby. 

Still. If you find yourself with stubborn pounds that simply won't come off, exercise and a moderate reduction in calories is the way to go.

Just like pregnancy isn't the time for weight loss, just after pregnancy isn't the time to stress your body further with severe dietary restrictions.

Aim for losing about a pound a week, though chances are you'll find it coming off faster than that.

Being a mom is a high-energy proposition!


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Helping Your Child Lose Weight

I was a chubby child.

My mother, out of love and fear, tried everything to help me lose weight - bribes, threats, punishment, diets, commiseration, even hypnotism and diet pills.

I usually lost weight, only to put it back on shortly after she stopped doing whatever she was doing.

Her biggest worry was that I'd be unhappy - that I'd be picked on and unpopular, and no one would like me because I was fat.

Now that I'm a mother myself, I can completely sympathize with her motives, but these days my concerns about my children's weight are far more serious than a little name-calling.

While the name-calling can be devastating, what's frightening these days is the growing evidence that obesity leads to serious health complications, even in young children.

Doctors find that they're diagnosing children as young as ten or eleven years old with conditions that were once the province of middle-aged people.

Diabetes, heart conditions, and arthritis - all of these conditions have a clear established connection with obesity, and more and more often, they are being seen BEFORE children reach adulthood.

It's enough to scare a mother into the extreme methods that my mother used to try to take the pounds off of me, but there are healthier ways to help your child lose weight.

First: Consult a Doctor

Don't decide on your own that your child needs to lose weight.

Many of us have grown up with distorted body images that we pass on to our children.

Be sure that you're not seeing your child through your own misconceptions about 'ideals', and let a doctor make the judgment call.

If your doctor agrees that your child is overweight and should take off some pounds, your best bet is to serve up a healthy daily diet within the USDA Food Pyramid Guidelines and encourage daily exercise to help rev up his internal motors.

Beyond that, here are tips for helping your child lose weight - while retaining a positive self-image.

* Put EVERYONE on a diet.


Since the best way for your child to lose weight is to eat a healthy, balanced diet in normal proportions, doesn't it make sense that your entire family will benefit from eating the same way?

Your dieting child will feel far less deprived if everyone is eating the same foods.

* Serve an after school snack.

It may be tempting to cut out the after school snacks, but the truth is you'll be doing harm rather than good.

The human body was never designed for the 'three square meals a day' regimen that has been the norm for decades.

A healthy snack in the mid-afternoon will provide fuel for afternoon play and stave off the 'I'm STARVING' feeling that leads to overeating at dinner.

* Shop smart.

Leave the cookies and chips on the shelf, and instead grab the low-fat yogurt, fresh fruit and fruit cups, sugar free applesauce and other natural treats.

If you make healthy snacks available and unhealthy ones hard to find, you'll keep temptation out of the way. 

* Exercise with them regularly. 

Instead of just shooing them out to play - or taking away the Game boy, go out WITH them.  

Pull together a neighbourhood kickball game, or take a walk around the block as a family.

 If you can get a family membership to a health club with a pool, make a family swim a once-a-week event.

 It's more than setting an example - it's having fun with your kids.

 * Cook JUST enough food.

 Instead of trying to limit portions on the plate, limit them BEFORE you cook. 

Only prepare ONE portion per family member.

 That heads off requests for seconds before they even start asking.

 No, you can't have the last piece of chicken -- because there isn't one to have.


Follow those five suggestions.

 And chances are that no one in your family will even realize that someone is on a diet.

 Your wishes will be granted as everyone will be healthier and happier.


Last But Not Least Here's A Bit Of Good Old Marriage Humour

Wife: 'What are you doing?'

Husband: Nothing.

Wife: 'Nothing...? You've been reading our marriage certificate for an hour.'

Husband: 'I was looking for the expiration date.'


Wife : 'Do you want dinner?'

Husband: 'Sure! What are my choices?'

Wife: 'Yes or no.'


Girl: 'When we get married, I want to share all your worries, troubles and lighten your burden.'

Boy: 'It's very kind of you, darling, but I don't have any worries or troubles.'

Girl: 'We ll that's because we aren't married yet.'


Son: 'Mum, when I was on the bus with Dad this morning, he told me to give up my seat to a lady.'

Mom: 'Well, you have done the right thing.'

Son: 'But mum, I was sitting on daddy's lap.'


A newly married man asked his wife,

'Would you have married me if my father hadn't left me a fortune?'

'Honey,' the woman replied sweetly,

'I'd have married you, NO MATTER WHO LEFT YOU A FORTUNE!'


A wife asked her husband:

'What do you like most in me, my pretty face or my sexy body?'

He looked at her from head to toe and replied:

'I like your sense of humour!'

Husbands are husbands

A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan.

'What was that for?' the man asked.

The wife replied

'That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on it that I found in your pants pocket'..

The man then said

'When I was at the races last week Jenny was the name of the horse I bet on' the wife apologized and went on with the housework..

Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious.

Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit again.

Wife replied,


'Your horse phoned'


Hope you enjoyed and got a laugh out of these.

The next post,

THE FIRST MOMENTS, will cover the following;

 The First Moments of Your Baby’s Life.

 The Joys And Angst Of Holding My First Baby

 My First Baby Essentials

Do You Have the Right Bedding for Your Baby?

Until then eat healthy, be healthy and above all stay healthy within yourself and enjoy life.


Remember to check with your health practitioner as to

 the practicality of any program you choose.

 It should not be detrimental to your health.


 Disclaimer: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. 

Since natural and or dietary supplements are not FDA approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product that the statement has not been evaluated by the FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease”. 


Thanks for reading and kind regards to you and the family,
Laurie Mills

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