Stretch It Out, Mama!
Prenatal yoga improves flexibility and relaxes you. That's great news if you're a snacker spurred on by stress. Preg-friendly poses:
Sit on the floor and bring the soles of your feet together in front of your body, allowing knees to fall open. Press feet together, hold knees, and slowly curl torso over to increase the stretch for a minute or so. Gently shake out legs.
Position hands shoulder-width apart on a mat, feet to the back of the mat. Stretch out from shoulders and press down through heels, hold, and breathe deeply. Alternately bend right and left knees for up to a minute.
Start on all fours, wrists underneath shoulders and knees underneath hips. Inhale as you arch your lower back and tailbone upward, lifting your chin up to the ceiling. As you exhale, round your spine, tucking your chin to your chest and your tailbone under. Repeat for 1 minute.
"Why I Didn't Pile on the Pounds"
"I kept weight lifting three to five days per week, like I'd always done, adjusting the workout with each trimester."
-- Mara Wyttenbach, Madison, Wisconsin
"I ate smaller meals more often to keep my blood sugar level. I also had an egg a day -- protein gave me energy. I was back to my original weight in three months."
-- Kelly Parthen, Colorado Springs
"I always kept this thought in the back of my mind: Think of the child who is growing inside of you. Does the baby need those fried mozzarella sticks?"
-- Melissa Puppos, Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
"I weighed myself at home to stay on target. I didn't want to suffer shock at the doctor's! I was aware without being obsessed."
-- Emily Hill, Sandy, Utah
"Doing the elliptical machine gave me additional energy throughout the day, helped me sleep better at night, and limited my weight gain."
-- Robin LaSure, Roswell, Georgia