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Friday, February 6, 2009

You Too Can Have a Healthy Pregnancy Without Gaining Unnecessary Pounds!

I’m going to be completely honest with you. Before I had kids, I didn’t give any thought to my weight at all. On average, I weighed between 125-130 pounds and this was perfect for my 5’ 5 frame. I could literally eat anything that I darned well pleased and I maintained my weight. I guess you could say that I was a lean mean cheeseburger and fries eating machine. I didn’t put any effort into my weight, didn’t exercise a bit and didn’t care about diets and other stuff like that. Then, something happened that changed all that. I got married, pregnant and soon afterwards I gained a lot of weight.

It wasn’t the baby’s fault and I certainly don’t blame her for it. It was totally my fault. I simply ate the way I had before, religiously took my pre natals vitamins, and hoped for the best. By the end of it all, I gained over 50 pounds. And although my midwife complained a bit at the beginning of my pregnancy about my weight gain, she didn’t seem to worry that much about the excessive weight gain and told me that I’d lose it eventually.

After I had my daughter, an 8lb 7 ounce bouncing baby girl, I immediately lost 35 pounds of the 50 but couldn’t seem to lose any more. Then again, I didn’t really try that hard. I didn’t exercise much and kept up with my old eating habits. Within 2 years, I got pregnant again and gained you got it ---another 50 pounds. Again, I did exactly what I did before. I ate for “two again”. I ate everything I wanted and also indulged in treats and lots of them.

After my 8 lb 9 ounce son was born, I vowed to lose the weight and after two years of hard work, I lost 40 more pounds. I was doing great and then I realized that I was pregnant again. This time I decided to do something different. I was determined not to gain 50 pounds that pregnancy so I read everything that I possibly could on eating healthy, not gaining too much too soon and tried to develop my own healthy eating plan. However, as much as I tried, I just couldn’t control myself. I would slip into old patterns.

By the time I went to my first midwifery appointment, I had gained another 10 pounds. I was crushed. I was desperate for knowledge and I even read quite a few nutrition books but they were specifically geared for the baby that was growing inside me. I found very little information on what I should be eating and how to workout safely during pregnancy.

One day while surfing on the net, I came across a cool book called Pregnancy Without Pounds. I was skeptical at first but was persuaded by the fact that the author had 15 years of experience as a Health and Nutrition Coach, a Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition, a Personal Training Certificate and a Psychology Degree. Plus, she offered a generous 30 day money back guarantee so I figured, I couldn’t lose.

I read the book right away and it immediately changed my perspective. I started paying more attention to the “quality of food” and also changed my mindset about the “eating for two” myth. I stopped eating junk and started filling my body with healthy food. At the end of that pregnancy, I gained 35 pounds and my son was a whopping 8 lbs 13 ounces, bigger than any of my other two. During that pregnancy, I had a ton of energy and felt great. And, only a few months after the birth of my son, I am 10 pounds away from my goal weight of 135 pounds. Plus, I’ve developed healthy habits to last a lifetime.

In Pregnancy Without Pounds, you’ll get quality and solid information that you can use right now. No medical mumbo jumbo. Just good and informative reading. You’ll learn all sorts of information like how to avoid unwanted excess pounds, how to exercise to get fit and toned (even if you hate exercising), how to minimize stretch marks and cellulite, eliminate food cravings, fight acne, feel sexier and much more. You’ll even learn how to have an easier delivery.

By purchasing Pregnancy Without Pounds, you’ll have access to a great program that works. You’ll be encouraged and motivated to have a healthier lifestyle. So, if you’re truly serious about not packing on the pounds and having a healthier pregnancy, I highly recommend this book and give it two thumbs up!