By Guest Blogger Emily Saunders, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and Group Fitness Trainer
As part of living a healthy lifestyle, we must not only be good role models for our children but also help them get a good start. The health and well-being of our children starts very early on and decisions that we make during pregnancy not only affect their growth and development but also alter their risk of developing chronic diseases as adults.
The old “eat for two” and “avoid strenuous exercise” advice encouraged pregnant women to sit around and see how much weight they could pack on during the 9 months leading up to birth. However, we now know that a healthy diet and exercise during pregnancy is essential. Study after study has shown that remaining fit and eating healthy during pregnancy results in better outcomes for both babies and their mothers for years to come! Some benefits include easier and shorter labor and birth, fewer c-sections, quicker recovery postpartum, and fewer pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. As adults, these babies also end up having higher IQ scores and are less likely to develop chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes. Read More