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Pregnancy Exercise- “Is it safe to lose body fat while pregnant?”

Posted Nov 18 2009 10:00pm

To Sara of Fit by Sara: “I’m 40 years old, overweight from my first pregnancy and just found out I’m pregnant again.  I really want to lose weight, so I joined Weight Watchers.  Is it safe to lose body fat while I’m pregnant?”

From Sara of Fit by Sara: “First off make sure your doctor gives you the thumbs up to start exercising and be sure to tell him/her that you have started Weight Watchers.  Also be sure to tell Weight Watchers that you are pregnant.  Most important is to nourish your body at this time…meaning do NOT deprive your body and do NOT diet…but DO learn how to eat healthy.  Eat when you are hungry, and chose foods that will nourish your body vs. foods that will pack on pounds.  When picking a food choice ask yourself, “Is this a healthy food choice that will nourish my body?”

If you are having a healthy pregnancy and your doc gives you the thumbs up to exercise, begin slowly with walking 10 min..  Work your way up to walking daily for 20-30 min. (or even more).  But remember “baby steps”.  Instead of focusing on “losing excess body fat” at this time, focus on eating right and exercise.  The excess body fat will come off with consistency, but that shouldn’t be the focus–living healthy and nourishing your body and baby should be the focus!” - Sara Holliday

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