Working mums healthier than stay-at-home mothers?

I have just been reading this article in the Telegraph: Working mums are healthier than those who stay at home, new research suggests.

It says Moms who work full time are healthier at age 40 than stay-at-home moms, moms who work part time, or moms who have some work history, but are repeatedly unemployed, according to a new research from University of Akron Assistant Sociology Professor Adrianne Frech. “Work is good for your health, both mentally and physically. It gives women a sense of purpose, self-efficacy, control and autonomy. They have a place where they are an expert on something, and they’re paid a wage,” said Frech.

The article makes some interesting points. I don’t think anyone can say that it is the right thing or the wrong thing for a mum to go to work; it all depends on the circumstances of that woman and that family. It is however, nice to see a positive spin for mums that are working hard. It must be a good thing for the children concerned if their mum is more healthy mentally and physically?

My app PregnancyFit 250 is live on the apple App store!

I can’t believe it – after months of hard work writing and developing the app it is now live for everyone to buy around the world! I wrote the app to be a useful tool for women in pregnancy; not just about exercise (although there are tons of tips about exercise!) but also about making sure you are getting all the right elements in your diet, you know what is going on with your (often strange) body and are mentally and practically prepared for the challenges ahead. I hope you like it and share it with your friends. More detail below…..

All the information you need for a fit, healthy pregnancy.

This pregnancy app gives you a daily tip, fact or snippet covering EVERYTHING you need to know about exercise, diet, staying sane, lifestyle and your body during pregnancy. You can view one a day, read them all in one go, search for something you are interested in or browse by category. Most tips are related to that point of your pregnancy, some are just plain interesting!

Includes:

  • what types of exercise are safe during pregnancy, including classes, types, equipment and how much you can do safely
  • exercise ideas
  • what you should and shouldn’t eat
  • common ailments and advice
  • what to expect from your changing body
  • lifestyle tips
  • recommendations for health, fitness and nutrition
  • postnatal advice
  • ideas to calm your mind
  • tips about labour and birth
  • practical tips
  • five myths busted

Tips are divided into five categories:

  • Body and common ailments
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Headspace and wellbeing
  • Lifestyle and practical

You can read what a Midwife of 20 years said and see some example tips on the app page.

How do New York women work out when they are pregnant?

Check out how New York women stay fit when they are pregnant!

It’s great to see loads of different activities for pregnancy! The only thing I don’t agree with is:

“Core work is fine until you can start seeing your belly pop out, which can happen anywhere from the 8th to the 20th week of pregnancy. A protruding stomach when working your abdominals increases the risk of injury, including hernia.”

You should not be doing sit-up style exercises after trimester one of pregnancy, but you should work your core throughout your whole pregnancy doing things like ab sequeezes and other core strengtheners. The 3-plan has perfect exercises for every stage of pregnancy and postnatal recovery.