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.

Research published in the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine

Here is more evidence that exercise and a healthy diet during pregnancy are beneficial to both mum and baby.

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In summary: Low or moderate exercise and healthy eating habits markedly decrease the likelihood of excessive gestational weight gain, according to research published in the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. This study, in the August edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, demonstrates that a prenatal Nutrition and Exercise Lifestyle Intervention Program, called the NELIP, was successful in preventing excessive gestational weight gain and reducing postpartum weight retention in women who were of normal weight prior to pregnancy.

A quote from the study:

“Women benefit greatly from being active throughout their pregnancies and physical activity is strongly recommended by professional organizations. However, most pregnant women remain inactive and this may be contributing to excessive gestational weight gain, which is associated with an increased risk for future obesity in both the mother and offspring,” said lead author Stephanie-May Ruchat, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Western Ontario. “Myths about nutrition in pregnancy can also be misleading. For example, mothers-to-be should be warned that ‘eating for two’ does not mean they need to eat twice as much but that they should eat twice as healthy. An increase of only 200 to 500 kilocalories per day in the second and third trimester is recommended, depending on the body mass index of the women prior to pregnancy (the heavier the woman is, the fewer extra calories per day she will need during pregnancy).”

Evidence is growing all the time. I hope this ever growing bank of positive research can start to give women across the world confidence and motivation to stay fit and healthy and not gain too much excess weight during pregnancy.

 

Eating for two during pregnancy: the latest research

Should you diet if you’re pregnant? – 27 May 2012 in the Guardian by Luisa Dillner

This is an interesting article from the Guardian. It talks about a new piece of research in the BMJ that shows that those who watched their weight were 3.84kg lighter and had fewer complications (such as premature birth and pre-eclampsia) than those who didn’t.

This certainly doesn’t mean women should diet and cut calories during pregnancy, but it does mean that there is no need to consume lots more extra calories, particularly during early pregnancy.

Previous studies have also shown that women who are already overweight or who become obese in pregnancy, risk complications not just at birth (including a higher rate of caesarean section, blood loss and infections afterwards) but as their children become adults.

A study looking at the link between mothers’ weight gain and the weight of their children found that decades later their children were more likely to be obese if their mothers had been so during pregnancy.

Yet more evidence that staying fit and healthy during pregnancy is beneficial for mum and baby.

Article: Diet for a healthy pregnancy

I’m not saying you can’t have yummy treats when you are pregnant (for me it was anything chocolate or cheese-related!) but you should try and eat a healthy diet for most of the time. What does this look like?

Remember – if you eat rubbish the whole time you are pregnant, you are going to have a hell of a job shifting those wobbly thighs and jelly belly afterwards. Moderation is the key; the odd treat as part of a balanced diet will be best for you and your baby x

More evidence that mums should eat healthily in pregnancy

I just read this article, which details all sorts of problems a baby can face because of maternal obesity. What better time in your life to get fit and healthy? For you and your baby…

Begins:

“GIVEN that 50 per cent of women of childbearing age in the UK are currently overweight or obese, the impact of obesity in pregnancy continues to be a major issue.”