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Fit & Healthy Pregnancy: How to Stay Strong and in Shape for You and Your Babyby Kristina Pinto
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Health and Fitness: Pregnancy and Childbirth
The active pregnancy guide for athletes, by athletes!
Pregnancy doesnt mean an end to exercise and fitness. Despite old wives tales, exercise during pregnancy isnt just safe—its also ideal for the health and wellness of mother and baby.
In Fit and Healthy Pregnancy, coach Kristina Pinto and obstetrician Rachel Kramer steer active women through each trimester and the first months of motherhood. With sound medical advice, pregnancy-friendly workouts, and tips and motivation from women who have walked—and worked out—in your shoes, this comprehensive guide explains the ins and outs of exercise and pregnancy, including:
• Advice for keeping your body and mind fit through the nine months of pregnancy and beyond
• Nutritional information to properly fuel your growing baby and your workouts
• Sport-specific guidelines for every trimester, including tips and training advice for running, swimming, and cycling
• Beautifully illustrated exercises, appropriate to each stage of your pregnancy
• The best advice for breast-feeding, child care, and workouts for moms on the go
Celebrate each new milestone of motherhood with this modern guide. Filled with detailed guidance, tested medical information, and the wise counsel of experience, Fit and Healthy Pregnancy is a trusted resource for pregnant athletes and active mothers.
Dr. Kristina Pinto, EdD, is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A specialist in womens health and psychology, she is also a runner, a coach, and mom to son Henry.
Dr. Rachel Kramer, MD, completed her ob-gyn training at Yale University. She has two sons and competes in triathlon and distance running events.
"Mothers-to-be hoping to stay fit during pregnancy will gain new allies in Pinto and Kramer. The authors' bold approach not only normalizes a highly physically active pregnancy, it makes exercise (even strenuous exercise, if desired) an imperative throughout the trimesters. These two marathoning mothers wrote the book out of necessity: too many pregnant women hear the antiquated (and no longer ACOG-supported) view from doctors that any exercise raising heart rate to over 140 beats per minute is unhealthy, and they suggest using the Borg scale instead, a numbered scale of perceived exertion (Additionally, the authors invoke a golden rule of exercise intensity: 'If it doesn't feel good, don't do it.'). Pinto and Kramer include comprehensive fitness and safety guidelines for all four 'trimesters': the pregnancy itself and the first three postpartum months. Readers are offered accessible, modern medical knowledge of healthy nutrition for pregnant athletes, pregnancy itself, labor, and post-partum questions, beyond the somewhat unconventional attitude expressed toward high fitness goals. Inspirational mom-athlete stories — such as Emily Baer's nursing breaks at 2007's Hardrock 100 Endurance Run (she finished eighth overall) — prove that goals of athleticism and parenting can be achieved simultaneously. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Exercise during pregnancy isnt just safe, its healthy for you and your baby.
Fit and Healthy Pregnancy dispels generations of old wives tales about exercise and pregnancy so active women can stay strong and in shape. This book from running coach Dr. Kristina Pinto and triathlete Rachel Kramer, MD goes beyond labor and delivery through the “fourth trimester,” helping new mothers return to fitness after theyve had their babies.
Fit and Healthy Pregnancy reviews up-to-date research to show that exercise during pregnancy isnt just safe, its ideal for health and wellness. Pinto and Kramer guide moms-to-be through each trimester, showing how their bodies, nutrition needs, and workouts will change. The authors cover the months following delivery, when women adapt to a new lifestyle that balances family, fitness, self, and perhaps a return to work. They offer smart guidance and tips on breastfeeding, sleep training, nutrition and hydration, weight loss, and how to transition back into workouts and training.
Fit and Healthy Pregnancy includes
• Trimester guides to body changes, nutrition, and emotional health
• Guidance on exercise, rest, body temperature, injury prevention
• Guidelines and suggested workouts for running, swimming, and cycling
• Strength and flexibility exercises to reduce discomfort and chance of injury
• Tips on exercise gear for each trimester
• Symptoms of common pregnancy conditions and when to see a doctor
• Three chapters of expert guidance on returning to fitness after delivery
Fit and Healthy Pregnancy will help new mothers experience an easier, healthier pregnancy and a faster return to fitness after delivery.
Becoming pregnant doesn’t mean an end to exercise. Despite old wives’ tales and mother-to-be nerves, the medical community is embracing the idea of a fit and healthy pregnancy. Finally pregnant athletes have a book just for them. A running coach and doctor guide women through how to train, what is safe, and what are the limits of exercising from conception through the first months after delivery.
About the Author
Dr. Kristina Pinto received her Ed.D. in human development and psychology from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in 2005. She has been a distance runner since 1998, completing 10 marathons and a 90km run in the Australian outback. Kristina is now a running coach with her business Mile Mannered Running as well as a fitness author who has published in Runner's World and Women's Running and wrote the featured blog Marathon Mama. She is mom to one son, who bikes next to her while she trains on their country roads north of Boston.
Rachel Kramer, MD completed her OB/GYN training with Honors at Yale University in 1998 and has been in private practice outside Boston ever since. Her medical interests include perimenopause, menopause, weight loss, nutrition, and fitness. She has been on the Today Show and featured in the Boston Globe for her inspirational weight loss and evolution as an athlete. She has two sons and competes regularly in triathlon and distance running events.
Table of Contents
Part I: Your Fit Pregnancy: Nine Months of Strength and Wellness
1: Heading to the Start Line
2: First Trimester — Athlete, Know Thyself
3: Second Trimester — Going Strong
4: Third Trimester — Time Trials
5: The Finish Line - Labor and Delivery
Part II: Finding A New Cadence: Endurance for the Athlete Mom
6: The New Normal
7: Toddling and Training
8: Strong Women, Strong Families
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