Five pre-natal and post-natal myths busted

There are some who lose weight after breastfeeding and on the other hand, some might struggle to lose weight. Thomas says it is wrong to depend on breastfeeding as a weight loss mechanism.

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Giving birth to a baby is the most beautiful feeling a mother gets in her life. Those nine months for her are crucial and she needs to be extremely careful in that duration. During the pregnancy, a woman meets several people and all of them have different things to say about pregnancy and what to do and what not to do. But, everything they say does not need to be true, some of them could be false information that could affect the health of the mom and the baby. 

Hence, Jen Thomas, a fitness expert has busted various pre-natal and post-natal fitness myths and they are:

  1. Eating for two: There is a myth that the mother should eat for two, one for herself and the other for the baby in her womb. But, generally, people don't know what 'eating for two' means. Thomas says that it definitely does not mean to eat for two adults. According to him, it means that one should consciously make decisions about the nutritious food they eat during pregnancy as it will affect two people. The food that you choose to intake should be healthy, wholesome to fuel both mom and the baby.
  2. Breastfeeding Myths: It is a common myth that a mother puts on weight during breastfeeding. But, that is wrong, instead, the mother burns around 500 extra calories a day that will help her lose weight and this is not standard for all, it depends upon the person. There are some who lose weight after breastfeeding and on the other hand, some might struggle to lose weight. Thomas says it is wrong to depend on breastfeeding as a weight loss mechanism. He says that the mother should focus on drinking up to three litres of water a day, eating fresh and fibrous vegetables. 
  3. Pregnant women cannot use core during exercise: It is assumed by the women that they cannot use core during pregnancy as it has grown a lot and cannot feel anything as they have not been able to feel that the core contract for some time. But that does not mean that the muscles do not work. Instead, they are present and one can gently strengthen them during three trimesters. 
  4. 6-weel checkup myth: The doctors will give the mother to hit the gym after 6-weel post-delivery check-up if she is healing well internally and externally. But one cannot hit the gym as they did earlier, the mother needs to slow down as there have been several fundamental changes in the body. Instead of joining the gym as soon as possible, the mom should focus on rebuilding strength and the healing process should take place at a mindful pace.
  5. Mom can't do anything after delivery:  The fitness trainer Jen says that it is not right and that she encourages women to work on strengthening their pelvic floor muscles regardless of the delivery they have just had. That can be done via the 'Connection Breath' exercise that reconnects the pelvic floor and core muscles gently. This exercise helps to stimulate blood flow to the area and vitalises healing. 

Do keep these points in mind the next time someone tells you about these myths.