By LIZZY ROSS
Did you know labor and delivery are highly intense periods that
require great strength, as well as muscular and aerobic conditioning?
"Training" for pregnancy
implies intentional exercises to help or assist in the transition
that the body goes through during gestation and actual delivery.
But how safe is training
for pregnancy? In low-risk women, the American College of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists (ACOG) advises, "Regular activity helps keep you
fit during pregnancy, and may improve your ability to cope with
the pain of labor.
A healthy pregnant woman can adapt 30 minutes or more of moderate
exercise on most, if not all, days of the week."
Benefits of moderate
prenatal exercise include more energy and better overall well-being
throughout pregnancy, less fat, lowered risk of gestational diabetes,
lowered incidence of post-term and cesarean delivery, and fewer
complications during pregnancy.
Even though exercise is encouraged,
some activities are considered risky and should be avoided, such
as activities that involve physical contact. As always, you should
consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Health insurance rates make me
By BETH STEVENS
Can you believe health insurance prices these days? Last year I
paid around $370.00 a month covering a family of three; My 16 month
toddler, my husband and myself. Both my
spouse and I have no medical history, we are both non smokers in
My daughter is also in good health. So why the
$100.00 a month increase? According to the federal government, the
national health insurance rate increase in 2012 was 22% white it
is projected around 27% for 2014.
It is estimated that nearly 35-40%
of every premium dollar you pay for health insurance is set aside
for Rx costs. Add an exponentially escalating prices of prescription
drugs and you end up with the main reason for higher health insurance
My problem is we didn't use prescription drugs last year,
and we are all in good health yet our rates went up-- Without vision
or dental coverage, our health insurance is literately killing us!
So much for insurance; Almost makes me WANT to get sick.
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