Exercise and Relaxation

Children who enjoy being physically active early in life are more likely to become active and healthy adults. And we, as adults, need to set an example for our children to follow.

Find things that you and your children can do together—from skipping and dancing to hiking and swimming. Children love to explore their physical abilities. They need your praise and en-couragement, and they need safe places to play.

They also need time to relax. Sharing quiet times is a great way to reduce stress and feel close as a family.

Eating Well
A Hike in the Woods
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Choosing Healthy Foods
Carole says, “Mia and I love exercising together.”

After the Birth

  • With some gentle exercise every day, your figure can get back to normal.
  • Ask your doctor if you can begin exercises to strengthen your pelvic and stomach muscles right after the birth.
  • If you have had a C-section, you may need to wait a couple of weeks before exercising. Ask your doctor when you can begin.
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Eating Well
Play and be active with your child.

If You Are Pregnant

    • Talk to your doctor before you start an exercise program. Ask her about prenatal exercises. Be sure to tell her about the ways you exercised before you got pregnant.
    • Exercise to improve muscle tone, blood circulation and energy, and to reduce stress.
    • Think about joining an exercise, yoga or swimming class for pregnant women.
    • Drink plenty of water and don’t get too hot.
    • Avoid sit-ups. And don’t lie flat on your back in the later stages of pregnancy—it reduces the blood flow to the baby.
    • Be extra careful in the first and last weeks of your pregnancy.
    • Join a childbirth class to learn breathing exercises to help you during labor.