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  • On Behalf of A Friend!

    So, a friend of mine is currently 31 weeks pregnant and she's gotten mixed news from a high risk doctor that she went to recently. She's already overweight, and suddenly gained about sixteen pounds. This wouldn't be so much of an issue - but the baby gained a lot of weight as well. She doesn't need to lose - but she does need to keep from gaining any more. She used to be more active (mostly walking and light exercises), but the pregnancy has made her body ache (more specifically her hips and pelvis) and walking can be really painful. She'd swim, but it's winter where she lives and they can't afford a gym membership at the moment that would help her use an inside pool.

    SO THE QUESTION BECOMES!

    Do any of you think Foundation or Foundation Light would be good for her? Should she worry about diet and stuff too? If she should - does anyone have any recommendations for that aspect of it?

  • #2
    LucidBlue ... in her situation, perhaps the Foundation Light Program would be safe.
    Perhaps, though, there are over two dozen Yoga Workouts to choose from, might they be safer, still?

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    • #3
      I am very sure she should not go on a diet. But she should definitely watch her diet. Even unborn babies profit from veggies.
      She is pregnant so being hungry all the time and starving herself could be dangerous. But, assuming her eating habits are of the unhealthy kind, cooking more with vegetables and removing cookies and cupcakes from her daily diet would not hold danger.
      Once the 33rd or 34th week comes (depending on your country's legislation on the legal length of a pregnancy) she will have plenty of free time to work on her food. She does get paid maternity leave, right?

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      • #4
        The 100 office work out have a lot of stuff she may like.

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        • #5
          Light Foundation, Yoga, Office Collection....well, really any that she feels comfortable with, but I'd stay away from anything high impact. Ensure healthy foods and stay away from cookies, cakes and the like. Meats, fruits and vegetables are what she needs to be eating. And lots of water!

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          • #6
            Walking may be painful, but it's good for her and will make her labor go much better. Once around the block or marching in place a few minutes at a time will help. We all know if you avoid the pain you will suffer more for it in the long run. Both my cubs were 10lbs... she'll be fine.

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            • #7
              Noen In the US, we don't get mandatory maternity leave. Often our employers will require us to use vacation time and sick time for maternity leave (and not all employers offer this "benefit" especially if you have just started working for them, even worse, if you have already used your time, they are under no obligation to provide this paid time off. SOME employers offer short term disability others you have to pay for it. The best protection we have if FMLA which means we can go on maternity leave and get our job back, but does not require them to pay us. The US is way behind the times...

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              • #8
                Tigermom This is horrifying . How do Americans procreate at all?

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                • #9
                  Noen Well the same way everyone else does... though we all have our preferences. Now, how can we afford to? We figure it out, but it's not as forward thinking as we would like to believe we are (and what we tell the rest of the world we are). Fathers have no paid time off either for the birth or adoption of a child (at least not mandatory... there are some companies that treat their employees better, but it's a choice of the employer).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Noen View Post
                    Tigermom This is horrifying . How do Americans procreate at all?
                    For us it's like, "baby is asleep and I got 10 minutes before I got to go to work.. what do ya think?"

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