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Diet Diva
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Any Day Now

Well....here it is June 20. My due date is officially here! Here is a recent picture of me in all my pregnant glory! I feel great but I don't think I am going to have the baby today. I guess he just isn't ready to meet the world yet.

Funny story: I was on the treadmill at the gym yesterday. I was talking with one of the trainers and she asked me when I was due. I said, "Tomorrow." The girl working at the front desk a few feet away turned around and could not believe that I was on the treadmill on the day before my baby was due. She said, "What are you doing on the treadmill if you are due tomorrow? I would be at home with a pint of ice cream!" I laughed it off but later was thinking about her comment.

As I have gone through this pregnancy everyone is amazed that I have been able to continue to exercise. I don't know if I am lucky or just determined, but I have consistently gone to the gym 5 days a week. As a runner pre-pregnancy I wanted to see how long I could keep running, but I stopped about a month ago. I only ran once a week, and quite honestly it was just to say I was still running! It wasn't comfortable, and I much preferred the elliptical trainer or walking with incline on the treadmill at the gym.

I take pride when people tell me I look great or that I seem to have a lot of energy (I do!). I have worked very hard in this pregnancy to eat well and keep myself in shape. Believe, me, there were many mornings when I didn’t want to get out of bed to exercise, but I did because I knew I would feel better later in the day. Exercise helped me a lot with circulation and kept the swelling down in my feet, too!

Back to the ice cream comment: I have had ice cream during my pregnancy, but I did not gain excessive weight because I was careful about portion and frequency of my food choices and I was very active. I think too many women use pregnancy as a time to let loose with their diet and to stop exercising. Every woman is different. Some are not able to exercise for medical reasons. In addition, there are many women who do take care of themselves while pregnant, but I am amazed at how many women use pregnancy as a time to let healthy habits slide.

Next time you see a pregnant woman exercising, congratulate her! It is possible and encouraged to be active while pregnant! We know that it significantly improves outcomes for the mother and baby.
Click here to read a good overview of benefits and potential risks of exercise during pregnancy from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

I will keep you posted on my progress!
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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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