How to Lose Weight While Pregnant:
An Honest and Candid Review of
“Pregnancy Without Pounds”

March 14th, 2011 4 comments

Can you still look good and feel confident while pregnant? Can you be the “hot mommy” that turns heads?

Hi,

Lorraine here. And thanks for visiting my site.

And you’re reading my uncensored and unbiased review of what I thought about Pregnancy Without Pounds ebook.

Note that this is only a review.
Click Here to Visit the Official Pregnancy Without Pounds Website.

 

Why Did I Write This Review?

I’ve gone through four pregnancies and each time, I struggled to varying degrees with excessive weight gain (as my doctor told me during my last pregnancy). My doctor told me that I needed to exercise and eat right. Eating right was the easy part as there ‘s so much information about it…everywhere.

But when I started to look for exercise programs for women, I realized that a quality program was very difficult to find. And toward the end of my search, I found Pregnancy Without Pounds. I bought it, used it, and had great success with it. So I wanted to share with other women who were looking for more information on pregnancy related weight gain and diet/exercise programs.

How well did it work for me? Perhaps a better way to answer that question is to tell you what kind of impact it’s had on my life.

  • I felt stronger and more confident about my body than I did even before I got pregnant.
  • My husband looks at me in a different way (the yummy way) and we’ve been getting very close and more intimate. But can’t blame him though. That’s just how men are – visual.
  • Before, he wasn’t too affectionate and left me feeling rejected and unwanted, but now he’s so much more affectionate and attentive.
  • My body feels firm and toned. I can finally wear those jeans and form-fitting blouse I had been hiding in the closet for months. Feels like I’ve been set free and so alive.
  • I can shop for new clothes!!!

Ok. I have to stop myself before I get too out of control. So without further wait, let’s dive into my full review of Pregnancy Without Pounds.

 

Just What Is Pregnancy Without Pound?

Author of Pregnancy Without Pounds

Michelle Moss

Pregnancy Without Pounds is a comprehensive collection of useful information and tools by Michelle Moss for women who want to look and feel great during and after birth. She has over 15 years of experience teaching, counselling, and coaching people on variety of topics including health, eating, and exercise. When her expectation of easy pregnancy didn’t happen, she started to look more closely into pregnancy health and this is the result.

 

It’s made of two separate programs (which you could buy separately if you wish, but I think it makes so much more sense to get the two together as you’ll be using both soon enough) called The Complete Pregnancy Kit and The Complete Post-Pregnancy Kit. Or if you’re like me, you can buy both together in one package called The Ultimate Pregnancy and Post-Pregnancy Kit (I know, she could have been a bit more creative with the names, but it gets the point across).

Here’s what’s included in the packages:

Pregnancy Kit

  • Core Secrets for Pregnancy Ebook
  • Pregnancy Without Pounds Ebook
  • Exercise Journal
  • Exercise Manual
  • Weight Gain Chart both in pounds and kilos

All charts are also available in PDF format for easy printing.

Mommy Kit (Post-Pregnancy Kit)

  • Mommy Core Secrets Ebook (Post Partum)
  • Mommy Without Pounds Ebook
  • Eating Plan Calculator and Meal Planner
  • Exercise Manual
  • Goal Tracker and Weight Loss Chart
  • Simply Delicious Recipes

All charts are also available in PDF format for easy printing.
(I know I said it before, but just felt like I had to again)

This really does give a woman all the resources she needs to make informed decisions regarding her exercise program in order to lose weight while pregnant or after birth. But remember my warning that I’ve repeated in this site over and over and over. Losing weight while pregnant isn’t and shouldn’t be the main goal. But rather, aim to live healthy by eating right and exercising at a level that is comfortable for you. This is where Pregnancy Without Pounds comes in. It gives you the answers to questions you’ve always wondered about relating to diet, exercise, and yes, weight gain, in a clear and simple to understand manner.

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A Closer Look

Core Strength Secrets for PregnancyThe Core Secrets for Pregnancy and Mommy Core Secrets are fairly similar since there really isn’t too many different things you can say about the core muscles. They cover the common problems women have with the core such as abdominal splitting, incontinence & hemorrhoids, low back pain, pelvic instability, and the ‘pooch’.

I was relieved to see that these were covered in simple and plain English so that anyone could understand. Michelle also provides detailed step by step instructions on how to identify the core muscles and engage them. Because no one actively teaches how to feel these muscles, never mind how to contract them, I found this section to be very helpful in gaining a better understanding of my body.

Michelle goes more in depth about how to find out if you have abdominal splitting and what to do.

Mommy Core SecretsThe main part of these ebooks is the 7 simple and gentle core strengthening exercises with detailed and very clear instruction on preparation, movement, and modification, For added bonus that I just love, she even tells you how frequently you need to perform these simple exercises and takes the guessing game out.

The overall tone of the ebook is great in that it just simply states the truths and no effort taken to sugar-coat the topics, which I appreciated a lot. I mean, if you can’t be honest and very clear about these topics in a book written by a woman for women readers, then where can you be?

Exercise Manuals

Here, Michelle’s writing style continues with detailed instructions and how to use the exercise routines. For the Pregnancy Exercise Manual, she adds in sensible warnings as a reminder.

In the Pregnancy Exercise Manual, the unique thing that stood out for me was the three different programs for the varying fitness levels: Tired Mama, Moderate Momma, and the Fit Mama (much cuter names this time). Each program is made of strength training section and stretch section. Again, she tells you exactly how many times a week you can or should perform them.

Needless to say at this point, but I’ll say it anyways just to be thorough, each exercise has pictures and detailed but simple instructions on how to correctly perform them. Truth of the matter is after you’ve done them a couple of times, you won’t even need to look at them, but it certainly helps when you’re trying to learn it the first time.

In the Mommy Exercise Manual, I found a few very helpful things that I wish Michelle had put in the Pregnancy Exercise Manual as well: things you’ll need for the exercise; average workout time including warm up, strength, and stretches; and cheat sheet for each of the routines without the pictures for use once you’re familiar with the exercises.

The Mommy Exercise Manual is also made of 3 programs: Stage 1 – Gentle Recovery Routine; Stage 2 – Getting Your Body Back Routine; and Stage 3 – Hot Mommy Makeover Routine. Unlike the Pregnancy Exercise Routine (where you can choose the program based on your fitness level), you will go through all of these in sequence after giving birth.

I think that sums up the exercise manuals. Let’s now talk about the main course of the package:

You can read the chapter breakdown for more detail or if you’ve seen enough, you can

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Pregnancy Without Pounds & Mommy Without Pounds

Rather than trying to type up everything I found of interest (and there were many), I decided to highlight some of the things you’ll learn from each chapter.

Pregnancy Without Pounds
Pregnancy Without Pounds
CHAPTER 1 THE WEIGHTING GAME
You’ll learn…

  • How much weight you should be gaining
  • Whether you’re gaining weight too fast
  • When should you be worried about gaining too much or too little weight
  • Whether you’ll be able to take your weight off afterwards

and other questions you’ll have like how long it will take to lose the weight after the baby arrives, if you’re going to gain a lot of weight in the butt and hips area, how to work with your body type, etc…

CHAPTER 2 HEMORRHOIDS, HEARTBURN AND OTHER JOYS OF PREGNANCY…
You’ll learn…

  • About your changing body – and how all the changes are normal
  • Most common physical complaints and tips for coping with them
    • The “true” joys of pregnancy (really!)

and quick and useful tips on what to do for many of the real complaints pregnant women have.

CHAPTER 3 X OR SIZE
You’ll learn….

  • Which exercises to DO
  • Which exercises to AVOID
  • How to get FIT for delivery
  • What to do NOW to make it easier to lose weight after your baby arrives!
  • Crucial information for pregnant women thinking of exercising; serious and honest warnings and guidelines
  • Difference between exercise and activity; and three ways to tell the difference
  • Different types of exercise choices available

CHAPTER 4 WHAT’S THE SCOOP ON FOOD?
You’ll learn…

  • How to AVOID putting on unnecessary pounds
  • How to Eat right for BOTH you and your baby
  • How to Fight every lows
  • How to crackdown on food cravings
  • Practical information you can apply to your everyday situations like what to order at Starbucks
  • Concise information on many different types of food for pregnant women

CHAPTER 5 PREGNANCY HAS A GLOW – LET THE BEAUTY IN!
You’ll learn…

  • How to be a pregnant bombshell
  • How to dress to turn heads (be that hot mama you’ve always wanted to be)
  • How to avoid sagging breasts, stretch marks, cellulite, varicose veins
  • How to get rid of puffy eyes, pregnancy acne, and dry itchy skin!
  • Tips on minimizing stretch marks
  • About SHEAR butter and what it can do

CHAPTER 6 LABOR OF LOVE: THE END OF THE BEGINNING
You’ll learn…

  • Final tips about labor
    • What to expect
    • What to do
    • What no one tells you but should
    • Common labor myths

I thought that considering the details of some of the sections, it would have been great if Michelle covered a bit more in depth about epidural, but this is likely due to her having had a very quick and easy labor of only 20 minutes (I know! Only 20 minutes!)

Mommy Without Pounds
Mommy Without Pounds
CHAPTER 1 NEW MOM CHALLENGES
You’ll learn…

  • Top 10 challenges for new moms and solutions

CHAPTER 2 GETTING YOU STARTED ON YOUR MAKEOVER
You’ll learn…

  • What you need to do for this program to WORK for you
  • How the program is structured (i.e., how the exercise and food plans work)
  • 8 easy steps to help you GET GOING

CHAPTER 3 STAGE 1: GENTLE RECOVERY (0 to 6 weeks or otherwise recommended by your doctor)
You’ll learn…

  • How to melt your pregnancy pounds and get rid of your flabby tummy
  • When it’s safe to start working out
  • All about your abs
  • What you need to know about breastfeeding and exercising
  • Which exercises you should start doing first
  • How to get started with Stage 1: Gentle Recovery Exercises and Food Plan

CHAPTER 4 STAGE 2: GETTING YOUR BODY BACK (6 weeks to 3 months or otherwise recommended by your doctor)
You’ll learn…

  • What you still need to be cautious about when exercising
  • Which type of cardiovascular exercise you should be doing
  • How hard you should be working out
  • How to get started with Stage 2: Getting Your Body Back Exercise and Food Plan

CHAPTER 5 YOUR HOT MOMMY MAKEOVER (3 months and beyond or otherwise recommended by your doctor)
You’ll learn….

  • The importance of a lifestyle program
  • How to exercise efficiently and effectively
  • The best way to burn fat
  • How to get started with Stage 3: Hot Mommy Makeover Exercise and Food Plan

CHAPTER 6 BODY TYPE SECRETS
You’ll learn…

  • All about the SECRET of body types
  • How to tell which SPECIFIC body type you are
  • The basics on working with your body type to get great results
  • Exercise and eating solutions for each body type

Now that we’re done covering all the books and chapters in detail, let’s go over some of the good and bad things about the program.

The Bad Points

  • Each book is password protected. I found having to enter the password each time to read the book was a bit cumbersome. If the books could have been just unlocked once, it would have saved me some time looking up the passwords every time. Mind you, I just kept the passwords in a text file on the desktop so it was easy enough. Or I guess I could have printed the books, but I actually prefer looking at books on my computer.
  • When I first got the package, I remember feeling a bit overwhelmed. It would have been better if Michelle could somehow integrate everything into fewer files. But I guess that would make it more painful to look up individual items in larger files. So ok, fine, I’ll withdraw this comment.

The Good Points

  • If you haven’t guessed it by now, I really love this package. Everything is laid out in simple and clear terms that’s easy to understand. The last thing you need when pregnant is to try and figure out difficult medical language.
  • It’s obvious Michelle has put a lot of thought into this creating this program. One of my favourite things is the clickable links within the ebooks (links to exercises or in the Table of Content as I mentioned earlier).
  • Another thoughtful addition included in the packages were the PDf files. I don’t mind reading things on the computer, but am not a big fan of entering data in spreadsheet programs (I hate Excel with a passion). Having PDF files to print and use with a pencil was a huge bonus for me.
  • I really liked the fact that Michelle is a real person of great experience and they show in the books. Her recommendations based on her experiences alone may not necessarily for everyone, but it adds a much more personal feel to the whole book and that makes it a much more pleasant read.

My Conclusion and Recommendation

If you’re pregnant, thinking of getting pregnant, or have recently given birth, you’ll want Pregnancy Without Pounds. Actually, even if you gave birth a while ago, but are still fighting that “pouch”, you’ll benefit from this book.

It has all the answers you need in one place so that you can stop searching and start doing. I really enjoyed reading the books and wished that some sections were longer. You’ll appreciate Michelle’s easy and candid writing style too.

On topics where a male writer simply won’t do, Michelle shines through with her depth of experience and knowledge. Put it to good use. Get the book. That’s my recommendation. I only wish I had found out about this book earlier instead of waiting till my fourth pregnancy.

(I suppose we could always have another baby although my husband would freak out at first….again)

I really hope you found this review of Pregnancy Without Pounds helpful. I wish you and your family (especially the baby) all the best, and easy and healthy birth.

Lorraine

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*P.S. How can you argue against results like these?

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Pregnancy Without Pounds Review Coming Soon

March 9th, 2011 2 comments

I’ve talked about it or hinted about it for long enough. I’m putting some final touches on my “Pregnancy Without Pounds” review article and it will be up soon. I have done my best to remain as objective and unbiased as possible, though it was a bit hard at times seeing how much I enjoyed the package.

In the review, I will highlight some of the good and bad points about the package and what you can expect to find inside in order to help you decide if it’s right for you.

 

Check Points for Pregnancy Exercises

March 7th, 2011 No comments

Here is a quick and dirty guideline for those of you wanting to get started with your exercise routines right away.

1. Peace of mind. Talk to your doctor and get his/her approval.
This still applies even if you’re not considered a high-risk pregnancy. The words “better safe than sorry” has never been more true than when you’re pregnant.

2. Not the time to experiment.
With all the changes going on in your body, this is NOT the time to start experimenting. Don’t introduce something totally new to your body and giving it more stress. Stick to what you already know and are comfortable with. Remember that your goal here isn’t to break new ground; it’s to keep your body moving and healthy.

3. Common sense.
Enough said.

But just in case you’re still wondering…

  • No long distance running. And if you were doing this before you got pregnant, lower the intensity and duration.
  • Don’t expose yourself to too extreme of conditions including, but not limited to: high altitudes, intense heat, intense cold, steep hills.
  • Stay in public places with constant streams of people and stay close to roads… just in case you need help. Again, better safe than sorry when you’re pregnant.
  • Since your joints are more loose during pregnancy, avoid high impact sports or those that require short, fast, and jerky movements (i.e., tennis, squash, basketball, etc…).

4. For resistance training, lower the intensity. Go for more reps rather than higher weight. Endurance is more prized than busts of strength. Avoid doing any exercise where you have to exert yourself too much and/or where you have to hold your breath. You need constant air flow to your baby.

5. Do NOT exercise lying down flat on your back. Sitting position is best, especially in a supported position. Also avoid lifting weight above your head or push a lot of weight (see number 4).

6. Never exercise on completely empty stomach or without water. Keep yourself well hydrated and make sure your body always has fuel to burn. It’s always suggested to non-pregnant people that they keep water bottle with them during workout. This applies even more so to you now that you’re pregnant.

Remember. I know I say it in almost every post. Better safe than sorry. Talk to your doctor first before starting any exercise routine, especially when you’re pregnant. Take it easy and remember your goal is to maintain, not to make breakthroughs. Never task unnecessary risks. You owe it to your and your baby’s future.

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Exercise for Pregnant Women

March 7th, 2011 1 comment

Is there such a thing as exercise for pregnant women? You bet there is.

If you know anything about exercise programs, you know that there is a program for every fitness level, circumstance, lifestyle, problems, conditions, goals, or whatever you can think of. And pregnancy is no different. In fact, there are probably hundreds of different exercise programs for pregnant women out there.

The difference in them is who created them and how effective they are in getting the job done.

Then you have to ask, what do you want the exercise programs to do for you? Both during pregnancy and after birth. Is it to maintain your figure or to go beyond it? Or you never really exercised and want to get in a better shape to better take care of your baby (believe me, if you’re not fit, you will get oh-so-very tired).

Depending on your goal, your exercise routine might differ greatly.

The ones found in the book “Pregnancy Without Pounds” are very well-thought out routines that target specific problem areas that either get weaker or stretches during pregnancy or those muscles you’ll need to help you during labor, and of course to get back to your pre-pregnancy figure as soon as possible after giving birth.

Here are a few things to look out for:

  • Short and clear instructions. There is nothing more frustrating than reading long drawn out explanation of how to perform each exercise.
  • Pictures showing starting and finishing position. This is very helpful if you have a hard time understanding the instructions.
  • Progress chart or some sort of log so you can keep track of workouts you’ve done and to keep yourself motivated.

Diet for Pregnant Women

March 7th, 2011 42 comments

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, because it just cannot be stressed enough, especially when it involves your baby’s health. Diet for pregnant women should be taken into consideration with greatest of care and caution. Always error on the side of safety. And always remember to consult your doctor first.

Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal, desirable, and essential for the a healthy pregnancy.

Having said that, it may be unhealthy for you to gain too much unnecessary weight. First and foremost, this involves eating healthy and not too much more. No magic bullet here. Know what are the healthy foods for you to eat and obviously avoid junk food with a passion.

Sure, when we get pregnant, it’s easy to take it as a free ticket to binge on fast food or anything that our hearts desire. On my first pregnancy, I ate Doughnuts and several bowls of sugary cereal for breakfast and snacks. I know, I gross myself out just thinking about it.

This led to too much weight gain in the first trimester and my doctor warned me to back off of sugar drastically. I was headed down a path I didn’t want to go. But once I had let myself go, it was hard to reign back in and gain control over my cravings. So don’t let yourself get there. Keep a lid on it right from the beginning. Practice self discipline.

This word isn’t much fun anytime we hear it; diet. For pregnant women, it’s no better. Perhaps you’d feel like you’re missing out on your chance, but let me ask you this. What is more important? Satisfying your temporary craving or knowing that your self-control (which doesn’t take much by the way if you follow the guide and tips in the book) will help you to be a fit, healthy, and gorgeous looking woman while pregnant and afterward (yeah, you can be a hot mommy that we all envy).

I’d just love to tell you some of these simple tips, but I can’t because it’s not my book. I’ll have to exercise self-control here and be satisfied with giving you these general tips and advice.

To diet or not to diet isn’t even the question at all.

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Losing Weight During Pregnancy YouTube Video
Read This Carefully

March 5th, 2011 7 comments

Before you view the video, please remind yourself that losing weight during pregnancy is NOT the goal. As you will see her explaining, she actually gained weight in the first trimester at an alarming rate. After her doctor told her that it was too much, she decided to eat more healthy foods.

This choice of eating more healthy foods eventually led to her losing weight while still pregnant. It wasn’t that she starting eating very little food or started to exercise excessively. Rather, she lost weight because of the improved quality of her food choices.

This is often the case when you hear of women losing weight while pregnant. They often start being overweight or gain too much weight in the first part of the pregnancy. Then when they change their diet to more healthy foods, the weight drops off automatically. However, you must remember that the weight should not drop too much or you may bring harm to your baby. Always discuss with your doctor first and know what your ideal weight goal is for the various weeks of your pregnancy.

The video actually gives some good tips on creating your own drink. Personally I’m not a big fan of beets so I’ll probably stay away from that, but looks like it just can’t be anything but healthy. Give it a try. It’s not too bad at all and she was right; it does taste better than it looks (I did put a lot of spinach as she recommended in the video).

 

Should You Exercise During Pregnancy? Is It Safe?

March 3rd, 2011 1 comment

Should you exercise during pregnancy? Is it safe? If so, how much is enough? Can you lose weight while pregnant through exercise?

First and foremost, before we get into this whole article, always keep in mind that you should discuss any plans to exercise or diet with your doctor BEFORE putting it into practice, especially when you’re pregnant as you and/or your baby may be more susceptible to harm or additional stress on the body exercise or restrictive diet may place on it.

Secondly, also keep in mind that weight gain is normal and essential for a healthy pregnancy. It is my understanding that you should never set weight loss as a goal to be achieved during pregnancy merely for the sake of losing weight (that is, if there are no other more pressing reasons tied into losing weight as prescribed by your doctor).

Ok, having those two points covered, let’s discuss the benefits of exercising during pregnancy in a little more detail.

If you were an active person pre-pregnancy, then keeping up your regular level of activity may be ok, but some advise women to take it a little easy during the first trimester. If you were not a very active person before getting pregnant, then you should start at a very slow pace and gradually build up more speed/workload. Always remember to discuss with your doctor.

Some women believe that it is best to not to anything during pregnancy. Actually, this can be more dangerous. Such low levels of physical activity may cause your muscles and joints to stiffen up or get weaker, gain unnecessary weight, and cause other pregnancy complications.

Walking is always a good and safe choice for most people. Walk at a brisk pace that doesn’t make you run out of breath and remember to keep a steady pace and bring along lots of water to hydrate yourself during the walk. If it’s hot outside, take special care to not walk in the sunlight for too long, try to walk in the shade if possible, and to wear protective hat or sunscreen.

Mild exercise during pregnancy will keep you looking and feeling good while relieving stress, and keeping you from gaining unnecessary weight during the pregnancy. Please note that I said unnecessary weight. As I mentioned several times throughout this blog, it is normal and essential for a woman to gain weight during the pregnancy.

Additional benefit of routine exercise while pregnant may include the ability to return to your pre-pregnancy weight faster after the birth of your baby. However, this of course should be done under your doctor’s supervision as well and you should not try to lose the weight in too much of a hurry.

Guideline for Losing Weight During Pregnancy

February 28th, 2011 1 comment

Have you ever thought about losing weight during pregnancy? Did you hear of women who got pregnant and lost weight? Generally speaking, most women gain weight and it is healthy to do so. Most healthcare professional consider healthy weight gain during pregnancy to be an essential part. The only exception I have come across is when the woman was highly overweight before getting pregnant and lost it due to morning sickness (reduced ability to eat) and/or eating more healthy foods and eliminating or reducing junk foods from their diet.

So How Much Weight Gain Should You Expect?

If you ever looked into what is considered healthy pregnancy weight gain, then you probably realized in a hurry that there is a lot of debate and uncertainty surrounding the topic. One expert might recommend a strict diet and exercise program while another say it’s ok to eat whatever food the mother craves. It can be very confusing and overwhelming on what advice to follow.

At the end of the day, a healthy pregnancy weight gain differs from a woman to woman and from each pregnancy to another. There are so many contributing factors, of which eating and exercising habits are only two.

As a general guideline, you should gain roughly 5 pounds in the first trimester and additional 1 pound each week for the duration of the pregnancy. These guideline numbers will differ if you were underweight or overweight pre-pregnancy. If you were underweight, then you should gain about 30 to 40 pounds by the end of the pregnancy. If you were overweight, you should look at about 15 to 30 pounds. Keep in mind that all these numbers vary depending on your weight, height, and various medical conditions, which is why it’s so important for you to keep in close communication with your doctor for the whole duration of your pregnancy.

Assuming you have already talked to your doctor and that there are no outstanding issues or concerns, a pregnancy weight gain calculator might come in very handy. It takes into account your pre-pregnancy weight, height, current weight, and number of weeks into the pregnancy to give you an estimate of how much weight you should gain.

Here is one pregnancy weight gain calculator I found that I think you’ll find useful.

Lose Weight While Pregnant – Why This Blog?

February 28th, 2011 2 comments

Can you lose weight while pregnant? But more importantly, can you do it safely?

In today’s market place, one doesn’t need to put in much work before being finding a mountain of weight loss products promising the world. But when you’re pregnant, everything changes.

Shedding the pounds is no longer the top priority. The solution has to address the question of whether or not you can lose the weight while you’re pregnant in a safe manner for both you and your baby.

Knowing that this a concern for a lot of women, I decided that I would purchase a product I found and reviewed it for my fourth pregnancy. Then it struck me that I should make it available to other women as well who are looking for similar information.

So I hope you find these articles and review helpful in answering those pressing questions.