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Your body after pregnancy

Stay hydrated. Don't forget about water. It is very important to keep hydrated before, during and after exercise.

Set realistic weight loss goals for yourself. One pound a week is a healthy and reasonable goal to shoot for. It may take six months or even longer to return to your pre-pregnancy weight - whether you're breast-feeding or not - and even then, your weight may be distributed differently from how it was before pregnancy. Be gentle with yourself as you accept the changes in your body.

Above all, take pride in your healthy lifestyle. Enjoy the new addition and have fun while you incorporate health and fitness into your day.

Corinna Maggy is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist. She can be reached at corinna@adkbikeranch.com or 605-3549. The information contained within Health Matters is not a substitute for professional medical examination, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your physician before starting an exercise program or beginning any nutritional regimen.

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