A Word from the Doctor

From my perspective as an obstetrician, a well-balanced diet and regular exercise program are essential for a healthy pregnancy. I feel that Sane FitnessTM Preggers provides you with a great routine to follow. You can use it as a reference throughout your entire pregnancy. As with any diet and exercise regimen, the first step is to consult with your physician to help you determine a program tailored specifically to your needs during pregnancy. There are several conditions that will preclude or inhibit your ability to participate in an exercise program during pregnancy.

These include: vaginal bleeding, premature contractions, rupture of membranes, incompetent or shortened cervix, placenta previa, pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, or other medical conditions such as a history of heart or lung disease and orthopedic problems. Exercise can also help prevent or control gestational diabetes. Proper hydration is very important when exercising during pregnancy. Drink plenty of fluids before, during and afer your workout.

Stop exercising and call your physician if you experience any of the following symptoms:

* Shortness of breath

* Chest pain

* Dizziness

* Calf pain or swelling

* Muscle weakness

* Severe headache

* Vaginal bleeding or fluid leaking from the vagina

Exercising and eating right is so important for a healthy pregnancy. Sanefitness QuickStart exercise program is a terrific start to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your pregnancy. Once your first trimester is completed, Caen's Prenatal "Sanefitness Preggers" program will guide you safely through the remainder of your pregnancy. Maintaining a well balanced diet and an exercise program throughout your pregnancy allows you more agility and strength for labor and a quicker recovery postpartum.

Once your doctor gives you the go-ahead to exercise, he or she will most likely discuss some of the points made in Sane FitnessTM Preggers and review the guidelines provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as contra-indications for exercise during pregnancy. You may also visit www.sanefit.com to obtain this information before making any changes in your current daily regimen.

Shereen H. Russell, M.D.

Galasso, Hirsch, Russell M.D.s, P.C.

New York, NY