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How can I lose excess belly fat during pregnancy?

How can I lose excess belly fat during pregnancy?

Maintain 25 lbs limt: It is expected to gain upto 25 pounds during pregnancy so - check and make sure you do not exceed this limit and do not worry about weight gain excessively the tough part is postpartum to switch gears to bring down your hunger and diet habits if you switch back your eating pattern between 15 days - 21 days post pregnancy you will do fine. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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How do I lose belly fat after my pregnancy?

How do I lose belly fat after my pregnancy?

Tighten Up: For flat abdomen eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's: crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on your back. Engage in regular aerobic exercise (i.e., running, swimming, nordic track, bicycling, kickboxing, walking, cross country skiing, hiking, etc.). ...Read more

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What would you suggest to help me lose belly fat fast after pregnancy?

What would you suggest to help me lose belly fat fast after pregnancy?

There is no such: Thing as spot fat loss. You would need to lose weight in general & a certain proportion of that will be abdominal fat. This can be done by eating healthfully, being physically active and making sure that calories burned exceed calories consumed. However you can improve your appearance by toning your abs. To tighten your abdominal muscles consider doing crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball >>. ...Read more

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Can you tell a difference between a baby bump and belly fat? I'm worried I'm pregnant. Negative pregnancy tests. Lost 12 lbs but gaining belly fat

Can you tell a difference between a baby bump and belly fat? I'm worried I'm pregnant. Negative pregnancy tests. Lost 12 lbs but gaining belly fat

Tests are accurate: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate and not affected by foods, herbs, common illnesses, sexually transmitted diseases, or medications. A correctly done urine test gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have happened) or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon. ...Read more

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Painful side of abdomen during 6month pregnancy left side what causes it?

Painful side of abdomen during 6month pregnancy left side what causes it?

Uterus growing: Pain in the abdominal region during pregnancy is a common complaint, as the uterus grows it can cause some discomfort. If the pain is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, spotting or bleeding, vomiting or any discomfort during urination, calling your obstetrician is the best call of action. Drink plenty of fluids, change position and cure constipation. ...Read more

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Light abdomen pain during early pregnancy is it normal?

Light abdomen pain during early pregnancy is it normal?

Don't think so...: Abdominal discomfort during pregnancy is not to be ignored--its a warning sign that something may be wrong. Please see my many healthtap answers on the subject of what causes abdominal pain. Not all such problems are serious, but you don't want to miss the problem that is. Give your gynecologist a call please ; get checked. ...Read more

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My belly is measuring 30 CM during my pregnancy how many weeks am i? How is measuring and weeks the same?

My belly is measuring 30 CM during my pregnancy how many weeks am i? How is measuring and weeks the same?

Measuring is a rough: Estimate of weeks gestation, so 30 cm is normal for 30 weeks but the best way to check if there is a problem or question of size or dates is to get an accurate OB ultrasound to measure the baby. ...Read more

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Is small belly during pregnancy means small baby wight?

Not necessarily: Some women just carry small. It depends on the size of your torso and pelvis. ...Read more

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After delivery I gained weight from 50 to 68...my belly looks same as during my pregnancy...help me dr....

After delivery I gained weight from 50 to 68...my belly looks same as during my pregnancy...help me dr....

Various causes: Need some more details. Were you nauseated and losing weight during the early part of pregnancy and now making up for it? Are you breastfeeding? Are you making up for the fatigue of being a new mom by extra food intake? Many variables here. Try enlisting the aid of an experienced dietician to help you plan healthy eating whether or not you are nursing. Your OB can refer you. Good luck. ...Read more

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During pregnancy, when is it a must to avoid laying on the right side? And can propping belly on a pillow be ok to lay on right side?

During pregnancy, when is it a must to avoid laying on the right side? And can propping belly on a pillow be ok to lay on right side?

Mainly during labor: Avoiding the right side is mainly used during labor when there are fetal heart rate abnormalities as a tool to increase blood flow to the placenta. This labor maneuver has now been adopted as a recommendation throughout pregnancy without much scientific evidence to support it. You may adjust with pillows in whatever way is comfortable for you ...Read more

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My belly button has popped out during my pregnancy. Now it's four months after I delivered but why still my belly button didn't go inside.?

My belly button has popped out during my pregnancy. Now it's four months after I delivered but why still my belly button didn't go inside.?

Longer leash: Before your pregnancy, your belly button was tacked down on the inside to a ligament (which used to be the umbilical artery and vein) from your umbilical cord when you were born. The degenerated artery and vein- now ligament- delivered blood to your liver.
During your pregnancy that ligament stretched and probably tore so that the internal pucker is no more. ...Read more

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I have little pain in my low abdomen during pregnancy. It can make me feel uncomfortable but I can work through the discomfort, is that normal?

I have little pain in my low abdomen during pregnancy. It can make me feel uncomfortable but I can work through the discomfort, is that normal?

Maybe: It may or not be normal, so I hope you addressed this question to your treating OB MD who has examined you and knows your history during this pregnancy. ...Read more

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When do you typically start showing with your second pregnancy. 15w and feel like I have a little belly when I stand but when I sit it looks like fat.

When do you typically start showing with your second pregnancy. 15w and feel like I have a little belly when I stand but when I sit it looks like fat.

Yes: You tend to show earlier with the next pregnancies The muscles relax earlier and you show earlier than with your first baby If there is a question get an Ultrasound congrats on your pregnancy ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about right sided pain in my low abdomen during early pregnancy. It can make me feel sick but I can work through the discomfort?

Should I be concerned about right sided pain in my low abdomen during early pregnancy. It can make me feel sick but I can work through the discomfort?

Yes: Until it has been established that your pregnancy is located inside your uterus, you may need to worry about an ectopic, or tubal pregnancy. At 6 weeks after the first day of your last period, an ultrasound should be able to establish whether the pregnancy is in the correct place or not ...Read more

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Pain in the abdomen during urination-sign of periods or pregnancy?

May be neither: If this continues please d/w your physician to insure that you don't have an infection. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have stomache pain in lower abdomen during pregnancy 26 weeks?

Is it normal to have stomache pain in lower abdomen during pregnancy 26 weeks?

NO!: See your local Labor and delivery immediately and be evaluated for possible premature labor or cervical shortening ...Read more

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When does your belly get hard during pregnancy?

When does your belly get hard during pregnancy?

Yes: Later in pregnancy when you can feel the uterus, it is not uncommon for you to feel occasional tightening of the uterus. If you are concerned about regular contractions, then you should contact your doctor. Next time, indicate how far along you are in your pregnancy. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your belly drops during pregnancy?

Lightening: At about 30 to 34 weeks the uterus and baby are large enough and heavy enough that gravity causes the uterus to descend into the pelvis giving the impression that the abdomen is dropping. That is normal. ...Read more

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What would you suggest to help me lose belly from pregnancy?

No spot reductions: There is no such thing as spot fat loss. You would need to lose weight in general & a certain proportion of that will be abdominal fat. This can be done by eating healthfully, being physically active and making sure that calories burned exceed calories consumed. However you can improve your appearance by toning your abs. To tighten your abdominal muscles consider doing crunches, reverse crunches, . ...Read more

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What suggestions do you have to help me lose my pregnancy belly?

selective fat loss: You can not selectively lose fat from one area of the body. However, healthy nutrition, aerobic activity and specific toning exercises can help to reduce overall weight & improve abdominal appearance. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the easiest and quickest way to lose after pregnancy belly?

You can't spot: Reduce. Don’t strive to lose your pregnancy weight instantaneously. Your body has just been through a lot. If you breast feed your baby that will burn extra calories. Make sensible nutrition choices. Remain physically active. Ensure that calories burned exceed calories consumed. Take care. ...Read more

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Sharp Pain occurs while touching lower right side abdomen, is it normal during pregnancy?

See a doctor ASAP: Sharp pain in right low abdomen during pregnancy is abnormal and can have multiple causes including acute appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy, and urinary tract infection. Please see a doctor or go to ED and run some tests to rule out medical emergency. ...Read more

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What is the easiest way to lose post pregnancy belly?

You can not: Selectively lose abdominal fat. However, with exercise and healhty diet (calories consumed < calories burned) you will lose overall fat with a certain % being from the abdomen. Tighten your abs. ...Read more

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During early pregnancy can it hurt when pushing on lower abdomen?

During early pregnancy can it hurt when pushing on lower abdomen?

Sure: If something hurts then its best not to do it. Avoid pushing on your abdomen ifit hurts and tell your doctor at your prenatal appointment. ...Read more

Dr. James Chappell
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Abdominal Obesity (Definition)

Abdominal obesity is also known as central obesity or central adiposity. It occurs when there is excess fat around the abdomen/ abdominal organs and has been ...Read more