Dr Oz: Jillian Michaels “Yeah Baby!”
Jillian Michaels was thrilled to join Dr Oz to talk about her new book, “Yeah Baby!” Jillian joked that she’s actually been getting quite a bit of slack for writing a book about pregnancy, since her partner Heidi was the one that carried their son, not her. But because she didn’t experience pregnancy herself, she got a team of doctors together as well as a registered dietitian and a pregnancy fitness specialist to give people the “most current, updated, authentic, honest information” which she broke into three sections. There’s pre-baby, post-baby, and the in-between.
Jillian first stressed the importance of building lean muscle because you burn calories while training them, as well as burn calories long after the workout is over. When you’re preparing to get pregnant, you want to get to a healthy weight. It’s important not to over-do it, but you can do just about anything pre-pregnancy.
A great move to help you get started is the leg press. Hold a pair of dumbbells at your shoulders and then squat down. Then stand back up and press the dumbbells up in the air. Jillian explained that when working out pre-pregnancy, on a scale of 1-20 with 20 being full-out exertion, aim for a 13-14. If you can carry on a conversation, you’re okay. If you’re struggling to breathe and can’t talk, you’re working too hard.
Dr Oz: Leg Press For Healthy Pregnancy
Another great move during pregnancy to work on your core and pelvic floor, is a leg press with a physio ball. Sit on a large exercise ball and slowly roll forward, as if you’re squatting, keeping your weight back against the ball. The same idea also works for women after pregnancy, once you’re cleared to workout. The same move works, with the addition of weights for a harder exercise.
Jillian explained that the biggest trick to “bouncing back better than ever” after pregnancy, is to not get too out-of-shape during pregnancy.
Dr Oz: What To Eat For A Healthy Pregnancy
Then, what if you were told you can actually indulge in your cravings, without paying for it later? Dr Jennifer Ashton joined Dr Oz and explained that you shouldn’t eat for two, but instead “eat for you.” The good news is that everyone can benefit from “eating like you’re pregnant.” Women who gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy, their daughters have a significantly higher chance of being obese 40 years down the road. “The time is now, we have to get this right!” Dr Ashton demanded.
There are two foods that are particularly problematic during pregnancy. Who doesn’t crave pizza? Instead of a thick crust or deep-dish pizza, go for a thin crust to cut down on the sodium. Also, load up on the vegetables, raw if you can. Finally, cut one slice into three slices, to trick your mind and body into thinking you’re eating more.
If you’re having a terrible craving for something sweet, it’s okay to reach for ice cream. It has good protein and calcium. But the problem comes from what is added to the ice cream. It’s important to watch your intake of sugar and saturated fat. Go for low-fat flavored ice cream and top it with grilled fruit. For a crunch, add some crushed peanuts. Just don’t go overboard! Dr Jennifer Ashton is the author of “Eat This, Not That When You’re Expecting.”