In 2007 a study found that in the UK maternal deaths were at a two-decade high. The report stated that:
of the almost 300 women who died during childbirth between 2003 and 2005 from pregnancy-related conditions, more than half were obese.
I have never dealt with weight issues in my life, in part because of diet and exercise, but I am also sure this is due to my metabolism. Although I have not had to deal with weight issues, I have other issues in my life with which I have struggled, like my temper, so I can empathize with those who struggle with predispositions. But just because I have a temper, this does not mean that I can deny that anger is bad for you and has consequences.
I say this to soften the blow of my following statements.
I am concerned for the younger generation of mothers. I see so many teens who are dealing with obesity. I see young girls as overweight as their own mothers, even though they have not yet had any children themselves! What will happen when they begin to have children? How will this affect their pregnancies and births?
As a teen I was involved in sports like track, basketball, powder-puff-football and softball. I was very athletic and fit. I also worked out with weights into my early twenties. My husband, who is a bodybuilder and boxer was attracted to me because of my love for exercise and sports. So I went into motherhood fit and trim. Though I have not worked out regularly in the years since, I have always been active in walking, riding bikes, playing football and other sports with my husband and children, coaching their teams and practicing with them.
Athletes believe in the term "muscle memory." From the website MyFit.ca comes the following explanation of this term:
Muscle memory refers to the accelerated muscle retraining phenomenon when a muscle has been trained, detrained and then retrained again.
How does this apply to you? If you take a long break from working out you will be able to get your muscle back much quicker thank someone who has never worked out before.
I believe that muscle memory has helped me stay fit through the pregnancies and births of my seven children. Exercising as a youth is an important part of women being prepared for their future as mothers and I believe that there is opposition in this world trying to prevent women from having good births. What better way than to have teen girls be inactive, over weight, and even beginning to sow the seeds of illness.
By the time they reach high school, 64% of children are no longer physically active. Why?
Becoming a healthy adult starts with being a healthy child. Many chronic diseases of adulthood have their beginnings in childhood. For example, it is important for kids to build strong bones, so that by the time they’re in their 20s, their peak bone density will be higher and their risk of osteoporosis will be decreased. from: Kids In Motion
Because my husband has lifted weights and been active since he was 12 years old, he and I have always involved our children in sports and exercise. Since we home school we are their coaches and we believe that by encouraging, even forcing them to exercise (when they are being lazy,) we are preparing them for the work they have ahead of them as adults. The boys will need to be fit so that they can work hard to provide for their families and also to be able to run and play with them, too. The girls will have to be prepared to be mothers, to carry and birth their babies as well as tend to their families and also play with them.
The odds of an adult being physically active during free time are greatly increased if they took part in organized sports as a child, according to newly published survey results appearing in the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The results indicate that encouraging participation in youth sports could result in improved health outcomes for the general population. From CollegeSportsScholorships.com
Have you ever thought that you'd do anything to save your child from harm? Making yourself eat right and exercise is the best thing that any parent can do.