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Post-Baby Exercise Prevents Bone Loss


Post-Baby Exercise Prevents Bone Loss

Time, energy and youth are not the only things kids take from us — they also drain our calcium!

In fact, women lose a significant amount of calcium to their babies, who need the mineral to grow.  So new mothers who are breastfeeding should exercise to prevent bone loss, say nutrition experts at the University of North Carolina.

As most of you know, calcium deficiency can lead to bone density loss and increased risk of osteoporosis.  My OB/GYN recommended taking a calcium supplement — which I wash down with ice cream to get even more calcium (hey, can never be too proactive!) — however, nutritionists recommend also walking, jogging and/or taking Pilates to stimulate bone growth and keep the skeleton healthy.

Researchers measured the bone density of 20 women between one and five months after they had given birth.  Those who did not exercise lost about seven percent of the bone density in their lower spine during the study period.  Yikes.

And those who just watched “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” marathons all day long lost about forty percent of their brain mass.

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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