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Five Things Men Need to Know About Pregnancy

Five Things Men Need to Know About Pregnancy

While most men don’t want to admit it, they are all pretty much clueless when it comes to women. This is about a million times truer when dealing with the subject of pregnant women, as it combines two things that they know basically nothing about. Luckily, this article will provide them with a few simple guidelines and things they really need to know about pregnancy. Hopefully, with these useful tips the next nine months will be an enjoyable experience for both.

1. Pregnancy is hard.

Ok, guys, when the woman starts whining and complaining about how hard pregnancy is, listen to her, because she is not exaggerating. Carrying another life is not something to be taken lightly. This is a very rough nine months for the poor lady, and although all her griping might get annoying, just remember, it can only get better from here. Well, usually. Try to really listen to her and try your best to sympathize with her. Don’t try and solve her problems, because you probably can’t, but listen and discuss like a girlfriend would. This will be very difficult for you but it will do wonders. Trust me.

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2. Women need attention.

In case it wasn’t already obvious, girls like to be paid attention to. They need affection, love, care, and presents (presents especially). Females need affection, especially when pregnant. They feel like their bodies are hideous and huge and they need someone to tell them they are still beautiful. This is the guy’s job. Though she doesn’t need false flattery, try to compliment her at least once a day and show her attention and affection when it’s pretty obvious she’s having a hard day. You might also be surprised at the number of points you will earn for a fabulous foot massage; this is actually the perfect time to give her a foot massage, as her feet can become swollen and very sore. She will love you for it!

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3. Pregnant chicks are moody.

One of the most important things to remember about pregnancy is that it messes people up. Seriously though, being pregnant can make a woman feel on top of the world and giddy or angrier and touchier than a football coach losing by one touchdown with ten seconds left in the game. The body and its hormones are all out of whack, making these ladies a ball of emotions and more unpredictable than ever.

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4. It’s a girl thing.

Obviously, men cannot get pregnant. Look at this as a blessing and enjoy the fact that the woman has to do all the work. All a guy has to do is enjoy a great relationship, wait for the positive pregnancy test, then sit back and enjoy the process of his child being created for him. Think about it—men can still enjoy a nice drink here and there but their women can’t have anything. Guys can eat whatever they want; pregnant girls can’t. The list goes on. So, relax and enjoy the ride while the lady does her thing.

5. This too shall pass.

Though pregnancy might seem like it will never end, it’s only nine months. It might be hard, but it isn’t impossible to do. Dote on her as much as possible during her nine-month journey, because she is working hard to create a precious little life. Besides, once it’s over, things will level out again (besides having to take care of the newborn baby). So, just calm down, take it a day at a time, and remember that everything is going to be just fine and life will return to what it once was.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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