Childbirth

Mar 20

Part 2: Getting Sexy Back

Getting your body back after childbirth can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve experienced a tough labor and delivery. Many women wonder where to even start. After properly stretching and lengthening tight muscles (featured in yesterday’s post) I recommend performing the following strength exercises 2-3 times per week.
1. Seated 1-arm…

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Mar 19

Post-Childbirth: Getting Sexy Back Step 1

After the final few months of weight gain during pregnancy and then childbirth, it’s no wonder my clients have so many joint issues, muscle aches and pains! Consider that new moms spend most of their time caring for their newborn in a seated or hunched-over position for weeks at a time. With very little (or no) time to correct imbalances, motherhood can…

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Feb 12

Help! Diastasis Recti!

After giving birth, it’s time to get back to the gym, bust a move and get that pre-pregnancy figure back STAT, right?  Let’s get sexy back!!!!!!!
Welllll, not so fast there, speedy. Approximately 70% of new moms develop diastasis recti at some point in their third trimester. This common problem is the separation of the abdominal wall, specifically…

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Nov 06

A Strong Core

How soon can you begin getting your core back post-partum? What exercises are safe and what are off-limits in the first few weeks after giving birth? Is all exercise unsafe until my doctor gives me the ‘ok’?
If you’ve had a normal vaginal delivery, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) gives the OK to exercise as soon …

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Oct 08

The Core Problem

So on twitter today, this male trainer was all braggy about how his fitness programs help  women avoid the abdominal gap during pregnancy… by standing with good posture (define ‘good posture’), avoiding pushups (!), overhead press (!), planks (!) and – get this – avoiding multiple pregnancies!! So ladies, if you train with this

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Oct 02

9 Ways to Birth Naturally

In May, 2013, ACOG announced a study that finds adverse effects of pitocin in newborns. Less and less women are undergoing early-term Caesarean deliveries, largely due to risks, dangers and complications associated with them. There’s been an upswing in natural birthing with midwives and doulas. Birthing centers are cropping up across the country.…

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Sep 26

Bridal Balance

Many of my bride-clients are getting married for the specific purpose of starting families. Most of these women are in their mid-30′s and pop prenatal vitamins like candy in hopes for a honeymoon baby. But are the stresses of planning a wedding combined with losing a ton of weight and weekly parties counterproductive to baby making? After all, a healthy…

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Sep 18

Rock it, Mama!

“OMG. My neighbor had a kid AFTER me and she’s already wearing skinny jeans!”
…help me.
As a personal trainer, I wear many hats: fitness coach, nutritionist, cheerleader, career counselor, therapist, confidante, and more. Since I train mostly women who are in very transitional stages with their bodies, insecurity, hormonal changes…

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Sep 11

Judgment No More

I am a childless, married woman on the wrong side of 35. I’m also a Personal Trainer with a specialty in “bride to baby” fitness. My certifications allow me to anoint other trainers in pre and postnatal fitness, educate my clients on childbirth, coach my clients during their labor & delivery and advise them along their nutrition journey.…

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Sep 10

8 Must-Haves for Fit-Minded Mamas

There are a gazillion gadgets on the market these days for new moms. In fact, the baby-care product market is predicted to reach $66.8 BILLION globally by 2017.  I’m willing to bet that women use MAYBE 40% of what they receive as gifts. It’s tough for expecting mothers to predict exactly what they’ll need once the new baby arrives.
The biggest…

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