7 Tips To Prepare Your Body & Mind For Your C-Section

  Cesarean births -they are a hot topic for debate in the prenatal and postnatal world.  There’s also not a ton of helpful information out there for women who are scheduled for one or who are facing the possibility of needing one.  Usually, you only find information out there as to why everyone is vehemently opposed to them or why … Read More

Modifications For The Pregnant CrossFit Athlete

I have pretty much been an athlete my entire life.  So, when I took up weightlifting as a teenager, the workouts I did in the gym were not the typical workouts in which most teenage girls partake (e.g. endless amounts of crunches, sit-ups, and minutes slaving away on the treadmill).  I’ve always lifted heavily in the gym, and challenged myself … Read More

Lessons Learned from 3 (VERY DIFFERENT) Baby Births

Earlier this week, I sent out an email newsletter in which I talked about one of my birthing stories.  Yes…I have more than one -three actually!  It’s taken me a bit longer than most women to write about my birthing experiences because quite actually I’ve felt like “What’s the point?” other than to make it seem like I am trying … Read More

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: What Your Pelvic Floor Might Be Trying To Tell You

Prolapse is a scary word.  As women, we are often uncomfortable talking about our bodies, especially our pelvic organs and reproductive systems. So when we hear words like “pelvic organ prolapse,” it’s not surprising that maybe we experience a little wave of panic. It’s not exactly something that is openly and generally talked about amongst the women’s health and fitness … Read More

Crunches: Your Friend or Foe?

  WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH CRUNCHES & SITUPS? Let’s talk about crunches today -shall we??  Recently at the gym, I’ve had women telling me that they have read somewhere along the line that “all crunches and sit ups are bad for you.” So, I thought it was time to bring this subject to light.  While crunches and sit-ups (when done … Read More

Prenatal Fitness Myths Revisited, Part 2

So, last week I was doing a prenatal fitness consultation with a mama in her second trimester. We were going over some of the things you should and shouldn’t do as they relate to prenatal exercise. She told me at one point in our conversation that her doctor gave her some very general recommendations as well -one of them being … Read More

Kettlebell Swings for the Pregnant & Postnatal Athlete, Part III

  Alright -thus far we have covered technique for both the Russian and American kettlebell swings (read here), as well as simple tests you can do to determine if you are ready for American swings (read here).  Now we are going to cover kettlebell swings as they relate to the pregnant and postnatal athlete.   So, if you were participating in kettlebell training … Read More

Mom Always Said To Stand Up Straight!

Continuing on from my last post regarding alignment…Stop a minute, right now, and check your postural alignment. If you’re sitting, are you leaning to one side? Are your feet flat on the floor? Is the small of your back flat against the back of your chair? If you’re standing, is your weight balanced between your feet? Is one shoulder higher … Read More

Can I Still Exercise With Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

If your OB, midwife, or physical therapist has diagnosed you with some degree of prolapse, the assortment of emotions you may be feeling can be intense. You may be wondering what this is going to mean for future pregnancies, for your sexual health, and if you’ve been fit before, you may be wondering what you can do for exercise? At … Read More

Pilates Moves Safe For Pregnancy & Postpartum

When you hear about exercises that aren’t safe during and after pregnancy, you’ll often hear that anything that causes extra pressure on the abdomen is unsafe. Hearing, then, that Pilates can be adapted for pregnancy and the 4th trimester can be surprising. After all, one of the most popular moves of a Pilates workout, The 100 exercise, put a tremendous … Read More