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Author: Carolina Belmares

So You Were Asked If You’re Pregnant and You’re Not? Here’s What You Can Do Next

You may have gone through the experience of having a stranger or acquaintance comment on your non-existent pregnancy. Depending on the context and your own views, the situation may have been uncomfortable, confusing, hilarious, humiliating, or awkward. There are some specific social views of what pregnancy should look like, including the body’s physical expression, a […]

Sexual Harassment in Life and in the Fitness Industry

Let’s talk about sex… ual harassment. When speaking of sexual harassment, some of the more blatant and alarming examples of it tend to jump into mind. The construction worker who hollers highly inappropriate remarks at female passersby. The perverted teacher who demands sexual favors in exchange for better grades. The leering boss who makes sexual […]

How to Build a Referral Network to Support Your Pre- and Postnatal Clients

Health professionals who care deeply about their clients or patients look for professionals in other areas of practice who they can trust and to whom they can guide their clients or patients needing services beyond their scope of practice. To provide the highest level of service and care for your clients, it is critical that […]

When to Refer Your Pregnant or Postpartum Client to Another Professional

When working with pregnant and postpartum clients, remember that you are just one member of their healthcare team. Your clients will be working with several health professionals throughout their pre- and postnatal experience including some or all of the following: General practitioner Obstetrician-Gynecologist Midwife Pelvic health physiotherapist Doula Registered dietitian Mental health professional Chiropractor Massage […]

Coaching Clients Who Want Their “Pre-Baby Body” Back

Advice and guidelines on postpartum weight loss can be extremely confusing, and there is one good reason for this: Everybody is different! This means that women’s experience of pregnancy and postpartum will also differ, from the way each pregnancy carries out, to how their body responds, how much weight they gain and how fast (or […]

Understanding Birth Trauma and Its Effects on Women

Birth trauma in mothers is a term used to describe postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (P-PTSD). According to Postpartum Support International, P-PTSD affects around nine percent of women. The root cause for this illness is trauma during birth. It is important to note that perceived trauma is real trauma. What this means is that the birthing experience could […]

3 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Client

As a fitness professional, it is likely that women represent a considerable percentage of your training population. And, chances are, at least some of these women will at some point go through pregnancy and childbirth. Exciting! There are many ways in which you as a coach, can help your pregnant clients. One simple way to […]

How to Support Your Clients Through Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Miscarriage, stillbirth, elective termination, failed IVF, childbirth, SIDS — these are all examples of pre-term and neonatal loss. Pregnancy loss is often defined by how far along the pregnancy was when the loss occurred: Miscarriage (or spontaneous abortion) happens before the 20th week. Stillbirth is loss that occurs after the 20th week. An elective termination (abortion), […]

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