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Author: Marika Hart, PT

Exercising After C-Section: How to Train Clients Safely

In the United States, 85 percent of women will get pregnant in their lifetime (and that number is higher in other countries). While the majority of women will have vaginal births, about 32 percent will have C-sections. And the percentage of women who have C-sections continues to increase, both in the United States and around […]

How to Create a Safe and Effective Strength Training Program for Pregnant Clients

Have you ever been in one of these situations? Situation #1: A client you’ve been training gets pregnant. She asks you what this means for her strength training program. What do you say? Situation #2: A new client wants to start strength training with you… but she’s pregnant. What do you do? If you’ve ever found yourself […]

How to Train a Pregnant Client Who’s New to Exercise

What do you do if your new client is not only pregnant, but has never really been an “exerciser?” This can be a challenging situation for a fitness professional, especially if you are new to training pregnant women. You will likely find conflicting information on what your client should and should not be doing, and […]

Common Concerns Affecting Exercise in the Third Trimester

Things happen quickly in the third trimester, and if you’re working with a client through her pregnancy, you may sense her growing excitement — and a healthy dose of anxiety — keeping pace with her growing belly as the big day draws near. It’s important that you remain flexible and focused on the baseline training […]

Is It OK to Run While Pregnant? (4 Important Considerations)

This question is asked frequently by women who are pregnant and fear doing harm to themselves or their baby. Many women enjoy running and find the thought of having to stop — for pregnancy, injury or other reasons — distressful to consider. While many people believe that high impact or more intense levels of exercise should not […]

How to Assess Your Postpartum Client

A woman’s body goes through significant physiological and psychological changes during pregnancy, and labor and delivery. As a health and fitness professional, you have a duty to understand: How your client’s body changes during pregnancy Any potential birth trauma they may have experienced How to help them rehab and recover post-pregnancy How to help them […]

Does Everyone Get Diastasis Recti in Pregnancy?

Diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) is one of the more notable changes that takes place during pregnancy. To accommodate the growing baby, the abdomen expands, stretching the skin, muscles and connective tissue (including the linea alba). As the abdomen expands in pregnancy and the linea alba stretches, the distance between the two sides of the rectus abdominis […]