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Articles: Pregnancy

How Gestational Diabetes Can Affect Your Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a common medical complication of pregnancy when your body cannot cope with the extra demand for insulin production. The resultant is persistent levels of high blood glucose levels (BGL) in the body. Although elevated BGL associated with GDM usually resolves itself naturally postpartum, there is increased risk of many acute […]

Considerations for Returning to CrossFit After Pregnancy

Have you ever had the feeling someone is hiding something from you? It’s happened to me several times now, so I know it’s not a fluke. You see, I’m a pelvic health physical therapist — yep, the kind that helps you when you have abdominal separation after pregnancy, when you experience pain during sex, and when […]

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 […]

How Vaginal Tearing During Delivery Affects Returning to Exercise

Whether it’s your first child or you’re a seasoned mother, the days, weeks and months following the birth of a baby can feel like a rollercoaster for many women. While you may be impatient — or not! — to return to the gym and to your training program to regain a sense of normalcy, it’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Every New Mother Should See a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist

When immersed in the fog of new motherhood, adding one more item to the list can seem daunting, but if there’s one appointment that every mother should attend after giving birth, it’s an assessment with a pelvic health physiotherapist or pelvic health physical therapist (PHPT). Many women are surprised to hear that this specialty of […]

3 Exercises Your Clients Should Do Immediately Postpartum

If you’re working with a new mom, you probably know how important it is for her to take some time after welcoming her baby into the world to focus on loving, bonding, and healing. Getting back to her pre-baby workouts — or a new routine altogether — could take some time, and that’s more than […]

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 […]

5 Exercises to Help Your Clients Reduce Their Pregnancy Aches and Pains

If you’re working with pregnant clients — or have experienced pregnancy yourself — you’re aware that pregnancy usually comes with its fair share of aches and pains. The hips, lower back, upper back and neck are all common locations for discomfort during pregnancy. Luckily, as a coach, you can help your pregnant client decrease those […]

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