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Articles: Pregnancy

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 […]

5 Important Considerations When Training New Moms

Birth and motherhood have their share of ups and downs and, as fitness professionals and health professionals, we have an important role to play in a new mom’s physical wellbeing as well as her mental and emotional wellbeing. Very often, there are circumstances affecting a mom’s physical health after birth that impact upon her mental […]

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), […]

How Nutrition Needs Change During Pregnancy

Most women understand that when they become pregnant, their diets may need to change. But, exactly what that means — beside skipping the wine and raw sushi, craving pickles and ice cream, and “eating for two” — often remains foggy. So how should pregnant women make healthy decisions about their diet to support a healthy […]

How to Help Your Postpartum Clients Heal Diastasis Recti

During pregnancy, as the baby is developing and the belly grows, what many pregnant women don’t realize is that, to accommodate that growth, changes are occurring not only in the uterus and skin, but all also in the abdominal muscles. Toward the later stages of pregnancy, continued expansion of the uterus is possible thanks to […]

How to Train Clients with SI Joint Pain in Pregnancy

Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain can be a common experience for pregnant moms. This discomfort is felt on the back side of the pelvis. We have a sacroiliac joint on both the left and right side of the pelvis, where the hip bones (the ilium) meet the tailbone (the sacrum). These are robust joints supported by […]

Why You Should Squat In Pregnancy

The squat is probably one of the best-known exercises around and is a staple ingredient in (most) fitness programs. Generally considered a lower-body exercise that targets the quads, hamstrings, glutes and hips, the squat movement is actually one of the best full-body, compound exercises you can do. From the time we are toddlers through adulthood, […]

What To Expect When You’re (Not) Expecting: Fertility Testing Basics

Not everyone is a “Fertile Myrtle”… the endearing term we OB-GYNs often give to those women who get pregnant in the blink of an eye. We’ve probably all known someone who can conceive effortlessly, it seems! In actuality, although studies demonstrate that the large majority (80 to 90 percent) of seemingly healthy couples will conceive […]

4 Exercises To Ease Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

At some point in a 40-week pregnancy, most women are likely to experience some level of low back discomfort. Not all women will experience low back pain per se, but they’ll experience over the course of the pregnancy. That fatigue can lead to a discomfort that some women wouldn’t describe as painful, but will still […]

You’re Doing A Good Job, Mama!



You really, truly are. Whatever it is you’re doing. Whatever it is you’re not doing. Please know that you’re doing a good job. Mama, you’re doing a good job, if you: Are breastfeeding twice a day, twenty times a day, or zero times a day. Didn’t try to breastfeed or are nursing a three-year old. […]

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