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Articles: Pregnancy

The Truth About Alcohol and Breastfeeding

There’s a lot of confusing and conflicting information around mothers drinking alcohol and breastfeeding. Advice ranges from “Don’t drink at all; no amount of alcohol is safe for your baby!” to “Just follow the general guidelines that everyone should follow; breastfeeding isn’t a special consideration at all.” And in between, “Drink moderately and wait two […]

Your C-Section Scar: A User’s Guide

Birth is this amazing, complex journey that might have brought along a few souvenirs after nine months. When I talk my kids about their births, we briefly highlight a couple of things that catch their attention, one being the lovely C-section scar as evidence of their entry into this world. I admit, it’s a much […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Interval Training Can Increase Exercise Enjoyment During Pregnancy

As research continues to support regular exercise in low risk, healthy pregnancies, the number of pregnant women engaging in moderate intensity exercise remains below recommended levels for health benefits. Current guidelines recommend that healthy pregnant and postpartum women, perform at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., equivalent to brisk walking) [1]. […]

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 […]

What Coaches Need to Know About Childbirth

It’s important for coaches working with pregnant and postpartum women to understand the birthing process and the implications it may have on a client’s body and her return to exercise, as well as the emotional and psychological impact of the experience. In this article, you will learn about the technical details of the birthing process, […]

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 […]

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