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Training During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Monitoring Training During Pregnancy

What should my heart rate be?  How much weight is too much?  What can I do to monitor myself?    These are the million dollar questions for monitoring training during pregnancy. However, there is no one-size-fits-all model for training throughout pregnancy and the initial twelve months postpartum.  Tools we use …

BIRTHFIT Coach

BIRTHFIT Coach Is an Honor: Requirements and Recommendations 

We frequently hear from personal trainers and/or coaches (women and men) wanting to be a BIRTHFIT Coach. However, when we share our BIRTHFIT Coach Education and application requirements and recommendations, many people vanish or have a hard time understanding why we cannot just “let them in”.    Our BIRTHFIT Coach …

Two Vessel Umbilical Cord

Two Vessel Umbilical Cord, What Does That Mean?

From my clinical experience, most women are unaware that an umbilical cord is made up of three vessels. So when a mom-to-be is told that her umbilical cord has only two vessels, they aren’t sure what to do with the information. This blog will dive deeper into the anatomy of …

Intentional Training Before and After Birth

Intentional Training Before and After Birth

Webster dictionary defines intentional as: ”deliberate, to have a purpose behind a task.” How can this be applied daily to our lives and any training we are pursuing in the Motherhood Transition? The intent will be personal to us each, and specific to our season, but the concept is the …

What are Your Obliques

What Are Your Obliques and How Can They Help Your Core?

If you have ever been inside a gym, I can guarantee you have seen people doing their “ab routine” to work on their core. These often include some kind of twist or bend to work on the side of their core, or what is called the obliques. But is that …

Rainbow Baby

Pregnancy After Loss – Rainbow Baby

“Rainbow baby” is the term given to a baby born after loss, whether from miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss. This blog is in no way an intention to provide a magical recipe on how to navigate a pregnancy without any hurt, fear, sadness, or grief of your previous loss. Any …

Deadlift Is Queen

Deadlift Is Queen: The Ins and Outs of the Deadlift

In BIRTHFIT training, we love deadlifts. You may hear us say that the “squat is king” for so many obvious and valid reasons. I would go on to say that the “deadlift is queen” and equally as important to maintaining functionality throughout all stages of life. As tiny humans, we …

The Top Five Tips to Prepare Your Pelvic Floor for Birth

The Top Five Tips to Prepare Your Pelvic Floor for Birth

Our pelvic floors are powerful. They’re not only the foundation of our core, but being that humans are the only fully biped mammal, they support us every time we take a step, cough, or sneeze, AND they are super important in making sex pleasurable!    Here are the “Top Five …

Essential Oils Throughout Your Pregnancy

Using Essential Oils Throughout your Pregnancy

Plenty of changes take place during pregnancy, both physically and emotionally. The use of essential oils can help a mama-to-be have an easier and more enjoyable motherhood transition. You may be new to the use of essential oils so I want you to know what essential oils are, how oils …

Preparing Your Older Child for Birth

Top Five Tips on Preparing Your Older Child for Birth

When I was pregnant for the second time and not wanting the same experience as the first, I began searching for more information and alternative options regarding birth. We brought midwife, Terri Payne, CNM, on as our doula and she asked where I would like to birth and if our …