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diaphragm breathing

Movement and Mindset: Diaphragm Breathing & Stability Breath

  We get questions all the time about breath. Keeping it simple, we teach two basic breaths—diaphragm breathing and stability breath. Yes, there are hundreds of ways to get creative with your breath and to practice breath work, but you NEED these two breaths at your foundation of breath work …

Heart Rate Variability

Heart Rate Variability

Heart Rate Variability is used to assess your body’s ability to adapt via your nervous system. Your nervous system communicates to you when you’re safe or unsafe. Ideally,  80% of the time we will live in the state of safety and only spend about 20% of our time in that …

pregnancy exercises

The Best Pregnancy Exercises

We know that exercise provides many health benefits whether you’re pregnant or not. Becoming pregnant may bring up questions about which exercises are safe and which aren’t, or what to do if you want to move, but aren’t feeling so great. We want to make things simple. Take a look …

Structural Racism

Current Events: Structural Racism and Maternal Morbidity

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we look at a study conducted to quantify the rates of severe maternal morbidity (SMM) based on the intersection of race/ethnicity and insurance status to see how they may impact structural racism. Keep reading for more …

Pull-ups during pregnancy

Movement Insight: Pull-ups During Pregnancy

  Can I do pull-ups during pregnancy?  Should I do pull-ups while pregnant?    When we say pull-ups we are referring to strict pull-ups, kipping pull-ups, butterfly pull-ups, and you could even throw ring strict and kipping muscle-ups in the mix.  Pull-ups are a gymnastics movement that requires strength, coordination, …

Pelvic Mobility

Pelvic Mobility on Birth Ball

  Pelvic Mobility Pelvic mobility is critical for comfort and for supporting your body’s ability to adapt throughout pregnancy and the immediate postpartum. Pelvic mobility is also vitally important for labor and delivery. Labor is a dance between mom and baby. Ideally, baby is head down and sort of corkscrewing …

Nausea and Fatigue in the First Trimester

5 Tips to Help with Nausea and Fatigue in the First Trimester 

NAUSEA and FATIGUE often greet women in the first trimester. ⁠ ⁠ For the majority of pregnancies, nausea will disappear by the second trimester. Nausea and fatigue only stick around for the second and third trimesters for 9% of pregnancies (Lily Nichols Blog).  ⁠ Here are 5 tips to help …

Spinal Range of Motion

Spinal Range of Motion for Pregnancy and Postpartum

This video demonstrates the general spinal range of motion for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. This movement is ideal for anyone postpartum and anyone in their first trimester. We love this movement for postpartum rehab to bring back awareness around strength and stability. The segmentation of this movement allows …

Exercises for Urinary Incontinence

3 Exercises for Urinary Incontinence

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Queen-in-Training

What Does Queen-in-Training Mean?

At BIRTHFIT, we created the phrase Queen-in-Training.  The Queen is a universal archetype. The Queen is the mother, leader, goddess, or ultimate divine feminine, who expresses love, patience, maturity, and wisdom. She expresses sovereignty over her body and actions. This archetype is also a giver and a receiver of love, …