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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 …

Abdominal massage

Abdominal Massage

Abdominal massage is an old practice and remains beneficial. Abdominal massage can enhance circulation, release oxytocin, and enhance healing. This is best done lying down with knees bent or a pillow under your knees. Use your favorite oil like sesame or castor oil. We try to stay away from coconut …

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 …

Exercises for Urinary Incontinence

3 Exercises for Urinary Incontinence

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maternal health care

Current Events in Maternal Health Care: November 2020

Once a month we discuss current events in maternal health care. In this installment, we look at a report on associations between maternal and paternal common mental disorders (CMD) before and during pregnancy and offspring preterm birth (PTB) and small for gestational age (SGA). Keep reading for more details!    …

BIRTHFIT WHOOP

B!RTHF!T + WHOOP 

BIRTHFIT has recently partnered with WHOOP to optimize training performance and recovery for our clients. WHOOP is a wearable performance tracking band that measures strain, sleep, respiratory rate, and heart rate variability.  Currently, there is little data on strength and conditioning training for women, and even less on pregnancy and …

warning signs for PMADs

Top 4 Warning Signs for PMADs (Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Anxiety Disorders) 

In the past ten years of working with clients during the motherhood transition, we have had the honor of supporting people through many highs and lows. We’ve had the opportunity to observe many warning signs for PMADs early on so that we could ensure support. The motherhood transition can be …