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Top 5 Practices for Shifting Mindset from Competition to “Training for Birth”

High-intensity fitness classes tend to draw a lot of “Type A” go-getters. These are people who can buckle down, put in hard work, and get it done. Pushing the limit of our capabilities through training and regularly testing ourselves through competition can be a great way to stay motivated and …

Should You Take A Childbirth Education Class

Should You Take a Childbirth Education Class?

When you are going through pregnancy, you often receive information from everyone and everywhere – whether it’s your neighbor, the internet, or books. With so much information available, it can be hard to decide what you and your partner want out of birth. This is exactly why a childbirth education …

Maternal Health Care

Current Events in Maternal Health Care: Week of May 4, 2020

We have a new addition to the BIRTHFIT Blog! A couple of times per month we will be discussing current events in maternal health care. Take a look at our first installment below!    In these ever-changing times as a result of COVID-19, it is important to be up-to-date with …

Why Don’t We Perform Lifts To Failure During Pregnancy

If you’ve followed any of the BIRTHFIT online programming, specifically the Prenatal Program, you might have asked yourself, “Why don’t we perform lifts to failure during pregnancy?” The short answer? Because you have a baby in you. The long answer is that birth is one of the single most athletic …

Tips to Manage Postpartum Anxiety: A 4-Part Series (Part 4: Connection)

Part 4: Connection   The final portion of this series focuses on connection, BIRTHFIT’s newest pillar, and how to foster support when dealing with postpartum anxiety.  For more information on the symptoms of this disorder, check out Part 1 of this series. Studies have shown that people who feel more …

BIRTHFIT resources

Links We Love: Linking to Evidenced Based Research and Awesome Sites

At BIRTHFIT we believe resources that give up to date, unbiased, and inclusive information are the best. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of favorite sites and resources for your reference.  This list is broken down into each pillar so that you can see how BIRTHFIT can support you in …

Pregnancy Misconceptions

My Top 5 Pregnancy-Related Misconceptions

When mom and baby are healthy, there should be no reason not to train for birth. In my opinion, and what I founded BIRTHFIT on, is that training includes, but is not limited to, strength, conditioning, flexibility, and balance. These skills can easily translate into other ordinary life tasks. When …

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 …

Transversus Abdominis

The Role of Transversus Abdominis as Part of a Functional Core

You’ve probably heard that the transversus abdominis (TvA) is essential for core stability. You’ve heard right, but that’s only a small part of the whole story. The truth is, the TvA is *part* of a dynamic core (referring to the entire region from your neck to your hips).   Why …