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What to Do If Your Kid Is W-sitting

W-Sitting and the Junction of Trust, Respect, and Function

If you’ve been in any BIRTHFIT class, you know that we have a lot of influence from the study of developmental kinesiology – how all humans innately move (without instruction), which has primarily come from DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization).  Another organization that also encourages innate movement patterns to be respected …

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 …

Things to Expect in Early Postpartum

9 Things to Expect in Early Postpartum: Emotionally and Physically

Becoming a new mom is such an exciting time! You’ve just completed such an incredible feat by giving birth, and you got to meet your incredible new bundle of joy. But, are you prepared for the first few weeks of postpartum? Not everyone is ready for what comes next as …

Fitness Adaptations While Trying to Conceive

Fitness Adaptations While Trying to Conceive

One season of the motherhood transition is preconception and/or trying to conceive. It is important to know that everything affects everything and the way we intentionally eat, think, and move plays a part in conception.   So how does a woman who is actively trying to conceive approach this?   …

Train for Birth

Train for Birth

As the mama of a toddler and also pregnant with number two, I am constantly staying active. My goal for exercising while pregnant isn’t to race in a 5K or marathon, lift heavy things, or even reach new fitness goals; it’s to train for birth. Birth is a mental and …

Symphysis Pubis Pain

Symphysis Pubis Pain aka “Lightning Crotch” or Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Symphysis pubis pain is un-affectionately known as lightning crotch. It’s that feeling that 20% of pregnant women know all too well—the sharp and sudden pain deep in their pelvis. The feeling of their pelvis shearing, pain that can stop a mama mid-step or leave her gasping for air trying to …

Working with Pelvic Health PTs

Working with Pelvic Health PTs: Connecting Professions

This blog is specifically for physical therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, and coaches. I have an idea: Let’s stop channeling our old professors/instructors, admit that we need each other, and change the world, one pelvic floor at a time!   If you belong to one of the aforementioned professions, at some …

Slow Is Fast

How Slow is Fast Worked for Me

When I began participating in high-intensity group functional fitness classes in the fall of 2014, I knew my husband and I wanted to start a family in the next year or so. Indeed, part of my reasoning for a new exercise routine was to prepare my body for a healthy …

What is IAP?

What is IAP?

Key Differences between IAP regulation, Valsalva, and Bearing Down One thing active pregnant mamas constantly hear is to be careful not to increase intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) because it will cause a diastasis or pelvic floor disorders. This is most common in the mamas who lift and exercise during pregnancy. While …