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Minimizing Risk of Perineal Tears

Minimizing Risk of Perineal Tears During Labor

The thought of perineal tearing causes shivers to run down most mama’s backs. The perineum is the area between the vaginal opening and the anus that sometimes tears during labor. In fact, 53-79% of women who have a vaginal delivery will have some type of tearing or laceration to the …

training for birth

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 …

What Is Prodromal Labor

What Is Prodromal Labor? How Do I Know If I’m Having It?

Much to my amazement, significant evidence-based research on the topic of prodromal labor, historically and unfortunately termed “false labor,” is lacking. There is nothing false about the preparatory work of the maternal body and baby. As midwife Anne Frye states, “false labor”  lends “credence to the myth that one is …

Exercising While Pregnant

Three Tips for Exercising While Pregnant

“I want to exercise, but I’m so tired I fall asleep instead.”   “I know I should exercise, but I just don’t have the time.”   “I feel like I am running out of steam and just going through the motions.”   Movement during pregnancy is a beautiful thing. If …

preparing for postpartum physical fitness test

Six Things Active Duty Military Moms Need to Know When Preparing for the First Postpartum Physical Fitness Test

Being a new mom is hard. Being a new mom and being in the military is even more demanding. Over the past few years, the military has made strides in maternity leave, operational deferments, and breastfeeding policy. One area that many active duty moms still find frustrating, though, is returning …

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 …

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 …

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 …

BIRTHFIT Online Prenatal Training

BIRTHFIT Online Prenatal Training

Birth is an ATHLETIC event. Delivering a baby takes strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance to name a few physical skills. If I signed up for a marathon, the first thing I would do is search for a training schedule. I would start planning right away. I would not run that …

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 …