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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 …

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 …

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 …

Postpartum Anxiety

Tips to Manage Postpartum Anxiety: A 4-Part Series (Part 1: Fitness)

Part 1: Fitness   Because this topic is so extensive and the issue is so prevalent (13%-21% of new mothers are expected to experience postpartum anxiety), we are going to break up this blog into the BIRTHFIT Four Pillars of fitness, nutrition, mindset, and connection.(1) We will dive into what …

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 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 …

exercising while breastfeeding

Obstacles to Exercising While Breastfeeding

*Although it is possible to breastfeed while exercising (baby-weighted lunges are killer!), this post is in reference to exercising in general while being a lactating mama.   As a birth-world-movement that includes “Fitness” as one of our Four Pillars, we often meet women who believe they cannot, or worse, should …

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 …

Kegels

Why Kegels Aren’t the End All Be All

“Kegel” has become a household name since its introduction in women’s health in 1948. Developed by Arnold Kegel, gynecologist, the exercise was originally prescribed for treatment of stress urinary incontinence and is now blasted across the internet and unfortunately in many clinics, as the way to “cure” pelvic floor dysfunction …