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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 …

Out-Of-Hospital Birth

Why Do So Many People Believe Out-Of-Hospital Birth Is Illegal?

Midwifery is an ancient art and profession that spans almost all cultures since time immemorial. Over the past 150 years, midwifery in the United States suffered massive social, cultural, and political setbacks that directly impacted public perception of the safety, legal status, access to, and affordability of out-of-hospital birth (nowadays …

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 …

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 …

Tips to Manage Postpartum Anxiety: A 4-Part Series (Part 3: Mindset)

Part 3: Mindset   Next in this series, we are reviewing how to implement various mindset techniques to support the symptoms of and promote healing from postpartum anxiety. For more information on the symptoms of this disorder, check out Part 1 of this series. While anxiety is not a choice, …

Prepare for Preconception

Prepare for Preconception With These Four Positive Changes

In a world with so much noise and an overwhelming amount of information, it’s easy for us to feed into the fear and anxiety surrounding conception and preconception. In some circles, just mentioning the words preconception or even fertility can stir up negative feelings. Oftentimes, these words are considered “bad” …

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 …