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First Trimester

The First Trimester an eBook by Dr. Lindsay Mumma, DC

The Magic of the Four Pillars Sometimes by the time a pregnant woman finds me, she’s exhausted.  Not necessarily physically (although the first trimester can be a real doozy when it comes to fatigue!), but mentally.  She’s tired of trying to sift through the good and the bad, trying to …

General Anesthesia C-Section

Cesarean Section Under General Anesthesia

When most women think about having a cesarean section (or c-section), they usually think of the common regional anesthesia procedure that is administered in the form of either an epidural or spinal block where the mother is conscious as the baby is born via an incision in her lower abdomen. …

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 …

What to Do for Prodromal Labor

What to Do for Prodromal Labor (False Labor)

Prodromal labor is also called false labor, pre-labor, or latent-labor. While it goes by many names, many who have experienced will call it one thing: a pain. Prodromal labor can be an emotional rollercoaster — it’s the little boy who cried wolf of labor. You see, prodromal labor is the …

Two Vessel Umbilical Cord

Two Vessel Umbilical Cord, What Does That Mean?

From my clinical experience, most women are unaware that an umbilical cord is made up of three vessels. So when a mom-to-be is told that her umbilical cord has only two vessels, they aren’t sure what to do with the information. This blog will dive deeper into the anatomy of …

Intentional Training Before and After Birth

Intentional Training Before and After Birth

Webster dictionary defines intentional as: ”deliberate, to have a purpose behind a task.” How can this be applied daily to our lives and any training we are pursuing in the Motherhood Transition? The intent will be personal to us each, and specific to our season, but the concept is the …

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 …

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 …