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Carpal Tunnel in Pregnancy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Pregnancy

Have you ever experienced a numbing, tingling, or throbbing sensation in your thumb or first three fingers of your hand while pregnant or postpartum? Have you had trouble performing fine motor skills such as gripping objects or buttoning a shirt? Does it feel like your hand has fallen asleep or …

Birth Story

“Too Fit” is Not the Problem

Recently, I was attending a birth as a doula. You should know that at this point in my career, I only take on doula clients that do the work and choose to be “birth fit”. This means preparing mind, body, and soul for this monumental transition and planning for the …

Your Coach Got You to the Games BUT THEY ARE MISSING THE POINT

You made it to the CrossFit Games or USA Nationals. Hell, maybe you made it to the Olympics. You’re fit as fuck and/or a professional athlete. The whole world knows. You identify as an athlete. What got you to the Olympic stage? Who was with you along the journey? Were …

#MomCrushMonday Queen In Training: Meet Jess

Jess is one of the strongest women I’ve ever had the honor of knowing. She gave birth to her beautiful daughter Emmeline in February, and on that day, she redefined my meaning of strength.  I have known many strong women, but not like this; not like Jess.  Leading up to …

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 …

Absolute Nos for Pregnancy and Postpartum in the Gym

It was brought to my attention that our blog doesn’t specifically state absolutely “DO NOT DO THESE MOVEMENTS DURING PREGNANCY or POSTPARTUM.”  If you’re an athlete working with a BIRTHFIT Regional Director or BIRTHFIT Coach, you’re covered. If you’re following BIRTHFIT Prenatal Programming or any of our BIRTHFIT Postpartum Programs, …

The 8 Changes I Made Between My First and Second Births

What does Queen in Training Mean to Me? I have two precious little girls. I have had two incredibly different birth experiences. Before my 3 year old was born, I had never heard of BIRTHFIT and didn’t know what it meant to be a Queen in Training. I learned so …

Mindful Training  for the Third Trimester

Working Out in the Third Trimester Here we go, into the third trimester, you’re almost there! Soon you will get to meet your sweet baby you’ve been growing for the past 26 weeks.  As you and your baby continue to grow, maintaining functional movement is very important and valuable to …

Second Trimester BIRTHFIT Lifting Modifications

Working out in the Second Trimester – Weightlifting Welcome to the second trimester! By the numbers, this timeframe is widely regarded as weeks 13-27. This can be both an awesome and frustrating time for the pregnant athlete. It’s awesome because her cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations will have taken place resulting …

Pulse Rate

Pulse Rate is Not Ideal for Monitoring

Pulse rate may not be the best measure for intensity in regards to a workout, pregnant or not. Pulse rate, heart rate, is equal to the number of times your heart beats per minute. In my opinion, using one’s pulse rate to limit and monitor exercise is not ideal. Every …