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#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, …

Does Blue Light Impact Fertility?

One buzz-word that’s being tossed around quite a bit is blue light.  Blue light is the portion of the visible light spectrum with the shortest wavelength and the highest energy. It is found in sunlight, LED and fluorescent lighting, and screens (such as phones, computers, tablets, tvs, etc.).  Does exposure …

Letting Go – My Evolution into Motherhood

Before I was a mother, I had a strong sense of self.  I wore my identity with pride and clung to a belief system that had served me thus far in life while I prepared to begin my journey into motherhood. But from the moment of my first positive pregnancy …

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 …

3 Ways to Reduce Blue Light Exposure During Pregnancy

Before we dig into the ways to reduce blue light exposure, let’s back up a bit and get clear on why we want to reduce it in the first place. Blue light is actually everywhere, as the sun is one source of (natural) blue light. In nature, we get exposed …

Quick Tips for Combating Nausea and Vomiting

First Trimester Nausea Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy: it’s classically called morning sickness, but let’s not sugar coat it – morning sickness is not exclusive to the morning. As someone just coming through her first trimester, this topic feels personal. Fortunately, about 60% of women experience a decrease in symptoms …

Supporting MTHFR with Nutrition During Pregnancy

What is MTHFR? MTHFR and pregnancy is a hot topic lately, especially in those who have struggled with infertility. So what is MTHFR and how does it play a role in pregnancy? MTHFR is a gene in the body helps to provide the body with sufficient methylfolate (also known as …

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 …