Ask the Expert: To Kegel or Not to Kegel?

Ask the Expert: To Kegel or Not to Kegel?

I recently came across a social media post stating “Halt the Kegels!” It went on to say that pregnant women should not be doing Kegel exercises (pelvic floor contractions) and was followed by a long comment thread re-affirming this statement. As a Physical Therapist who specializes in pelvic health I am blown away by this linear and absolute way of thinking. Knowing what your pelvic floor does, and learning how to contract it and release it is INTEGRAL to a healthy pregnancy, delivery and recovery.

Gestational Diabetes: What Is It and How Can Exercise Help?

Gestational Diabetes: What Is It and How Can Exercise Help?

One of our clients just found out she has gestational diabetes. She’s an avid exerciser, but had terrible morning sickness in her first trimester and lost weight. She gained it back rapidly in her 2nd trimester. She wondered what she could have done differently and how exercise might help her manage her gestational diabetes. We’ve got some answers!

ACOG releases new guidelines on Pregnancy and Exercise

ACOG releases new guidelines on Pregnancy and Exercise

Pregnant women should get moving! That’s the clear message in the newest guidelines released by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a group that advises doctors what to tell their patients when it comes to pregnancy and health. See what exercises are recommended and which are NOT OK.. you might be surprised.

What being pregnant taught me that 10,000 pregnant women couldn’t

What being pregnant taught me that 10,000 pregnant women couldn’t

I’m in the last days before my due date I wanted to give one final update! Those of you who have been pregnant might remember the very special mental workings of being 39+ weeks pregnant. I swing between “baby will come when he’s ready!” and “I’ll be pregnant forever” on a regular basis (like, seriously, about ever 5 minutes or so). I feel lucky that we haven’t had the need to schedule an induction or c-section (yet), but also jealous of friends and clients that know the last possible day they’ll be pregnant.

Pregnancy- Exercise Is a YES.

Pregnancy- Exercise Is a YES.

Over the last week I’ve been asked a number of times about my thoughts on the latest big pregnancy article (and the subsequent online outrage over it) Taking Back Your Pregnancy by economist Emily Oster’s in the Wall Street Journal. Emily writes about approaching pregnancy and its “long list of rules” from a data-driven, analysis point of view. She tries to suss out what the real risks are from the long list of no’s, and makes her own “no” list (hers? Avoid Deli turkey and queso fresco). While much of the internet is blowing up with shock at her liberal take, I find it all a little underwhelming.