A New Parent Support Group Saved My Life

A New Parent Support Group Saved My Life

“Moms need the community these support groups offer now more than ever. Social media gives us the impression that we are connected (and can be a great support when we just can’t get out of the house), but NOTHING can replace just being with other parents and babies. Watching them. Listening to them. Sharing with them. Supporting each other. Heck, having some place to BE at a specific time, and LEARNING to get you and baby out of the house is a HUGE accomplishment.”

Postpartum Depression & Anxiety – the Pit You can Fall into Without Realizing It

Postpartum Depression & Anxiety – the Pit You can Fall into Without Realizing It

This was me in 2004. I was in the pit of postpartum depression. Funny thing about depression, you don’t realize you have it when you’re going through it. You’re at the bottom of a hole and nothing makes sense. Being responsible for a new life only makes the hole deeper. It was a BAD place for me and my baby.

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!

More Proof: Exercise Can Help New Moms Avoid Postpartum Depression

More Proof:  Exercise Can Help New Moms Avoid Postpartum Depression

According to new research, exercising during and after pregnancy reduces the risk of getting depression. Simply walking with a stroller can ease symptoms.
*Studies tracked almost 1,000 mothers who were offered different exercise programs
*Exercises included aerobic activity, Pilates and yoga
*Researchers found those who exercised had fewer depression symptoms after birth
*1 in 9 women suffer from postpartum depression – the most common complication after  childbirth. (CDC)

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.