It’s no secret that pregnancy and the delivery of a baby does a number on a woman’s body. From stretch marks and weight gain to changes in complexion and even hair loss, your postpartum appearance can leave you feeling like a completely different person, especially in the bedroom. Whether you’re feeling self-conscious about your physical experience or your hormones are killing your sex drive, keep reading for some steps you can take to regain your sexual confidence postpartum.
“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.”
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.
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)
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.
Our Exercise app, Pregnancy Weekly Workout has been named one of the Best Pregnancy Exercise Apps of the year by Healthline!
A recent student and “Certified Fitness Geek” took our Oh Baby! Fitness Pre/Postnatal training and live workshop and gave us stellar and detailed reviews.
New sessions of our wide variety of pregnancy and mom & baby exercise classes: Pilates, Yoga, Water Aerobics, Toning and Stroller Workout are posted online.
Sign up today to reserve your spot and SAVE 10% off a full session when you use discount code: OHBABY. Go to www.ohbabyfitness.com to register today.
Remember, you can sign up for single classes or join a class already in progress for a prorated price. One spouse or relative can attend any Mom & Baby class for FREE!! Only rule is they MUST exercise!
CNN profiled an Oh Baby! Fitness Pregnancy Aqua class in a story airing on local news stations across the country and in US doctor’s offices too. See the story that aired on CNN.
Oh Baby! Fitness co-owners Clare Schexnyder and Kathleen Donahoe were featured in Atlanta Magazine’s July issue.