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.

4 Weeks to Fitness – Workouts You Can Do at Home

4 Weeks to Fitness – Workouts You Can Do at Home

Often clients will take one or two Oh Baby! Fitness classes a week, but ask what they can be doing in between classes to stay in shape. I’ve been teaching a mom and baby fitness class for the last few weeks and decided to offer “homework” to the class. It was completely optional, but a number of moms have taken me up on it and have said they can see and feel a real difference in their fitness level.

How Soon Will I Lose the Baby Weight (and 9 Other Questions New Moms Ask Most Often)

How Soon Will I Lose the Baby Weight (and 9 Other Questions New Moms Ask Most Often)

How quickly will I lose weight the baby weight?
Just as weight gain happens at different rates during pregnancy, weight loss has different paces for different women. 9 months on , 9 months off is a good rule of thumb— not 9 months on and back in your skinny jeans at 2 months! If your baby is 9 months old and you still have weight to lose we recommend a combination of exercise and healthy diet to lose the last few pounds.
How soon can I exercise after baby?

Pregnancy Support Belts and Postpartum Belly Wraps- what works and what doesn’t

Pregnancy Support Belts and Postpartum Belly Wraps- what works and what doesn’t

Wraps and Belts and supports, oh my! In general, we don’t recommend too many products here at Oh Baby! Fitness—we think babies need a place to sleep and some food to eat, but not much beyond that, and we never want to tell new moms “you must buy this one magical product, or else!” That said, there are two products that we get asked about a ton and recommend for some clients- the pregnancy support belt and the postpartum belly wrap. These may seem similar, but are actually very different products that can help with very different conditions. Here’s a primer:

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.

Oh Baby! Fitness Mom & Baby Exercise App Featured in Kiwi Magazine

Oh Baby! Fitness Mom & Baby Exercise App Featured in Kiwi Magazine

Our “Mom and Baby Weekly Workout” app was featured in Kiwi magazine’s June/July issue. Kiwi encourages Moms to get “App Happy” with the Oh Baby app packed with 6 months of weekly postpartum fitness routines. The Mom & Baby Exercise app offers equipment free workouts that include your child. Each regimen is a dynamic hybrid of Yoga, Pilates and strength-training exercises. $4 iOS