Oh Baby! Fitness has released a new mom & baby exercise mobile app on iTunes: the Mom & Baby Weekly Workout. The app offers a specific exercise for every week after the birth of baby…all the way to 6 months postpartum! Download it today and start your own personalized and safe exercise routine with your baby!
Co-owner and Senior Instructor Kathleen Donahoe was recently interviewed by partner Piedmont Hospital about the best tips for exercise and weight loss for new moms. Our Mom & Baby Pilates class was profiled too. Check out the story here:
One of the most important things we teach our clients about is DIASTASIS RECTI (abdominal separation) – a common pre/postnatal condition. It’s important to know what it is, as safe exercise can help control it but some types of exercise actually make it worse. Here’s what you need to know:
We call the first three months of a baby’s life the fourth trimester because they often act like they want to be back in the womb, but it’s also the fourth trimester for the mom. Her body is experiencing many of the same physiological realities of pregnancy (the hormone relaxin, stretched out abdominals, back pain) AND also trying to recover from childbirth. For moms the fourth trimester is a massive physical challenge, on top of also being a sleep deprived, hormone-fueled emotional roller coaster.
Peter and I went to our first mom and baby yoga class today. I’m still nervous when taking him out—not knowing if he’ll fuss or cry or what. But he surprised me a in a way I really wasn’t expecting in class today…
In my work, I often see women rush right back into exercise after they have their babies. I understand the urge– pre-pregnancy jeans are calling and the mental kick of a good workout can’t be beat. However, I’ve seen lots of women return to exercise too early or without a plan and end up injured. In an effort to learn from them, I did the following things before returning to exercise:
Here at Oh Baby! Fitness, we’ve found that a great way for new moms to get back in shape after having a baby is by focusing on a goal, rather than a specific weight they want to be. Goals can range from training and running your first 5k, to being able to hold a plank or wall sit for two minutes, to fitting into a pre-pregnancy pair of jeans.
Studies show that up to 60% of women experience urinary incontinence throughout their lifetime. The number one cause of leakage is childbirth, and more than 4.3 million women give birth in the United States each year. I don’t need to do the exact numbers to show that that is a whole lot of women! This is a problem…a big problem.
A really exciting study was released this week that shows women who exercise deliver babies with “more mature” brains—basically, exercising while pregnant gives your baby’s brain a huge boost! Having a smarter baby is something every mom wants and now you know you’re helping make that happen just by exercising.
Check out pregnant co-owner Kathleen Donahoe on Headline News Weekend Express — she shares great advice about working out while pregnant and healthy postpartum weight loss!