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.

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.

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:

Abdominal work during pregnancy: What you need to know

Abdominal work during pregnancy: What you need to know

Pregnancy and abdominals is easily the topic our clients ask us about the most. This area has changed a lot in the ten years Oh Baby! Fitness has been open- a decade ago women thought ALL ab work during pregnancy was “bad.” Thankfully the tide has turned a bit and pregnant women generally understand now that they probably should be doing ab work during pregnancy. That said, they often don’t know what they should do (and what to avoid). The good news is, it’s not rocket science! Here are the five basic rules of pregnancy abdominal work: