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.
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.
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!
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 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:
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.
Wear or carry your baby for the first 3 exercises. We promise this one will leave mom sore and baby happy!
Please get your champagne (or sparkling juice) chilled, we’ve got some exciting news to share!
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.
One secret about pushups is they are a great abdominal exercise! Matthew McConaughey has said in interviews the only ab exercise he does is push ups — we figure if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for us!