Oh Baby! Fitness co-owner Kathleen Donahoe was recently interviewed by Happy Babies Parent Education about postpartum recovery—specifically cores and floors (pelvic ones, that is!)
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:
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.
One secret tip that pregnancy trainers know is that there is one exercise that strengthens all the muscles used in labor and delivery—AND it’s an exercise you can do at home. All you need is a wall—that’s it! The secret:
I’ve written before about pregnancy and running here, but was recently asked about running after baby—basically how soon can a new mom get back to running after labor and delivery?
While a pretty simple question, it actually takes two steps—the first question is, am I ready to begin postpartum exercise? And then the second, when cleared to exercise, am I ready to begin running?
Senior Oh Baby! Fitness Instructor, Kathleen Donahoe, helps answer all the questions we get about stability balls and exercise during pregnancy: What kind of Stability Ball is best for me to purchase when pregnant? How do I sit on the
You hear us talk about Kegel Exercises all the time in our prenatal and mom & baby fitness classes. It’s one of the most important exercises you can do before, during and after your pregnancy. Why? Strong pelvic floor muscles
Outer and inner thigh raises work the glutes, thighs and pelvic floor. Engage your abdominal muscles during this exercise for added benefit. Senior Oh Baby! Fitness Instructor Kathleen Donahoe leads you through a demonstration. Watch the video below and let
Check out our video on Belly Breathing for Labor and Coordinated Pushing. Led by Senior Oh Baby! Fitness Instructor, Kathleen Donahoe. This is a two part exercise. You’ll learn how to perform belly breathing for labor and then move on
Guidance on proper form for lunges during exercise while pregnant from Oh Baby! Fitness. Lunges lift and tighten the butt, but they also offer an opportunity to work the pelvic floor. You can do Kegel exercises while doing lunges. Lunges