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Exercise Programs for New and Expectant Moms

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    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:

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    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.

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    Our Exercise app, Pregnancy Weekly Workout has been named one of the Best Pregnancy Exercise Apps of the year by Healthline!

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    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!

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    A couple of my clients have work trips coming up and asked if I could share some workouts they could perform in a hotel room. I wanted to share with you guys what I came up with– these are great

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    (hint: be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for a chance to win a $25 Athleta gift card!) So, you’ve signed up for your first pregnancy workout class! Maybe it’s an Oh Baby! Fitness class, or maybe

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    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.

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    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)

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    Almost every day, a pregnant woman asks me what is normal in terms of weight gain during pregnancy. We have a nifty trick to help you know if you're on track.

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    Kathleen Donahoe, Oh Baby! Fitness COO, guest posted on the Lamaze Science and Sensibility blog about the five steps Childbirth Educators and Doulas can take to teach their clients how to push out their babies. In it she writes, “Since

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    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.

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