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Fitness Gains in Pregnancy

Yes, it is possible to gain fitness while pregnant!  I see it all the time and it’s amazing!   During an initial one-on-one, its quite common for me to hear stories of less than optimal fitness routines.  Many of us are working too much and finding less time is available to devote to health and wellness.  Common stories are […]

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When Self-Care Becomes Toxic

I’m totally guilty of this.  We all know the seasons of life when our focus on wellness/health/healing, comes naturally.  Perhaps you’re focused on a specific goal:  trying to conceive, training for an event, weight optimization etc. The list is well intentioned and it’s created with great enthusiasm…but it’s only sustainable for so long.  During these […]

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Your Unique Self-Care Prescription

What are you doing for yourself today?  What does your morning ritual look like?  Do you have one? Setting the tone for each day with energizing, mind clearing rituals, with gentle movement, with meditation, journaling, breathing…or simply with intention can make a huge difference. I know it can sound positively daunting–especially if you’re a new mom.  So […]

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A Research Review – Exercise in Pregnancy: An Association with Placental Weight?

Exercise during pregnancy is a hot topic these days. As a childbirth professional passionate about helping individuals stay active throughout the perinatal period, I have been excitedly witnessing the pendulum swing that is in progress—a swing from fear of exercise to empowerment through movement.  Many pregnant people, who enjoyed a very physically active life before […]

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What is Holistic Pelvic Care™? Guest Contributor: Beth Rubin, MSOM, LAC

WHAT IS HOLISTIC PELVIC CARE™? The primary goal of Holistic Pelvic Care (HPC) is to empower a woman to inhabit her pelvic space and occupy her feminine ground physically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually. HPC is a technique consisting of physical and energetic tools designed to evaluate and restore balance in the pelvic space of the female […]

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Physical Therapy in the Perinatal Time: Guest Contributor, Aimee Lake, DPT

Physical therapy can be very helpful for maintaining a healthy level of physical activity during pregnancy. It can be helpful for managing and solving some of the physical challenges of pregnancy. It can also be a great resource for preparing for birth and post partum recovery. People often think of physical therapy in terms of […]

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Swimming During Pregnancy

If you’re looking for a complimentary form of exercise for your prenatal program, swimming can provide a welcome relief to those aches and pains you often experience during pregnancy! So, what are some of the benefits of swimming? It relieves the pressure of your bump by providing support and taking the strain off your back. […]

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“Water Keepers”: A Guest Post by Meg Heather Ford, ICEA Doula

Water Keepers Exploring the roles of doula, midwife and obstetrician in childbirth I recently supported one of my doula clients through her second birth, and was reminded of the overlapping yet very distinct roles of doula, midwife and obstetrician. The overlap, of course, lies in our shared outcome, which is a healthy mother and baby. […]

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Why Does My Back Ache in Pregnancy?

So, today’s topic is all about the postural changes that occur in a pregnant person’s body.  I’ve listed some of the main anatomical changes that occur below to help you understand why you may be suffering with stiff shoulders, neck strain and constant back pain. Welcome to pregnancy…or not! There’s so much that can be […]

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Management of Gestational Diabetes Through Exercise and Nutrition

Management of Gestational Diabetes Through Exercise and Nutrition A report released by the CDC in 2015 revealed that nearly half (47%) of all pregnant women gain more than recommended during pregnancy (1).  The study’s co-author, Dr. Andrea Sharma, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Maternal and Infant Health Branch stated, […]

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