I want to exercise, but I am concerned about it being safe during pregnancy. What do you recommend?
Our philosophy is that some degree of movement is beneficial for all! The key is to remain self-aware and engage in appropriate movement under the guidance of a specialist. We universally recommend getting clearance from your health care provider prior to beginning an exercise program at any time and particularly when pregnant. That being said, there are numerous benefits to exercising while pregnant for both mom and baby. We recommend setting up an appointment for a one-on-one consultation to get started with an individualized exercise program for your unique body and needs. You can choose from a variety of options including the Bodies for Birth Concierge Service or Prenatal Fitness Package. In addition, please see “Maternal & Fetal Benefits of Exercise”.
How do I sign-up for services?
- Log-in to https://clients.mindbodyonline.com
- Search for Bodies for Birth in “Find your site” options.
- Chose: Bodies for Birth
- Select the correct tab on the top of the screen regarding the services or packages in which you are interested.
- You can search for open appointments, view the upcoming group classes and select training packages for purchase from here.
- After selecting a service or package for purchase, the program will prompt you to create a log-in.
- When creating your account please use your best e-mail address and opt-in to get notifications, receipts, and appointment information.
- If you’d like to make purchases using your debit/credit card, please save this information in your profile (from a desktop not a mobile device). Bodies for Birth does not accept cards on-site, but you are welcome to pay with cash/check in person.
- MINDBODY Connect App is available for free via iTunes or Google Play. Small group training is limited to five attendees maximum.
- Schedule is subject to change–check MindBody for current schedule and to register for ALL classes!
How do I sign-up for a group training?
How do I sign up for a One-on-One consultation?
Initial phone consults are always complimentary and are a wonderful place to start! Availability is listed online via MINDBODY. Please log in and request an appointment via e-mail or as mentioned, feel free to give us a call to find out more! To sign up online, please click here.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Pay online with credit card or debit card through MINDBODY or in person with cash or check. Saving your credit/debit card on file in your MINDBODY profile is the easiest way to pay! (Bodies for Birth does not accept credit/debit cards on site.)
Can I book a training session with a friend who is also pregnant?
Absolutely. We are more than happy to train pregnant pairs. In fact, we offer Tandem Training packages at a discounted rate! In order to reap the greatest benefit from our session(s), we recommend that both women are at similar stages of pregnancy! Please contact us directly via e-mail or phone to discuss further.
How many times should I plan on training/week?
We recommend attendance at group training at least once per week, but truly, the more often you attend, the greater your results! Another great option is to supplement group training with weekly or bi-weekly One-on-One Personal Training Sessions to best prepare tailor a program to your individual and evolving needs. Most importantly, listen to your body. Be self-aware, patient with you body’s limitations and proud of it’s achievements during pregnancy. Allow this self-awareness to be your guide.
I am newly pregnant (in my first trimester), where should I start and when can I begin attending group training?
Once you have received the “green light” from your health care provider, the first trimester is an excellent time to schedule an initial session– Concierge Service is THE place to start prenatally!
As long as you are feeling well enough for exercise, you can begin attending group training at any time as they are recommended for women throughout pregnancy as well as postpartum. For more details and to view when the next series begins, please click here.
I have felt horrible during the first trimester—nausea and exhaustion have prevented me from doing much more than resting on the couch. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, how should I begin exercising?
This is going to be a bit different for each person—depending on your previous level of activity, goals and concerns. Since it is important to have an individualized plan in place, this is an excellent time to schedule your first session: Concierge Service is THE place to start prenatally!
I am pregnant with twins. What can I do for exercise? And, can I come to group class?
You fall into a special category! Please contact me directly to learn more. From here, we will collaborate with your health care team to establish the most appropriate exercise program. Prenatally, group classes are not recommended for women carrying multiples. Group Training would certainly be recommended postpartum.
I’ve never exercised before, but I know it’s important to be fit during pregnancy. Where should I start?
This is a great time to get started for both your health and the health of your baby! An individualized exercise program is particularly important for those who have been sedentary prior to pregnancy. We encourage discussing beginning an exercise program with your health care provider. Once receiving their consent, please contact us to schedule the Concierge Service so that we can develop the most appropriate exercise regimen.
I am postpartum following an uncomplicated, vaginal birth. When can I resume training sessions and begin attending group classes?
We recommend waiting until at least six weeks postpartum or once you have received clearance from your healthcare provider. This length of time may be greater or lesser depending on individual circumstances of labor and delivery.
The “Postpartum Recovery” One-on-One can take place in your home and can begin in the days following delivery! We will address the circumstances of your labor, methodical recovery of the pelvic floor, weight optimization, core rehabilitation and toning. If you’d prefer to come to the training studio, don’t worry about arranging for childcare–it is perfectly acceptable to bring baby along for all One-on-Ones.
Postpartum Recovery session is required prior to training in the group setting.
We recommend waiting until at least six weeks postpartum or once you have received clearance from your healthcare provider. This length of time may be greater or lesser depending on individual circumstances of labor and delivery. Babies up to 12 months of age are welcome at Mom & Baby Workshops.
Why is it beneficial to engage in exercise with my baby?
With a newborn it can be a struggle to fit in a shower or full meal, let alone a workout! The guilt of leaving a new baby with a caregiver can be an added stress for some women and time away from a breastfed baby can not only make scheduling a challenge, but can be uncomfortable for mom.
Participation in a Mom & Baby Workshop with Bodies for Birth allows you the chance to exercise together in a fun environment with other active moms and babies with professional guidance. You will receive specialized instruction for toning, strengthening, fat burning and recovery in a supportive space with like-minded women.
What if my baby is fussy or needs to be fed during the workshop?
Fussy babies, hungry babies, tired babies, happy babies…all are to be expected. If your baby is fussy, feel free to stop exercising to provide comfort. If you know that all of your baby’s needs have been met, and you want to continue exercising while your baby cries, that’s fine too. Feeding your baby during class is absolutely fine! Do whatever you need to do to get the most out of the class and ensure your baby’s comfort.
I am a little concerned about the Ergo, as the infant insert is a bit warm. How much exercise time is the baby in there?
Concerns about the warmth of the baby while using the Ergo insert are completely understandable. The workshop is designed with the option for baby to be in the carrier for approximately half the class time. That being said, safety is ALWAYS the priority for both mom and baby. The workshop is extremely flexible and we recommend bringing an infant seat so that you can switch from carrier to seat at any time–whether due to warmth for you or baby, fussiness, or just for a change of scenery.
The bottom line is that YOU, as Mom will be the BEST judge of what feels safe and appropriate for you and baby and we are happy to accommodate. Not only will we accommodate, but we expect this to look a bit different for everyone. As moms, we know that doing most anything with baby along requires lots of back-up plans and flexibility!
What should I bring to a Mom & Baby Workshop?
Please bring a front carrier (Baby Bjorn, Ergo or something similar), an infant seat, a blanket for baby, towel and water. Baby has the option to be in a front carrier for all cardio and strengthening portions of class. If baby is happiest in the stroller, feel free to bring that along as well!
How should I prepare for training/workshops?
Dress in cool, breathable clothing. Come well hydrated and have a light snack of protein and carbohydrates approximately one hour prior to the start.
Terms & Conditions:
- At least 24 hour notice required when scheduling appointment request online. Instructor online availability subject to change.
- Please submit payment online via MindBody prior to appointment or bring cash/check payment to purchase in person on day of appointment.
- The Bodies for Birth Concierge Service is required for all new clients prior to attending Prenatal Group Training.
- The Postpartum Recovery Session is required for all new clients prior to attending Postpartum Group Training.
- Training schedule is subject to change–check MindBody for current schedule and to register for all classes.
- Group training is held at the Vassili Center for Holistic Health and Fitness in Fremont (425 N 36th St Seattle, WA 98013)
- A minimum of three attendees is required for small group training to be held. In the event of insufficient registration, you will be notified by email and a full refund will be applied.
- On attending the first training session, no refund can be given for the cancellation of the term.
- Training sessions are valid for the duration of the course for which they were registered.
- There is no transferral of sessions from term to term, course to course or person to person.
- Classes are non-refundable with the exception of series cancellation by instructor for insufficient registration.
- Services must be paid in full and in advance.
- Classes may be cancelled due to circumstances out of your Instructor’s control, ie: poor weather conditions, sickness, but refunds will not be given.
- Cancellation of any one-on-one service requires at least 24 hours notice. Cancellations occurring less than 24 hours prior to appointment are subject to a charge of $25.
- In-home consultations available as well–please inquire for details. Off-site service charge may apply based on location.
- Complete necessary paperwork prior to your first class or training session. When indicated, receive clearance from your healthcare provider.
- Upon completion of these documents, should you have any contraindications for exercise, please contact me directly to discuss further.
Thank you and we look forward to working together!