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Prenatal Pilates: The Best Pregnancy Exercise

As a Women’s Health Physical Therapist and Movement Specialist, I have access to hundreds of exercise programs from Yoga to Cross Fit and Barre to Tabata.  When women ask me what is the best form of exercise to participate in during pregnancy, my answer is the same each and every time. 

Prenatal Pilates, hands down. 

If you’re not already a believer, or if you’re not really sure what Pilates even is, or if you’ve stumbled upon this blog and are just...

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Trimester by Trimester: Your Instruction Manual For Exercise and Movement

When most women find out they are pregnant, they start thinking twice about what they are feeding their body and baby, striving for high nutritional value.  Sometimes they crave nutrient-dense food and other times it’s mashed potatoes and ice cream.  Just like everything in life, there’s room for both, and it’s best to find a good balance.  The same is true for movement. 

What is your appetite for movement? 

If you’re someone who craves...

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Exercising Safely in Pregnancy

The second you get the positive results, whether it’s a missed period, or peeing on a stick, or a urine test from your doctor’s office, or bloodwork, or an ultrasound….you become acutely aware that the decisions you make affect more than just you.  From what you eat and drink (to what you can no longer eat and drink) to how much sleep you get or how much weight you lift, you don’t want to do anything to hurt the baby.  And if you’ve ever experienced a...

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The 8 Best Pilates Exercises for Pregnant Women

The benefits of exercising during pregnancy are indisputable.  Reduction of back pain, easing of constipation, decreasing your risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and Cesarian delivery are only a few benefits.  But there’s also the promotion of healthy weight gain in pregnancy and help with losing the baby weight afterward. 

I always advise women to pick exercise programs that bring them happiness and joy instead of dreading the movement.  You have lots of...

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Prenatal Pilates by Pilates by Carrie

If you are pregnant, especially in this new landscape where staying healthy and safe is even more important, then you need to start thinking about how to strengthen your body (and mind!) from home. 

If I was training an athlete for a triathlon, I would look at the demands of each of the three events and then work backward to design a training program that would make my athlete prepared for anything. 

Birth is no different. 

It’s an event, and one of the most demanding...

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Let Go of These Exercises

“To Everything (turn, turn, turn) there is a season (turn, turn, turn). A time to gain, a time to lose.”

The Byrds were first to remind us, and then the migrating geese, and finally the Fall trees shedding their leaves are one final reminder that “letting go” is part of the natural order of things.  We humans don’t embrace change nearly as easily.

And from my experience, the same applies to women and their exercise regimens. It can be hard to let go of the...

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3 Reasons Mommy and Boot Camp Don’t Belong Together

Boot Camp:
1) A military training camp for new recruits with strict discipline;
2) A prison for youthful offenders, run on military lines;
3) A short, intensive, and rigorous course of training.

I rest my case.  

The words “Mommy” and “Boot Camp” do not belong in the same sentence together. Or at least a boot camp should not be a “Mommy’s” first choice of exercise post-baby.  

I like to compare your core to a house. The roof of your...

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