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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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Delivery Day Fears

I’ve been working with pregnant women for over 10 years. 

In my Prenatal Pilates class we start each class with a theme or educational topic. 

During our last class, once we’ve had a chance to get to know one another and let our guard down, the women take turns going around the room and sharing the fears they have approaching their delivery. 

I’ve heard literally hundreds of women bear their souls about what has them shaking in their maternity stockings. ...

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Top 5 Exercise Principles That Every Mom-to-Be Should Follow

Congratulations, you’re pregnant! NOW, WHAT?!

If you look online, you’ll be bombarded with well-meaning fitness advice from well-intentioned trainers. This is not the time to put your body in the hands of an amateur. If we were friends (and I hope someday we will be!), here’s what I’d tell you:

  1. Immediately upon the egg implanting into your womb, your vessels experience dilation. But, you have the same amount of blood coursing through these now larger vessels which can...
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One Of My Favorite Stretches For Pregnant Moms!

I love the Pilates mermaid stretch!  It accomplishes so many things for my pregnant mamas, it feels so good, and it’s such a pretty move.  This is perfect for pregnant women who feel they are “running out of room” in their torso.  

It’s also a lovely exercise for pregnant women experiencing numbness and tingling in the upper extremities (once more serious nerve involvement has been ruled out).  While we most often think of these symptoms as relating...

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The Ring of Fire

“I fell into a burnin’ ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire” —-Johnny Cash


Ah, the dreaded “ring of fire.”

Pregnant women shudder at the mere thought of the commonly described moment as the baby’s head is crowning.  Couldn’t we paint a more loving picture of the moment directly before a mother meets the child she has been growing in her belly for 9 months...

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