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Perfect for the pregnant mom who'd like a GOOD+ SAFE workout while pregnant.
Fit4Baby® is a program designed to strengthen the body for all the changes it will experience during pregnancy. These classes exclusively focus on pregnant moms! (Other FIT4MOM® classes may include dads, nannies and other child caregivers.) Regular activity such as Fit4Baby® classes can help to reduce many maternal aches and pains, increase energy during pregnancy and may speed the labor, delivery and recovery process. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), exercise is just as important during pregnancy as any other time of life.
We contract with certified Fit4Baby® instructors so they are fully equipped to lead pregnant woman in exercises that are safe and appropriate for her changing body. Fit4Baby® classes are interval based, combining elements of strength training, cardiovascular exercises and stretching and balancing exercises.
Pregnancy is the perfect time to commit to health; and exercise is an important component to well-being for pregnant women and new moms. We encourage each member of any FIT4MOM® program to seek a physician's approval before starting any exercise program. Fit4Baby®: helping soon-to-be mothers find the STRENGTH FOR MOTHERHOOD
Q:"Should I Exercise While Pregnant?"
A: This is a great question that you should talk to your OB-GYN about. The majority of women are able to exercise safely and effectively throughout their pregnancy. However, in the case of a high risk pregnancy or complications, your doctor may advise you to stop exercising - either for a period of time or for the duration of your pregnancy. But for women experiencing a normal pregnancy, exercising can be one of the best things you do during these 9 months!
Exercise is so important during pregnancy because right after delivery, when you are at your weakest physically, you are asked to care for another human being - and you want to be ready for that! Staying fit helps you to go STRONG into the second act of motherhood. Exercise can also help decrease or prevent:
Excessive weight gain and postpartum weight retention
High blood pressure
Maternal discomforts (nausea, leg cramps, back pain, constipation, swelling, depression, etc)
I recently had a "bad massage". Has this happened to you? I asked for deep tissue full body massage, but what I got was someone who clearly was new to the job or "winging it". I am still sore and achy a week later! Yikes! This really isn't a reflection of massage therapy as a profession, because I could have spoken up. I could have said 'no, stop. no, too hard, no, that's too tender, no.."
Why didn't I? Silly, right? Well - there I am- bare and face down under a sheet, on a table, in a dark room, in a long hallway, with a stranger, Somehow, I was intimated, embarrassed for her not knowing how to do her job... silly right?
Silly. But then I remembered the fundamental power a person in charge has, like with teaching a class. I had to ask myself, do moms in my Stroller Strides class feel this inability to speak their concerns to me? Am I making myself open and concerned for their safety. Do I regularly ask, "Any questions? How are you feeling?".
After college, when I became a geographic information systems analyst, I joined the...more
Amy B. Gwin
When I had my baby, I wanted to sing to her all the sweet lullabies I could find. I had researched music for children when I was younger, and I know the importance of singing and talking with a newborn and baby. (Read more: Early Childhood Music and the Brain from Lullaby Link) I have seen how babies can calm down with soothing music, and engage with mom during fun singing activities. Music so very important to our lives, and good for us. (Read more: Does Singing to Your Baby Work? from Psychology Today)
Since it had been many years, since babysitting and hearing my own mother singing lullabies... I totally forgot the tunes and the words! I was a new mom, first time mom, and headed back to the office after 6 weeks, so every moment I shared with my...more
If you are currently pregnant, we welcome you to participate in Stroller Strides and/or Stroller Barre as long as your doctor has approved you to exercise. We ask that you listen to your body and take frequent breaks as needed.
If you recently gave birth, you must be AT LEAST 6 weeks postnatal before attending first class, but a physicians release is not required. If you are LESS THAN 6 weeks postnatal, a physicians release is required before participating in your first class.
The release may be submitted to the instructor at the time of your first class.more