Tell us about your philosophy about health and wellness. Are you focused on performance, on holistic wellness, or on something else?
I believe in overall wellness. Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body. I believe that even the thought of “I can” and staying positive can get you closer to your goals.
Do you have any particular rules around diet, and if so, what are they?
My rule is everything in moderation. I don’t believe people should deprive themselves of what they want.
I don’t believe in labeling foods as good or bad. I do, however, emphasize that some food will make you FEEL good and others will not. Some will help performance and some will not.
I’ve helped hundreds of women reach their goals while still enjoying their glass of wine at night and not feeling guilty about giving in to their chocolate cravings.
Did you workout during pregnancy? If not, why not, and if so, what did you do?
I worked out my entire pregnancy. I lifted weights in the gym throughout and took my dog for long walks. Because I was consistent, I was able to keep most of my strength and maintain some muscle during my pregnancy.
What are the common beliefs and attitudes about exercise in your region? Do many women exercise during pregnancy? Why or why not?
I’m disappointed to say that most women in my area do not believe it is safe to exercise during pregnancy. They believe that doing certain workouts or working out at all can be harmful to the baby and that’s just not true! I’m trying to change those beliefs!
Are there any must-have products or services that you relied on that are related to fitness during pregnancy?
A good coach! Find someone who is certified in pre and postnatal fitness. Exercise during pregnancy is completely safe, but there are a few do’s and don’ts that your coach can guide you through.
A Pelvic Floor Therapist is an absolute must in my book for the postpartum period. You can start seeing one at 6 weeks postpartum.
Also, don’t underestimate the power of resistance bands for your lower body days during pregnancy! These are a must!
If you already gave birth, what was the post-pregnancy recovery like for you?
I had a few normal bumps in the road like breast mastitis (which is very common among women who breastfeed) but overall a quick and healthy recovery.
I was doing very light at-home workouts at 4 weeks postpartum which included core and pelvic floor recovery. I began lifting weights again at 7 weeks because I wanted to take my time returning to the gym.
I knew very well that although I had stopped bleeding, my body had some healing to do on the inside and I did not want to rush it as I do have some long term fitness goals ahead of me.
What is your secret to balancing everything – childcare, work, extended family, friends – while staying healthy? Is it possible?
My secret is…don’t be afraid to ask for help! Yes, you are a superwoman, but even she needs a little help!
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