Pregnant athletes are typically given extreme OR generic information.
Their doctors, coaches, practitioners & peers give well-meaning input, like;
"listen to your body"
"keep doing what you've always done"
"don't lift over 20 lbs"
"you're a badass, mama!"
"pregnant women shouldn't be exercising like THAT!"
These generic opinions are not founded upon evidence or professionalism within the pregnancy and postpartum athleticism space. So many athletes gravitate to the message they feel most comfortable with, and have typically been left to their own intuition to “figure it out“.
This is not good enough information and women need more insight and considerations than what they’ve been given. We can encourage women to advocate for themselves, but to who? And how? Especially when the entirety of this process is not being taken into account when guiding pregnancy exercise, fitness or training.
Instead of the focus on *just* baby safety or mom’s experience/comfort, we need to look at the implications of training on her core and pelvic health function and long term athletic performance or interests.
We connect the dots between women’s health considerations as her body navigates so many changes, and how it implicates her fitness now and years from now. Pregnancy is temporary, postpartum is forever.
We can’t control every variable associated with pregnancy, labor, delivery, birth or motherhood in general. But exercise is something we do have control of – it’s something that’s adaptable for the current needs analysis on behalf of her longterm function and performance from the INSIDE out.
Her body, her baby, her vagina, her fitness, her goals, and interests matters.
This starts with quality guidance during pregnancy, so that it translates into the next chapters of her life, fitness, and motherhood.
We know that education is critical so that women can be their own advocates, understand their own training needs and have the ability to actually know HOW to listen to their body. But we also know a lot of athletes just want to be told what to do so they aren’t left guessing. They want confidence and trust in a process that feels unfamiliar and confusing.
We get it. We’ve been there. We’ve done it without any awareness or guidance. And we’ve done it with a lot of perspective and strategy.
We want to help you implement the education in ways that feel comfortable, familiar and practical. We want you to feel supported and safe while still recognizing that training is part of what you do, how you identify and what makes you feel good.
We will meet you where you are to take you to where you want to be. Let us help you.
Don’t just modify your regular gym workouts
When it comes to training through your pregnancy you have 2 choices.
1) Showing up at the gym each day and modifying the workout as best you can.
OR (and this is the better option)
2) Following a program that matches the needs of your pregnant body.
It’s more than exercise modifications!
Those are important, but what is more important is proactively choosing exercises that help support the function of your pregnant body
Your belly is growing which can leave you feeling all kinds of back discomfort, which is why focus a lot on posterior chain exercises (the posterior chain is the back side of your body. Think glutes, hamstrings, etc).
Your boobs are growing and soon you’ll be carrying a baby everywhere, which is why we want to train your upper back muscles with a variety of pushing and pulling exercises.
In a matter of months you’ll be lugging a carseat everywhere (it’s so heavy!) in this program we will be performing a variety of weighted carrying exercises to prepare you.
Yes, while you can modify workouts here and there, is that enough?
We don’t think so.
We think your time is better spent following a program that meets your body where its at and prepares you for the demands motherhood is going to place on it.