Committed to helping pregnant women get fit and healthy so that they rebound to their pre-pregnancy body in 12 weeks or less
No matter what you may face in your pregnancy, your postnatal body can look the way you want it to look
If you’re like I was, you’re scared of what pregnancy might do to your body. You may be afraid of losing tone, having a larger stomach than you would like, or having loose skin. And you may feel like it is too hard to avoid those things.
Going into my pregnancy, I did not know what I would face. I was considered AMA (advanced maternal age). Then, I developed gestational diabetes. And I ended up having a c-section. It was hard, harder than I expected.
I was devastated and embarrassed when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and I wasn’t sure what my stomach would look like after having a c-section. After delivering my baby, I had pelvic floor issues.
Many women end up dealing with these issues for years to come, believing that it’s just part of being a mom.
It doesn’t have to be.
For some, pregnancy can make it more challenging to stay active and eat healthily, especially if you’re dealing with morning sickness, like I was. Even if you have the time, you may not have the energy to make complicated recipes or spend hours in the gym. I certainly did not.
You can prime your body for an easier recovery from childbirth while you’re pregnant, even if you need to downscale your exercise routine, like I did. It’s demanding enough growing a tiny human inside your body. You’re tired and you need this to be simple, doable, and rewarding. It needs to be energizing!
My workouts were usually between 20 and 30 minutes . I ate a ton, even with gestational diabetes (and it wasn’t all vegetables). I returned to my pre-pregnancy weight within eight weeks of delivery and I still exercise in 30 minutes or less each day.
It’s ok to worry about how pregnancy will impact your body. It’s ok to think about yourself. In fact, thinking more about yourself can positively shape the health of your entire family (baby included).
Yes, muscles and tissues will stretch out, but a healthy approach while pregnant can make their return easier after delivery. You don’t need a ton of equipment, fancy gym membership, or personal chef.
Though each pregnancy is different and largely out of our hands, new moms can help control health outcomes, weight gain, muscle maintenance, and recovery from childbirth, including when things don’t go as planned.
Don’t believe, like so many do, that your body and health degrade after having a baby. Give yourself permission to look and feel amazing in every stage of your life!
Pregnancy is often the best opportunity for women to begin a new health routine that benefits both mom and baby and it doesn’t have to be time consuming or hard.
Small adjustments to a pregnant woman’s lifestyle can make a big difference in her comfort level, overall health, and in delivery and recovery.
Julia Broome, guides women in creating a healthy body that is primed and ready for pregnancy, strong and comfortable throughout pregnancy, recovers quickly post-delivery, and is maintained for life.
Why Prenatal and Postnatal Health are Important:
Many families notoriously struggle with weight management and associated diseases in an endless cycle, one generation after the next. Healthy adaptations during the most formative years (i.e., during pregnancy, infancy, and childhood) are effective in eliminating this destructive pattern in families.
Beyond reducing unwanted weight and the presence of disease, it is crucial to note that regular exercise, wholesome foods, plentiful sleep, and stress reduction, prime a woman’s body for pregnancy, delivery, and a swift return to her pre-pregnancy body. Recent and compelling studies outline the differences among pregnant women who regularly engage in exercise and other healthy practices from those who don’t. Examples range from influencing dietary preferences in children, to genetic expression in children, and beyond.
Pregnancy is a key time for new parents to learn more about the impact healthy behaviors have on both mom and baby. A new mom may find that her level of motivation to begin a healthier lifestyle is greater because she is now considering her baby’s health too. Not only will this influence the health of the child, it will also prepare new moms for the physical demands of being a parent.