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28 Nov 2016

Student Spotlight- November 2016

Natasha Holmes is a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach in Trumbull, Connecticut. Since completing the Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist (PPCES) course, Natasha launched FitbyTash.com with the mission “To provide busy professionals and stay-at-home moms with the most effective tools to live your...
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19 Nov 2016

Four Holistic Pregnancy Health Tips for Fitness Professionals

Despite living in an age that demands quick fixes and pill-popping remedies, the synergistic combination of wellness factors may prove more effective for preparing our mothers-to-be and their unborn children for optimal health. For fitness professionals, understanding foundational elements beyond exercise is critical for inspiring the...
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29 Sep 2016

For The Love of Your Core STOP Pulling Your Bellybutton to Spine

Written by Brooke Cates Why is the bulk of the fitness industry providing us with incorrect ways on how to correctly connect with our inner core muscles? The cues most fitness professionals hear are unfortunately “pull your bellybutton to spine” or “scoop your mid-section.” While these...
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25 Sep 2016

Three Mistakes Fitness Professionals Make that Permit or Even Cause Diastasis Recti

Fitness professionals have a unique opportunity to either heal or further worsen Diastasis Recti in their pregnant or postpartum clients.  Although “core” is now a staple fitness topic of the new century, appropriate application in fitness arenas can be lacking.  Lack of knowledge about deep core...
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23 Sep 2016

Closing Diastasis Recti During Pregnancy: A Case Study For Fitness Professionals

written by: Brooke Cates Closing a four-finger width Diastasis Recti (DR) separation during pregnancy once seemed like an impossibility in my practice. I never considered that healing DR while the belly is growing was possible, but one case proved me wrong. Using a technique that I...
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18 Sep 2016

Student Spotlight- September 2016

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Amanda Dale Amanda Dale is a personal trainer and group exercise instructor working in Singapore, Southeast Asia. Her fitness brand, ThisFitBlonde, offers a bold and inspiring wake-up call for the average fitness enthusiast. (Check out Amanda’s blog if you’re ready!)  Amanda also plays a role as...
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11 Aug 2016

Student Spotlight- August 2016

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Jeremy Cheung Jeremy Cheung is a strength coach, personal trainer, and the owner of The Performance Fix and BUMPfit in the Eastlake area of Seattle, WA. Last year when Jeremy’s wife was pregnant, they recognized the need for fitness education in the prenatal realm.  “There is...
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19 Jun 2016

Student Spotlight- June 2016

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Michelle Luongo Michelle Luongo is a Certified Personal Training Specialist and Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  She has always had a passion for health and fitness, while raising her two children has been her primary focus and priority. Michelle experienced...
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17 May 2016

Student Spotlight- May 2016

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Danyelle “Dee” Solana is a fitness, nutrition, and dance professional from San Diego, California. Her personal passion is dance, which has shaped her profession. “I absolutely love performing and teaching and sharing my love of dance!”  She teaches group and one-on-one fitness & dance, and is...
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15 May 2016

Diastasis Recti Solutions for Fitness Professionals

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Photo courtesy of The Bloom Method (thebloommethod.com) Diastasis Recti is a rapidly booming pre and postnatal topic and fitness professionals must be able to intelligently address client’s needs. Diastasis represents a foundational core dysfunction that must be addressed if your client desires optimal function. Diastasis Recti...
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20 Mar 2016

Student Spotlight- March 2016

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Kendra Leigh Pugh is a Group Fitness Manager from Columbus, Ohio. She teaches group fitness, Pilates, and is a personal trainer. She has traveled quite a journey in fitness, starting when she weighed almost 200 pounds in 2010. She says, “my own transformation changed my life.”...
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15 Sep 2015

Student Spotlight- September 2015

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“Whether my clients’ goals are to improve strength and endurance, correct imbalances and rid the body of aches and pains, or take control of their lives by becoming physically and emotionally stronger, I want to be a part of their journey.”  Kelly McGovern is a Personal...
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15 Jul 2015

Student Spotlight- July 2015

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Saleemah Allen     When Saleemah Allen joined the Fit For Birth movement, she was a childbirth educator, lactation consultant and prenatal yoga teacher based in Atlanta, Georgia.  She combined her passion for yoga with her passion for birth, and is the leader of Atlanta Prenatal...
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19 Jun 2015

Student Spotlight- June 2015

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Stephanie Greunke     Stephanie Greunke is a Registered Dietitian in Monterey, California.  Her private practice RockYourHormones.com focuses on women’s health and hormones. She works with clients who need help balancing their hormones, losing weight, eating real food, developing a more positive mindset, transforming their relationship...
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19 May 2015

Student Spotlight- May 2015

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Stefania Barker     Stefania Barker is a Certified Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, and owner of Primal Fitness in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Her focus is on families, “I find that weight management and total body health is much easier to accomplish when it isn’t just mom. Mom...
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13 May 2015

Illegal Childbirth Sometimes Safer

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Until yesterday, “Maryland was one of six states that forbid midwives from helping mothers give birth at home unless the midwife is a nurse.” But yesterday, Maryland signed a bill that will finally make it legal for direct-entry midwives to attend home births. One midwife posted...
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15 Apr 2015

Student Spotlight- April 2015

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Stephanie Payne   Stephanie Payne is a Certified Personal Trainer in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area. A few exciting things have occurred for her since completing Fit For Birth’s Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist course. One is that Stephanie has taken over the Mom’s Fit...
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13 Mar 2015

Student Spotlight- March 2015

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Shelley Lewin Shelley Lewin is a Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor and Group Fitness Instructor in Cape Town, South Africa.  She is proud to now add the Pre and Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification to that list. She has been in the Fitness Industry for over...
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16 Feb 2015

Student Spotlight- February 2015

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Olivia Cagle   Olivia Cagle is a corrective exercise specialist in Amarille, Texas.  Since completing the Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist Course, she has been working online and in-person with prenatal and postnatal women.  She is currently creating a Diastasis Awareness Fitness Program to...
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20 Jan 2015

What is Corrective Exercise?

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Corrective Exercise is a blend of personal fitness training with physical therapy. It is the perfect choice if: You want to feel your body’s abilities and overall function improve, rather than decline, as you age. You want to start a fitness program that focuses upon posture,...
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15 Jan 2015

Student Spotlight- January 2015

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Chris Bhutta Chris Bhutta is a personal trainer in Arlington, Virginia.  Since completing the Pre & Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist Course, she started her own health and wellness company, WellMom LLC.  WellMom offers both in-home and distance-based personal training for moms and moms-to-be.  She also...
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9 Jul 2014

Are Planks Safe for Clients With Diastasis Recti?

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Question: My understanding of the Fit for Birth curriculum is that front planks are OK for women with diastasis recti – that they are even good/a component of rehabilitation.  This conflicts with a lot of what I’ve read online (planks and other front loaded exercises are...
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30 May 2014

Healing Back Pain Through Breathing

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One of the simplest and most underused techniques for reducing low back pain is deep diaphragmatic breathing. Low back pain is estimated to affect between 80 and 95 percent of the population at some point in their lives. There are numerous possibilities why back pains develop,...
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28 Jan 2014

Getting Pregnant: 10 Ways to Increase Chances of Conception

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Getting pregnant in today’s world can be tougher than ever. Stressful lifestyle factors are making it more difficult to conceive than at any point in history. A 2007 Newsweek article calls infertility a “common problem, besetting an estimated six million American couples.” One study of over...
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15 Jan 2014

A Mother’s Emotions Affect Her Unborn Child

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Experts and evidence suggest that positive thinking can shape the body, heal internally, and even nurture a healthier child during pregnancy. A pregnant woman’s thoughts have a physical connection to her unborn child. “Everything the pregnant mother feels and thinks is communicated through neurohormones to her...
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9 Jan 2014

Healing Your Body After Birth

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The benefits of postpartum exercise are numerous, but a new kind of exercise may soon be the top choice for new moms. That choice is corrective exercise, which means using the right muscles for the right job. There are a few muscle imbalances or misalignments that...
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8 Jan 2014

Mental Imagery and Pregnancy

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Whether it’s called visualization, mental imagery, mental practice, or mental rehearsal, research for nearly a century has proven conclusively that “if you’ve been there in the mind, you’ll go there in the body.” Though this rings true in a vast spectrum of activities, from sports performance...
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3 Jan 2014

An Integrated Approach to Pregnancy Wellness

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Originally posted by James Goodlatte on Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/blog/an-integrated-approach-to-pregnancy-wellness-2/ Wellness: Being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate intention. Integrated: Achieving a harmonious interrelated whole by coordinating separate elements. Despite living in an age that demands quick answers and a pill-popping approach,...
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31 Dec 2013

Pregnant Dehydrated Moms Put Babies at Risk

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Originally posted by James Goodlatte on Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/blog/pregnant-dehydrated-moms-put-babies-at-risk/ During pregnancy, water may be most underutilized nutrient. After conception, water demands increase since the infant’s cells divide and mom’s blood volume increases. With thirst an unreliable indicator, symptoms of dehydration so vague, and drinks that may...
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27 Nov 2013

Exercises to Help Baby Drop for Natural Delivery?

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Question submitted by Pilates Instructor Sue in Miami, Florida, on Nov. 26, 2013 Dear Team Fit For Birth, I’m hoping you can give me some advice for my client. She is ‘due’ on December 17th and if she does not go into natural labor before that...
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18 Oct 2013

FFB at the CHEK Exercise!

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Hi World! James here… I spent the last week at the CHEK Exercise Coach Program. I’ve long been utilizing the CHEK method in my training and programing, and it was great to be able to consolidate and hone in on a few ideas.  I’d love to...
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23 Apr 2013

Great Stretches for the Pregnant Woman

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Ahhhhhh, many women’s natural instinct will lead them straight to flexibility, often bypassing strength along the way. Flexibility is equally as important as other physical abilities, but the pregnant woman should note a few things. First, as a woman you are naturally prone to being more...
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19 Apr 2013

How Environmental Toxins Affect Your Unborn Baby

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The Womb that Nurtures the Child Household Toxins Can Impair Baby’s Development For nine months, pregnant mothers are provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide the environment that gives their babies a stronger and healthier start on life. There will never again be such a level of...
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12 Feb 2013

5 Pregnancy Exercise Myths Debunked and The 3 Most Important Muscles to Workout During Pregnancy Exercises for a Smaller Tummy, Healthy Baby and Easier, Shorter, and Less Painful Childbirth

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Myth #1 Pregnancy is not the time to start something new or add to the current exercise program. Truth #1 Starting an exercise program during pregnancy stimulates placental growth. Women who start exercise during pregnancy improve fitness and performance. They maintain positive attitudes about themselves, their...
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4 Nov 2012

Your Thoughts Affect Your Unborn Baby

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Do Your Thoughts Affect Your Unborn Baby? Do you know your unborn baby is a deeply sensitive individual who forms a powerful relationship with his or her parents, and the outside world, while still in the womb? Much research has been done to prove how the...
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1 Nov 2012

Nature's First Birthing Position: Eastern Deep Squat

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  Today’s focus is on hip loading. Why is hip loading important? Basically when there are muscle imbalances, some muscles will be over active and some muscles will be under active. These imbalances will almost always show up as altered movement patterns. This altered movement pattern...
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1 Nov 2012

Diaphragmatic Breathing for Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Today’s focus is on diaphragmatic breathing. What is a diaphragmatic breath? A diaphragmatic breath means you use your primary breathing muscle to draw air deep into your lower lungs. This appears to fill the tummy, sides, low back, and lower ribs with air, followed by filling...
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21 Oct 2012

Learn How To Make A Great Living By Providing Personal & Health Training & Important Education For Pregnant Moms, Live Workshop Miami, January 25, 26, 27 2013

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January 25, 26, & 27 2013 (Fri, Sat, & Sun) 1-7PM Integrated Physical Therapy, North Miami “A Course That Will Change Your Life Forever” Pre and Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist Certificate of Advanced Qualification in Personal Training January 11, 12, & 13 2013 (Fri, Sat,...
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14 Aug 2012

Raw Honey- Pregnancy Super Food

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Raw Honey Raw honey is the concentrated nectar of flowers that comes straight from the extractor; it is the only unheated, pure, unpasteurized, unprocessed honey. An alkaline-forming food, this type of honey contains ingredients similar to those found in fruits, which become alkaline in the digestive...
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14 Aug 2012

Do Your Thoughts Affect Your Unborn Baby?

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Do you know your unborn baby is a deeply sensitive individual who forms a powerful relationship with his or her parents, and the outside world, while still in the womb? Much research has been done to prove how the link between negative thoughts, emotions, and the...
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13 Aug 2012

Preventing Muscular Aches, Pains and Discomforts of Pregnancy

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Maintaining proper alignment can reduce a tremendous amount of pregnancy discomfort. Here are several common pregnancy misalignments, muscle imbalances, and postural syndromes: low back ache, neck ache, “big belly” discomfort, calf cramps, and breathlessness. Though still widely regarded as untreatable maladies, the realm of corrective exercise...
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2 Jul 2012

Live Workshop Pre & Post Natal Exercise Specialist, Miami FL

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July 1, 2, 3 2013 (Fri, Sat, & Sun) 1-7PM Integrated Physical Therapy, North Miami “A Course That Will Change Your Life Forever” Pre and Post Natal Corrective Exercise Specialist Certificate of Advanced Qualification in Personal Training Personal Training CEU’s Pre-Approved for: You’re a personal trainer,...
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29 Apr 2012

How Much Water Should the Pregnant Woman Drink?

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Water is Your Baby’s Greatest Nutrient Water may be the most underutilized nutrient during pregnancy. The moment conception occurs, water demands increase dramatically as the infant’s cells divide and mom’s blood flow must be augmented. With thirst an unreliable indicator, symptoms of dehydration so vague, and...
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22 Apr 2012

The Benefits of Liver and Organ Meats Superfoods: in Pregnancy

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Recommendation: The “Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers” recommends “3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week.” Nutrition and Fun Facts: “Almost all traditional cultures prize organ meats for their ability to build reserves of strength and vitality,” say Fallon and Enig. Price found that...
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20 Apr 2012

Sunscreen During Pregnancy

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The Best Sunscreen to use During Pregnancy Sunscreen-The list of ingredients to avoid in sunscreen is way too long to go into here. Dr. Green lists several “estrogenic” chemicals to avoid. On the rare occasion that we use sunscreen (even here in Miami), we use the...
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20 Apr 2012

The Benefits of Eating Eggs During Pregnancy

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Superfoods: Eggs Recommendation: The “Diet for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers” recommends “2 or more eggs daily, preferably from pastured chickens” and “additional egg yolks daily, added to smoothies, salad dressings, scrambled eggs, etc.” Nutrition and Fun Facts: “Many pregnant and nursing moms in the Orient eat...
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15 Apr 2012

Choosing Seafood While Pregnant

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Seafood: Wild or Farmed? Seafood is very important for the developing fetus. In Raising Baby Green, Dr. Greene tells of a 2007 study that suggested “women who regularly eat fish during pregnancy have smarter babies.” Joanne Hay, editor of Nourished Magazine and author of “Pregnancy Nutrition...
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