Fitness

5 Simple Tricks to Make Movement Part your Busy #Mom-life.

5 Simple Tricks to Make Movement Part your Busy #Mom-life.

Making time for movement or exercise can be really difficult as a parent of a baby or toddler. How do you fit in a workout with an already overfull schedule of working and parenting full time? You know movement would give you more energy and make you feel better, but you just don’t feel like there are enough hours in the day or enough coffee in the world to get to the gym every morning, or you’re totally zapped by evening. Maybe you struggle with feeling like you’re missing out on home time or that family needs come before something “trivial” like a workout. Cue spinning wheels, stress, and not getting anywhere. Right?


I so feel you, mama. But it can be done! Movement and exercise can be part of your life without feeling like a punishment, without adding to your stress, without feeling like you’re missing out on the fun, without draining your batteries, without creating an impossible schedule.

Guide to Exercising: Second Trimester

Guide to Exercising: Second Trimester

The second trimester often brings relief and renewed energy for many pregnant women. This is due in part to some combination of reduced nausea, boosted energy, reduced chance for miscarriage and increased social support as parents start to share the news. (1)

This can also mean a renewed desire to get back to an active routine! You have energy, you don’t feel sick, and your hormones are making you feel like a GD warrior goddess, so bring on the training right?

The goals of training through the second trimester are to build strength and stamina, keep feeling awesome, reduce the risk of injury, and find movement you enjoy!

Weekly Workouts: 36 & 37 Weeks Pregnant

Weekly Workouts: 36 & 37 Weeks Pregnant

So much walking and slow movement these last couple weeks. I think Edith can sense a shift in the force and has become more attached (and less inclined to nap). So we’ve been pounding the pavements for long walks. These end of pregnancy walks are more taxing than I anticipated— I headed out on a long five mile loop one afternoon and very much wish I could have ended that walk about a 1.5 miles sooner. Baby is growing, putting additional strain on my pelvic floor, and as my body is really preparing for labor, I’m dealing with some pubic symphysis pain, aggravated apparently by long walks. Everyday is a learning opportunity, right? Right.

A trip to my amazing chiropractor and some conscious breath work has me feeling in much better shape.

How to Build a Strong Core during Pregnancy

How to Build a Strong Core during Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an especially important time to strengthen and support the core, but probably not in the ways that traditionally come to mind. Appropriate and proper core training during pregnancy typically won’t include sit-ups, crunches or lots of planking.

When we talk about strengthening the core, we are referring not just to the abs or that six pack, but to all the stabilizers and muscles that produce movement from the shoulders to the pelvis stabilizing our spine and allow it to move optimally.

Weekly Workouts: 34 & 35 Weeks Pregnant

Weekly Workouts: 34 & 35 Weeks Pregnant

It’s the final countdown! Kind of. I can’t believe how quickly this pregnancy is flying by. I also feel like I’ve been pregnant for a million years.

This baby is taking up any and all extra room and clearly using my bladder as a pillow and gallbladder as a kick-boxing bag. It’s cute. In that not cute way.

I’d be lying if I wasn’t vying for the days of pre-pregnancy workouts that leave you feeling sore and accomplished…