Fit Your Life offers fitness classes for women at very special times in their lives. We want to assist you in finding or reconnecting with your fitness journey by discovering something that inspires you! Pregnancy and motherhood are often times in our lives where exercise is forgotten or falls off the priority list. Your health is vital in you being the best mom, wife, partner, friend, and woman you can be!
one of us is different. One of the most amazing aspects of my job is to witness
the vast differences between each pregnant body as they exercise and how their
body transforms postpartum. Most women will have similarities between their own
pregnancies and births. Many women can even find a few similarities with other
women as they discuss their stories. I think you would be hard pressed to find
two stories more similar than mine and Jamie’s are, which is truly incredible,
as we have only known each other for 18 months. That being said, they are not
identical stories and for that reason I will also be sharing my story of
regaining strength, alignment, and function through the help, expertise, and
guidance of a pelvic health physical therapist.
miscarriage, my husband and I went on to have two healthy pregnancies. Our
oldest daughter Brooke was born by urgent cesarean section in April 2014. Our
youngest daughter Mikah was born by elective repeat cesarean section in October
2016. You can read her birth story here. I stayed active through both
pregnancies, which included running (stopped at 25 and 32 weeks, respectively),
strength training, and yoga amongst other leisure activities and hobbies
(biking, hiking, etc.). I officially started Fit Your Life by offering prenatal
and postpartum fitness seminars in February 2015. Since that time, I have
continued to learn, through various means, about pregnancy health and
postpartum fitness. I absolutely fell in love with putting this newly
discovered knowledge into practice within my own body during Mikah’s pregnancy.
After her birth and through my healing, I began finding my new daily routine.
Even before I was cleared for exercise postpartum, as a new family of four, we
would go downstairs first thing in the morning and pull out our mats. This was
an awesome ritual Brooke, Keith, and I had developed and wanted to continue.
While Keith and Brooke worked out, Mikah would lie on my exercise mat and I
would stretch, move gently, and connect with my changing body through breath.
As I was able, I slowly re-introduced more movement in these morning sessions
and loved the way I was feeling! I felt strong and connected! I thanked my
prenatal exercise routine, my balanced nutrition intake, and my supportive
family for this.
feeling great and sinking into the new routine, there was one nagging thing
that continued to bother me even months after Mikah’s birth. My incision scar
tissue did not seem to be going away. The slimmer I became, the more noticeable
I thought the “bump” above my external scar was. Through self-massage,
chiropractic, and deep massage, I noticed some change, but I started to wonder
if this was part of my new normal.
this have to do with making an appointment with Jillian Palmer (MScPT) at Bounce Back PhysicalTherapy? Well… this scar tissue was the only postpartum “issue” that I would
fully admit existed. I was actually in complete denial that I had a 2+ finger
abdominal separation (diastasis recti or DR) at my belly button. Yes, I am
trained in assessing this and did feel it within my own body. Since I was
virtually symptom free and am very well trained in what not to do with DR, I
was cautious, but did not even think about having it assessed. I worked on this
in my own way through core connection, mindful core movements, and pelvic floor
engagement and relaxation. [It is perfectly normal if you are having flashbacks
to Jamie’s blog post. Haven’t read it yet? Find it here! I told you we are
similar!] Over the summer, Erin, Jamie, and I wanted to open up the
conversation about pelvic floor and core symptoms postpartum. Through this
process, more women were asking us to assess them for DR and were discussing
what was going on in their body before, during, and after our classes. We loved
that women were realizing that Fit Your Life is a safe space for them to talk
about their discomforts, pain, leaking, and to ask what is “normal recovery”
and what might need require further investigation by a pelvic health specialist.
number of these conversations grew, I started thinking about my own body and
how I really should make an assessment appointment to see what it is really
like. What held me back? To be frank, I was most nervous about the internal
exam. Why? I was scared she would find something “wrong”. BUT I was finally
able to take a deep breath and book an appointment. I was recommending so many
clients to go and knew I could probably learn a thing or two. Well, that is an
Am I happy I
booked? HECK YES!
find something “wrong” with my body? NO! But we did discover areas in which I
can “let go” in order to be my most functional!
hear more? In my next post, I will take you through my first assessment and my “magic
moment” as I have been calling it ever since!