PREGNANCY & POSTPARUM
“Postpartum is a quest back to yourself.
Alone in your body again. You will never be the same-
you are stronger than you were.”
I help people like YOU feel at home in their changing body. How? We focus on being strong and active during pregnancy, we rehab and retrain your core and pelvic floor during early postpartum and then we transition you back towards whatever activities you love to do. I provide in-home, pre- and postnatal personal training services so that you don’t have to worry about the what’s, the how’s or the when’s of your workouts and you can focus on the rest of your life.
Regardless of your fitness background or goals, we can work together to design a program to support your fitness and athletic goals, core and pelvic floor health, and the demands of parenthood.
I offer in-home one-on-one or small group training to compliment the changing demands of pregnancy and postpartum. Please scroll down or click below to explore my services.
IN-HOME PREGNANCY PERSONAL TRAINING
Fitness during pregnancy is not only safe, but contributes to a wide range of positive outcomes for both parent and baby. My goal is not just to craft a fitness program for you (which I will do!), but also to educate you about your changing body (which is more capable than you might think!) and help you set realistic expectations for what it can do during this time. I will not present you with a list of hard-and-fast rules; instead my focus is on empowering you to “listen to your body” and evaluate risk-versus-reward during this chapter. You will receive guidance to help set you up for a strong postpartum recovery. Win!
What to expect? My style is to coach strength-based prenatal fitness with an emphasis on core function, breath and body alignment, birth preparation and your long-term athletic goals.
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“We don't have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”
― Brené Brown
“Intention now, for intensity later.”
― Brianna Battles
IN-HOME POSTPARTUM PERSONAL TRAINING
I help people who have had babies rehab, retrain and return to their sports or demands of daily life with confidence. If you have any special considerations, fear not: I offer support for people who have developed pelvic floor or core dysfunction, experienced perineal tearing or c-section, or otherwise feel lost during their postpartum recovery.
As a postnatal coach, my role is much broader than your typical personal trainer. I’m more like your postpartum wingwoman. I help you chart a path from where you are to where you want to be and I give you as much support as you need along the way. And if you need someone to talk with about your sneeze-peeing, your queefing, or your cranky pelvic floor, I'm your girl.
Postpartum return-to-fitness is about more than just being cleared to exercise at 6-weeks.
My approach to postpartum personal training starts with core and pelvic floor recovery and retraining. It continues with a strength-based program that takes into account your exercise background, your fitness goals, any pelvic health considerations, and your parenting demands. My mission to is make sure you don’t see your pregnancy and childbirth experience as a reason why you can’t do all the things.
Read more below or contact me if you’re ready to get started.
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”
CORE AND PELVIC FLOOR RECOVERY & RETRAINING
Just like a house, your body has a foundation. Your body’s foundation is your inner core. Before you can run, jump, lift and engage in every day badassery, you have to reconnect to these muscles, retrain them to work together, and progressively build strength to match the demands of whatever it is you want to do.
The early postpartum work isn’t always the sexy work. It’s finding your pelvic floor. Learning how to use your diaphragm. Retraining your inner core through breathing and then applying that breath to fundamental movement patterns.
BUT. While there are no guarantees in life or in fitness, this comes as close as there is. Your inner core is your central stabilizer. Your powerhouse. The stable platform off of which all your limbs generate their power. Have you ever heard the saying, “You can’t shoot a canon off a canoe?” If you rehab your core, it will pay off in spades.
I recommend my clients engage in 4-8 weeks of dedicated core and pelvic floor retraining before beginning a more general strength-based postpartum personal training program.
Contact me to learn more.
CORE & PELVIC HEALTH
If you experienced or are experiencing physical birth trauma, pelvic floor injury such as prolapse, incontinence (leaking of anything you don’t want to be leaking), abdominal separation (diastasis recti), pelvic pain or anything else, you are in good company.
While receiving a pelvic health diagnosis is a lonely and vulnerable experience, please know, you are not alone. These diagnoses are incredibly common (you are NOT the only one) and there are so many people who's life work is to help you move forward. I am one of those people. I will also help you find anyone else you need.
Please know, CONSERVATIVE treatments (meaning, exercise, physical therapy, pessaries) are incredibly effective in treating and managing many pelvic health conditions. In most cases, surgery is not a first-line corrective for incontinence, prolapse or abdominal separation. While I am not a physical therapist, I can assist you in many ways. By:
managing your symptoms while you wait for an appointment with a medical professional (in a manner consistent with most physical therapy protocols)
providing additional support for exercise and movement during your rehabilitation
coaching you through a return to higher level activities.
You can return to exercise, sport and daily life with prolapse, incontinence (leaking of anything you don’t want to be leaking), abdominal separation (diastasis recti) and pelvic pain.
Contact me to set up a free conversation to discuss your options.
Are you looking to get a few questions answered? Schedule a one time consultation to address questions about pregnancy and postpartum exercise considerations, birth preparation, or pelvic health. I am available in-person or on-line.
I provide personal training and resources for pregnant and postpartum people located in
Seattle’s Eastside Neighborhoods (and surrounding areas):
Bellevue, Redmond, Sammamish, Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore, Lynnwood.
Please inquire if I haven’t listed your city but you think you might be within my service area.