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Madi’s Story: Why I Became A Pre+Postnatal Instructor

I have always known I wanted to teach people how to live a healthier and more fulfilled life through physical activity. Early on, I realized that in order to be successful in the health and fitness industry, I would need to find my niche. Well, finding your niche does not happen overnight. Several experiences have […]

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From Mama to Mama: Amanda’s Core Rehab Journey!

As a momma to twin toddlers working full time outside the home, there is nothing I feel I’m better at than having a good routine. I’ll admit it, the first 6 months of motherhood weren’t easy finding a rhythm, but once I found what worked for us…things began to flow. The biggest advice I always […]

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A Simple, Powerful Prayer for Pregnancy | Mother Rising

Pregnancy can be a sweet time for growing a baby, but also growing closer to our creator.  Prayer, or talking to God, is a simple way to turn our hearts and minds to the Lord.  The following prayer for pregnancy can be used daily, when feeling anxious, when decisions need to be made, or whenever! […]

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First Trimester Changes That Might Surprise You!

There are many changes you are told to expect during pregnancy that include morning sickness and swollen feet.  BUT…there are a few changes that might catch you off guard. Being a first-time mom myself and spending years as a birth doula, I know these sudden and unusual changes can cause stress and anxiety.  To help […]

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Why New Doulas are Better Than You Think | Mother Rising

When searching for the right doula, parents want the best of the best for their upcoming birth.  Sure, a seasoned doula that’s been in the business for a long time has great benefits, but doulas with less experience are a wonderful choice as well.  In this blog post I discuss why I think new doulas […]

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5 Tips for Back Pain Relief

Did you know that back pain affects sixty to eighty percent of Americans at some point in their life! Life as a mom has back pain written all over it – pregnancy, breastfeeding, carrying wiggly kids and lots of stuff, picking up toys, limited time to workout, etc. It can be lessened by strengthening your […]

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To Plank or Not To Plank?

I get asked this question all the time, are planks safe during pregnancy? Can I do planks with diastasis recti? So to plank or not to plank, is a very big question especially if we are discussing diastasis recti. First, I LOVE planks! Second, you must know when your body is ready to do planks, […]

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Should You Be Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum?

Should you continue running while pregnant. What about postpartum and beyond? Even if you have been running, and are postpartum or beyond, if you experience any incontinence or pelvic floor pressure it’s extremely important to take a step back and really rehab your core the safe and correct way. This specific corrective activity can help […]

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Avoiding “Coning” During Pregnancy Can Help Prevent Diastasis Recti

Coning during pregnancy or coning of the belly during pregnancy. is when you see a ridge or bulge popping out down the midline of your belly. This typically occurs when doing an exercise incorrectly or an exercise that puts too much stress on the abdominals and should be avoided (see the image below for a […]

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You Need to Know: Most Get Pitocin Right After Birth | Mother Rising

New parents are shocked to discover most women that have a hospital birth will receive pitocin right after birth.  Pitocin is routinely given to all women to reduce the chance of postpartum hemorrhage. Postpartum hemorrhage is excessive bleeding that occurs within 24 hours after birth and is a major contributor to maternal mortality in low-income countries. Are parents shocked that care […]

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Pregnancy Stretches: The Best Pregnancy Stretches to Relieve Aches and Pains

The Home ‘Stretch’: The Best Pregnancy Stretches to relieve those annoying aches and pains during pregnancy Pregnancy is a time of great joy and excitement for the expectant mother; a time when she gleefully anticipates a brand new, and no doubt hopelessly adorable, addition to her life and family. So why should an expectant mother […]

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Pregnancy IS The Best Time To Strengthen Your Core

 Those aches + pains DON’T have to come with pregnancy. You have much more control over what is going on with your body during pregnancy than you may realize. Learning about how to strengthen and engage your deep core, with the help of baby, can impact how you feel while you are pregnant, giving […]

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How To Do Pregnancy Exercises at Home: The Absolute Guide for 2019

We are huge advocates of pregnancy exercises at home. I have made it my life’s work to share my passion for fitness and helping mothers prepare themselves physically for pregnancy in the convenience and privacy of their own home. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the average expectant mother perform 20-30 minutes […]

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Parents Who Did This between Contractions Reduced Their Pain | Mother Rising

When preparing for labor, so much of the focus is on coping through the pain of each contraction that parents forget about the gift of breaks between contractions. Contractions are not constant, they come and go.  During contractions women feel many sensations such as pressure and pain, but between contractions much of this goes away. […]

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What To Do Now That You Are Postpartum

Congratulations!!! Giving birth is no small feat and you just crushed it! So, now what? You might already be feeling a shift in your hormones, sleep deprivation or aches and pains in your lower back, neck and hips. This is all completely normal, however, there are things you can do make yourself feel better physically, […]

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Tips for Dads in the Delivery Room (Like How to Not Pass Out) | Mother Rising

Many parents in my childbirth classes want to learn tips for dads in the delivery room (like how to not pass out and be totally useless).  It’s pretty common for dads to worry about being in the way, not knowing what to do, and navigating the hospital scene.  Dads really want their partners and baby […]

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Sick Mama Blog

As moms, getting sick is just not an option! However, with littles just learning not to sneeze directly in your face, this makes it hard to avoid. So, what can we do when the inevitable happens? REST I know this is so much easier said than done, but you cannot get better without adequate rest. […]

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How Far Apart Should Contractions Be Before Going to the Hospital?

When planning for their hospital birth, many parents want to know how far apart should contractions be before going to the hospital.  Dads want to know so they don’t accidentally have a car baby 🙂 and moms want to make sure to get to the hospital in time for an epidural.  (Care providers want everyone healthy […]

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5 Ways to Naturally Boost Fertility

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10% of women in the United States ages 15-44 (6.1 million) have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. Fertility is a natural occurring process in the body that can be turned off if it doesn’t feel it can safely sustain a pregnancy. If you are […]

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How to Make Time for Yourself + Your Partner!

When I first got pregnant, my friends told me two things: Make time for yourself Make time for your partner   When our baby was born, I was constantly looking for ways to do both! Well ladies, I have found the perfect combo…GYM DATES! I know, I know…but hear me out because if done right, […]

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