I have worked in the fitness industry for over 8 years In a variety of areas from coaching rowing and crossfit, to Personal training, and have competed in Olympic WEIGHTLIFTING and varsity rowing.
I am a certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism coach with a mission to provide the guidance that I wish I had to other women transitioning through motherhood. For women to feel strong, improve function and performance all while taking into consideration pelvic floor health AND the woman as a whole.
When I was pregnant with my son (now 2.5) and daughter (10 months), I felt that I was aimlessly looking for training guidance. I wanted to continue to be active with strength and conditioning training throughout my pregnancy, and I wanted to do it SAFELY, but could find little support. It also never even crossed my mind that there might be special considerations for returning to fitness postpartum.
You hear too often to just "listen to your body", blanket statements of what you should/shouldn't do, or that you can return to what you were doing before birth after your 6 week postpartum check-up. BUT more information is needed and each woman is unique and has her OWN considerations. It was only in my second pregnancy, and after the birth of my daughter, that I was able to find empowering resources and education to feel confident returning to exercise postpartum.
It is important to raise awareness that pelvic floor dysfunctions, such as leaking urine while running, skipping, coughing or sneezing, pain, discomfort, pressure, etc. are all common, BUT there are professionals who can address these symptoms and they should not be ignored.
No matter what your athletic goals are, running, strength training, yoga, or the day-to-day demands of being a mother, I can help you!
JMG-Postnatal Fitness Specialist
Crossfit Level 2 Trainer