Pre and Postnatal Care Through Exercise, Yoga and Nutrition

In Health and Happiness is dedicated to addressing prenatal and postpartum issues that most websites and books quickly review or do not cover at all. Several publications available to the public talk about how a mother should eat during her pregnancy, the stages her baby is in during each trimester and a brief section on exercise do’s and don’ts. The information that is missing is, what happens if my low-back goes out and I cannot perform functions of everyday life? What happens if I have pain in my groin that feel like preterm labor and I can barely stand? What do I do if I have constant headaches?

This course will address common issues most pregnant and postpartum women will encounter at one time or another and how to relieve them. This includes sacroiliac joint pain, sciatic nerve pain, low-back pain as well as round ligament pain.

In addition, Holli will cover holistic nutrition as it applies to prenatal and postpartum women. She will cover why soy is not a good nutritional alternative for mothers’ and babies alike and what other harmful food ingredients to avoid for a safe pregnancy and optimal breast milk. Holli will also address eating as a healthy vegetarian if that is an option a new mother chooses to continue upon conception.

Lastly, Holli will also address how to help postpartum women get their body back into a functional, healthy state without causing injury. So many mother’s rush to get their body back into shape without taking into consideration the effect hormones and sleep deprivation have on their joints.

As a CP1 and HLC1, as well as a former collegiate and semi-professional athlete I thought that my pre-natal and postpartum time in life would be smooth sailing.  Little did I know the toll the journey takes on the body (unlike any other "sport") and looking back I wish I had read these manuals earlier as both are packed with useful information that is written in a simple and easy to read way.  It is a one stop shop for mothers who want to educate themselves on the changes in their body, how to exercise safely, how to eat to benefit their bodies and their babies, and how to take care of both after birth as well.  I believe that trainers should not be able to work with pregnant or post-partum clients until reading these manuals.  These manuals are a must read for trainers who want to safely and effectively train pregnant and postpartum clients since they address all the changes and issues that should be considered when working with this special population.  Personally, as someone who gave birth three months ago, the postpartum manual educated me on how to address my body's needs at this time.  It has also left me feeling less alone in my not-so-perfect journey as a mother and motivated me to have patience with myself and my body.  After reading the postpartum manual I now feel fully prepared to completely heal my body.
Anya Adams
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