All posts tagged: #Postnatal

How Yoga Can Help New Moms & Their Postnatal Recovery

I am not a Yoga Expert but I have participated in a few yoga classes and have really enjoyed them. I know a lot of new moms who have practiced yoga throughout their pregnancy as well as postpartum to help with recovery, strength and stress levels. And from what I’ve noticed anyone who starts yoga, continues yoga… So I decided to interview my dear friend, Julie Hinton, Elite Yoga Expert and Mom of 2 beautiful children. Julie helps me to uncover the many amazing health benefits of yoga for New Moms. Here is what Julie has to say; Yoga is a great way to help new moms get physically and mentally back on track after 40 weeks of pregnancy. With all the joy your new bundle brings, you will also undoubtedly feel heightened responsibility and worry. In addition to its many physical benefits, yoga helps quiet the mind. Yoga helps with postpartum, anxiety, fatigue, and mild depression and will help you through the many aches and pains after delivery. 1. How can a new mom start …

What Is The Best Program For A Mom To Get Her Pre-Baby Body Back?

I wouldn’t say there is 1 best way or specific way to achieve this in terms of exercise (but diet is still the #1 driver for Fat Loss) but getting started and staying active on a regular basis is the first step. Once you enjoy what you’re doing then stick to programs that work and don’t overthink the process. There is so much fitness and nutrition information out there but I, personally, believe in the basics and foundational movements to truly shape the body. With my Mommy duties, I now train 4 times a week with basic fundamental strength movements. These are the primary functional movements I design my program around: a. Squat variations b. Deadlifting movements c. Over Head Presses d. Rows e. Lat Pull Downs f. Hip Thrusts/Glute Bridges g. Core work (** work with a Pelvic Floor Specialist during pregnancy and postnatal to make sure everything is in working order **) Of course ALWAYS use a weight/resistance that you’re comfortable with to start even if it’s just bodyweight. Postnatal isn’t the time to try and …

3 Months Postpartum

When I was pregnant with my son, I had many (and I mean many) people tell me that I would “lose my body” (I’m not sure what that even means). I’m guessing they mean I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my Fitness Goals or something to that extent. While I do admit my schedule has certainly changed, something that I had committed to myself long before even becoming pregnant was i) to be able to physically keep up with my future children and ii) to also be a continued example of health/wellness for them throughout their life. Is it challenging? Of course it is! But it was something I had committed to myself and really no alternative but to work it into my schedule consistently. Will there be days you don’t feel like training? Yes there will and, more than likely, there will be a lot of those days but the key is to stay ‪#‎focused‬. With my STRONG LIKE MOMMY brand, I had a goal of documenting the physical changes of my …

STRONG LIKE MOMMY

#StrongLikeMommy has begun with an e-book, but we are so much more than that. As our children grow up, we should never lose the drive to continue getting stronger and learning even more about how to live a healthier lifestyle. As strong mommies, it’s our responsibility to set an example of how to get more out of our lives, and the only way to do that is to lead by example. I cannot wait to share my #Postnatal e-book along with more of my journey as a new mommy 🙂 Photo by Dave Laus and Liana Lauzon MUH by Valeria Nova and Florencia Taylor

LOVING LUNGES

LOVING LUNGES Despite having a sizeable home gym to train in, at 4 plus month ‪#‎PostPartum‬, I still have limited time to get consistent exercise into my schedule because my Baby Boy is the boss and he’s currently undergoing sleep training patterns…which is currently hit and miss so this Mommy is tired (I’m in the process of looking for a Nanny but that’s another story). With time being of the utmost importance, I’ve had to get creative with my workouts and one of my favourite and most effective exercises for the glutes, quads, and hamstrings is the Lunge. Or in this case, my cleverly crafted ‪#‎LovingLunges‬. Lunges and lunge variations are key accessory movements in my Lower Body exercise regimen. They’re also functional, challenging, metabolically demanding, and wonderful for detailing the legs! By taking advantage of carrying by son while doing my lunges, I’ve also added some resistance! Directions: a. Mommy holds baby in front and cuddled into tummy b. Stand in neutral position with back straight looking straight ahead c. Take a big step …

Postnatal Food Intake For Breastfeeding Mothers

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been inundated with numerous questions from many new mommies mostly around the topic of returning to their Pre-Pregnancy weight as quickly as possible AND what to eat and also how much. By the way, I LOVE MEETING AND INTERACTING WITH NEW MOMMIES! As a new Mommy myself, this might seem like an overwhelming task to think of especially when mothering a new baby is at the forefront of our minds so breaking it down to 2 simple steps will help ease the transition. 1) When it comes to getting your Pre-Pregnancy body back, I always suggest TAKE YOUR TIME especially if you’re breast feeding because this can take several months to even a year to achieve this. A good portion of the weight that a pregnant woman gains is basically an “energy deposit” to meet the extra caloric demands of breastfeeding . The great news is, this energy deposit is consumed gradually while we nurture our child so we will lean out. I suggest waiting until the baby is at …

Is Protein Powder Safe During Pregnancy or While Breastfeeding? 

This is a very common question I get asked on a regular basis and my answer was “no” until I started doing more research and actually going through pregnancy and breastfeeding myself. A good quality protein supplement is absolutely necessary during pregnancy and breastfeeding especially because our protein needs are much higher (we’re eating for two). It can also be challenging to eat the amount of protein we require regularly because of nausea or food aversion while pregnant or even lack of time once our bundle of joy arrives. I personally didn’t suffer from much nausea during my first trimester but my cravings for carbohydrates were incredibly high so my macronutrient intake was off, protein powder was so quick and easy for me to consume and it saved me from cooking up chicken, fish or steak…which was the last thing I wanted to do during my first trimester. Now that I’m a busy new mom who is breastfeeding a very hungry boy, time is of the essence. I hardly have time to shower so cooking food has …

STRONG LIKE MOMMY Success Story

I just love this picture. Love, love, love it. I don’t even need to provide much detail because the images truly describe my client Manja H’s transformation who came to me soon after the birth of her 2nd child and WOWZERS does she ever give new meaning to the title #StrongMommy By eating more food and simply kicking butt in the gym, she is down 27 lbs along with shredding 8 inches around her waist, 5 inches around her hips, and 4 inches around her thighs with more strength, energy, and a hot new body for the summer. Manja says, “Working with Coach Jenny has been life changing! After giving birth to my second daughter within two years, I was left feeling weak. My babies were both large at birth and I was left with very serious core instability and diastasis recti. I knew immediately that I needed help getting back into shape because I could not live with the discomfort and debilitating lack of strength. I wanted to experience dramatic results so I chose …

My 3 ‘Must Haves’ for Diaper Changes

With my Baby Boy at 6 weeks old, I’ve been changing diapers 8-12 times a day and the words ‘poo, poop, poopy, and pee’ have become a HUGE part of my vocabulary (haha). During the first couple of weeks my baby was at his most fussy during diaper changes so anything thing that would make the the process smoother – I was all for it! These 3 products are my ‘Mommy must-haves’ for the never-ending diaper changes: 1. #WipeWarmer – I received this handy gadget from a good friend and it actually arrived in the mail two weeks into motherhood so I witnessed firsthand how my baby reacted to cold wipes…and it wasn’t pretty! When I used the wipe warmer it was music to my ears (as in no crying) and all smiles to my face. It made diaper changes so much more enjoyable for the both of us. I definitely recommend this little luxury for Baby and Mommy! 2. Baby Balm – I’m definitely not a fan of unnatural products especially for fresh newborn skin so …

6 Weeks into Motherhood

I am now 6 weeks postpartum and WOW! Motherhood has been quite the experience thus far. I heard a lot of different things from so many different people prior to my delivery (i.e. what to expect, what was horrible, what was delightful, etc.) but I took everything with a grain of salt because as much as I love hearing other Mommy Stories I hated hearing how hard it was going to be and how there will be no time for anything, etc, etc, etc. To be honest those comments just fuelled my fire to actually try to do more! I’m not saying that motherhood is easy because it’s not (far from it) but with a few adjustments, sacrifices (one being the state of my house lol) and lots and lots of planning I find that I am able to do even more than I expected. I’ve adjusted to the shortage of sleep, erratic eating times, and when I’m breastfeeding I’m actually planning, planning, planning.  When baby sleeps, I take that opportunity to exercise (I’m blessed …