As a wife and mother of two, I know just how busy and hectic life can be. I understand that moms need breaks! For me, prioritizing time for self-care is nonnegotiable. Whether it’s to have adult interaction, enjoy a coffee while it’s still hot, go for a run, lift some weights, read a book, take a nap, go shopping… Anything that gives you the opportunity to recharge!
After my first born, I experienced severe postpartum depression, which lasted a couple of years. In time, I found that my ME time would be filled with some barbells and weights. It didn’t take long to realize that exercising would not only build my strength physically, but also mentally and emotionally.
Exercise. Endorphins. Energy. Makes sense, right?
Fast forward several years to pregnancy number two. Aware of my history with depression, I knew I had to better prepare for what may occur again. I continued to exercise throughout my entire pregnancy, and at forty-one weeks pregnant, I was still lifting weights and moving my belly as much as I could.
My labor, delivery, and recovery experience was overall a breeze - and I firmly believe how my body responded was a product of the work I put in during my entire pregnancy.
At three months postpartum I finally got myself together and headed back to the gym.
Overall, I was doing well and feeling semi-normal, but I knew I really needed to refocus on myself. Personally, those first few months always seem to be the most difficult; nursing every ninety minutes, countless sleepless nights, all while maintaining laundry, our other daughter, and a marriage. That can be a recipe for an overload disaster. Thankfully, I had a very supportive husband that encouraged me to get back to what I enjoy, and he always found time to take the kids off my hands while I got my workout in.
Once I was back in the groove, building my strength and feeling stronger, I realized (again) just how important it was to have my ME time.
It didn’t take long for my interest for prenatal and postnatal fitness to dramatically increase, and my passion grew, yearning to help and support other women. During this time, I also realized just how important fitness can be for moms and moms-to-be. Even more, just how under marketed and under educated the world of pre and postnatal fitness is. I continually found myself having conversations with other women who had no idea what to do or where to begin with fitness while pregnant or postpartum.
Since becoming a Certified Prenatal and Postnatal Fitness Specialist, I continue to learn more and more every day. I enjoy educating myself on all the ins and outs of exercise, and how it pertains to the woman’s body and hormones while pregnant and after delivery. More so, I’m very passionate about empowering other women and educating them on all that I know.
The amazing part about my story is how all of that led me to where I am today... I took my knowledge and experience, and grew to training all women, not just moms. What began as prenatal focused became an entire women's specialty training.