Prenatal and Postpartum

Pregnant? Thinking about it? Just had a baby? Now is the perfect time to start an exercise program!  

My Prenatal sessions focus on:

  • Resistance Training: Strengthening Upper and Lower body to help alleviate joint and muscle pain, improve posture and prepare for carrying an infant
  • Breath Work: Strengthen mind-body connection and prepare for labor and delivery
  • Core/Pelvic Floor Strength: Reduce risk of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Diastasis Recti(separation of the rectus abdominus) and aid in recovery
  • Stretching: Decrease aches and pains that are common in pregnancy and reduce tension around joints
  • Stress relief and Relaxation: Helps to alleviate anxiety and emotional stress of having a baby and making life changing decision

My Postpartum sessions focus on the issues that a new mother might be dealing with.  The body you had before your new little one is probably not the same body you have now.  We address issues such as diastisis recti(separation of rectus abdominus), incontinence, pelvic floor strengthening, core strength and cardiovascular endurance.  I will help you enter this new phase of life with confidence and support you through this challenging journey.  It will seem tough at times, but you can do it. 

Jessica is a certified OHBABYFITNESS FITNESS instructor

Benefits During Pregnancy

‘Becoming active and exercising at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days of the week can benefit your health during pregnancy in the following ways:

  • Lower risk of complications for both mama and baby during labor & delivrey
  • Less need for intervention during labor - shorter time in active labor
  • Easier, shorter recovery and reduced stress for both mama and baby
  • Decrease the presence of common aches and pains associated with pregnancy (back pain, pelvic pain, etc)
  • Control weight gain, improve mood, reduce stress and increase energy
  • Lower risk of pelvic floor dysfunction and Diastisis Recti when taught to engage core properly during exercise
  • Babies born to women who exercise throughout their pregnancy are more capable of handing the stress of the birthing process
  • Babies born to women who exercise throughout their pregnancy scored higher on language and intelligence tests at 1 year and 5 years old
  • Sleep better

And more!!!

"Regular activity also helps keep you fit during pregnancy and may improve your ability to cope with labor. This will make it easier for you to get back in shape after the baby is born.” – The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2015

 

Jessica is a certified OHBABYFITNESS FITNESS instructor as well as a FIT FOR BIRTH coach. 

Working out with Jess was truly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for my personal health during pregnancy!!! I’ve always been an active person - with a regular yoga practice and the physical activity that comes with being a working actor and a dog owner; however about 20 weeks along during this, my first, pregnancy, I found myself anxious during workouts and yoga practices, questioning whether poses or exercises were safe to do; unsure how vigorously I could still push myself. Then I came across Jess’ website, which includes a prenatal section(complete with photos of her working out while pregnant!). After browsing through and getting in touch, I knew I’d found the person I could trust to guide me through this stage. And wonderfully, it didn’t even matter that we were miles apart - she had experience coaching over Skype and any reservation I might have had about losing the ‘hands on’ element of our sessions was resolved the moment we got to work.

Over the course of four sessions, Jess created a program that was challenging, varied, fun to do, easy to fit into a busy schedule, and of course safely tailored for my particular needs at the moment.

She was encouraging, clear, eager for feedback and knowledgeable. My workouts went from anxious to empowering and as a result, I was more likely to exercise daily and experienced the benefits, both mental and physical, to my health.

I highly recommend working out with Jess - whether over Skype or in person, the benefits are worth every penny and all the sweat!
— Bethany J, New York