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Women's exercise preferences are as diverse as there are women.  As women take on the role of motherhood, there are qualities of certain activities that can limit participation even of the most dedicated.  The two key qualities of the perfect exercise for busy moms are Time and Effectiveness.  And we've found the perfect exercise for both. 

The quality that has the most impact for most women (because I hear it/use it as an excuse not to exercise most often), is Time.  Sleep deprived, over-scheduled mom's around the world agree that our to-do list never ends.  Beyond the to-do's, mom's recognize where their most valuable moments come.  So when I spend a 60 to 90 minutes at the gym, my mommy-guilt kicks in every ti...

The most common comment I hear from posptartum women is how their belly has changed; the belly bulge, the mommy-tummy, the reason your pants don't fit like they used to.  Too often I hear comments like - "I just need to work harder on my abs," as if doing more sit-ups would solve the problem (it won't).  Core Dysfunction is a very common cause of a persistent bulging belly after childbirth.  But it's not the only reason.  Let's discuss how to differentiate Core Dysfunction from another common source of bulging belly - the Bloat, and how you can find your flat tummy again!

Core Dysfunction happens when the deep abdominal muscles of the core aren't working correctly.  The source of dysfunction may be weak muscles from inacti...

If you're man is experiencing postpartum depression learn why and 4 ways you can help.

Postpartum Depression (PPD) doesn't just affect women, it can also affect our partners. Men, particularly may demonstrate early symptoms of PPD that we just aren't aware of. This month we've focused on teaching women (and men) more about how common it is for men experience this slump when baby is born. Today, I met with Core System Specialist and Father of 4 (including twins), Jim Harrison, DPT to chat about his experiences. Jim had fantastic advice on how he and his wife worked together to overcome challenges and depression, in early parenting years.

Watch the interview here.

Understanding the physiology behind depression - particularly in men, can help...

Leakage can be defined as a small amount of leaked urine after a sneeze or cough or during a jarring activity such as running or jumping.  Or it can be the sudden urge to urinate so bad that you fear you will not make it to the toilet in time.  Either way, both can be quite bothersome postpartum (and longer). These symptoms can most often be eliminated with proper pelvic floor training.

Urinary incontinence is experienced by more than 50% of women post delivery.  Women who have had a vaginal delivery tend to demonstrate leakage up to one year postpartum at a higher rate than those women who delivered via cesarean section according to a study conducted by Obstetrics and Gynocology.   Many women continue to live wi...

March 14, 2018

One of our Members brought up a great question!  What abdominal exercises can she be doing while she is progressing through the Mommy Ready Program?  

Although, my best advice is to stick strictly with the Program sequencing and remain consistent with the EXACT exercises of each phase, I know that we are impatient and want to do MORE.  I know, because I have been the same as I progress myself through the program.

I have been taking classes at my local gym and most classes have a core sequence at some point or another.  A good trainer will give you options and warn against doing an exercise that increases back pain or improper form.  I also like to have my own set of rules.

RULES for Abdominal Exercises when your Core System is st...

A good starting place for searching out a trained pelvic flood therapist is through the Herman and Wallace foundation. Kathe Wallace from Seattle, WA and Hollis Herman from Boston, MA started the movement emphasizing the importance not just women’s health issues but offering training for medical providers who wish to specialize in women’s health.

What is difficult is that there is no standardization for qualifying providers who wish to call themselves women’s health specialists, and there are many different approaches. Most pelvic floor therapists will have some connection or have taken classes from Herman and Wallace.

In my experience for myself and with my patients, I found that because of the lack of standardization, I never knew wha...

Below are some stats regarding Stress Urinary Incontinence that I feel are worth reading.  I had planned to add them to my FB Live, but feel they have more impact when read.  

There seems to be a disconnect between women and clinicians when describing symptoms.  Awareness is key and not all women understand that although Stress Urinary Incontinence can be a typical postpartum symptom....its not something we have to live with.  Its a symptom that can be pushed under the rug and excused due to lack of knowledge on the part of both the clinician and patient.  

Mommy Ready is striving to create this awareness and knowledge to women immediately postpartum and women with continued symptoms after many years have pas...

Mentor, Instructor, Teacher, Trainer, Accountability Partner, Advisor, Guide, Aide....COACH.

One of the Mommy Ready Membership benefits is having a personal coach.  Someone to listen, guide and direct you through the program to suit your specific needs and concerns. Someone who will help you reach your goals!  And, lets be honest, someone who will push you to do things out of your comfort zone.

So how do you work with a coach while doing an online exercise program?  How can you get the most from your coach to maximize the benefit of your Mommy Ready Experience?

Let me start by introducing myself.  I am Amanda Baker, PTA (physical therapist assistant), CSS (core system specialist) and the Program Director for Mommy Ready.  I have...

The path for many into postpartum depression is gradual, so much so, that it can be difficult to tell that the water is hot because it warmed up so slowly.  For others, a more abrupt change is seen, particularly with loss (a death, a divorce) or a perceived loss. Nearly every mother I've spoken to has felt at some time what we term Baby Blues, simply by the nature of what we've been through. 

The physical and emotional stress of childbirth.

Elevated hormones that mimic our stress response. 

Foods that stress our bodies ability to maintain homeostasis.

Lack of restorative sleep and time to care for ourselves.

All of these things push us toward or past our threshold to maintain homeostasis, to cope, and we begin to decompensate.  For...

February 3, 2018

Postpartum Depression (PPD). Let's talk about it...why it happens, who it happens to and how to tell if you are experiencing symptoms? I am passionate about this subject as I experienced it myself. I want to share my story with you.  

Having my first child, I thought things would be easy. I read all the books and had so many great friends and moms surrounding me. I exercised, slept and had a supportive husband. My daughter was healthy and happy --so why wasn't I?  

Symptoms of PPD can be tricky to identify because the early weeks of motherhood are challenging to both the mind and body, and so many changes are happening at once.  

Symptoms include:

  • difficulty sleeping

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