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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...

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...

October 27, 2017

A postpartum exercise program can be key to improving your ability to confidently and energetically care for your new baby, decrease your risk of injury and allow you to regain your pre-pregnancy physique.

Approximately 50% of women experience pain either during pregnancy or postpartum. 50%.  That's half of all of you that read this article.  


Parenting is a physically taxing job.  Repetitive stress from the daily activities required to care for a baby puts a woman at risk for disc injury, chronic back pain or muscle and ligament injury.

We know that during pregnancy our ligaments become slack due to the hormone, relaxin.  This is to allow our bodies to adapt to carrying a growing child inside of us.

Therefore, pregnancy r...

When Mommy Ready founder, Heather Christensen, first told me about her journey creating this program, it felt like serendipity. She had combined some of my favorite subjects both personally (as a Mom) and professionally (as an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist) into one great program that encourages women to become strong for life and health. Intellectually, I understood that return to higher level heavy, repetitive, coordinated, and dynamic activities (mommy work) after birthing a baby requires strengthening the core first, but applying that to myself is a journey that has led me to seek help from the Mommy Ready Program.  

As a first time mom, I had a fussy baby and I struggled with mom guilt for ever puttin...

Diastasis = separation 


Rectus Abdominis = a pair of long flat muscles that run from the breast bone to the pubic bone along the front of the abdomen (your six-pack muscle). 

The Linea Alba or "White Line" is the name of the connective tissue that joins the left and right sides of this paired muscle.  The rectus abdominis muscle is separated by connective tissue into 8 segments and joins into a thick fascia (no muscle just thin connective tissue, actually a flat tendon) about 1/3 of the way below the belly button.  The connective tissue of the linea alba is made up of the lining of the lateral abdominal muscles, in layers including the internal and external obliques which make up the upper layers, and...

September 8, 2016

Each woman comes into pregnancy and leaves childbirth with her own unique experiences and problems.  Therefore, each woman's recovery after delivery would benefit from a provider who can evaluate her specific needs and address her unique concerns.

Too often, common concerns such as occasional leaking urine, persisting pelvic pain, prolapse and abdominal weakness are met with limited options. An OB/GYN may offer surgery but may recommend against it if future pregnancies are desired or the mother is too young. Kegels or pelvic floor exercises may be recommended but with little more than a handout as a guide. Many women tell me they already do kegels or that they've even seen a traditional pelvic floor therapist but feel discouraged because...

A man suffering from years of body pain and poor health sought wisdom from the sage near his home to learn the cure for his ailments.  

The wise sage taught him of a mountain in a far-away land with a fountain of water that had healing powers.  Anyone who drank from this fountain, was made whole.  The sage, knowing the man was poor both in health and in riches, cautioned him that the trek to the mountain was perilous - it would take planning and preparation, he would need to learn mountaineering and hire a guide - the cost to reach the fountain and return home was more than the man would make in a year. 

The man left the sage discouraged.  That evening his pain had worsened and he was unable to sleep.  He determined th...

THANK YOU to all the wonderful mommies, and medical providers, who joined us for our first two Mommy Ready Events!

If you missed out on our last Mommy Ready Events in Anacortes, WA and Heber City, UT, you're in luck!  Find out about all our upcoming events by subscribing to our newsletter!

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The event at Penny Ranch in UT, we discovered what the core system is and how it stops working (or we teach it not to work) after pregnancy.  A gentle yoga session afterwards helped participants to identify and reconnect to each core muscle. We also experimented with diaphragm exercises and movements to relax, support and help heal the body from the inside out!

Our event in Anacortes, after finding the "missing core" and discussing co...

Core dysfunction is so common that nearly every mother experiences it at some point.  Many women improve on their own during postpartum recovery (before 8 weeks), but over half of women don't.  Read on to learn more about the core system that is responsible for keeping you strong and protecting you against injury (as well as having a flat belly and a defined waistline) and what happens when this system has stopped working.  


What is the core system?

The core "system" is made up of 4 parts that create a cylinder.  The top is the diaphragm and proper breathing is part of a core-system that works.  The tube in the center is made up of the transverse abdominis (TA) that has a fascia or connective tissue that con...

It is difficult enough to keep up with the demands of motherhood when your body is feeling good. Tight shoulders, headaches and low back pain can drain your energy and your patience.   Recognizing poor posture and working on using correct alignment as you move can help you avoid excess strain on your muscles.

Your posture affects you in every movement you make. In fact even the non-movements you hold are affecting how your body feels. Joint and muscle pain, tendonitis, back pain, fatigue, breathing problems, even poor digestion will occur when the body is not aligned. For new mothers paying attention to proper alignment is crucial to regaining proper muscle tone and organ function as well as preventing muscle tiredness and injury....

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July 8, 2018