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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...

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...

September 17, 2017

One of Life's Greatest Miracles is the creation of a new Life.  

 We all know there are many biological and physiological happenings during pregnancy.  But I want to focus on the musculoskeletal happenings during pregnancy.

As the baby forms in the uterus, the abdominal muscles are required to expand and stretch.  The baby continues to grow and these muscles also need to make more room for the organs that are being crowded out.

The lungs get pushed upward, intestines are off to the side and that poor bladder!!!!  

Then throw in the stress to the abdominal muscles during actual labor.  They don't call it "labor" because its easy!  OR say you are required to have a c-section.  Well, then your core system is compromised in yet another dir...

September 1, 2017

Being a mom is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs in the world. Sounds cliche, I know. Before I became a mom, I never knew just how much physical strength mommy-ing requires. Lifting, holding, bending, pushing. All with a wriggling 10 pound being that can't even hold his head up!  

So how do I become the Super Mom, that takes care of my Super Baby? 

Here at Mommy Ready, we've found that finding Super Strength comes through correct core function. Learning how to use your core muscles (abs, pelvic floor, etc.) properly after childbirth is what we teach you in the Mommy Ready Postpartum program.    

Imagine your core muscle group as a cylinder around your spine....

August 19, 2017

I am thrilled to announce my new role as Program Director for the MommyReady Program.  I look forward to connecting with each of our current subscribers as well as reaching out to make new connections as awareness for postpartum care grows.  

I have been working with Heather Christiansen, PA-C, CSS for the past two years as she has created the MommyReady program.  She and I have spent a great deal of time in training as I was the first MommyReady Core System Specialist to receive her training.

My background is in Physical Therapy.  I have been practicing for 19 years and have gleaned a great passion for postpartum care.  I have been privledged with the opportunity to work with Greg Fritz, PT, RMSK, for the past 4 years allowing...

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...

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