What if I told you that there are some cultures that give a new mom the respect and reverence she deserves? I don’t have to tell you that we are NOT living in one of those cultures. With so much going on during this postpartum window, it’s important for a support team to keep a new mom’s body nourished so she can navigate all this “newness.”Read Full post
Every year around this time the conversation turns to bettering ourselves - mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. But it can be daunting and many resolutions soon fall by the wayside. Here are 4 simple things we can all do to make 2017 our best, healthiest and most balanced year yet.Read Full post
If you’ve been intimidated by the idea of going to a yoga class, I totally feel you.
I didn’t think I had “a yoga body.” I’m not in great shape & I buy my yoga leggings in the plus-size section. And I most certainly can’t to a headstand (frankly, I don’t have any desire to!)
When most women think of pelvic floor health, there’s one word that comes to mind: Kegals. Whether it be to strengthen during pregnancy, to alleviate incontinence issues, or to improve sexual health, I’m sure all of us have attempted Kegals at some point in time, but how much do you actually know about these little exercises?Read Full post
Maternity leave is a hot button topic right now. How much time women get off, how they are compensated, and the attitudes around company culture are all being talked about daily. But regardless of where you stand on maternity leave, I think one thing unites all of us - we want to make the most of our time with our babies!
From the bedroom to the bathroom, women of all ages have questions about "down there.” Sex, Chocolate and Your Pelvic Floor aims to educate women on sexual health and bathroom habits in a fun, relaxed environment all while raising funds for the Women's Health Foundation, an organization we truly believe in here at Mommy Fitness!Read Full post
Looking for a fitness class that is safe & fun for you and your older child to do together? The brand new Ball Beat class at Mommy Fitness is one hour of energetic drumming to kid-friendly music, giving you the opportunity to bond while moving in a way that feels good!Read Full post
Choosing a care provider is one of the biggest decisions a woman can make in terms of how her pregnancy and birth will proceed. As a result, many moms feel immense pressure to choose the right kind of professional support for their pregnancy, birth and postpartum needs. If you’re looking for a prenatal care provider here in Omaha, there are a few key steps you can take to make the process easier!Read Full post
The Mommy Fitness community is a wealth of information no matter what stage of motherhood you're in. Whether you're expecting your first child or getting ready to send your last kiddo off to preschool, we have the resources and support to help you every step of the way!Read Full post
There's no way around it, motherhood is challenging! As our kids grow, each age and stage brings about new challenges, stresses, worries, and questions. The journey of motherhood can be isolating, but the good news is that we don't have to do it alone!Read Full post
They are all over the internet - Facebook, Pinterest, blogs. And every time you walk through Target, strangers see you belly and feel compelled to share the birth story of every woman they know.Read Full post
One of the best parts of what we do is hearing your empowered birth stories. We share them in class and over coffee. But what would happen if we shared them with even more Omaha moms?
You know hearing positive stories from other moms helped you so much during your pregnancy. They helped you gain the confidence you needed. Pass that on to another mom by sending us a short selfie video.
Our moms say it all the time. "I've never been to a prenatal yoga class like this before."Read Full post
Stats say that one in 7 women in the U.S. suffers from some form of maternal mental illness. And that's only the ones we know about. So many women struggle and suffer in silence, on their own. Let's stop that now. Join us Monday, December 7th 6-7.30 pm at the studio.Read Full post
AAAHHHCHOOOO! Whoops! I just peed a little. Darn that supine birthing position!Read Full post
In the past we've separated prenatal and postpartum moms into different cardio and strength training classes. NO MORE!!Read Full post
There is so much health and fitness information online, sometimes it's hard to tell the BEST from the rest. Moms come into class all the time asking about this or that "pelvic floor workout" their friends are doing. They want to know.. is it safe? is it effective?Read Full post
I remember watching Tai Chi on public television as a kid in the early 90's. The twangy, relaxy Asian inspired music. The gloriously 70's clothes. I always thought, "Huh, look at those crazy hippies." Fast forward 20 years later and I find myself rolling out of bed & pulling on some yoga pants & flip-flops at 7 am (before my eyes were even open) and heading out to my first Tai Chi class.Read Full post
I know our children come first. But why do we completely forget about ourselves?
There is a quote by Jennifer Louden that I keep coming back to, “Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nurture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance.”
We’ve had such an amazing first six months! With the coming of the New Year, we are excited about the changes to come! We are changing up the schedule; bringing in some new team members and making a few changes to help us better serve you.Read Full post
Doula... doula... I know you've been hearing that word more and more lately. When you're having coffee with girl friends & they're talking about it, you just smile and nod like you're in the know (but secretly you have no idea what they're talking about and now too much time has passed to ask). No worries. We'll let you in on the (surprisingly misunderstood) world of doula-ing.Read Full post
Every year we say the same thing. “Don’t go overboard on the gifts for the kids.” “They have so much already!”
And every year the tree is piled with gifts and at least one toddler has a breakdown from all the excitement.
But not this year. Not at our house. (At least that’s the goal!)
From a young age many of us hear, “Start saving for retirement early!” Advice about financial planning for the future is everywhere you turn - in your Google ads, on TV, from family and friends. Even if we aren’t always the best at sticking to our savings plan, we are at least aware of it. We see it as a necessary part of aging that we can control (most of the time). But incontinence is something we think we can do nothing about.Read Full post
As the mother of two children, I had the occasional “little leak” with certain activities, but like my friends considered it to be a normal consequence of childbirth. However, over time my little leaks became more frequent and not so little.Read Full post
Diastasis recti is extremely common. Most women don't know they have it or even what it is. Most of the time it is small and heals on it's own. However, in some cases it seriously compromises abdominal strength and can lead to incontinence, pelvic and lower back pain.Read Full post
Morning sickness is the worst. I know women who have had multiple pregnancies and no morning sickness. "I've never felt better than when I'm pregnant!" they say to me. Lucky ladies! My oldest sister had such severe morning sickness with her first pregnancy, she would keep a stash of plastic grocery bags in her car. She couldn't stand up, sit down, or turn her head for weeks without being overcome with nausea.Read Full post
I've heard it said recently (and often) that "pregnant women can safely do ANY exercise they did before they were pregnant." Although pregnant women are incredibly strong and can be very fit, there are common exercises that should be avoided. Every woman should have access to the best information before beginning prenatal exercise.
You've spent nine months getting rest, eating right and exercising and now the day you've waited for is here. Your amazing little one is finally home and somehow... it's not quite the way you imagined it. You've heard that there will be sleepless nights, but how long can a person really run on the occasional nap?Read Full post
One of my favorite Sunday morning activities is lying in bed with a cup of coffee, my Sudoku book and listening to On Being on KIOS. The show is always interesting and thought-provoking, but this one particularly caught me. The topic for the day was PLAY.Read Full post
Due to popular demand, we have added a Thursday evening Baby&Me Yoga class. Class runs from 5.45 to 6.30 pm at the studio. This is a great way to model healthy habits for your child and promote bonding as well. All birth mothers, adoptive mothers, and children 6 weeks to age 3 are welcome!Read Full post
When you go to a big box gym and sign up for a personal trainer you get some basic instruction and guidance on how to use equipment, set goals, etc. The basics. But personal training with a trainer from Mommy Fitness is so much more than that.
Eventful. This is an understatement. We opened our studio on May 5, a soft opening, a quiet opening. We just started. Now I am understanding how truly genius this choice was! We have had water dripping from the AC, the AC has worked on and off, mostly off. Our studio floor, damaged by the water, is being replaced. Someone hacked into our website and put a pornographic phone number in place of our legitimate number. A few ofRead Full post
I just saw you flinch. Please read on.....
I've always been curious by the idea of belly dancing. My sis-in-law Kat belly dances and has beautiful pictures in total costume... feathers, beads, exotic make-up and an absolutely voluptuous gorgeous body. Belly dancing, in our culture, is a bit.... interesting for most people, but when I heard about the history of this dance, the celebration of all things feminine, the powerful and play
I love being a mom. I have loved every stage of being a mom. My three sons are 18+ and I'm well out of the child bearing years, but I remember well my once healthy "pre-mom" lifestyle. I also remember the complete upheaval of routine when our little ones came along. The small town YMCA where I worked out, and sat afterwards in the sauna for a little treat, became a memory with sleep deprivationRead Full post