Wow, I’m missing my stay-at-home mom days like craaazy today–the weather is PERFECT (blue skies, warm temp, gentle breeze, the works) and I’d give anything to be outside hanging with my buddy right now.
#tbt one year ago!
I’m actually thankful my office doesn’t have a window. I don’t need any more reminders of what I’m missing.
It doesn’t help that I’m writing about summer berry recipes for my job right now, either. I spent the day yesterday writing “appetite-appealing” descriptions of strawberry shortcake and blueberry lemon tart and mixed berry sweet rolls…WHY??
In summary: having a full time job in the summer < having a full time job in the winter. Poor me, right?
Anyway, as you might remember, I’ve been working on my prenatal fitness certification lately. I’m getting certified through Fit for Birth, an NASM/ACE/NCSF-approved program that emphasizes things like muscle imbalance correction, stress control, and proper breathing. (The more I read, the more shocked I am at the HUGE role those three things play in our health, especially during pregnancy. Definitely not stuff to breeze over!)
I think the certification is about 30 hours of work total–so definitely a much smaller commitment than my NASM CPT was–but I’ve been kind of dawdling my way through it for some reason. I’m hoping to get a big leg up on it this weekend, and to wrap it up in the next few weeks.
For those of you who are curious about the course itself (I’ve gotten several questions from fellow prenatal-fitness-cert hopefuls!), I wanted to share a little bit about how Fit for Birth does things.
The program is entirely online, which is nice (I was SO happy to put that massive NASM textbook in a drawer–oofda). The written manual is broken into sections and chapters, and paired with video lectures recorded at a live Fit for Birth class. There are also “open-book” quizzes throughout the course.
At the end, students have to do a live assessment of a pregnant woman, which is either submitted to Fit for Birth on video or done live over Skype.
Yiiikes! I’m nervous about that part, although the Fit for Birth director assured me that it’s totally casual and low pressure. (Umm, except that I’m a perfectionistic freak, so everything is high pressure…)
As for the content of the class, here’s a rundown of the main topics we’re covering:
–History of childbirth and problems with modern childbirth techniques
–Benefits of exercise for the mom and baby
–Physiological changes in pregnancy and effects of stress in pregnancy
–Diaphragmatic breathing, the TVA, and the pelvic floor
–The “Big Four” common muscle imbalance corrections for pregnant women:
Belly Pumping (as opposed to breath locking or poor core awareness & function)
Hip Loading (as opposed to knee or lumbar loading)
Back Loading (as opposed to upper trapezius loading)
Chest Loading (as opposed to front deltoid or shoulder loading)
There’s also some info about how to prevent or correct common pregnancy discomforts, such as round ligament pain, vericose veins, and back pain. (Sadly, there’s no magic pregnancy fairy dust…it’s more about not doing things that can exacerbate the problems.)
So far, I’m loving Fit for Birth. The course is well-organized and easy to follow, and I’m totally eating up the information. Maybe it’s because I happen to be pregnant right now? I don’t know, but I do know that I’m much more cognizant of how I’m breathing during the day, and how I’m “loading” different parts of my body during workouts. It makes a huge difference!
More info to come!
What (if anything) would you like to know about Fit for Birth, or prenatal fitness in general?
I’m all ears!
Fellow indoor workers: is the weather taunting you too??