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The FitMama Method : Your Complete Guide to Confidence and Fitness for Birth - Marie Behenna

The FitMama Method

Your Complete Guide to Confidence and Fitness for Birth

Paperback Published: 1st May 2012
ISBN: 9780285640863
Number Of Pages: 192

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Giving birth is the single most challenging physical activity the majority of women will face in their lifetime. So why not prepare for it by training and exercising, by toning your body so that you can approach labour and delivery with calm confidence, free of the anxiety and tension that complicate so many births.

The FitMama Method: Your Complete Guide to Confidence and Fitness for Birth has been devised by Marie Behenna based on her own experience of pregnancy and birth and her work as a personal trainer. It encompasses not only exercise but also advice on diet, nutrition, posture, recovery and general wellbeing. Marie Behenna has been preparing pregnant women for birth, both physically and mentally, for over twenty years, and by following her unique programme of gentle exercises you'll find that you gain confidence and knowledge as your pregnancy progresses.

The FitMama Method will guide you through the physiological changes of pregnancy, the choices you can make during labour and delivery, and how to ensure a full and swift recovery. You won't need complicated equipment, and you can perform the exercises in the privacy of your own home. The FitMama Method includes advice to the expectant dad and many 'what you should know' tips from previous FitMama programme participants.

About the Author

Marie Behenna has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer. Her company, FitMama, specialises in antenatal fitness classes to make the experience of labour easier. She is a regular contributor to Prima Baby magazine and is the editor for the Guild of Pregnancy and Postnatal Teachers.

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
What, Why and Who Says?
It started with a kissp. 5
A background into how FitMama™ was born, including the evidence supporting why this kind of physical activity is so important for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
So you think you can put your feet up and eat for two?p. 12
Understanding healthy eating, obesity and physiological changes during pregnancy.
Red? Orange? Green? Go!p. 24
An outline of medical conditions during pregnancy which may prevent you from following a normal healthy exercise routine, and what you can do instead. What to do if something happens to your pregnancy whilst you are exercising.
The Exercise Techniques
Preface to the exercisesp. 37
A breakdown of what you need to know/do when exercising with these routines.
It's all in the heartp. 41
Cardiovascular exercises for the endurance of labour.
Pregnant and bootylicious!p. 46
Exercises for strong legs and hips.
Chest out, shoulders back!p. 53
Exercises for strong pregnancy posture.
Are you resting your tea on your bump yet?p. 65
Abdominal exercises for pregnancy.
Building the foundations for recoveryp. 76
Exercises for optimum pelvic floor strength, including a description of the side effects of neglecting pelvic floor muscles.
To stretch or not to stretch?p. 81
The safe guide to stretching during pregnancy, including exercises and safety tips.
The Labour Techniques
Breathe your baby outp. 91
Breathing exercises for aiding delivery of your baby.
Move it, baby!p. 101
A pictorial explanation of movements to make during labour to reduce the time and help the descent of the baby.
Push it real good: choosing a delivery positionp. 106
A pictorial demonstration of positions for delivery, and the muscle groups you need to train to help cope with these positions.
Can you handle the sharp end?p. 114
A chapter for birth partners, to teach them some vital tools to assist mothers during labour.
Yes, your baby needs you to relaxp. 121
How to relax and de-stress during pregnancy, including affirmations and meditation, plus a checklist for breathing during labour.
FitMamas™ unite!p. 130
Women who have experienced the FitMama™ method share their stories.
Repair, Eat and be Happy!
Skinny jeans? Forget it! First things firstp. 143
An early postnatal repair guide for pelvic floor muscles; exercises that can be undertaken within days of delivery; postnatal affirmation.
Barbara Bradbury's holistic recipes for pregnancyp. 151
Healing recipes for pregnancy courtesy of nutritionist Barbara Bradbury.
Acknowledgementsp. 166
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780285640863
ISBN-10: 0285640860
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st May 2012
Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32