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Maternal Fitness: Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy, an Easier Labor, and a Quick Recovery Original ed. Edition

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Ellie McGrath, Marathoner The work paid off. My doctor was impressed with how strong I was. Maternal Fitness is an excellent combination of exercise, education, and relaxation.

Stephanie Young Health and Fitness Editor, Glamour Magazine Maternal Fitness made a big difference in my pregnancy and birthing experience when I was a mother-to-be for the second time. I felt great -- very strong and energetic -- throughout my pregnancy and into my delivery.

Ellen Manos, M.D. (Obstetrician and Mother) Women [trained by Maternal Fitness] feel in control of their bodies, both during and after pregnancy. I can say this with absolute assurance, since I was one of their clients.

From the Back Cover

If you're newly pregnant, you're probably watching your diet carefully, getting plenty of rest, and preparing for the arrival of your new baby. You're also thinking about the big day itself and what the experience of labor will be like. Even if you're following a regular fitness program, you'll want to do everything you can to strengthen and prepare your body for the rigors of labor. Maternal Fitness features clearly illustrated exercises that focus specifically on the muscle groups you'll use throughout labor, especially the transverse abdominals - the stomach muscles that play a critical role during delivery. A powerful set of transverse abs can speed labor and delivery and make for a quick recovery. By learning how to strengthen your abdominals and relax your pelvic floor muscles, you'll be able to push more effectively. While the Maternal Fitness program is designed specifically for the big moment, it also has other benefits, from minimizing backache and fatigue to giving you a welcome head start on getting back into shape after childbirth. Developed by a professional trainer who is also a registered nurse and childbirth educator, the Maternal Fitness program is safe for you and your baby and easy to do. Once learned, it can be incorporated into any workout.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (April 10, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684802953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684802954
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is easy to read and after doing the exercises for two months, I feel soooo much better. I really have to do the exercises every day to make a difference. This is the only book that teaches safe abdominals to do during pregnancy. It teaches you exactly how to do them correctly. I am a Personal Fitness Trainer working in NYC for 15 years and this is The book on how to exercise correctly during pregnancy. Julie Tupler knows so much about the changes your body goes through and how to cope with it all. This is a MUST for not just surviving pregnancy, but thriving while pregnanr!
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This book is wonderful for several reasons.

1. Technical knowledge and explanations. The author is an experienced nurse and fitness trainer so she is able to offer detailed explanations of how muscles work, how to train the muscles safely and effectively, and information on how all of this is effected during pregnancy.

2. Safe and confident. I bought this book during my first pregnancy when I was scared to do anything for fear of hurting my daughter. Her explanations and the gentle exercises were just what I needed. Extremely effective and difficult while not making you worry that you are doing something wrong or pushing too hard.

3. It works! In my first pregnancy, I followed this book throughout the first and second trimesters. During the third trimester I wasn't so diligent, but even so I managed the entire 9 months without backache or waddling. When it came time to push, the memory of the exercises helped me use the tranverse muscles correctly even though I was half numb due to the epidural. I pushed my daughter out in only 30 minutes. The doctor said this was amazing for a first timer. I also think it helped assist in a speedy recovery. I gained 30 pounds - so I didn't gain a ton, but still managed to get into my prepregnancy jeans only 2 weeks after my daughter was born. They were tight but squeezing into them still made me feel great!

4. An excellent addenda to pregnancy fitness classes. In my first pregnancy my husband was in graduate school so I couldn't afford classes outside the book. In my second pregnancy now, I go to a pregnancy pilates class 3 times a week. The class helps me be more consistent than just on my own.
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I bought this book during my first trimester instead of the "pregnancy yoga" books I was considering. I'd been doing yoga for several years prior to my pregnancy but felt that my normal classes lacked the additional information I needed about how to effectively use my body during pregnancy and labor and how to apply everything I've learned from yoga to labor.
I was surprised and then grateful to find that many of the exercises in the book are similar to yoga, but Julie Tupler builds on the similarities and takes them a step further, without ever referring to yoga. She helps you understand and prepare for how you will be using your body during labor and gives helpful information about birthing positions, episiotomies, breathing, relaxation, and "pushing."
I'm 6 weeks away from my due date, so I can't say how effective her method will be, but it's given me peace of mind that I can get through the process of labor and opened my mind to an unmedicated birth. I feel like the book provided me exactly what I was looking for in terms of an exercise routine combined with mental preparation.
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I just received this book "used" from one of the retailers. I got a great deal! The order came rather quickly and the book is in excellent condition.
I like what I see in this book. This is just what I was looking for! The exercises and stretches are explained in a simple manner and there are illustrations which also guide you to make sure you are doing the exercises correctly. It is a good book for beginners. You will learn exercises to help strengthen your back, upper body, lower body and ABDOMINALS. The goal is to help you have a healthy pregnancy, efficient labor, and quick recovery.
I'm glad to finally find a book that deals with strengthening the abdominal muscles CORRECTLY. Some books tell you not to work the abdominals at all during pregnancy, but how else are you going to push that baby out??? This book teaches you the correct way to safely strengthen them. Great book.
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Scientifically reasoned, detailed explanations of the why and how of exercises for strengthening abdominals and pelvic muscles for pregnancy and after. This author clearly has had experience coaching women to do these exercises - I like the instructions of how to avoid common mistakes in these exercises, and also the interesting abdominal exercises (Tupler method) for reducing abdominal diastasis. This book looks like an excellent guide for those who want a specific training program to prepare for pregnancy and a faster recovery.

Maternal Fitness, despite its short length, is denser and more informative than the other pregnancy fitness books out there. It's the only one in my opinion worth buying, because unlike the other books, you can't find the info in this book on the web. FYI, this author also wrote "Lose your mummy tummy", which probably overlaps with the content of this book but may be more up to date...
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