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Postnatal Rescue
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2008
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This is my 6th pregnancy that I am recovering from and this video has been a great help. Erin OBrien gives simple explanations for each movement/exercise used. She explains the "whys" about what a postpartum body is going through and shows sincere concern about her postpartum audience. There are 3 15 minute exercise progressions- completely doable and enjoyable, plus she gives a couple of simple straightfoward tips in each section re: diet and cardio. She also includes stretches you can do beginning the day you return home (which feel so good when you feel so wrecked from pregnancy.) This would make a great gift to a expecting or new mom!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2008
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I forgot I had bought this DVD and started using it about 6 weeks after having had a c-section, and by that time I was pretty much able to skip right to the second workout of the three. (There was also some bonus stretching material for very soon post-partum, which I would have liked to have tried sooner.) While the three workouts seem a bit repetitive in parts, they go by quickly, and soon after you begin you feel as if you're done. I liked the idea of easing back into exercise and not attempting sit-ups or crunches right away, and this workout gave me the confidence to do that and not worry about injuring myself. The instructor has a little bit of a "I know it's hard but it's necessary" tone which can be annoying at times, but overall she's got a nice, motivational approach. The (very short) cameo at the end by her husband James Denton (from Desperate Housewives) is cute, as you see her interact a bit with her own family. I used this DVD for about 6 weeks, at which time i got back to my regular crunches and such.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
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I thought I was going to need something very soft to begin my post pregnancy workouts since Ia had a csection but it turned out that I didnt really. At my 6 wk doc clearance, I did the first 2 groups of excercises once and then went up to the 3rd group. By the 4th day I was a little bored. Before my pregnancy i was an active person and enjoyed yoga, pilates, weights and dancing so this was slow for me. But if you wanna start slow, dont normally workout or had a difficult delivery then this might work best for you.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2010
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Giving birth to my 1st child was a very painful experience. I had a lot of tearing and couldn't sit comfortably for several months. I liked this video for a few reasons: instructor seems very sincere and compassionate, the segments are short, the segments contain similar exercises that become harder as you become stronger, but what i liked most was that THERE WERE NO EXERCISES WHERE I HAD TO SIT ON MY BOTTOM!!!! Sitting "indian-style" or on my sit-bones, etc. just was not possible for me after this labor so I was thankful that I could do every exercise in this video. I was sadly disappointed to find some of the other well-rated videos had so many exercises that I couldn't do.

So, this video may not be challenging enough for the mother with an easy delivery and a boot camp attitude, but for those who have had a difficult labor or who want to GENTLY ease back into exercising, this is a WONDERFUL video!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2010
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I bought this DVD about 2 months after the birth of my 5th baby. I have used it 4-5 times a week for the last 2 months and have seen some great results! When I began using this workout I had been pretty sedentary since my baby's birth. This DVD has 3 "progressions" to work through and I began with the first progression. I only did that one a few times as it is very easy and intended more for the first month or so after baby. So I moved up to the second progression and it was definitely challenging for me! However, after a few weeks I felt MUCH stronger and more toned and could easily get through the workout so I moved to the 3rd and last progression. I am about 4 months postpartum and my body is SO much stronger and more toned than before I started. The 3rd progression has really gotten my abs, butt and thighs into shape and also toned my arms. I am about ready to find a more rigorous workout now, but Postnatal Rescue really eased my way into life after baby. I feel great! I would recommend this for any new mom, but start it earlier than I did! No later than 6 weeks postpartum to get the full benefits of the DVD.

I like that she also includes some "Gentle First Stretches" to do right after your baby is born up until you're ready to start exercising again.

Also, Erin is a good instructor and I personally enjoy her style. My kids like her too. :) My two toddlers exercise along with me and my 10 year old daughter likes to repeat Erin's encouragements: "Yes you can, you've got one more in you!"
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2009
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I am a male Personal Trainer that has a large clientele of females. Two of my clients became pregnant last year and they both asked me to keep training them throughout their pregnancy. I was a little apprehensive about that because of their condition. During their first trimester they both complained that I wasn't the same trainer, that I was being too easy on them. I was hesitant to push them like I did before. So I purchased Erin's DVD and watched it several times until I came up with a routine like hers. I appreciated the fact that Erin was about 9 months pregnant when she shot this DVD. They were both happy that it was challenging but not overly tough. I adjusted the intensity down as they got further along. I'm happy to say that one stayed with me for 8 months and the other for 7 months. Both babies' were healthy when they were born (however, one started crying when I held him and talked to him. I think he recognized my voice from telling his mom to do one more rep).
I'm now using Erin's "Postnatal exercise" DVD and find it very informative for explaining to them that their body needs to go through rehab before we start the more intense exercises. They both feel they are in better shape after these births than they were with their older children.
I would strongly recommend these DVD's to any expectant mother that wants to keep exercising through their pregnancy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2013
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i'm so glad i found this DVD! i initially was just going to buy tracy anderson's post-pregnancy dvd, but i'm so happy i read about this one first. it's the perfect early postnatal DVD. i started doing progression one before i had my six week doctor's appointment, but it was very gentle, and a nice way to feel like i was doing *something* about my mushy abs without being very strenuous. it's pilates-inspired. i also have had residual physical problems after my delivery that necessitated going to a chiropractor, and this DVD didn't feel like it would push the envelope so much that i would injure myself or set back my recovery.
i definitely feel much stronger after doing this.
other things to note..
-the 15 minute time length is, IMO, *perfect* for when you have a young infant. there's actually a chance you can get it in every day! 45 minute long DVDs, not so much..those take me almost all day to do.
-i love that Erin does the routine just on the carpet in her living room. it makes it feel very manageable and approachable.
-follow the progressions and don't be tempted to skip ahead. i tried progression 3 because i was getting bored, but i'm honestly not ready for it yet. it requires significant core strength, IMO.
-Erin's lecture at the beginning of progression 2 on healthy eating is pointless and annoying. you're not going to get skinny on 15 minutes a day here.. the point of his DVD to me is to turn my mushy core strong enough that i can carry my son without pain.
-there's no arm work here, unless you count push-ups. the majority is abs and legs.

my recommendation is to master progression 3 before you move on to tracy anderson. only at that point will your core be strong enough to do her DVD.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2013
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I wish I could return this video. I assumed that since this was geared to postnatal women that it would be sensitive to the issue of abdominal diastasis (which most women have post pregnancy to some degree). Nope. The second "progression" has you doing Pilates 100's which are one of the WORST things to do and can cause more damage. The workouts are very simplistic and I could find better for free on tv. Some of the stretches feel good but other than that this is a total waste. SKIP!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
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I gave birth to my second child last week, in a relatively short and uncomplicated vaginal birth. I exercised regularly throughout my pregnancy and was very active before pregnancy as well. I found the first progression to be a good warm up, and the second progression to be the right challenge level for me at 1 week post partum. The third progression may take me a week or two to build up to. Even though the video says not to begin before 6 weeks post partum, I think you can start earlier if you have been exercising regularly. I plan to use this exercise series to get my muscle tone back over the first few months and then move on to more challenging workouts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2011
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I used her Prenatal workout which I LOVED because I was able to be more challenged than many of the prenatal workouts. I was already in great shape prior to getting pregnant and most prenatal workouts were way too easy. So I started her postnatal rescue (my mom purchased the boxed set with both pre and post natal workouts) and love it. Since I was in great shape throughout my pregnancy (and I believe I had a fantastic natural delivery due in part to Erin's DVD) the first progression was a bit easy. I started when my daughter turned 1 week old. Make sure your doc says it's okay. I was in great shape after labor and got the go-ahead from my doc. So I forced myself to do progression 1 to make sure I didn't over do it. I did that for a week and then was pleasantly surprised at the challenge I got in the second and even more in the third. I think it is a great graduated program. She makes it very clear what you can and can't do and encourages gradual healing. Highly recommended.
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