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Bounce Back Into Shape After Baby: The Ultimate Guide to a Fun-Filled, Time and Energy Efficient Workout-With Your Baby Paperback – January 1, 2001

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"... the most up-to-date book in the world for the new mother." -- Ruth Sapsford, AUA Dip Phty, Author and Co-editor of Women's Health: A Textbook for Physiotherapists

"Bounce Back will be a boon to every new mom..." -- Susan Strecker Richard, Editor-In-Chief Lamaze Publishing Company

"Caroline Creager has taken exercise books to a new level by thoroughly supporting her postpartum exercise routines with well-documented research." -- Paulina Perez, RN, BSN, FACCE, LCCE, CD, Author of Birth Balls: Use of Physical Therapy Balls in Maternity Care

A National Ben Franklin Award Finalist: "Every new mother should have a copy of this book." -- Ben Franklin Judge

Writer's Digest National Self Published Book Award Winner: "...a comprehensive book." Caroline's "passion for the subject is evident throughout." -- Writer's Digest Judge

About the Author

Caroline C. Creager is CEO of Executive Physical Therapy, Inc., and the author of six fitness books, including Therapeutic Exercises Using the Swiss Ball, Therapeutic Exercises Using Foam Rollers, and Caroline Creager's Airobic Ball Strengthening Workout. She has written for or been featured in numerous magazines, including Cooking Light, Men's Health, and Fitness. She lives in Berthoud, Colorado.

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Executive Physical Therapy, Inc.; 1st edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964115352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964115354
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 18, 2002
This is a gentle, flexible exercise routine that begins with exercise routines suitable 24 hours after birth that start off with 5 minutes of floor exercises (with no balance ball or other equipment at this point) and 5 minutes of walking.
The goal for the first level of exercises is not to lose weight but to enhance the mothers' physical condition and to enhance recovery after childbirth. There are special exercises to help heal c-section incision area and simple things to do to help prevent c-section scar adhesions. Other exercises help episiotomy site healing, separation of diastasis recti (abdominal muscles) due to pregnancy and exercises for recovering from urinary incontinence and fecal incontinence (which has been linked in a study to be caused by episiotomies).
Another important focus of the book is the goal of not having back pain. The book teaches prevention of back and shoulder injury by teaching proper positions for holding baby, breastfeeding, and lifting baby up, such as when lifting out of crib. Using a stroller is discouraged if the woman has carpal tunnel syndrome due to pregnancy as pushing the stroller can further aggravate the pain and the condition. Use of a front pack baby carrier is recommended as a back-healthy way to carry baby and proper usage of it (so it is comfortable and doesn't cause back pain) is outlined by the author. I have witnessed many people wearning their baby carriers in a way that causes back pain, I encourage everyone to read the manufacturers directions and this authors' directions so using this style baby carrier doesn't cause you pain!
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I highly recommend this book! As a middle-aged grandma, I was initially interested in this book for myself, as I will soon have an abdominal hysterectomy, and will be needing some gentle, yet effective post-op abdominal exercises. I am also an RN/certified fitness trainer, so I have used Caroline Creager's books in the past. I am finding this book to be an excellent source for my clients, especially new moms, and people like myself, needing strengthening after surgery. The section on diaphragmatic breathing is essential for the post-op period. Although this is a postpartum program, most exercises could apply to anyone, as they emphasize strengthening the core, which is fundamental in beginning an exercise program. The exercises and stretches using the Swiss ball would benefit anyone, young and old, as they are safe, functional, and help to improve posture and balance.
But first and foremost, this book is a must for the new mother, full of fun, energy-efficient workouts,demonstrated by Caroline and her baby. There is emphasis on posture, as well as the proper body mechanics in lifting and carrying baby to support your back and prevent injury. The exercises are beneficial to baby as well, aiding sleep, improving strength, balance and socialization. What a great way to interact and bond with your baby! This would be a unique and much appreciated gift for mom and baby.
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Finally an excercise program that is written by a mom who understands, that working out is not a priority. Caroline fully understands the time limitation of moms. This has been a great program to get me going again, I feel good about myself. I kept thinking I would start working out, tomorrow, next week, next month etc., but this program makes working out attainable by working it into my day. By starting out with just 10 minutes a day I felt like I was accomplising something, now I do it twice a day and feel like I can add more time. THANK YOU - this is the best and strongest I've felt in a long time!
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Bounce Back Into Shape After Baby by physical therapist and exercise specialist Caroline C. Creager (Founder and CEO, Executive Physical Therapy, Inc., Berthoud, Colorado) is an energetic, authoritative health and workout guide designed specifically for new mothers. Individual chapters address exercise guidelines for mothers recovering from vaginal delivery, Cesarean delivery recovery, techniques for managing Cesarean scar tissue, ways to strengthen weakened abdominal muscles, balancing exercise with breast feeding, the value of working out on a ball, fitting exercise into a busy schedule and much more. Bounce Back Into Shape After Baby is a superbly presented and "user friendly" health and exercise guidebook and especially recommended for young mothers who may feel overwhelmed but don't want to neglect their physical well-being.
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This book was required for the Cortiva Maternity and Infant Massage Specialist course I took in 2008. I don't really have a lot to add to the previous reviews. I think it's great for new moms or for anyone looking to work on their core, especially post-surgery or have other considerations that necessitate they be careful with their abdomen. It has a great explanation for how to reduce scar tissue for scars of all types--not just from cesarean surgery. The author also explains toilet-training for adults--which sounds a bit odd, but it's very helpful for anyone with pelvic floor weakness. The pages are 8.5x11, and since it's been a frequent reference for me I separated the pages from the cover and put them in sheet protectors which I organized into a binder--makes it very easy to copy or take out pages for my own exercise.
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