- 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: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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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I've also been doing her maternal fitness workout (takes longer - about an hour +) and it's a tough workout that you can do at your own pace - with just a few things, at home. (Need some light weights and a resistance band).
I love that she offers pages you can photocopy to have on hand with you - makes it easy to follow once you know the routine or if you have to travel like me.
Loved it & even shared the book with a friend so she can benefit from the wonderful techniques described in the book.