Staying active during pregnancy can be challenging: you may be dealing with fatigue, nausea, balance issues, and discomfort. Staying active can be doubly challenging when you’re pregnant in the summer and already tend to run hot! Here are some ways to be active and keep fit while you’re pregnant in the summer. Remember, ask your midwife before starting any sort of exercise program, and make sure your activity is okay before starting it. If you’re not feeling well during the activity, stop and rest, and call your midwife if you are concerned. As always, stay hydrated and… Read More

Being a mom means being constantly busy. While being busy is not necessarily a bad thing, it can mean that mom misses out on some very important “me” time. Everyday activities like picking up baby, cleaning and doing laundry, and getting in and out of the car can take a toll on the body, especially when the accompanying movements are done incorrectly. Here are 4 exercises that you can do at home- or anywhere for that matter- that will help you get moving and change the way you do your everyday exercises. Squats Squats are the kind of… Read More

We all know that daily exercise is important – but what about exercise during pregnancy? Are there certain activities that are unsafe? What are the benefits for you and baby? And what do you need to keep in mind to ensure you get the most out of your exercise routine? Benefits of Exercise During Pregnancy: Improves overall general fitness and strengthens your heart and blood vessels Promotes healthy weight gain during pregnancy Reduces back pain Eases constipation May decrease your risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean delivery Aids in weight loss after your baby is born May improve long-term… Read More

Baby+Company in Nashville is so excited to announce the development of a new program specifically designed for women who are not yet pregnant. Well+Prepared is an individualized pre-pregnancy wellness counseling program designed by Amy Romano, our Senior Vice President of Clinical Programs, and Assistant Center Manager Ashley Couse. We spoke with Ashley about her background and the new program she’ll be bringing to the Nashville community. B+C: Hi, Ashley! Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you become interested in the midwifery model of care? AC:I’ve always known I wanted to be in the helping profession,… Read More

Pregnancy brings endless changes – new symptoms and feelings crop up, physical side effects abound, and it can be overwhelming, both physically and mentally. Even though you might be busy with work, preparing for baby, running errands, and dealing with everyday life, it’s important to take time for yourself to make sure you’re healthy for you and your baby. Here are some ways to practice self-care during this time. Rest Pregnancy can be exhausting – after all, you’re growing a person. Your body is working overtime, which means fatigue is a common byproduct. Take time each day to… Read More

Most pregnant women have been told by their health care providers that they should “listen to their bodies.” I, too, have encountered this advice on multiple occasions. It seems like it’s the general response to pretty much every question I have about sleep, nutrition, and exercise. At first, I thought this was fabulous. Read More

Prior to my pregnancy, I was a bit of an exercise nut. Before you start to hate me, let me reassure you that I do not, for the most part, enjoy exercise. I will not be telling you about how incredible you’ll feel when you can bust out fifty push-ups, or the elusive endorphin rush you’ll get from running ten miles. (I’m pretty sure that’s a myth propagated by Nike, anyway.) Read More

Whether you’re pregnant or not, yoga can be a great stress reliever, as well as a nice, low-impact way to get some exercise. There are tons of benefits: it helps strengthen and tone muscles, increases flexibility, improves sleep, promotes cardiovascular health and improved respiration, and supports a healthy metabolism. According to the American Pregnancy Association, prenatal yoga can also help reduce the risk of preterm labor, ease nausea, headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower the risk of intrauterine growth restriction. Read More

Is getting back into your pre-pregnancy exercise routine as elusive a dream as a good night’s sleep? If you were working out regularly before, you should be able to safely start exercising again as you heal from birthing your baby. Enclosed are breastfeeding and exercise tips for breastfeeding moms. Read More

The American College of Obstetrician-Gynecologists recommends 30 minutes of exercise per day during pregnancy. Why? Because the benefits of prenatal fitness are not just for mom but for baby too. Consistent prenatal exercise will help you maintain your strength, flexibility and endurance, traits that play an essential role during labor and birth. Read More

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