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Stretch it MAMA! Stretching options for expecting Mothers.

22 Apr

For most healthy women experiencing normal pregnancies, stretching has numerous benefits, including:
• It relaxes the body and prepares it for delivery.
• It allows you to practice breathing.
• It helps to ease stress.
During pregnancy, levels of the hormone relaxin rise in a woman’s body. This hormone, which is believed to soften the pubic symphysis in the pelvis and facilitate labor, may be produced up to three months after childbirth. It relaxes ligaments, as well as muscles, and makes pregnant women and new mothers vulnerable to overstretching. Relaxin levels may also remain high after a miscarriage, which can put you at risk for stretching beyond your normal and healthy range.
Here are 6 stretching options. Please share the stretch love! 🙂

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Fibromyalgia Health/Wellness Tips from my Mom

18 Dec

When my Mother was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia many years ago I was angry and confused not only because my mother was in severe pain 24/7 but also because there seemed to be an enormous lack of information and advice out there.  There STILL is not enough information out there.  I will be posting my training advice and medical hot tub dyna band exercise routine that worked for my mom next week but I wanted to share my Mom’s personal advice she has for other women who suffer:


-Warm your muscles before exercise.  (She has a medical hot tub set around body temperature)

-When exercising with Fibro be very aware of your movements, make each movement with every exercise deliberate, controlled, and slow.  Balance is often times compromised so safety first.

-Obtaining sleep is your #1 priority.  (I will have her share her techniques for this in a future blog post as I know they are extensive). Do not exercise before bed, have a personalized calming routine, Chamomile Tea, Meditation.

-Be kind to yourself, don’t fill your life with DON’T ‘s and CAN’T ‘s, concentrate on what you CAN do!

-Don’t apologize for what you are unable to do and perform.  It is not your fault and there is no need to apologize.

-Concentrate on the positives in life not the negatives.

-When people help you, help them in return with what you can do for people without pain, this will make you feel good about yourself and feel like you are giving back.  For my mother that’s being a good listener, being there for people, checking in with them on the phone, organizing friends and family members taxes, cooking (when she feels physically capable).

-Esteemable acts create self esteem.  Tidy up the house, make the bed, make a healthy lunch salad, movement (walking), charity work (raise funds via web and phone)

-Mom discusses with me “FibroFog” and how it can effect the whole day, your relationship around you and communication with everyone including your Doctor.  Therefore, she stresses the importance of taking the time to write down all your necessary talking points that need to be communicated to your Doctor well in advance before your appointment.

-Most Fibro women struggle for years about whether to take medication or not.  For a long time Mom felt like taking medication meant losing control.  Eventually she realized taking low dose medication was taking control of her life.  Today she does not depend on medication but a combination of therapies that work for her.

-Understand that it might take some time and work with your Doctor to find the right combination of medicine and therapies to find what works for you.

-Biofeedback.  Mom has utilized this machine and form of therapy to help teach her how to find her breathing and relaxation.  This intrigues me very much and I feel it deserves it’s own future blog post, stay tuned.

-Meditate, put pain at the back of your mind instead of forefront.

-Food can aggravate Fibromyalgia, my mom finds that wine, chocolate, fats and gluten among other things can lead to a flare up and what our family calls an “episode”.

-It’s really important for your family and friends to understand Fibromyalgia.  Ask your loved ones to research it, and share with them your condition, successes, frustrations, and outline how they can help, chances are they want to help and they can only do this if you make yourself VULNERABLE and communicate.  You are not a failure with revealing the truth. Please no guilt with this.

-Mom wants to communicate that they used to think Fibro was a form of arthritis, now they are leaning towards “heywire nerves”.