Pregnant Posture

During pregnancy you can be effected by Hyperlordosis. This is the over curvature of the spine due to the increase in weight in the abdomen. This doesn’t just effect just pregnant ladies can happen to anyone with excess weight in the front. If your finding yourself with back pain, hip and even sometimes knee pain this could be one of the reasons why. Of course the magic hormones in pregnancy are a lot to blame. Certain muscles can get tight due to this i.e. your back and hip flexors and in doing so you abs and hamstrings and glutes will get weak. Ways to combat this is to stretch your hip flexors (pictured above nice modified version for preggos you can use a chair for support) stretch your lower back (check the net for safe back stretches) Exercise your abs and your deep core muscles/ use exercise to strengthen them and don’t do crunches of course I like belly breathing 😉 and strengthen your hamstrings and glutes. Continuing with my weight training and squatting throughout has helped so much. If you are further along you can just do body weight squats and straight leg deadlifts for e.g Also focus on posture and get your body in neutral peeps see pictures and don’t get stuck in a chair all day it can often promote bad posture.

Remember to keep your tummy button in towards your spine to reduce the pressure of your organs and baby on you abs

Buying coconut oil? Choose carefully


Unwilling to part with expensive prices. We had been using the cheap coconut oil on the right. We decided to start cooking with coconut oil because coconut oil is one of the few oils that is not damaged when heated to temperatures used in cooking, frying, and baking. Corn, soy, sunflower, canola, and safflower oils undergo detrimental changes when heated to cooking, frying, or baking temperatures . It smelt yummy to when opened while the cheaper one had no smell.

Refined Coconut Oil: A refined coconut oil is usually rather tasteless and odourless. Because it has been refined, it can usually withstand slightly higher cooking temperatures before reaching its smoke point. Refined coconut oils are excellent for cooking foods where you need lots of clean, pure, malleable fat without a dominating coconut flavour. (Think pie crusts or french fries.) Refined coconut oils do not offer the same health benefits of a virgin, completely raw coconut oil, but they are still excellent sources of most of the beneficial fatty acids. Things to watch out for: not all refined coconut oils are alike! Most are refined using a chemical distillation process dependent on lye or other harsh solvents, or they’re made from the rancid oil by products leftover from creating desiccated (dry) coconut flakes. Sadly, these are refined, bleached, and deodorized in an effort to create a palatable product that can be sold to consumers. Many coconut oils are even hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated! (Avoid these at all costs as the hydrogenation process creates synthetic trans-fats.) coconut without the addition of any

Unrefined Coconut Oil An unrefined coconut oil is typically labelled “virgin” or “extra-virgin.” In general, though, virgin and extra-virgin coconut oils are made from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconut without the added chemicals. Source :


Belly pouch ?!?

Pregnant and non-pregnant ladies, do you have an issue with your belly protruding or wondering how to work your core during pregnancy?

Before and during pregnancy you have heard me say I rarely work abs in the traditional way. I don’t think I will ever do a full ab crunch again to be honest.  As I have gained more knowledge I have come to understand the belly pouch I had after my first pregnancy was diastasis recti. Not everyone gets this and there are certain ways to train it correctly check out the video  by befitmoms on you tube to see one of the exercises I do.

What is your level of fitness? Everyone is different

At the beginning stages of pregnancy I did do things like planks and press up more often. If you see me do it now it’s for a very minimal period of time. I had a very strong core and if you are going to attempt these planks and press-ups please ensure you’re strong enough to do it and you have full control of your core muscles to hold up baby. I have said before in previous posts, pregnant or not  if you’re not drawing your belly button in towards your spine the exercise is redundant and you could be causing more damage especially in pregnancy with the growing weight in your abdomen you are putting extra stress there. So control it ladies or don’t do it.

I would also not recommend isometric contraction during 2nd/3rd trimester due to the fact it can raise blood pressure or abdominal trauma by falling due to fatigue so if your finding it hard don’t just push through the pain during pregnancy workouts trying to plank pick a regression for the plank (shown in previous post)

So ladies and a few men if you’re doing all the abs exercises in the world and its not’s working out for you do some research no need to crazy ab exercises DO the right exercises and as they say eat clean and clear up those gut issues.  Things like belly breathing is a good place to start. Even getting up out of bed the wrong way can be detrimental. Google away folks

Knowledge is power, I don’t know everything but learning more and  more each day and want to be a  PT who shares my success and help people reach goals not charge for every bit knowledge I pass on to you. Have a blessed day guys.