Workout Wednesday’s #19: Guest Post- Top Benefits of Pregnancy Pilates by Oliva Wilson

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Top Benefits of Pregnancy Pilates Classes

Are you pregnant? Well, congratulations! Pregnancy brings so much joy, but can also be accompanied by of stress and anxiety. However, this state of mind is not beneficial to the mom-to-be or baby. This, many pregnant women join pregnancy Pilates classes, which can help keep them calm and stress-free. Aside from these benefits, did you know that these classes are also helpful for the baby’s health and  delivery?

Let’s discuss the benefits of the prenatal yoga and other exercises:

  • Helps with accepting change:

It’s a known fact that our life is constantly changing. However, during pregnancy, the pace of those changes increases to a new level. Adhering to those changes is a bit tough, although the pregnancy Pilates class supports the body and helps it in change the way it requires. Pilates and Yoga encourages stretching and other easy exercises that will prepare the body for all the changes it is going to face, especially in the lower region where the maximum weight is going to sit.

  • Stamina and strength:

As the time goes on, pregnant women, need more strength and stamina to carry a new life inside their body. The exercises, which are part of these classes, allows pregnant women to build stamina and strength in their hips, back, and arms, as well as shoulders. This extra strength helps women to carry the extra weight of the baby easily, while also protecting her from injury.

  • Physical & Emotional balance:

You might have heard pregnant women crying, saying that the tears are just because of hormones. Well, it’s true, during pregnancy women are indeed a mess of emotions along with physical changes. During this period, hormones like progesterone and estrogen are increasing. Pregnancy Pilates classes help maintain the balance between physical changes and emotional outbursts by providing an outlet. Ever gone for a run to burn off some anger? Try a pregnancy pilates or yoga class to burn off some hormones!

  • Relaxing:

Pregnancy brings stress in various muscle groups of women’s body such as the lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck, and shoulders. Pilates exercises help in relaxing these muscles and spreading the feeling of calmness throughout the body. While back rubs from your spouse are great, They can’t conquer the stress of 9 months of pregnancy. Pregnancy Pilates classes offer a more potent solution, helping you strengthen your mucsles while also including stretching to calm and soothe them.

  • Preparing for labor and delivery:

The Doctor says, “When we’re afraid, we tighten up,” which can cause problems during labor and delivery. However, these exercises help women and their body to prepare  for the big day by sternghtening and stretching all the muscles that will be so important for delivering baby.  Pilates routines allow women to trust the fact that when the time comes they will be able to open up and give birth easily. Pregnancy Pilates classes not only boosts women’s confidence but also offers to support for their body.

  • Connection with the baby:

No woman wants to lose the chance to connect with their baby even before it is born. “You can connect with your baby by imagining that, as you exhale, [you] sink your belly gently back toward the spine, as though you are giving your baby a hug,” says Jessica Berger Gross, mom to 5-year-old Lucien, in the November 2013 issue of Yoga Journal.” These exercises require focus on the body and when you focus on your body, you can feel the baby’s movement along with yours.

  • Breathing:

Pregnancy Pilates classes help women to practice the very that will come in handy during contractions and delivery. In these classes, pregnant women will learn all about the technique and process of breathing, which will be required in the coming future.

As you can see there are many benefits to Pilates and yoga classes during pregnancy.  Have you ever tried one?

Oliva Wilson is a knowledgeable and qualified blogger. She adores writing blogs on many topics such as Home Improvement, Pets, Food, Automotive, Business, Health, Lifestyle, Family etc. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+.

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Tidbits To Remember When My Children Are Grown

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Life is a roller coaster of ups and downs, bad decisions and good, regrets and triumphs.  Looking back at my own childhood, I have so much sympathy for what my parents endured. While they were on a journey that took them down a different path than my own jaunt so far, I see many parallels between our lives, our adventures and misfortunes.

I also see many areas that I want to learn from. Not necessarily mistakes that they made, but small divergences from the path I want to remain on, that I hope not to repeat. These lessons are not just from observing my own family and experiences, but from friends and even strangers I have watched along the way.

Knowing how my mind works (meaning it doesn’t) I think it prudent to write down these lessons, these little tidbits of advice for my future self. Seeing as I can barely find the sunglasses on my head…

Remember Your Younger Self

Remember how hard childhood can be, how difficult it is to try and discover yourself and be your own person. Remember that you feared becoming your mother as a teenager….and it’s ok if your daughter feels the same way. Remember that there were days that the world overwhelmed and terrified you to the point where all you could accomplish was curling in a chair to read a book all day, and your son may feel the same way at times and need a video game break.  Age changes your memories, it makes certain pieces of your past stronger while fading others. For your own children’s sake, endeavor to remember and to find sympathy in those memories.

establish equality when they Marry/Become Parents

Remember to treat your children and their significant others equally on their big days. Whether this be with wedding planning or baby shower gifts, each day should only be marked by the specialness of the occasion not by how one child was treated differently than another. Find a set of specific gifts to bestow on each child for their first baby, set aside a certain amount of time and money for each wedding…deviating from this path can create bitterness and hurt feelings.

Give Information

As your children grow older they will become enmeshed in their own lives; time will fly by and they will suddenly realize that they haven’t seen their grandparents often enough. Work, children, and LIFE simply gets in the way. However, when illness strikes, your children will come to visit, they will make the time. Do not shelter them from the facts, let them know what is going on. Tell them if grandma is having tests done or has planned a surgery, warn them of an impending biopsy or worries about grandpa’s memory…You may think you are protecting them by keeping such information private, but all you are doing is taking away valuable time that your children could be making memories, or saying goodbye. Give the information and let your children process it and take steps as they see fit. Have pride and trust in the in people you raised to be able to handle the news and act accordingly.

Love Your Son and Daughter In Laws Like Your Own

Giving your children away to the care of someone else is going to be hard. It’s going to bring tears of joy and sadness as your children create lives of their own with someone else. You may find this even harder if you aren’t a particularly big fan of the person your child chooses for a mate. However, your child loves that person, your child wants them in their lives forever, and one sure way to create a rift between yourself and the life they create is to openly dislike them.  Hopefully, you will fall easily in love with the person your child has chosen, but if not, you must rise above your distaste and treat them with respect and care. Make them part of your family, as your child has. Don’t show favorites between your sons and daughters in law, even if you feel them in your heart.

let go

A time will come when your children struggle, when they need your help to pick up the pieces of the life they fought so hard to create. Bouey them, be their rock and give them the support and tools they need to begin again. Give them time and love…but do not be a crutch forever. As much as they need you to pick them up, they also need you to let them go, to force them to live their life alone once again, to make their own decisions, mistakes and bask in their personal triumphs. Do not let them forget to live as much as you may love having them around again, you did not raise them to live in your basement…push them to find their own path once more.

Take Your Grandchildren/Visit Often

Once again, your life will be busy and crazy and it will be easy to let your grandkids grow up too fast with not enough of you in their memories.  Take your grandchildren often. Set aside special backyard campouts and days at the park. Take them individually for special alone weekends and big pancake breakfasts where no one tells them they used too much syrup or butter and give them their own can of whipped cream to add as much topping as they would like. Babysit them whenever possible, even if it is inconvenient. Children grow so fast, and you are only getting older, let them help keep you young.

Be Consistent

Hopefully you will have LOTS of grandchildren. Make sure that you treat them each equally. Spend time with them all and be sure not to show favorites.  Make sure presents at Christmas and Birthdays are both different for each child yet comparable. If you have some grandchildren that live farther away, be sure that you send them small gifts of love to let them know you are thinking of them even as you spend one on one time with those that live closer to you. Call them on their Birthdays and holidays that you miss, Send silly cards for the sake of saying “hi” or “thanks” and always include a big hug or kiss. You won’t be around forever, make your love known now.

Don’t Forget, Everyone is Crazy

And so are you, in your own way. Try to be patient with your family when they drive you nuts rather than driving them away. There will be times when you drive everyone around you nuts as well. Your children will make decisions and act in ways that you cannot understand when they are older, try to remember that you raised them to live their own lives and not simply to abide by how you would live their life. Allow them to make their own mistakes and do not offer judgement, be humble and never jealous when they outshine you. Celebrate their every triumph, even if you do not consider it to be one.

My children grow older with every moment. Soon I will look around and find a quiet house, a clean house that I despise. Hopefully, remembering and abiding by these tidbits will keep my house busy with visits from my grown up babies and the children they have made.

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Stay Healthy and Fit During Pregnancy by Avoiding These Exercises

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Pregnancy is quite the journey! It is both exhausting and exciting, frightening and full of love.

Your body makes a ton of changes during this time, and you will quickly find that your heart rate rises faster and your belly makes it hard to do certain activities.

Staying active during pregnancy, however, is very important for both you and baby. I am a firm believer that maintaining a workout routine even with a bigger belly is an essential part of prenatal care. However, you must be careful to avoid certain exercises. Continue reading “Stay Healthy and Fit During Pregnancy by Avoiding These Exercises”

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The Perfect Card for Mom with LovePop Cards!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

I love having a special day that is just for my mom, a day when i always remember to call to send a card or flowers…because, let’s face it, life often gets in the way of these simple ways to show affection. I often remember to call too late, or call when she is busy and can’t talk.

Even if I can’t get her on the phone this Mother’s day, I know she have a big smile on her face when she opens her mail!
I love LovePop cards! These unique creations are so special and fun and become keepsakes rather than garbage bin lining.  Check out all their amazing Cards just for Mom’s and order NOW!

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If you can’t be with your mama this mothers day, send her some love with Mother’s Day Pop Up Cards!

 

 

 

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I’m Not F*$#ing Hormonal!

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As women, we have all heard it: “Is it that time of the month?” “Your hormones are raging!” “Pregnancy must be so hard emotionally with all those hormones” “Watch out, she’s super hormonal right now…”

Well, I’m here to tell you, WE’RE NOT F*$#ING HORMONAL!

You assume that because I am more upset than usual, it must be hormones, or because I yell at you when I would usually just accept circumstances as they are, that I must be mid-PMS or my preggie hormones are raging. Can you guess which finger I’m pointing at you? Continue reading “I’m Not F*$#ing Hormonal!”

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Workout Wednesday #17: Featured Trainer: Cindy Whitmarsh

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It’s time for another Workout Wednesday Featured Trainer!

May is just around the corner, which means bathing suit weather is fast approaching. I don’t know about you, but no matter how fit I feel, I always work a little bit harder when I know It’s close to time to showing off a bit more skin!

Therefore, it’s time to introduce to you one of my favorite, fat burning YouTube Trainers!

Cindy Whitmarsh specializes in lighter weights and more reps with cardio bursts in between. This fitness method will help you tone up quickly while burning fat to bring out those sexy muscles! Continue reading “Workout Wednesday #17: Featured Trainer: Cindy Whitmarsh”

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Mother’s Day is For Mom’s: “Pet Mama’s” Move Aside!

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May is just around the corner, and with it comes a day that every mommy looks forward to: Mother’s Day.

Mom’s spend a lot of time doing a lot of thankless tasks throughout the year, we are yelled at by the tiny people we are trying to rear and clean up the same mess 10 times a day simply to do it all again tomorrow.

On Mother’s day, our tiny humans thank us with cards and extra kisses, our spouses shower us in relaxation and breakfast made by anyone but mom.

It’s a wonderful day, just for MOMS. For the women who have created life inside their own bodies or chosen to spend their lives raising children they married into or were fortunate enough to adopt.

We deserve this day.

Which is why, while I search through the card aisle for the perfect card for my own mother, who has put up with 34 years of ME, I get pretty annoyed with the card category entitled “Pet Mom.” Continue reading “Mother’s Day is For Mom’s: “Pet Mama’s” Move Aside!”

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20 Things I Do In A Day To Ruin My Kids’ Lives: Part 1

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While my main goal is to get my children through each day without dying, I apparently am slowing killing their souls with my every action.

The amount of crying, whining, groaning, incessant wailing, and foot stomping indicates that I am constantly working towards their inevitable destruction.

In order to slowly ruin my children’s lives each day, I make them: Continue reading “20 Things I Do In A Day To Ruin My Kids’ Lives: Part 1”

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