Hollywood seems to be in the middle of a full-fledged baby boom. From Maxwell Drew (Jessica Simpson’s new little girl) to the upcoming film What to Expect When You’re Expecting (in which Cameron Diaz plays a pregnant personal trainer!), bumps are certainly trending in the pop culture world.
Are you or is someone you love expecting too? If so, practicing Pilates now may help make your delivery easier and help you get your pre-baby body back faster, says Mariska Breland, founder of Fuse Pilates in Washington, D.C. Breland explains that you don’t try to correct bodily changes during pregnancy, as many of these are necessary to help with delivery (like the pelvis tilting slightly back). The goal is to adjust the body and your exercises based on these changes, so that it will be primed for delivery and will have strong muscles—especially in areas that are often utilized by new moms.
For a taste of Breland’s Push Prep class, try out these three moves. They’re great for those who are expecting and those who just want to tone up!
Targets shoulders, upper back, hips, legs
- Lie on side and prop upper-body up on your forearm.
- Bend knees, right leg stacked on top of left, and bring them to a 45° angle from hip. Place hand on hip.
- Lift right knee toward ceiling.
- Extend right leg straight back and left leg straight forward.
- Return to start. Do 10 reps, switch sides and repeat.
Like 86 percent of women polled in a recent survey, I had never heard about CMV (cytomegalovirus)—until, that is, it affected one of the strongest moms I know, Casey, and her beautiful daughter, Gracie. (Read their story here.)
Now I know that CMV is a very common, often symptomless virus that infects up to 80 percent of people before age 40. Usually it’s harmless. The scary part: If you’re infected during pregnancy—or even before getting pregnant—there’s a chance you could pass it along to your unborn baby. According to the CDC, one in 150 babies are born with congenital CMV and it’s the top cause of birth defects, including blindness, deafness, disability and even death.
June is National Congenital CMV Awareness Month, so I wanted to put these prevention tips from the CDC on your radar in case you’re in baby-making mode, already preggo or have a loved one who is. Since CMV is transmitted through bodily fluids (saliva, urine, tears, blood, mucus, etc.) and infected children easily spread the virus, it’s especially important for pregnant women who are around young kids often to protect themselves.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 15 to 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, feeding a young child, wiping a young child’s nose or drool or handling children’s toys.
- Don’t share food, drinks or eating utensils used by young children.
- Don’t put anything that’s been in a child’s mouth (pacifier, toothbrush) into yours.
- Avoid kissing children on the mouth.
- Clean toys, countertops and other surfaces that come into contact with children’s urine or saliva.
Click here for more information on the Stop CMV campaign.