Friday, July 29, 2011

Baby Steps Perinatal Fitness Interview + GIVEAWAY

Most pregnant women know that they should participate in some kind of physical activity while pregnant, but there are so many questions about what is safe, when to start, when to stop, etc.

Wouldn't it be great to have a personal trainer who specializes in pregnancy?

We sat down with Chad of Baby Steps Perinatal Fitness, in La Jolla, to talk about his business, work out philosophy, and the why's, when's, and how's of prenatal exercise.

1. What inspired you to start BabySteps?
  I started the program when I first found out my wife, Juliann, was pregnant with our first child. Until that time I had been working as a successful personal trainer for over 8 years, but when my wife inquired as to what forms of exercise would be most beneficial to her during her pregnancy, I was at a loss for words and felt I had to find out more. My search led me to discover an overwhelming amount of scientific research supporting the benefits of regular prenatal exercise. Most striking to me were the benefits that active mothers pass on to their unborn children. I felt the fitness world had dismissed this entire demographic due to unsubstantiated myths that exercise during pregnancy was too risky, which has now been proven otherwise. I decided to develop an exercise program that provides pregnant women with the confidence and know-how necessary to stay fit and active throughout their entire pregnancy and in to the postpartum period as well.

2. What's different about your philosophy and style than other prenatal exercise programs?

 Pregnant women often know they should exercise, but don’t know if they can safely continue with their

normal routine or if they can even begin an exercise program if they were previously sedentary. It seems
there are so many unknowns with pregnancy that women are left with a multitude of unanswered
questions and the idea of taking on an exercise program can be daunting. The reality is that pregnancy
is the ideal time to get moving. My philosophy is this- Don’t focus on what you can’t do, focus instead
on everything you can do!

  BabySteps fitness programs aim to provide women with answers to their questions regarding pregnancy
and exercise. It is unique in that it draws from different disciplines such as classic strength training,
yoga and pilates and addresses every facet of fitness such as core conditioning, strength, flexibility,
balance, cardiovascular endurance, breathing and meditation. Each program is uniquely designed so
that no two sessions are ever the same, which places different demands on the body so that the client
continues to see results. Currently, we offer private, semi-private and group exercise sessions. Women
have the option to choose the environment best suited to their personality and individual needs.

3. What are the benefits to working out during pregnancy?
  The benefits are endless and immeasurable. Here are just a few of the amazing benefits

  of exercise during and after pregnancy:
  • Eliminates or reduces pregnancy-related discomforts
  • Prevents and treats pregnancy-induced diabetes
  • Improves calcium absorption, preventing high blood pressure, preclampsia, and future osteoporosis
  • Relieves tension, stress, and possible depression
  • Reduces the strain on your back and sciatic nerve
  • Increases energy, particularly in the last trimester
  • Improves immunity
  • Strengthens pelvic floor muscles giving you better control during labor
  • Prevents or reduces the risk of labor complications
  • Minimizes postpartum blues or depression
  • Gives you time for yourself (and my wife swears by this one!)
  • And MORE!
4. When is it too late to start?

 It is never too late to embark on an exercise journey. Although it is ideal to be fit or at least planning
on it prior to conception, we don’t live in a perfect world. Pregnancy is a great time to get moving. In
fact, the real hazard is inactivity, which can lead to excess weight gain, pain, increased blood pressure
and possibly gestational diabetes. Almost 80% of women who develop gestational diabetes during
pregnancy will go on to become a Type II diabetic later in life and their children and more likely to
be overweight and develop diabetes as well. If you have no medical complications, exercise is the
healthiest decision you can make for yourself and your baby.

We're giving away a $160 gift certificate to 
Baby Steps Perinatal Fitness!

The gift certificate can be used towards two (2) one-hour private sessions 
or eight (8) one-hour group exercise lessons. 

  • This sweepstakes is open to San Diego County residents
  • To Enter: leave a comment below.
  • The winner will be chosen at random, by, to receive a $160 gift certificate and an organic onesie from Baby Steps Perinatal Fitness.
  • Deadline to enter is Saturday, August 6th at 11:59pm

Good Luck!

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Winner of the Sign4Baby Giveaway is...

Thank you to everyone who entered!

If you are not Danielle, and would like to learn take a Sign4Baby class, just follow this link to Joann's website

Caught the giveaway bug? 
We have another giveaway happening right now :)

The winner was chosen at random, by

Thank you again!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Join us for a Mom's night out this Saturday!

Join us for a "night off" with spa services, 
wine specials, food, and fun! 
Presented by Spaphile.

Spaphile is a weekly deal site that offers discounted spa services and products.

This event is not limited to moms, or women, 
but what mom doesn't like a massage and a glass of wine?

We hope to see you at Fifty Seven Degrees this Saturday!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Baby Sign Language

Have you ever wondered what your baby was thinking, or if they even understood what you were saying?

Have you experienced the helpless feeling when your child is crying or throwing a tantrum and you wished you had known what it was they wanted?

Have you tried teaching your child (and yourself) sign language??

Studies have shown that teaching hearing babies sign language has many benefits, including:

  • Increased vocabulary and communication skills
  • Builds confidence in both babies and parents
  • Decreased outbreaks, tantrums, and aggressive behavior due to frustration
  • Increased IQ
  • Fine motor skill development
  • Builds trust in parents and caregivers
  • Positive emotional development 

(To read more research from studies on signing and babies click here and here.)

   I love being able to sign with my daughter! Not only do we have fun bonding and learning together, but it has come in very handy! (Pun semi-intended)

  Our first introduction to signing was with the Baby Signing Time DVDs when she was about 6 months old, and at 9 months she first signed "milk". We started with the basic needs - milk, eat, more, and all done - then worked our way up. 

Photo by Stills by Hill
Recently we were invited to sit-in on a Sign 4 Baby 6 week session, with Joann Woolley (pictured left, signing "duck"). 
The six weeks consisted of 6 different categories of signs; animals, family, colors, feelings, play time, nature/weather.
Joann's class is fun and interactive! It's hard to grab the attention of 6 babies between the ages of 6 months and 2 years, but she does it through singing, dancing, animal noises, and of course signing.

We're in love with her class, because not only is it a fun learning environment for you and your little one, but it also gives you the opportunity to meet other parents and make new friends. Joann is also a wealth of information, teaching not only the signs, but also how to use them and how to effectively teach them to your children. 
I learned that facial expressions and tone of voice are really key, especially when learning signs about feelings and emotions.

If you would like to find out more about Sign 4 Baby, go to the website, and while you are there, take a look at the classes offered and let us know which class you and your little one would like to take to be entered into our giveaway.

  • This giveaway is open to San Diego County residents
  • To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us which class you would like to take, or what signs you would most like to learn. (Deadline to enter is July 21 at 11:59pm)
  • The winner will be chosen at random to receive 1 FREE 6 week Sign, Play & Learn class valued at $125
This Giveaway is CLOSED.
(Don't forget to enter our "What to Expect" giveaway, while you're at it.)

Good luck!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Giveaway: "What to Expect"- Before, During, and After Pregnancy

   Ask any mom, "what book would you recommend for pregnancy", and 9 times out of 10 the response will be, "What to Expect When You're Expecting".  This book has been coined the "bible of pregnancy" and is a trusted resource guide for over 16 million expecting parents! 

   What to Expect When You're Expecting has been on the New York Times' Best Seller List for over 500 weeks, but did you know that there are 3 others in the parenting line?

-What to Expect Before You're Expecting
-What to Expect The First Year
-What to Expect The Second Year

Scroll down below the pictures to find out how to win one of the four!

 Rules for Entry:

  • This sweepstakes is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, ages 18 and older. 
  • Deadline to enter is July 31, 2011 at 11:59pm.
  • Four (4) winners will be chosen at random and announced on August 1, 2011. Each winner will receive one (1) of the books listed above.
How to Enter:
  • Mandatory Entry: Post a comment below telling us which book you would like to win and who you would like to win it for (yourself, sister, friend, etc)
          Super Easy!
  • Additional Entries:
    • Tweet "I just entered to win the @What_To_Expect giveaway from @BabyBumpBeyond! " (1x entry)
    • Leave a comment on our Facebook page, telling us what you are most excited about for parenthood, or what your favorite moment has been thus far. Be sure to tag What to Expect in your post for a total of (2x entries).
    • Share the link to this giveaway on your Facebook page (1x entry)- Be sure to tag Baby Bump & Beyond, LLC. so we can count it! 

Good Luck!

Giveaway Closed
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