8 Ways to Have a Healthier Pregnancy & Postpartum with DEFINE

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8 Ways to Have a Healthier Pregnancy & Postpartum with DEFINE

As soon as I discovered that I was pregnant, I started reevaluating all of the choices that I had been making about my health–mainly focusing on what I was eating and my activity level. I knew that I needed to do better and make some changes in these areas because–of course–I want to create the healthiest environment for my growing baby. The only problem is I’m not the type of person who likes to workout. I actually don’t like it at all . . . I have to force myself to go because I will try to find any excuse not to do it. So I needed to find a solution that would help me with my goals for a better and healthier pregnancy. Luckily I was soon introduced to DEFINE.

When I went to my first DEFINE class I was intrigued. Their studio and classes are nothing like I had experienced before. It made me want to learn more about how they would be able to help me during my pregnancy and postpartum. Luckily, I had the opportunity to sit down with one of the owners, Erin O’Leary Stewart, as well as several of their instructors. I learned a ton.

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

First of all, this isn’t your average fitness studio. They have bigger goals for their clients and for their business. Their mission is to educate you on how to become your absolute best self in body and mind. And after going to DEFINE for several months, I could see the difference. These are eight ways I’m having a healthier pregnancy and planning on a healthier postpartum with DEFINE.

1. Safe Pregnancy Classes

The first class that I went to was a Body class at DEFINE. This is the class that everyone recommended that I try first. Erin, Co-Owner of DEFINE, says that she recommends all expecting mamas to start with this class as well. It’s meant to lengthen and build lean, long, strong muscles. It’s a full body workout that incorporates Pilates, yoga, ballet and core strengthening techniques. It also teaches you how to breath properly which is a great tool for labor and birth. I was hooked.

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

“We have all of your favorite fitness classes all under one roof.”

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

They have some other great pregnancy safe classes as well that I’ve enjoyed.

  • Yoga – their class is all about creating length and space in your body to help create openness and transformation. They make sure to cater the class to your specific needs.
  • Mind – a soothing take on taking care of you both physically and mentally. It increases range of motion, improves energy levels and relieves chronic pain. A perfect compliment to their cardio classes.
  • Revolution – an indoor cycling cardio class. I recommend taking this class if you are an avid cycler and are used to going to cycling classes. If you are new (like I was), get a bike in the back and go at your own pace. I looked and felt so awkward at my first Rev class, but thankfully they turn the lights down really low during the class and turn up the music so you can go at your own speed. Erin told me that they always encourage their clients to listen to their bodies.
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Choose a bike and grab some weights, a ball and a towel. The instructor will help you get situated on your bike before class begins if it’s your first Rev class. They want to make sure that you are safely on your bike and that you have a great class!

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

Here’s Erin starting a warm up for the Rev class.

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

They also have a bounce class which is a mini-trampoline class combining cardio and strengthening. This is the only class that expecting mamas should not take. It looks like a lot of fun though so I will definitely be signing up once my care provider gives me the go ahead to start working out post-baby.

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2. Informed Instructors

All of their instructors and staff members are there to help. That was something that was apparent. Even before I was pregnant, I’ve always had a difficult time knowing exactly what I should be doing for a good workout and making sure that I have the right technique. When I walked into each of my DEFINE classes, every instructor began by asking if anyone in the class was pregnant, if they had any limitations or injuries. I loved how they catered the class to their students and offered modifications for people who needed it like myself. I felt like I had a personal trainer, but that I got to enjoy a great workout with friends. And I knew that everything I was doing during my workout was safe for me and my baby. They truly are there to educate and help you so that you can learn and become your absolute best.

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“They’re group classes, but you receive and see personal training results.” – Erin

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

Before every class, they recommend that you talk to your instructor first if you have any concerns or limitations. Erin explained how they go through a long and rigorous training with their instructors so that they are all fully trained on how to best take care of you.

3. Quality Food

At DEFINE they believe that wellness is not just about exercise, it’s also about food. Erin’s background is not only in the movement arts, kinesiology and dance profession with extensive teaching experience in Pilates, barre, dance and fitness classes, but she also has a culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts. No big deal. 😉 When I asked her if weight loss and overall health and well-being is really 80% diet and 20% exercise, she said that she might even argue that it is 90% diet and 10% exercise! She and her team are very passionate about healthy eating and this is why she created DEFINE foods; a program dedicated to educating on the importance of whole foods health.

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

“DEFINE foods offers classes, workshops, recipes and products for you to eat your way to your absolute best.”

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

Love their juice cleanses! Erin mentioned that they are all pasteurized and safe for us pregnant mamas to enjoy!

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

So not only does this space offer services for physical fitness, but they also care and want to help when it comes to what you are eating and fueling your body with. I was very impressed.

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4. Better Birth

Did you know that women who exercise regularly during their pregnancies typically have faster births and fewer interventions and complications? It’s true! Labor and birth are physical events that you need to physically train for. Having strong muscles and a fit heart can greatly ease labor and delivery for you and baby. This was a huge motivation for me to figure out a workout routine that I would like, see results and would stick with. Thankfully DEFINE classes have helped me get stronger and be better prepared for my baby’s birth.

Something else that I learned and have definitely improved on throughout my time of taking their classes is having better control of my breath. This may sound silly, but breathing during labor is everything. Controlling your breath can really help you manage pain. The DEFINE instructors focus on your breath during their classes so it’s a great practice for what you will also need to be mindful of in your birthing room.

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Erin helping me with positioning and reminding me of when to inhale and exhale during the workout.

Also, in the event of a lengthy labor, your increased endurance can be a real help to make it through. Erin was telling me her birth story and how she was able to focus on her breathing and how she was doing DEFINE squats during her birth. Within a couple of hours–I think she said two hours–her son was born! Yes please; I’ll take that birth experience!

5. Faster Recovery

In this study it showed that women who exercised regularly during their pregnancies recovered faster after childbirth compared to those who didn’t exercise. That’s huge! We all want to look and feel our best selves especially after having a baby. Babies require so much from their moms all of the time so to be able to quickly “bounce” back and feel like ourselves again makes that transition into motherhood that much easier. I’m grateful that these DEFINE classes are going to help me recover faster and feel stronger. Which leads me to my next point . . .

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6. Stronger Moms

Over the years I’ve joined different gyms, have hired personal trainers, and have tried many different workout classes. When first starting at DEFINE I was skeptical that their classes would really make a difference, but I quickly learned that the investment is well worth it. As Erin said, “You’ll see better and faster results by regularly taking their classes.” I would agree! Not only have I seen results, but I have also been sleeping better, it has helped improve my mood as well as avoid feeling aches and pains during my pregnancy.

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

7. Mom & Baby

Having a healthy postpartum time is very important to me. As soon as my care provider clears me to work out again, I know I will be going to the DEFINE baby classes. This 30-minute class focuses on arms, legs, glutes, and abdominals. All you have to do is bring your baby and your baby carrier and you are ready to go! It’s a great way to get out of the house, meet other mothers and clear your mind while getting a good workout. What’s also cool is that as your kids get older DEFINE also offers kids classes too!

8. Community

This is something that I immediately picked up on once I joined DEFINE . . . community. It really does feel like a welcoming atmosphere where their staff is rooting for you. Their instructors like to get to know you by name and make you feel at home. Also, their design esthetic in all of their studios is absolutely gorgeous. It makes you feel relaxed and welcomed as soon as you step foot through their doors. And I have felt this way after going to several of their locations. See which location is nearest you!

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

The retail and check-in station at their River Oaks Houston location.

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

You can purchase some of their collegiate non-skid socks for class. Hook ’em!

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

A place for you to set your belongings down during your class. They also have lockers available too!

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

Fresh towels outside each class room for their clients.

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

DEFINE has 20+ beautiful locations nationwide–one also in Dubai! I visited their River Oaks Houston location the most since it is the closest to me. If there isn’t a location near you and you are wishing there was, you can visit their franchise page and get more information! 😉

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

The front doors of their River Oaks Houston location.

How to Have a Healthier Pregnancy and Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

I’m really grateful to have found this awesome resource and the wonderful people that I’ve met along the way. It’s been a great way for me to have a healthier pregnancy which I know will help me have a better birth, faster recovery and an awesome postpartum journey.

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About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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It's been a long two weeks. I deserve it. 😉😂 It's been a long two weeks. I deserve it. 😉😂⁠
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💗 How to Strengthen the Bond With Your Difficul 💗 How to Strengthen the Bond With Your Difficult Child⁠ 👦⁠
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Do you ever feel yourself on the edge of despair after having had yet another argument with your child? 😤 You asked him to do something simple like put on his coat (and you’re already running late). But your request resulted in a screaming tantrum, toys breaking, yelling, crying, and an all out battle scene. 😑 Worse yet, you feel terrible about how you dealt with it. 😬 You may have a difficult child on your hands. But don't lose hope. Sometimes the most beautiful relationships are born out of struggle.⁠ ❤️ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
Article by: Kristen Middleton⁠
📷: @parents⁠
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🚪 Organize and Streamline Your Life as a Mom – Podcast Ep 29 🏡⁠
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It feels like our world as we knew it has flipped completely upside down the past few weeks. 🔁 With the Coronavirus pandemic, our everyday routines have been shaken up and, for many of us, not in a good way. 😫 Now that we are forced to figure out how to work from home AND take care of our children full-time, we are slowly discovering our new normals. 🤹‍♀️ This is the time, more than ever, to organize and streamline our lives and our homes. ❤️⁠
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Today on Chick Chat: The Baby Chick Podcast 🎙️, I'm chatting with Meggie Mangione, the CEO of @organizedlifedesign and 6 year accredited NAPO Professional Organizer. 💕 Clutter and chaos can really affect us as parents and employees (now working from home) so I thought it would be great to chat with Meggie to help us organize and streamline our lives as moms. On today's episode Meggie is sharing some great tips on how to conquer the clutter! 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to listen to the episode!}⁠
📷: @organizedlifedesign⁠
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And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t st And no, Scar, I wasn't *prepared* for this sh*t storm. 😒⁠
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"Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive "Don't get me wrong, I am very open and receptive to advice, I will never claim to know it all. But, sometimes a mama just needs to vent. It can be very exhausting as a mom when you open up about a challenge you're facing and then receive an overwhelming list of different things to do or try to 'fix it'. Especially when you've already tried it all or heard it all. Sometimes all a mama needs is an ear to listen and to know they aren't alone. Google can offer a list of possible solutions, Google definitely can't offer the nod of understanding that a friend can. ❤️"⁠
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And even now more than ever, we all are just trying to survive and do our best. Let's support one another as we all navigate these uncharted territories . . . together apart.⁠ ❤️
📷: @taylormade_mama
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👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learni 👩‍🏫 Homeschooling 101: Setting Up a Learning Space 🔡⁠
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A homeschooling mom is sharing her great tips on how to create a good learning environment for your child in your home. 🏡 She recommends that before you create a learning space, get to know HOW (visual, auditory, tactile, etc.) your child learns and what he or she is passionate about. You don't need to re-create school at home. Your child's learning space needs to be unique to how they best learn. This is a whole new kind of education. And the journey is truly an adventure. ❤️⁠
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Her tips are gold! 💰 {Click 🔗 in bio to read them!}⁠
Article by: Jennifer Hill Robenalt⁠
📷: @courtney.tracy⁠
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"Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀ "Domesticity does not equal motherhood. 🙅‍♀️ I once sat in a class where teenage girls said they needed to learn how to cook, do laundry, and clean if they wanted to one day be good moms.

I stopped and told them that cooking, doing laundry, and cleaning are part of being an ADULT. Those are not the things that make up motherhood.

But I get where they got that conclusion.

You always hear women say they aren't good moms when they don't make homemade lunches, prepare cupcakes for the bake sale, show up to the doctor with kids who have brushed hair, or get the laundry put away in a decent time. 'I'm such a bad mom. I sent store-bought Valentines to school with my kid.' 'Mom fail. I didn't get the laundry done.' 'I'm a failure as a mom. I don't make homemade bread/cookies/whatever.' NO.

Your 'success' as a mother is not defined by domestic duties. Domestic duties are part of being an adult.

While your children do need to be changed and fed, that's not the summation of MOTHERHOOD. Anyone can change and feed children, including dads. You can hire someone to clean your house and feed your kids, and you'll still be a mom.

And if you weren't a mom, you'd still have to clean your house, cook food, and do laundry.

You're not a bad mom because you didn't do laundry in time. Let's stop combining domestic duties with motherhood, because they just aren't the same. Yes, moms do domestic things. And they raise children. These are two separate things.

Your housekeeping is not your motherhood, and you're giving away power when you combine the two and judge one against the other.

You are a good mom because you love your child, and you try to help them learn the things they need to learn. You worry about your kids, you spend time with them, you plan for their future, and so much more.

You might be terrible at domestic duties (I don't know) or you might be the best housekeeper in the world. But neither end of the spectrum--or anything in between--determines if you're a good mom or not.

Housekeeping is NOT motherhood."
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And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and i And especially now, EVERYTHING is on my mind and it feels like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. Providing for my family, raising a healthy and well-rounded child, taking care of the house, the pets, nurturing my relationship with my partner. The weight is heavy, but at the same time, I am so grateful for what I have and to be a mom. ❤️⁠
📷: @babysleep_answers⁠
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FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We FOR REAL! Check on your friends with toddlers. We are NOT okay. 🤪🙈
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How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 How you feel at bedtime on what feels like day 382 of quarantine. 😑⚔️💀😂⁠
📷: @thedecentmother⁠
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God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) God bless all of the mamas (expecting and beyond) out there! 🙏⁠ Our hearts are with you all during this time. 💕
📷: @thegingypants⁠
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DISCLAIMER: This is a USED expired PPE from @thegingypants basement. (She is an RN.) Please consider donating any UNUSED MASKS to your area hospitals who are in dire need. 💕
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My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠ 📷 My "coworker" can be such an a$$hole. 😒⁠
📷: @macaroniandmomjeans⁠
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"30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-secti "30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section... not what we planned but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool's errand. All that mattered was that he got here safely. Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are. Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that's eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene. All we hear are monitors beeping and the coos of our infant son. Maybe the sound of the 100th episode of The Office @ryanhurd and I have binged while in here. The admiration we have for the doctors, nurses + healthcare professionals that took care of Hayes & me during our stay cannot be measured in this post. They risked their health every day to make sure ours was okay. I can't think of anything more selfless than that. Ultimately, I can't thank every single mother enough for going through what you've gone through because I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I'm a measly 4 days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I. That's been a peaceful thing to cling to during these uncertain times. Thinking of you all. 🖤" - @marenmorris and her birth to her son Hayes Andrew Hurd 💕⁠
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Congratulations, @marenmorris! You are already an incredible mother. Don't dwell on the things that happened that didn't go as planned and that were out of your control. You are safe, you are well, and you have a son. You are a warrior. We are over the moon for you and your family.  Motherhood is an amazing thing. A hard thing. But oh so worth it. We can't wait to watch your motherhood journey. Love & health to you and your family. ❤️⁠
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It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another It's gonna get crazy up in here.⁠ 🧺 (Another day in the life of quarantine/ motherhood...)⁠
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🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Givin 🧘‍♀️ Exercises You Should Do Before Giving Birth⁠ 🤰
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Pregnancy and birth are physically taxing events, but they can also be empowering experiences. 💪 Exercising during pregnancy can help the birth process go more smoothly as well as offer other incredible benefits: lowered stress, better posture, less back pain, and less complicated postpartum recovery. 🙌 Best of all, you’ll feel more powerful and in control of how your body is changing and growing. 💗 While most exercise is great even for pregnant women, there are some exercises you really should do before giving birth. Here is what you should do and WHY you should do it. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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