8 Ways to Have a Healthier Pregnancy & Postpartum with DEFINE

8 Ways to Have a Healthier Pregnancy & Postpartum with DEFINE | Baby Chick

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

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.

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

“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.

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

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! 😉

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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 a very real struggle that many mothers go thr It's a very real struggle that many mothers go through.⁠ 😔⁠
(quote via @psychedmommy)⁠
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❤️ How Giving Birth Made Me Love My Body ❤️⁠
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The act of giving birth is far from easy, especially, as a first-time mom. You've spent 9 months watching your body go through changes, some of which you probably never anticipated! All leading you to the one BIG day, the day you give birth to your beautiful baby. If there's one thing I learned through the act of birth, it showed me a new appreciation and love for my body.⁠ {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading}⁠
📷: @katie_newnham⁠
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#birth #thisispostpartum #postpartum #postpartumlife #selflove #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged  #motherhood #mothering #momlife #newmom #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postnatal #babychick #mommychick #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mumlife #mommylife #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣
Say it lower for the people in the back!! 🗣️🔈⁠
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MOTHERHOOD IS NOT A COMPETITION. So stop making it one! It isn't a race to have the smartest kids or the cleanest house. (Seriously, when is the last time you even noticed someone's clean or dirty baseboards? 🤷‍♀️) Motherhood is a JOURNEY. And guess what? We're all on it and we all are just trying to accomplish the same thing. To raise happy, healthy humans that love us even half as much as we love them.⁠
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So, you want to make all of those cute Pinterest crafts? Seriously, HAVE AT IT. You rock!⁠
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You're the least crafty person alive and don't even bother trying? You rock too!⁠
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You breastfed your kid until they were 5? AMAZING!⁠
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You somehow managed to budget in formula (seriously, is that stuff made of freaking ground up diamonds?) and a billion bottles for your baby to make sure they were still healthy and had a fully belly? YOU GO MAMA!⁠
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You don't have to agree with everything another mom does, but I think it would do us some good to remember that we're all just trying our best. We're all in this together. Momming is hard. So let's not make it harder by judging each other and comparing apples and oranges. 🍎🍊⁠
Words & 📷: @raisinglittleliebes⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #mommychick #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
The perfect combination of #selfcare and female he The perfect combination of #selfcare and female health education via @moodymonth 💅 nails by @ohriginails⁠
Design inspired by @duvet_days⁠
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#manicure #nails #beauty #nailart #nailpolish #nailswag #instanails #mani #nailstagram #nailsoftheday #nailsofinstagram #nails2inspire #naildesign #nailfashion #nailartaddict #nailaddict #uterus #femalehealth #womenshealth #feminist #wearewomen #gynecology #cuterus #menstruation #sexualhealth #sexeducation #ovaries #health #mommychick
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📷: @pinkieandthebeard⁠
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Please tell me I'm not the only one. 🙈😂⁠ ( Please tell me I'm not the only one. 🙈😂⁠
(quote via @wivesnightin)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
Just to let you know. 😘⁠ 📷: @prefacingmoth Just to let you know. 😘⁠
📷: @prefacingmotherhood⁠
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November babies unite! ❤️ (Yes, I was born in November babies unite! ❤️ (Yes, I was born in November!😂) ⁠
📷: @lifeforeverchanged⁠
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To everyone feeling alone, scared, unsafe, unsure, To everyone feeling alone, scared, unsafe, unsure, without hope . . . hang on. Hang on. You are loved and you are not alone. Been there, hold on. Love and Light to all. ❤️⁠
Words & 📷: @gabunion⁠
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What the cover should really look like. 😂⁠
📷: unknown (DM for credit!)⁠
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🤰 What You Need to Know About Implantation Blee 🤰 What You Need to Know About Implantation Bleeding 🤰⁠
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When you and your partner are #tryingtoconceive, bleeding is typically the last thing you want to see. However, sometimes its actually a good sign that you may be #pregnant! It’s called implantation bleeding, and can occur approximately 6-8 days after #ovulation. Of course, most women who experience #implantationbleeding feel concerned that there is any bleeding at all! So, here are some common questions, and answers, to help you feel more aware and informed about implantation bleeding. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
📷: @mosiebaby⁠
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#ttc #ttcjourney #fertility #pregnancy #ttcsupport #ivf #fertilityawareness #fertilewindow #womenshealth #ovulating #expecting #pregnantlife #inspirepregnancy #babychick #mommychick
Easy now. 💣👶😨⁠🤫⁠ 📷: @alrightmom Easy now. 💣👶😨⁠🤫⁠
📷: @alrightmom⁠
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Sometimes, the combination of busy or boring days, Sometimes, the combination of busy or boring days, lack of sleep, tasks and demands that require 24/7 attention or worry, can combine to put you at risk for blowing up at your partner in utter despair.⁠
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While asking for help is imperative, so is knowing the difference between, "can you come here when you get a second?" and "COME HERE NOW." Discuss this with your partner so you can come up with a code word or phrase that can let each other know that you sense you are reaching a breaking point. Do your best to identify when you feel you are starting to lose patience, or energy, or control. #speakthesecret⁠
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Comic from book #goodmomshavescarythoughts @familiustalk @brooklyn_rabbit⁠
Words via @postpartumstress⁠
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#thisispostpartum #postpartum #postpartumlife #postpartumcare #postpartumcareplan #selflove #dailyparenting #honestlymothering #motherhoodunplugged #youarenotalone #motherhood #mothering #momlife #newmom #4thtrimester #fourthtrimester #postnatal #babychick #mommychick #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mumlife #mommylife #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣
Yes. It. Is. 👏🔋👋⁠ (quote via @fruitsofm Yes. It. Is. 👏🔋👋⁠
(quote via @fruitsofmotherhood)⁠
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❤️ A Guided Day of Practicing Self-Care: 7 Ste ❤️ A Guided Day of Practicing Self-Care: 7 Steps to Mindful Self-Love ❤️⁠
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As a busy parent, I know it's hard to find time to relax or learn more about practicing self-care techniques. However, as a wife, mother, and educator myself, I have found the practice of #selfcare to be an essential part of living a #healthy life. Taking the time to learn how to do it, and incorporate those practices, has made an enormous impact in my life.⁠
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The practice of #mindfulness has taught me how to slow down and become more aware of what I am doing and how I am feeling in any given moment. This in turn lends itself to carving out more time for self-care, because I’m able to see how busy I’ve become, where I need to make adjustments, and how important it is for me to take a break from mothering my children.⁠
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#Mindful living can reap benefits that range from better night's sleeps to reduced anxiety to lowered blood pressure to healthier and happier relationships with others. {Click 🔗 in bio for seven steps that will guide you through a day of loving self care.⁠}
📷: unknown⠀⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
"5 years, 3 failed IUIs, 2 abdominal surgeries, 3 "5 years, 3 failed IUIs, 2 abdominal surgeries, 3 miscarriages, failed retrievals, transfer & pregnancies, a multitude of ultrasounds & blood work, 681 needles, countless pills, & endless flow of tears, & the result was our 'perfect' embryo.⁠
The journey to this moment was not easy. I didn't want to talk about what I was going through. It was easier to open up to a stranger than to some friends or family. Women don't talk about their #fertilitystruggles. We are almost embarrassed or ashamed to say the word #miscarriage. Do we think we are broken? Are you less of a woman if you are not a #mother?⁠
The more I opened up about my story, the more I met other women who were #tryingtoconceive or had lost a little #miracle growing inside of them. Each family had their own path, some were going to keep trying, some were going to try #IVF, some trying to adopt, some will end up being awesome Aunts or amazing stepmothers or great FurParents.⁠
If you ever get the change to talk to any of these courageous women remember not to judge their journey. Listen to their worries and fears & DO NOT tell her to 'just relax, when you aren't thinking about it, it will happen.' Know that you are in the presence of a #warrior!⁠
Thank you to my friends & family that respected our process & were there for us. Thank you to my doctors & nurses, to my acupuncturist & friend who put me on a list of herbs that I can't even pronounce, that changed everything. Most importantly thank you to my husband, Mike. Thank you for being by my side & coming to every single doctors visit. Thank you for considering your life with me & the possibility of not having kids in it & assuring me that I was #enough. Thank you for being my nurse, getting me Wonder Women band-aids & for being someone who couldn't watch me get a shot, to giving them to me every day for months on end. Thank you for being you, my strong & positive rock!⁠
So to all the women I've met along the way or to those that cry silently in the bathroom staring at those failed #pregnancy tests, know that you are not broken, you are no less of a woman if you are not a mother & most importantly you ARE NOT ALONE. I am with you." ❤️⁠
Words & 📷: @anirbas
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