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So how are you doing on your fitness resolution?  I hope you got some exercise in today!

My review today is of Denise Austin’s Fit & Firm Pregnancy.  Denise has written 10 books on fitness and was in the longest running exercise program on TV.  I first discovered her program on Lifetime in 2000 when I was pregnant with my second daughter, Katie.  I used her program to help in loosing 60 lbs after Katie’s birth. My kids love her Fit Kids DVD. So I had high expectations for this DVD.

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Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 233 user reviews.

Posted 7 years, 4 months ago at 12:03 am.

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Today’s review is of Leisa Hart’s fitmama prenatal workoutLeisa is a Buns of Steel instructor, so I expected this workout to be very different from yesterday’s prenatal yoga, and I was not disappointed in that.

The package description lets you know that this workout includes 20 minutes of Salsa Dance, 20 minutes of Yoga Fat Burn, 6 minutes of Labor & Delivery Prep, and 8 minutes of Prenatal Stretch and Relax.  Bonus features that I discovered once I put the DVD in my player included an “Easing Labor” segment that displayed a lunge, forward lean, and squat that could be helpful in labor and a “Bonus Stretch” segment that focused on lower body stretches. I found the menu to be well laid out, including an option to choose exercise tracks rather than having to use the fast-forward feature as would be needed with the prenatal yoga DVD from yesterday. I have a 2003 version of the DVD, but it was re-released in 2008.

This DVD also includes an introductory segment explaining what will be required in the work out, and safety precautions.  Leisa reviews ACOG guidelines on exercise and stresses that it is important to be hydrated before, during, and after exercise.

The exercise starts off with the Salsa Dance segment, which is Continue Reading…

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 250 user reviews.

Posted 7 years, 4 months ago at 4:05 pm.

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Perhaps one of the most common New Year’s resolution themes is related to being more fit…and I hope all my pregnant readers are striving to stay fit.  Exercise during pregnancy may reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes, may reduce the incidence of pre-eclampsia,  and may even help in pushing efforts during labor.  If that isn’t enough, Fit Pregnancy has an article listing 33 benefits to exercise during pregnancy.  So if you have chosen to put physical activity on your New Year’s resolution list…this week I’m hoping to offer you some guidance on home exercise programs by reviewing some prental fitness DVD’s.

Today is a gentle start with Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea .  The description for this DVD includes an approximate run time of 70 minutes and says

Focussed on helping you feel comfortable, relaxed and fit during pregnancy, this workout will increase your energy and stamina, and build strength, flexibility and balance….The gentle stretches help reduce fatique, tension and tightness, while promoting relaxation and improved circulation.”

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Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 208 user reviews.

Posted 7 years, 4 months ago at 1:04 am.

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As a doula, childbirth educator, and low intervention birth advocate, I had looked forward to the release of this movie with high hopes.

The film style was clearly directly copied from Michael Moore’s style without any attempt to express this filmmaker’s own style. Mr. Buonaugurio has passion, and he is right that many people are left in the dark when it comes to childbirth practices in America.   But he offered very little in the way of HOPE for people. Continue Reading…

Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 212 user reviews.

Posted 9 years, 4 months ago at 12:44 am.

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