Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD Workout

Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout DVD — Now Accepting Pre-Orders

I am now accepting pre-orders* for my “Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout” DVD! The workout is tough, but I think you’ll really like it! Cole is in the entire video (he made it through 5 hours of filming), and Brandon is in many of the circuits as well. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our banter and the look of pure and utter exhaustion on Brandon’s face.

So — why pre-order? Here’s why: receive FREE shipping and handling and NO tax if you order this week. The DVD is only $14.99. That’s a pretty good deal for a kick-butt workout.

*This promotion is open to US residents only. Please contact me for details on international shipping.

Body After Baby Boot Camp DVD WorkoutAre you hoping to get your pre-baby body back? Do you want to feel fit, healthy, sexy, and confident? Are you unsure of how to develop a 6 pack after baby? Purchase my “Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout” DVD today.

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Beginning a fitness program shortly after delivering a baby can be intimidating and challenging. However, postpartum workouts will help to shed pregnancy weight, relieve stress, and help a woman bounce back to her pre-pregnancy fitness level quickly after labor and delivery.

Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout DVD

This Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout DVD is perfect for women who are hoping to get their pre-baby body back and do a fabulous workout in the comfort and convenience of their own home. Follow along as Cole, my 11 week old baby boy, and me, demonstrate the modified moves for those who are just starting a workout program postpartum. You can also follow my husband, Brandon, as he displays the advanced moves for husbands or those who are in fabulous shape.

The “Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout” includes:

  • Warm-up
  • 3 Cardio Circuits
  • Arm circuit
  • Leg circuit
  • Abdominal circuit
  • Cool down

Amanda Tress is a personal trainer specializing in prenatal and postnatal fitness. She maintained two fit pregnancies and bounced back very quickly after each.

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Fit Pregnancy and Parenting ©, 2013 by Amanda J. Tress, All Rights Reserved, Printed in the United States, 2013

Reconciling the “Mommy Body”

reconcilingthemommybodyI am thrilled to feature Joanna as a fit mom featured blogger. I met Joanna via Instagram and have enjoyed getting to know her through photos. I’m sure you will enjoy her post about reconciling the “Mommy Body.”

Hello! I’m Joanna from Makingmine – a twenty-something newlywed, mama to Eleanor, and Westie lover. My blog is about continuing to learn and grow while striving for a greener, healthier, more well-rounded life. Visit Makingmine for posts about fitness, motherhood, and my creative endeavors! Follow me on Twitter @joannamurnan and like Makingmine on Facebook!

I remember the moment well. I was lying in the hospital bed and had just handed my beautiful newborn daughter off to my husband. I looked down, and for the first time in months, I saw a flat belly. The bump was gone!

As you may guess, that feeling of satisfaction didn’t last long. The minute I stood up, that once flat belly slumped over like a deflated balloon. At that moment I would have given anything to have my cute little baby bump, but with my baby in my arms, there was no turning back. I now officially had a “mommy body.”

Joanna and her beautiful baby girl.

Joanna and her beautiful baby girl.

Reconciling my new body with the image of who I thought I should be was a difficult process. I knew what I looked like before I had a baby. I even accepted what I looked like pregnant. But post-baby Joanna was totally new to me, and I didn’t care for her too much.

I truly believe that with healthy choices throughout pregnancy and a commitment to fitness post-baby, new moms can achieve their goals. Amanda is a testament to this fact. Even though I knew this, I still struggled to imagine that the pudgy body in the mirror could ever be anything else. In my first 2 months postpartum, I learned three valuable lessons in accepting my “mommy body” while working toward the body I desire.

1. Move forward.

Healthy living is a journey, and like any journey, you can only go forward. It did me no good to look back at old pictures or try on bikinis I knew wouldn’t fit yet (yes, I did this). Instead of looking at where I’d been, I needed to look at where I wanted to go. I needed to embrace my mommy body as a new starting point from where I could go anywhere I want.

2. Make your goals action oriented.

For me this meant saying, “I want to run a 5k in 24 minutes” instead of “I want to lose 15 pounds.” My 5k goal will undoubtedly help me lose the unwanted weight, but this simple change mindset has been vital in maintaining a positive self-image. Forget the scale, take the pressure off your body, and focus instead on your achievements. I don’t want my pre-baby body anyways. I want to be stronger!

3. Recognize what’s beyond your control.

No, I’m not suggesting you throw in the towel and give up. There’s a difference between making an excuse and making an exception. You may need to accept that maybe your clothes don’t fit because nursing has your chest triple its normal size. Or perhaps you just can’t get back into running yet because healing is taking longer than expected. Be flexible.

When all else fails, look at that precious baby in your arms and realize that no matter where your fitness journey takes you or how long until your back in your favorite pair of jeans, that body of yours did something incredibly special. You should be proud!

What suggestions would you have for a mom coming to grips with her body?

What’s your experience getting back into fitness postpartum?

Labor Day Sale!

Happy Labor Day! Gotta love this photo bomb by Emma and Cole :)

Happy Labor Day! Gotta love this photo bomb by Emma and Cole 🙂

Happy Labor Day! I am enjoying a wonderful vacation with my family at the beach. We have been doing some hard-core relaxing and enjoying every minute of it. We will be here for 8 full days. Nana and Papa arrived last night as well, which means Brandon and I will get to enjoy some dates without the littles. Cole is two months old, and he is now sleeping 10 hours straight at night. Emma didn’t sleep through the night until she was over 6 months old, so mommy is VERY happy with Cole!

I am feeling so relaxed and generous on vacation, that I want to offer you two great deals!

First, if you haven’t already, you can purchase my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD and receive a reimbursement on shipping and handling fees. I am on vacation until Wednesday, so please understand that there will be a slight delay on the package arriving at your house.

Cole is ready for the pool!

Cole is ready for the pool! Cole is 2 months old and now sleeping 10 hours straight through the night. 

ALSO, I am offering you the chance to register for my online Virtual Boot Camp for only $10 the first week. Try the boot camp and commit to the rest of the 6 week program after the first week of workouts and nutrition accountability.

My current boot campers are doing SO WELL! We will talk via Skype, FaceTime, Google Chat, or phone every week. I will then send a full week workout program that includes 5 workouts and 2 rest days. The workouts are a combo of written workouts and my hyperlinked exercise videos on YouTube. You will also be expected to do daily email or text check-ins with me and log your food on a tool. My clients are successful because they can do the workouts anywhere — at home, at the gym, or at work on their lunch hour. There is truly no room for excuses.

Read more about the Virtual Boot Camp.

The 6 week Boot Camp is $20 per week, payable via cash, check, or PayPal. If you sign up today, you will receive the first week for $10 – that’s a 50% discount!

Please register for the Virtual Boot Camp below. After you register, I will send you an invoice via PayPal. You may pay via PayPal, check, or cash. I will also send you the health forms, waiver and liability forms. Payment (in full) and all forms are due prior to the start of Boot Camp. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

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Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD and 2 Month Postpartum Update

bounced back thanks to my Fit Pregnancy DVD

I have bounced back quickly after continuing my Fit Pregnancy DVD workout.

When I was 26 weeks pregnant with Cole, I filmed my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD. The Fit Pregnancy DVD includes the cardio, arm, butt, legs, and core circuits that I did consistently through my pregnancy. After the DVD was produced, I continued doing the workout until the day I delivered. My goal was to prevent some of the common  aches and pains associated with pregnancy, and stay strong for labor and delivery. If you read my labor and delivery post, you know that I popped Cole out with one push and was feeling great a few days after I delivered. I was able to start leading boot camps at 2 weeks postpartum, and at 2 months postpartum, I feel fabulous.

I had my 6 week postpartum check up this week (a couple of weeks late), and my doctor was very impressed with how quickly I recovered. My abs are already very strong, and I am at my pre-pregnancy level of fitness. My husband even says that he thinks my outer obliques look better now that they did before I got pregnant with Cole! And if the hubs is happy — I’m happy 🙂

Cole is 2 months old!

Cole is 2 months old!

A lot of ladies see me carrying Cole and Emma and ask me how I “bounced back” so quickly. The answer — my Fit Pregnancy DVD! I am now doing the advanced version of the workout (my workout partner, Mallory, demonstrates the advanced moves in the DVD), and it has helped me get right back to my pre-pregnancy size and fitness level.

If you are pregnant and have any questions about my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout, please let me know. I’d be happy to answer them for you. I love hearing from my Instagram or Facebook followers who are doing the workout DVD and staying fit throughout pregnancy. I even have some husbands who are doing it with their wives. It’s so fun to be able to kick people’s butt’s from afar 🙂

BUT, here’s where it gets even more fun! I am getting ready to film a Body After Baby Boot Camp Workout DVD in two weeks. I CANNOT wait! It’s going to be a full-hour workout with insane moves — and it will be sure to whip anyone into shape. The quality will be better, the moves will be better, and Cole will make some guest appearances. Can’t wait until it’s done so I can offer it to you for purchase!

I still can’t believe Cole is 2 months old! He is such a good baby. Cole has been a fairly good sleeper from day 1, and is now waking up once at night for me to feed him. He is probably a little over 12 lbs (up from 7.9 birth weight), and soooo tall. He’s definitely going to be an athlete. Cole loves to smile and watch his big sister, Emma. He also likes to be in the swing.

Exercise After Pregnancy: 1 Month Postpartum Update

Cole is 1 month old!

Cole is 1 month old!

Recently I have been getting a lot of questions about exercise after pregnancy. How soon after labor and delivery can you workout? What is an appropriate level of intensity for your first round of exercises after pregnancy. As I have mentioned in previous posts — every woman and situation is unique.

Personally, I was able to start working out intensely and leading boot camps 2.5 weeks after pregnancy. This was actually slightly later than with my first (I was running within two weeks of having my first). I am now 1 month postpartum and back up to my pre-pregnancy level of fitness (leading boot camps, doing sprint workouts, etc). However, keep in mind that I maintained a very intense level of pre-pregnancy and pregnancy fitness, and my doctor cleared me to workout at 2 weeks postpartum.

Here are some items to keep in mind as you start exercising after pregnancy:

  • Every woman and situation is unique. Consult with your doctor to establish a realistic timeframe to start exercising again after pregnancy. For many women, 6 weeks is recommended (especially in the case of a C-section). For those who stay very fit during pregnancy, a shorter amount of time is often OK.
  • When choosing your first exercise after pregnancy, consider what you are capable of and cut it in half. IE: if you think you can run 3 miles, run 1.5 and see how you feel the next day. If you feel great, increase your distance or intensity.
  • If your postpartum bleeding (lochia) increases, that is a signal that you have overdone it. Scale back on your exercise and rest a bit more to let your body heal.
  • Walking is a great activity for your first exercise after pregnancy. It is low impact, but still gets your body moving and can help to relieve the stress that comes from being the mother of a newborn.
Leading Boot Camp at 2.5 weeks Postpartum

Leading Boot Camp at 2.5 weeks Postpartum

Cole is 1 month old! In one sense the time flew, but in another sense, I cannot believe all that we have accomplished in the first month of his life, and I can’t imagine life without my little guy. Last week I put my house up for sale on Sunday (for sale by owner on Zillow), and on Monday I had a showing and an offer. CRAZY! So, now we are looking to either buy or build a new house that is a more appropriate size for our family. It’s very exciting, but also a little stressful. My husband also started a new job last week, so it’s been quite a time of transition for us. We are certainly counting our blessings and excited for the months ahead!

Emma is also turning two later this week. She has been a great big sister and I am excited to celebrate her birthday this weekend.

Postpartum Progress Pics and Sprout Organic Foods Review

1 week postpartum progress picture.

1 week postpartum progress picture.

Cole is 2 weeks old! The past two weeks have been full of snuggling, relaxing, a little bit of working, a good bit of pain, and recovery. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two weeks with my tiny Prince and I am so thankful for a relatively smooth recovery. Last week I still did some work for my web marketing clients, but this week I started back up with my gym clients.

After the episode with the hematoma last Tuesday, I rested to allow my body to heal. By this Tuesday, I was feeling great and headed to the gym to train a few clients. Unfortunately, I pushed it a little too hard and had some set-backs with my recovery (lochia increased again after it had completely stopped). So, for the past 2.5 days, I have been taking it very easy. My doctor cleared me to workout starting today, but I am going to take 3.5 more days off so I have a lot of energy to lead my boot camp on Monday night!

11 days postpartum progress picture.

11 days postpartum progress picture.

I have been very pleased with how quickly my body has bounced back to its pre-pregnancy size (even without exercise and honestly — not the best eating). 3 days after delivery, I was feeling pretty good about how my stomach was already looking. But a week after delivery, an outsider would never have guessed I had been pregnant, and now (2 weeks after delivery) I feel fabulous and am fitting very well into my pre-pregnancy clothes. Many women have asked me how I bounced back so quickly. The answer — I did the workout moves in my Fit Pregnancy Total Body Workout DVD consistently throughout pregnancy, and it worked to keep me strong, toned, and prevent excess weight gain. Now, 2 weeks after delivery, I am enjoying the benefits of the hard work I put in.

2 weeks postpartum progress picture.

2 weeks postpartum progress picture.

Miss Emma has had a rocky transition welcoming the new baby home, but she is warming up to him. Thankfully, family members and friends have been giving Emma some extra attention and gifts. I even had two brands send me snack foods for Emma and that made her feel very special. She got some Chobani Champion Tubes, and a great company called Sprout sent her yummy organic fruit and veggie crispy chews and fruity yogurt bites.

To say Emma enjoyed the crispy chews is a huge understatement. She was obsessed with them! I often have a hard time getting Emma to eat healthy foods because she has SUCH a sweet tooth. The first thing she says upon waking is the morning is, “Cookie, popcicles?” She is also relatively picky about trying new foods. However, she LOVED the Sprouts fruit and veggie crisps and fruity yogurt bites the very first time she tried them. I brought the snacks with us to the pool and park, and it was so nice to have a healthy snack for her that she enjoyed!

Emma enjoyed the Sprouts toddler snacks the first time she tried them!

Emma enjoyed the Sprouts toddler snacks the first time she tried them!

How do you encourage your toddler to eat healthy snacks? If you haven’t already, I encourage you to try Sprout Organic Foods. I am sure you will love them as much as Emma and I did!

Postpartum Recovery: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Our first outing: Cole's 3 day check-up.

Our first outing: Cole’s 3 day check-up.

First, I hope you have checked out the Nestlé Pure Life Facebook Page to learn about the benefits of drinking water and tips on how to stay hydrated. I am doing a campaign with them and would really appreciate the support. 

Baby Cole is 6 days old today! I am doing my best to soak up every [good] moment and have thoroughly enjoyed bonding with my baby boy. The grandparents came into town for the birth of Cole and stayed for a couple of days after he was born. The hubs is home for 2 whole weeks to help take care of Emma, and it has been incredible to enjoy some family time with just the four of us.

Recovery was going really well for me. I had a relatively uneventful and easy labor and delivery (only had to push through one contraction to pop Cole out). I was feeling better every day and encouraged with my progress as compared to my postpartum recovery after I delivered Emma. In fact (TMI alert), I took it easy for 2 or 3 full days and my postpartum bleeding all but ceased — I faithfully took red raspberry leaf capsules during my third trimester and am still taking them to help decrease bleeding. On the fourth day of Cole’s life, we went to our friend’s pool and had a ton of fun relaxing and swimming. After we swam, I almost felt completely back to normal. And then … I had a major set-back.

Swimming 4 days after delivery

Swimming 4 days after delivery

After we got back from the pool, I took a nap and relaxed with Cole. About an hour later, I started feeling some excruciating pain near my stitches. And by excruciating, I mean I couldn’t walk and could barely sit or lie down comfortably. We had a few visitors in the afternoon and I did my best to put a dent in the pain with some meds. However, the meds barely did a thing. I called my doctor and spoke with a nurse about the increase in pain. She didn’t really take me seriously and scheduled an appointment for Friday (it was Tuesday).

By the time 8 p.m. rolled around I was on the floor and could barely stand the pain. I called the labor and delivery nurses at the hospital I delivered in. They suggested that I might be experiencing a hematoma and recommended that I come to the ER to get it checked out. I had Brandon drive to the ER to see if there was a wait because I knew I absolutely could not sit in the waiting room. There were 8 people waiting, so I stayed home and tried to survive the pain by laying in the bathtub for much of the night.

Spending time with my littles.

Spending time with my littles.

In the morning I called my doctor, and this time they could hear the pain in my voice and took me seriously. They immediately scheduled an appointment for me in an office 20 minutes away from my house (even though the office I normally go to is .5 miles from the house — ugh). We headed over to the doctor’s office right away. When we got there, we found out that the elevators weren’t working (in fact, there was a pregnant lady trapped in the elevator). I had to climb 3 flights of stairs. By the time I got to the top, I could barely stand up straight to check in. They got me back into an exam room. The doctor was about to come in to check me out, and the fire marshals told us we had to evacuate the building because they smelled smoke. So, down 3 flights of stairs I went. 30 minutes later, we were told that all of the appts had been moved to the doctor’s office right next to my house. So, we had to drive back to that office to be seen by the doctor. Ugh!

I am snuggling with Cole as much as possible.

I am snuggling with Cole as much as possible.

I got to the office and sat in the waiting room for an hour to be seen by the doctor that had already been seconds away from examining me earlier that morning in the original doctor’s office. She finally was able to examine me, and confirmed that I have a hematoma (likely from a poor stitching job). A hematoma is a collection of blood under the skin near the stitched area. She also confirmed that there was not much I could do about it. Thankfully she gave me a recommendation to use a suppository to help relieve some of the constipation I was experiencing from the pain meds. I got home and the hubs went out to get a suppository. The suppository directions promised results in 15 minutes to an hour. SIX hours later, I had some relief. Talk about uncomfortable. It was the most painful day of my life, but I am feeling soooooo much better now, and I hope I continue to feel better every day!

Today, we had Cole’s newborn shoot with Erin from Lasting Snapshots Photography. It was so fun, and I can’t wait to see how all of the photos turn out! We also went on a 1.5 mile walk. It was uncomfortable, but I don’t think walking is going to make the hematoma any worse. It was great to get out of the house and do something active as a family of four.

Sneak peak of Cole's newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole’s newborn shoot.

I plan to lay low for the rest of the day. I am enjoying cuddling with Cole every chance I get. I was hesitant to hold Emma all of the time after she was born because I thought it would spoil her. With Cole, I want to cuddle him as much as possible and enjoy the newborn stage. He is doing a great job breastfeeding, and we have been getting a good amount of sleep at night. I am crossing my fingers that he continues to do well at night!

I appreciate your kind comments and prayers on my social media pages. Keep me in your thoughts as I continue to recover from the hematoma. It is certainly the worst pain I have experienced, but what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, right? 🙂

Sneak peak of Cole's newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole’s newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole's newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole’s newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole's newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Sneak peak of Cole’s newborn shoot with Erin Krizo from Lasting Snapshots Photography.

Exercise During Pregnancy: Helps with Labor, Delivery, and Recovery

Exercise during pregnancy helps with labor, delivery, and recovery

My water broke at 1 a.m. and we headed to the hospital.

First, I hope you have checked outthe Nestlé Pure Life Facebook Page to learn about the benefits of drinking water and tips on how to stay hydrated. I am doing a campaign with them and would really appreciate the support. 

Cole Preston Tress is finally here! Thank you so much for the kind comments and well-wishes on my Facebook and Instagram accounts. I was scheduled to be induced on Friday morning, and to my surprise (and excitement), my water broke on Friday morning at 1 a.m. I started getting contractions and headed to the hospital. I got an epidural as soon as I hit 4 cm dilated, and delivered Cole at 12.12 p.m. after pushing for only one contraction. Cole was 7lb, 9 ounces, and 21 inches long!  I had a wonderful team of nurses and was so happy to have my favorite doctor run over from my OB/GYN office to deliver Cole even though he wasn’t on call.

My labor with Cole was smooth, and I attribute much of that to my commitment and ability to maintain a fit pregnancy. Even after I got the epidural, I was able to move my legs with ease, and the nurses were impressed with how energized and strong I was for delivery.

Cole Preston Tress. Born at 12.12 on June 21, 2013. Proud daddy (and my doctor) to the left.

Cole Preston Tress. Born at 12.12 on June 21, 2013. Proud daddy (and my doctor) to the left.

I slept on and off after I got my epidural because I wanted to be well-rested for the grand finale. By the time I was 10 cm dilated, I was very ready to meet my little boy. My doctor ran over from my OB/GYN office complex (only .5 miles from the hospital, which is also only .5 miles from my house — convenient!). I pushed for one contraction and out popped Cole. The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, so my doctor cut it off quickly and let Brandon cut the cord.

Cole is absolutely perfect. He is a superstar eater and we enjoyed our first night at home last night. The grandparents came into town to see Cole for his first two days of life, and Emma is just now starting to warm up to her baby brother.

Cole and I relaxing in the hospital.

Cole and I relaxing in the hospital.

I am committed  to taking it easy for at least a week. After I delivered Emma, I pushed too hard, too fast, and I think my recovery was slower as a result (ie: within two days I was taking the dog for a walk, shopping, standing up when visitors came to the house, etc). This time around I am doing my best to rest, stay off my feet, and enjoy every minute of Cole’s first week of life. I already feel much better this time around, and we were even discharged 24 hours earlier than with my first.

I am so thankful for a great labor and delivery experience, and I appreciate your prayers as Cole and I continue to recover and get to know each other this week.

Emma has warmed up to her baby brother after having him home all day today.

Emma has warmed up to her baby brother after having him home all day today.

Become a Fan of Nestlé Pure Life Purified Water on Facebook and Share About Mom’s Wisdom Passed Down Through Generations

Visit the Nestlé Pure Life Facebook page to share the wisdom that your mom or grandmother passed down to you.

Click here to visit the Nestlé Pure Life Facebook page to share the wisdom that your mom or grandmother passed down to you.

Why is it so important to drink water and stay hydrated? Visit the Nestlé Pure Life Facebook Page to learn about the benefits of drinking water and tips on how to stay hydrated.

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you know I LOVE going on vacation. And more specifically, I love going to the beach in Florida. I grew up going to my Nana and Papa’s condo near Indian Rocks Beach FL, which eventually became my parent’s condo, and now the family owns a new condo in the same complex.

Most of the trips that I have been on to the beach and to our condo was with my grandparents, parents, and even my mother-in-law. Over the past two years, Emma, my toddler, has been on 14 flights with me to and from the condo, and thoroughly enjoys being in the pool, on the beach, and at the big park next to the condo.

On every trip that included my Nana, mom, or mother-in-law, I heard the same pieces of advice when we were headed to the beach — 1) Wear sunscreen, and 2) Stay hydrated. I would always reluctantly grab a water bottle and put on sunscreen (in spite of the fact that as a teen, all I wanted to accomplish on vacation was to get a tan). And now that I’m a mom, I’m telling my toddler the exact same thing. We keep sunblock in my car, purse, beach bag, stroller, and always have a water bottle and/or sippy cup. In fact, we have been going on walks to try to get baby boy into position and induce labor naturally, and I don’t go too far without taking a swig of water and giving Emma a swig as well.

Having fun in the sun with Miss Emma on our last Babymoon before Baby Boy arrives

Having fun in the sun with Miss Emma on our last Babymoon before Baby Boy arrives. We were sure to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated 🙂

Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water is on a mission to help families everywhere enjoy healthy, feel-good lifestyles and encourage them to join the Hydration Movement and drink more water. Hydrating is so important. I routinely take water breaks with my gym clients to be sure they are staying hydrated and I encourage them to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.

What wisdom did your mom or grandma share with you that has helped you be more healthy? Visit the Nestlé® Pure Life® Facebook page to become a fan to receive more words of wisdom and tips to stay hydrated. Since wisdom is best when shared, share your own story and words of wisdom passed down to you through the Nestlé® Pure Life® Facebook wall within the posts with Mom’s Pure Words of Wisdom.

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How Can I Start Labor?

how can I start labor

Well ladies — I’m still pregnant! For the past few weeks, the question, “How can I start labor?” has been on my mind  … constantly. I have read blog after blog, and article after article, and tried everything. And unfortunately, my answer to “How can I start labor,” is that I am scheduled to be induced on Friday because this little Baby Boy is stubborn and does NOT want to leave his current residence in my body.

I delivered my first at exactly 37 weeks and the labor and delivery process was straight from the movies. Read the post that I wrote two days after delivering Emma about how “Exercise During Pregnancy Helps With Labor, Delivery, and Recovery.” The evening before I delivered, my husband and I worked out, carbo loaded, made love, cleaned the house, and early the next morning, my water broke. I had a very fast and easy labor and delivery, and was thrilled to deliver before my due date.

This time around has been MUCH different. I have been experiencing strong contractions since 35 weeks, been 100% effaced, and 3 cm dilated for 3 weeks, been in the hospital twice with false alarms, but yet — no true labor. Talk about annoying. Here are some suggestions that I found when I searched, “How can I start labor.”

  • Walking — yeah … I walked 50 miles last week, and it did me no good. I run consistently and do plyos with my clients, so walking is hardly going to help get this baby into position and get contractions started.
  • Sex — been doing the “dance with no pants” consistently as well. The hubs gets frequent booty calls when he’s at work. Once again — not helping.
  • Evening Primrose Oil — I’ve been taking EPO since week 36. I am not sure if it is working or not, but I read a lot of blogs where women said it helped ripen their cervix. My cervix has been very ripe for a few weeks — not sure if it’s because of the EPO though.
  • Red Raspberry Tea and Capsules — I have been taking red raspberry capsules and drinking the tea since week 34. My Braxton Hicks are definitely stronger this pregnancy than last — so perhaps it’s because the red raspberry is helping to tone my uterus.
  • Bouncing on an exercise ball — Again, I workout every day — run, plyos, jump squats, lifting … a little bouncing is hardly going to put me over the edge.
  • Eggplant Parmesan — I’ve eaten eggplant parmesan 2 times, and I am still pregnant.
  • Nipple Stimulation — I can get some good Braxton Hicks going when I use my pump, but they usually stall after a couple of hours. I have 8 bags of colostrum frozen for Baby Cole when he arrives though!

So, there you have it — several ways that I have consistently tried to start labor. This Friday, I will be induced, so this baby boy will be here one way or another. I really thought I would go into labor early this time like I did with my frist, but unfortunately, I was wrong. I have been extremely impatient waiting for this baby boy to make his appearance, but I think he just needs a little “encouragement” from the doctors 🙂