“Oh gosh all I can say is that it was amazing! The perfect way to start working out again post baby without hurting myself! also meeting new moms going through the same struggles was so therapeutic for me. Amazing one on one instruction and encouragement! Anyone with a baby should do it!” -Christi T.
“I am so thankful for the Birth Fit movement and especially thankful for the Postpartum Series. I had the pleasure completing the series with Melissa Hemphill. She is a wealth of knowledge, particularly concerning properly executing functional movement during pregnancy and rebuilding postpartum. Many of us experience some type of diastasis recti postpartum (“what the heck is that, right”) and this course fully addresses and gives us light towards repairing it fully and properly. Without the series and Melissa, I wouldn’t have known what it was, therefore I wouldn’t have “closed the gap,” which fortunately, through time, knowledge, and the right kind of exercises, I was able to do 100%.
I can’t write this without also mentioning how therapeutic I found the series and how it helped me healthily dissect my emotions. A community of women, who have gone through the same events, but with their own individual experiences, it’s absolutely beautiful and empowering. Melissa’s passion towards helping others reach their goals, understand their emotions, and build them up, is inspiring and it’s working! I am beyond grateful for her and for BirthFit!” -Brittney S.
“Where to begin with BIRTHFIT with Mel?! I was skeptical at first for so many reasons. Some reasons being I read things like finding your inner self, meditation, stronger mental core, which I am all for Yoga but I can not meditate and its not really my jam. I was also skeptical about what type of works outs they were going to be. I was very sick during my pregnancy so I did absolutely nothing other than walking for almost a year, and here I was thinking about jumping in on a workout program. After talking to Mel about the program i decided to give it a shot. Well I can not express how amazing Mel is! She works with every physical type and is very informative on all functional movement exercising. She gears the workouts to the people in the class and the mood of the class that day. The mental aspects of the class are also amazing. Postpartum you are not only trying to cope with a new baby and your entire life shifting, you are trying to find your new normal with EVERYTHING. IT is easy to forget to keep some of your favorite things in your life. Mel would give out “homework” and one of my favorites was to do something for yourself each day. Find one thing that you used to love to do and do it. I loved walking on the beach. I took a friend with me and we walked 5 miles! haha I felt so rejuvenated, and sore, but it helped remind myself that I still need time for myself to keep my sanity. It was also great just chatting about whats going on in life with ladies that are going through the exact same thing. It became a huge support group! She gave us great core workouts to help keep our abs together and not get the mommy pooch, which we all know we don’t want! Mel and her thoughtfulness and compassion helped me have the courage to make the leap and start my own business! I am forever grateful and so happy for Mel and the support group that is BIRTHFIT. I will be using the program for baby #2 in the future!” -Ashley U.
“After years of running and then coaching cross country I would consider myself an athlete, and I was pretty confident I would breeze threw this whole pregnancy, recovery, momma thing. But shortly into my pregnancy I had some health issues that put me in a position where I couldn’t do much exercise until after my little one was born. I was limited to walking, light biking, and light swimming. Some of this was my fault, not being better prepared, and not asking some questions or doing research until it was too late. But needless to say once I realized I could not work out like normal I was committed to being in the best shape possible/ within my limits when little girl was born. I set some goals and worked with my family and made sure I was as ready as I could be when I was finally cleared physically by the doctor. Looking back, the actual birth of our little girl was GREAT. She arrived happy and healthy and I was set to be on a fairly easy physical recovery. But this was my first little one and I had no idea where to begin….
I started with what I knew, running. I was very well aware that I was in no position to jump back into running the milage I had been used to almost a year ago. So I started the process I always used with many of my beginning athletes. I would slowly build back up, it was going to be a long process but I needed to get back. But things got frustrating. Something wasn’t right, I would go to run and just simply feel like crap… There is no other way to explain it. Yes, I was sleep deprived, what mom isn’t? But, that was not it, I tried to keep up my eating habits, kept myself hydrated, researched and figured out what would be the best way to be able to run and breastfeed. But I was still hitting a wall.
About this time I started to have some emotional swings. I was well aware and had previous discussions with friends about many of the mental and emotional struggles moms have post pregnancy. But I naively thought I was going to be immune to it. I was mentally tough…I worked with family and friends and made some changes to help make myself feel more under control but then my little girl began screaming. Hours upon hours of screaming. I had no idea what was going on. I blamed myself. After a few weeks of screaming, my father in law stepped in. I should clarify here that my father-in-law is a pediatrician. It’s not that he is weirdly involved, he is just unbelievably knowledgable about babies, so many calls of desperation were made to him. My father-in-law sent me to my own pediatrician where my little girl was diagnosed with reflux. She was put on medicine and we discussed a plan, new things to try, and strategies to help her feel more comfortable. But it was painfully rough sometimes. My husband tried to help in any way he could but it was wearing on him as well, plus his work was already pushing him to many of his limits in its own way.
Things got darker, Lilly would be crying, I would be crying, my husband would be crying. There were nights and days that still seem like a blur and with all this going on every time I went for a run I would just get more down. What the heck was wrong with me!
But enough with the sad stuff, here is when things started to get better. It was finally time to start BIRTHFIT. I had been looking forward to this for awhile but with how frustrating running had been I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go. But by the time I walked out of my first class I knew this was going to make things a whole heck of a lot better. First of all, I learned that I was weak in ways I had never been before. My body had just been through a remarkable event that had changed it. I had Diastasis Recti, something I had never heard of before. But now I had some words to what I was feeling, and having words to express emotions often makes a huge difference!
I looked forward to my workouts. Yes I was still having some emotional ups and downs, and Lilly was still struggling, but workouts cleared my mind, helped rejuvenate me for taking on the next couple days. I learned how to lift in ways I never had before, I learned there were muscles and movements my body had never done before. As the weeks went on, running started to feel “right” again! I learned the importance of taking care of my body in ways I had not previously done. I soaked up everything I could. Did the homework when given, read the books when given. I learned new theories on nutrition, and movement that me, the “athlete” had never heard before. On top of that I had a group of moms that were going through the same thing I was. They were new moms, trying to build themselves back up in a healthy and safe way!
Our weeks of meeting for class ended but I was not going to make that the end for me. I have taken what I’ve learned and moved forward. I’ve set goals, learned the positive emotional value of working out in different ways, and now I’m that girl at the gym, that sees the mom with the new baby come walking in, and is her secret cheerleader! BIRTHFIT works, the ideas work, and I look forward to sharing what I know with anyone who will talk to me about it:) ” -Morgan C.