When I got pregnant I made the decision to continue to prioritize fitness and healthy eating because I knew the benefit to me (and the baby). I also had the goal to be able to enjoy my daughter after giving birth rather than having to focus on losing weight.

I’m thankful that I did have a healthy pregnancy and I was able to continue strength training, running, and practicing yoga. However, the resources were lacking and the advice I received was sometimes incorrect or overwhelming. My goal is to be a support and resource so that women with uncomplicated pregnancies can have an active pregnancy.

I believe continuing exercise through pregnancy helped me maintain a healthy weight and sense of self, feel mostly good, contributed to weight loss after pregnancy, as well as helped me endure a long labor period. However, what I did not anticipate or have an understanding of was the amount of work I'd have to put in to regain overall muscle strength and rebuild my core. I want to help women develop strength and fitness again after baby. 

Another unexpected, yet welcomed surprise is the community of moms out there that rely on each other for information and socializing. I want the “mom community” to support each other in physical activity and health goals.

As my daughter continues to get older I continue to experience new challenges as a mom trying to stay physically fit and maintain a healthy family. These challenges highlight the need for fitness services and education designed specifically for moms, but beneficial to the entire family.

My past success helping families become healthier and individuals become more fit; my personal experience with pregnancy and becoming a mom; and my robust background and qualifications in exercise science, led to the formation of Active Mom Fitness! More specifics on my qualifications can be found here.