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How my love for fitness started

Fitness during pregnancy can be a little daunting. I know it was for me. Learn more about how I found my love for fitness through my pregnancy.

Growing up I found a love for dance. I danced on a National dance team and loved every minute of it. Other that dance I never really did any other active sport or class but I always wanted to run but could never get myself to run a mile. I had the hardest time finding my form and my breath. It wasn’t until 2011 that I had decided to explore my abilities and sign up for the Utah Valley half marathon.I was married at that time and My husband and I had been trying to become pregnant for the last several months. I began training and after a month into it I learned I was pregnant. (HMMM FITNESS AND PREGNANCY???? IS THIS OKAY?)

I remember the excitement that came over me when I found out. I could hardly believe that I had a little human growing inside of me. Right when I found out I got nervous to workout much and was VERY nervous to run. I just pictured this precious little baby trying to grow and me bouncing around making it much harder. I wasn’t sure if the force of running was too much for my growing baby.

I decided not to do the half marathon that year and really just got too nervous to do much at all. I had a friend tell me that whatever I didn’t do before pregnancy I shouldn’t do it now. I asked my doctor and he told me that it was okay but I kept finding excuses for myself not to do much. For the duration of my pregnancy I stopped working out. I also found all the excuses in the book to eat poorly. “I’m pregnant its not a big deal ill just eat whatever, I am carrying a child I deserve this hamburger” In the end I gained 42 lbs and was very uncomfortable. I got very swollen and just wanted to have a baby. After I had my baby girl recovery was hard. I still weighed a lot and I physically felt drained. It was then that I knew that the next time I wanted to do things very differently!

Fast forward to 2013 I again learned that I was pregnant with our second child. Fitness became something I did regularly at this point in my ilfe. I had just lost the pre baby weight from the first baby 3 months before I got pregnant. When we found out I knew that I wanted to continue this time around. I had started teaching a fitness class called ballet blast. It was a great barre’ class that was low impact but delivered great cardio and strength training. If there was anything that I learned the first time around it was that I wanted to incorporate fitness and healthy nutrition during my pregnancy. FUN FACT: It is great to incorporate fitness during pregnancy and actually can help with delivery and recovery. With my first I ate out a lot and really didn’t focus too much on healthy fruits and veggies so this is something I wanted to change as well. (I have a whole bunch to say about nutrition but we will save that for another post). The whole pregnancy I ended up gaining 23 lbs and even though I felt pregnant I never felt miserable like I did with the first pregnancy. I was not very swollen or sore and I really enjoyed the nine months. I was so grateful that I decided to be active because it truly made the world of difference for me. This lifestyle has carried on as I have become older and continued to have children. Being a doula I always talk to my clients about healthy eating and physical activity. Keeping in mind not everyone is going to be able to run a marathon during pregnancy. Everyone will be at different levels of physical ability but there are many things you can do still.

To learn more on how you can encourage a healthy pregnancy by staying active check out the link below. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for free videos that you can do before during and after pregnancy.

Fitness- Arms and Legs

These are fitness videos arefor anyone needing a quick workout. This Arm and Leg workout was designed for everyone! As many of you may know I have started a YouTube channel. My goal with this channel is to help anyone feel like they can get a nice quick workout in during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum. Today’s workout is nice and short but will hopefully leave you with a little shake in your arms and legs. Be sure to SUBSCRIBE and look out for more videos coming out soon.

I would love to know what type of workout you would like to do. Please e mail me and tell me what you would like to work on and Ill get that video created for you!

Tiny Blessings doula starts YouTube Fitness Channel

Check out the video HERE 

My doula Impacted me – Says Hillary

My Birth doula impacted my entire pregnancy in the best way possible.

I was more in tune with my body and my baby than my first pregnancy and it made me feel like I had an even more amazing connection with my baby.
The day of my birth was the best day of my life. My doula was there every step and was like my right arm. I needed her there and she’ll never know how grateful I am for her. Bringing my second child into the world non medicated was the most incredible feeling in the world and I owe LOTS of it to her.
Utah doula helping her client through her unmedicated birthAll in all, my doula impacted my life by empowering me and letting me know that my body and mind are capable of so much more than I ever thought possible.

“Doula’s are INCREDIBLE” says Lydnsay Carlson

Doulas are incredible support not only in birth, but in pregnancy as well.  How nice is it to have someone you can call or text any time of day to ask questions?  Or how about after the entire pregnancy and birth are over you now have a friend who shared a very life changing event with you.

I was lucky to have a wonderful birth team.  A birth photographer, who is also a doula was on my team.  My personal doula, Karina, was there for my long birth process.  And even a stand by doula, Meagan Heaton, who I also still get to be a friend with.
My doula, Karina, was wonderful.  I specifically chose her because she had been through a c-section birth herself.  Honestly, having a c-section scared me.  I wanted to make sure that if I did end up having one I’d have someone who could keep me calm and walk me through the process.
My birth plan was to give birth at a birth center.  I kept an open mind in that if something were to change so would my birth plan as long as both myself and baby were healthy.  At the birth center there was a lot of help, but my doula was there constantly helping me with counter pressure, water, or just a hand to hold.
My birth plan did change.  I had a long labor and needed some rest due to my contractions starting to space further apart.  My midwife transferred me, with my consent, to a hospital to get an epidural to allow me to relax, and some petocin to start my contractions moving again.  Karina helped me with the transfer and made sure as much of my wishes could be honored at the hospital.  I forgot my birth plan at home and she had it with her.  They were able to give it to the nurses there at the hospital.  She helped get a mirror so I could watch the birth as much as possible.  She made sure that our wishes for dad to catch baby came true.
My midwife was doing my placenta encapsulation.  She made sure that the placenta was given to my midwife.  There are a lot of little details that she just took care of for me.  I didn’t have to think of anything.  The best detail was the birth story that she wrote for me after the birth.  It was so nice to read about the process and always have it dear to my heart.
I found out my incredible doula was pregnant after I had given birth.  Much later after watching her pregnancy I read her birth story and saw her birth photography.  I don’t know about other women, but I kinda look at doulas as super women.  When I read Karina’s birth story, I realized she had a lot of the same feelings and fears as me going through the birth process.  That helped me realize that hey, we all are superwomen, just the doulas get to see it on a daily basis.
FInd more about Karina HERE!
If you agree with Lyndsay and think doulas are incredible and you have a story to share please feel free to e mail Me and I would love to publish your story!

World Doula week 2017

Salt Lake doula shares about doulas during world doula weekMarch 22nd to March 28th is world doula week. I wanted to take this week to share stories from families that have somehow been touched or impacted by a doula. Maybe you didn’t hire a doula, or maybe she just helped you over e mail. No matter how she may have impacted you I would love to share your stories.

In honor of World doula week I would like to share my own reason why I love doulas. My birth was one that I will never forget. Being a doula Im surrounded by so many doulas and truly have felt the love from all of them during my labor journey. My birth may have been unique. I had 5 women who I knew would be able to help me through a labor journey that I had been hoping for for years. Each woman brought a “special ingredient” to my birth. My husband made fun of me for a really long time asking if he needed to attend the birth since I would have a village. He agreed after my birth they were so needed. During pregnancy there are a lot of mind games that we may have. Going back and forth in what happens if…. and what do we do if….. My doulas were always there for me to talk to and they would always rejuvenate my spirits and help me feel motivated again. They were there during my birth to help me get through some of the past triggers that I had and remind me that I was okay. Their support was incredible for both my husband and myself.

After the birth Ric said that he really could not imagine the birth without them and was grateful that I had chosen them for our birthing team. Doulas are amazing, YES I know I am one myself so Im biased but having a doula at my birth was one of the best decisions I made for myself and my husband.

I love what I do and am so grateful for my doulas and all their support that they did and still do provide me with.

To all my fellow doula’s Happy World doula week!!!!

Elizabeth Ashdown Photography! She’s AMAZING (maternity, birth, newborn etc)

If you are pregnant and looking for maternity photos, a birth story, newborn pictures or even just some family pictures. Elizabeth Ashdown is your gal. She is great at what she does. Easy to get along with, professional, wants to be sure you get what your looking for, and knows how to work a camera.

I met Elizabeth last November when I traveled to Springville to attend our Doula retreat. I was so excited to go up in the mountains and be with my doula sisters. When I got up there I was told that there was a photographer there doing headshots for those who were interested. I hadn’t had a headshot done in a while so I signed up. When it was my turn Elizabeth and I went outside to find a spot to shoot and we started chatting. It was almost like I already knew her. We were able to have a natural conversation and I learned that we lived in the same neighborhood and had kids the same age and gender.

She was so easy to get along with. We shot my headshot which by the way was fantastic and then I went back inside. I took her cards so when I got home we could connect. LET ME TELL YOU FOLKS! Elizabeth Ashdown is amazing! I was so excited to be able to be her “buddy” at the expo. I would recommend her any day! I wanted to share her and her website with you today. GO CHECK HER OUT!

To find her website visit elizabethashdown.comElizabeth Ashdown Photography is a Salt Lake city birth Photographer