Exercise — Before, During, and After Pregnancy

with Guests Sheila Watkins and Vicki Vertich   LISTEN NOW

Air Date: April 20, 2015

You want to be ready for the physical and psychological demands of pregnancy and childbirth. Ideally, your plan for good health should begin preconception, setting up success for an active labor and delivery and a healthy postpartum recovery. In this podcast, Marie talks with Sheila Watkins and Vicki Vertich, of the HealthyMoms fitness program, about the path from preconception through prenatal and into postpartum fitness. Debunk the myths about exercise and breastfeeding that may be holding you back. Learn about the difference proper breathing, body alignment, and gentle exercises can make in healing and rebuilding your body after delivery. Find out how you can exercise for your health even with a baby in your arms. Comments? Questions? E-mail radio@borntobebreastfed.com any time.

Guest Profile – Sheila Watkins

Sheila Watkins, MLSci. E-RYT, RPYT (Founder and National Program Director) is a is a perinatal fitness specialist with over 25 years of experience training 2000+ pregnant and new moms, and educating hundreds of fitness instructors, health professionals, and childbirth educators on the rapidly changing field of perinatal fitness. In 1987, she created Healthy Moms® Fitness Programs to provide safe and effective group exercise classes and personal training for new and expectant moms as well as education and training in the field of perinatal exercise for fitness professionals, childbirth educators and other health professionals. Sheila holds a Master of Life Sciences degree in Human Physiology and Nutrition and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. She has been certified as a perinatal fitness instructor by Moms on the Move®, Positive Pregnancy and Parenting Fitness®, Dancing Thru Pregnancy® (Basic), Maternity Fitness, Inc®. and Moms in Motion®. She holds prenatal and postpartum yoga certifications through Baby Om®, Yoga for Two®, Janice Clarfield’s Prenatal Yoga and YogaFit®. She is a former instructor in the Division of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University (University of North Carolina System) and the Department of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Sheila holds “Gold” Group Fitness Instructor and “Gold” Personal Trainer certifications from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and a Personal Trainer certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). She is also certified by the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) as an aquatic fitness instructor and is a Resist-A-Ball CORE “Circle of Excellence” Master Trainer. Additionally, Sheila holds a Certificate in Exercise and Pregnancy from The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research and is an “ASPO-Lamaze Breastfeeding Support Specialist.”
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