What was your motivation for starting Every Mother?
I wondered why I still had a “pooch” at 8 months postpartum, as I’d lost the baby weight. I looked online and found out about DR (which no medical professionals had told me about!). I found Every Mother through an NPR article, and realised it was what I needed.
What are/were your goals?
My goals were to restore strength to my core, and ideally get back into pre-pregnancy shape. It’s still a work in progress, but I was so excited when I fit back into my non-maternity jeans after 12 weeks of EM.
What are your tips for sticking with the program?
For me the key to sticking with the program has been having my husband’s support. I find it hard to carve out “me time”, especially now that I’m a Mum, but we make sure to plan workouts in to the week at times he can watch our little one, and he always sticks to it!
What has been your favorite Every Mother moment?
My favourite moment was when I completed my initial 12 weeks of EM and posted my progress on the members-only Facebook group. I got such wonderful comments and encouragement. It’s great to be part of a community for support and inspiration in this way.
What advice do you give to other mothers trying to prepare for birth/resolve DR/meet new fitness goals? (please answer based on your current experience)
My best advice for those preparing for birth is to look into hypnobirthing. I can’t say it made things pain-free, but they were drug-free, and I felt calm and in control the majority of the time.
What charity have you chosen for donation and why?
I’ve chosen to donate to Practical Action, a charity inspiring people to discover and adopt ingenious, practical ways to free themselves from poverty and disadvantage. As an engineer, I love that they use engineering to really make a difference in people’s lives.
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"I joined Every Mother when I was three months pregnant with my first baby at the recommendation of my acupuncturist. I had early gestational diabetes and long term lower back pain and I needed a way to safely get targeted daily exercise. Within a month of joining EM my GD was gone, my back felt strong and was pain free, and I continued to have a super easy and healthy pregnancy. I attribute this to working out with EM every day and eating healthful, whole foods. EM made it easy to stay interested and dedicated with its wide selection of workout videos, and I never worried about injuring myself like I have with other programs."
"Absolutely loving the app. Beautiful and so simple to use. My favorite part is having the daily assignments, checking them off, and seeing the ‘Congrats’ box! It seems like a small thing, but for me it makes it feel like a game to not break my streak—and I freaking love games! "
"I have been using this method over a year now and I suffered from severe, like freaky severe, diastasis recti following the birth of my second baby. I can't recommend this enough."
"6 months postpartum I was told I had diastasis recti. I was crushed and even more upset when I found out that all of my Pilates and barre classes had made my condition worse. I was told only surgery would fix my diastasis recti. Within 2 months of diligently following the program I have almost 100% closed my abdominal gap. This is amazing."
"The thing that really drew me to this program was the fact that I will learn how to best protect my core all day long, not just during my workouts. It's all about taking a holistic approach to the issue and understanding that my core effects everything."
"The app has made it SO simple and motivating to do the core exercises every single day. It feels great to be able to check it off each day."
"I wanted to share my experience today at my 6 week pp follow up with my ob/gyn. She checked my kegel strength and was floored at how strong it was. She said she hasn't had a patient with kegel strength like that for almost as long as she can remember. At that point she asked for the name of the program again and wrote it down. I was so proud!"
"40 weeks today with baby #4!!!! Thanks to these right workouts, I'm the fittest I’ve been with any of them... thank you Every Mother!"
"Every Mother is part of my everyday hell or high water routine! You are saving my core, my life and my back! Thank you so much."
"I am 1 year PP, have DR, and an epic double (side by side) hernia (umbilical, born with them). I’m on day 19 of Reclaim and am so happy I found this program! I’m well aware that my hernias won’t be fixed from this but I finally have enough ab strength to hold my abs in, my DR is improving, and I look so much better."
"I don’t have much, if any, diastasis but the Core Compressions have been the BEST pain management tool I’ve found for my low back problems (bulging discs, excessive lordosis, arthritis, muscle imbalance). If I skip more than one day I realize very quickly exactly how much it’s helping—A LOT."
"I did my Core Compressions and workouts my entire pregnancy. I am 13 days postpartum from baby number 2 with no separation, almost in my regular pants and 3 lbs away from my pre pregnancy weight. Thank you, thank you for this program. It’s really amazing. Night and day from my first pregnancy recovery."
"I weigh less, feel stronger, run faster, and look healthier than I did before I was pregnant!"
"I just went for a two mile run- with no urge to pee!! That’s kind of a funny milestone but it has previously been unachievable for me. I did light Core Compressions with every exhale. I have been wanting to get back into running so badly and now it finally seems possible again."
"I just wanted to share that I love the new videos and program set-up with videos each day to guide me. It really keeps me accountable and I’ve only missed two days since starting after Memorial Day. This is my second baby and I have a HUGE gap and an umbilical hernia, but I’m encouraged to keep up this workout to heal and possibly avoid surgery one day."
"I love the short, targeted, and challenging workouts. I can get a workout and Core Compressions in each day while still keeping up with my 6-month-old’s demanding schedule!"
"I have been doing the program for 9 months and before I started I just assumed I would live the rest of my life with back pain. But I’m pain-free now! You will be so happy you did this."
"When I started the program 2 years ago after having my 5th baby, my gap was large (4-5 fingers at belly button and 3 fingers wide above and below). By the end of 12 weeks of Core Compressions and the exercises my gap was down to 2 fingers at the belly button and 1 above and below. It took more time for mine to close than just 12 weeks, it was about 6 months, but it did close! Don’t get discouraged, the wider and deeper it is, the more time it takes. I enjoyed the exercises, so I’m still a member even though I closed my DR, and I’m careful not to reopen it. I like how I don’t have to try and modify exercises to be safe like when I try other classes or programs."
"I would absolutely recommend this approach to friends and would advise any woman who wants to tone up and lose inches to follow this program whether she has had children or not.”
"I discovered how to activate my core strength which is particularly important as I age. This practice allows my back strength and freedom. One of the many results is that I feel so much more energetic and happy.”
"5 years after my second child was born, I was finally able to get rid of my diastasis without surgery."
“I’m in better condition than I was at 25, because I pay more attention to working out; I am stronger than I was before; I like my post baby body more – I’ve learned to embrace how I look.”
"The program made me feel strong and in control of my body during a time when a mom-to-be can feel her body is out of her control.”
“I’m feeling stronger, healthier and smarter in the decisions I’m making. I had a plan the second time round.”
“The real benefit has been how Leah helped me to feel empowered by my pregnancy. She has helped me understand my body’s natural design and enhance its strengths.”
"Our patients love how quickly they look and feel like themselves again so soon after giving birth."
"The abdominal strengthening exercises not only improved my overall fitness, but they also helped me to strengthen my core, and prevent re-injury as I did things like lift my son from his crib."