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What was your motivation for starting Every Mother?
Initially, I wanted to stop looking pregnant. I wasn’t mentally prepared for the shape and size of my postpartum belly and I desperately wanted to flatten my core.
What are/were your goals?
I wanted to get in the best shape of my life, return to pre pregnancy weight and close my diastasis. With time and increased knowledge, my passion for restorative core exercise grew into a desire to teach other women safe movement and alternative modifications.
What are your tips for sticking with the program?
If you do nothing else, commit to 2 minutes of focused Core Compressions a day for one month, I guarantee results! Stick a post-it to your coffee machine or computer as a daily reminder and keep in mind that two measly minutes is doing such wonderful healing for your core and pelvic floor. For faster results, increase that to 5 or even 10 minutes and you’ll pleasantly surprise yourself. I took before and after photos and the proof of my progress kept me going.
What has been your favorite Every Mother moment?
That’s hard to put into one simplified answer because I have several favorite moments. Seeing obliques for the first time in my life was a glorious moment. Hearing from my PT that my diastasis was closed had me crying tears of joy. And seeing my belly button lift within my first month was just an incredible and unexpected result.
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)
Be patient and gracious with yourself. This journey is hardly linear but Every Mother will teach you body awareness, equip you with the tools you need to surpass all expectations and it will restore your core integrity. Be an active member and reach out to other women for support and advice. You have the ability to achiever your goals!
What charity have you chosen for donation and why?
I chose the Miriam Centre of Orléans, ON (Canada), a crisis pregnancy center that offers support to women who are pregnant or grieving the loss of a pregnancy. Pregnancy can be a difficult, traumatic and lonely time, but the Miriam Centre endeavours to aid women throughout their pregnancy and postpartum so that women who thought pregnancy impossible might be given the support, compassion and tools they need to become mothers. I find their mission beautiful and truly empowering for women.
"I have found that Surpass is challenging and addictive and love it so much. I look forward to my workouts each day as opposed to it being a chore I have to get through."
"Aside from the belly results..I have definition in my arms and legs for the first time in years. And it's only been a month. Can't wait to find out what's next!"
"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 was so tired postpartum that I was worried about doing an exercise program and even once I started this I was worried about doing it everyday. The nice thing is that this program takes all of that into account! Some days are off with no workout whatsoever, other days the workouts are mostly stretching to help your body recover from everything it has been through. Perfect for mom's recovering body!"
"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!"
"Postpartum recovery feels like Humpty Dumpty. 🥚 and EM feels like being put back together again!"
"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 finally signed up and started following the steps, and I can't believe the progress I'm making. Less back pain, no more leaking, and my belly is going back into place. This program could not be easier to follow. I highly recommend!"
"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 weigh less, feel stronger, run faster, and look healthier than I did before I was pregnant!"
"I'm slowly getting my confidence back as I feel my body getting stronger and my reflection looking better. It is the right kind of intensity and it doesn't take much time out of my busy schedule. Love love love!"
"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."
"The app is genius. It works like a charm. The exercises are low impact, but insanely effective. I already feel SO much stronger in my core. I have corrected my "weak/tiny" bladder issue (which was really just a weak pelvic floor), and have stopped having to deal with "pee sneezes"! I have more energy. I look forward to my daily workouts."
"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.”
"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."
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