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What was your motivation for starting Every Mother?
Sometime in my recovery after my 3rd baby and from then on through 4th pregnancy and current recovery.
What are/were your goals?
To heal my DR as much as possible (and pelvic floor integrity) – I did a lot of the wrong exercises unknowingly with my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies in my efforts to stay fit before discovering EM.
What are your tips for sticking with the program?
Discipline and simple habits you can commit to sticking to. The app makes it so easy, there is no excuse. I had to find what worked for my life working full-time and with 4 kids 6 and under. I did the workouts 3 times a week and stuck to the Core Compressions every night. My trigger was to not go to bed – no matter how tired or late – without doing them. They are actually relaxing and I find I look forward to 10 minutes of “me” time to decompress from the day and take care of myself.
What has been your favorite Every Mother moment?
Being able to wear a bikini again about 6 months after a 4th baby was a HUGE moment for me! I’m even more healed/resolved now (definitely not perfect, but I’m proud of my babies!) and that feels good as summer is here.
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)
Baby steps and stick to them. We all want magic and to heal but it won’t happen without daily sticking to the program. The app makes it as easy and I never have to think “what should I do today?”. I click on the button, follow the next workout or Core Compressions and do it. I am convinced that daily disciplines are what pay off for things like this so I always had the mindset of giving myself a year before having too high expectations. I’m now at 10 months PP and continue working on that. I feel I’ve resolved my DR for the most part and just have a small umbilical hernia that isn’t killing me. Our kids are so worth it! But we get one body and both caring well for the integrity of it from pelvic floor to the flatter abs makes a difference for us long term. I like that my kids have gotten to watch me recover from “mommy you look like you have a baby in your tummy!” 3 months PP to now. They have seen me work “flat flatter!” for 2.5 years now!
What charity have you chosen for donation and why?
Heal Africa in DR Congo. I used to work for that organization in 2008-2009 and they specialize in helping women with fistula repair. The suffering those women have had as a result of zero to little access to medical care during pregnancy and labor and delivery (or due to rape as a weapon of war) is humbling. Those women are resilient and that organization and the surgeons make magic happen for those ladies with very few resources. Every dollar can make a difference as to whether they can use sterilized gloves or not!
"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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