ONLINE MAMA2B - STRONG FOR BIRTH

6-WEEK PRENATAL EXERCISE CLASSES FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME

OCTOBER 27TH - DECEMBER 3RD

Tuesdays - Thursdays - 7:30-8:30PM (ADT)

 

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This 6-week live prenatal fitness class is designed to help you feel confidant  for birth and postpartum.

Strength

Gain overall strength, mobility and energy in order to prepare your body for birth and postpartum recovery.

Learn how to properly connect with your core and pelvic floor during exercise but also in preparation for childbirth and postpartum recovery.

Support

Feel comfortable to ask questions and share your experiences about all things pregnancy, birth, postpartum and motherhood. This class will encourage you to have uncomfortable conversations, free of judgement.

Feel empowered and capable in your body, both physically and mentally  as well as gain confidence in knowing how to listen to your body and embrace your journey.

Confidence

Knowledge

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IS THE MAMA2B-STRONG FOR BIRTH CLASS FOR ME?

This prenatal exercise class is for YOU if...
  • You are pregnant, regardless of the trimester you are in
  • You have medical clearance from your doctor (PAR-med-X form)
  • You are are looking for exercises tailored for you and your pregnancy
  • You are experiencing pelvic pain or discomfort such as : pubic symphysis pain, sacro-iliac joint pain, incontinence, prolapse, etc.
  • You are new to exercise or strength training
  • You are looking to connect with other pregnant womxn
  • You are looking for guidance and answers to your questions regarding childbirth and postpartum
 

Meet Your Coach

Martine Chiasson

I'm Martine, your prenatal and postnatal fitness coach.

I'm a certified kinesiologist specialized in prenatal and postnatal fitness, with a passion in supporting womxn along their motherhood journeys, whether trying to conceive, pregnant or postpartum.​ I'm also a mother to 3 children under the age of 5.

I believe exercise to not only be a physical movement, but an emotional one as well, meant to help us connect with ourselves and our community. Every womxn's journey is unique and different and our services reflect these exact needs.

I help womxn of all fitness levels continue to move in ways that feel good during pregnancy in order to prepare for birth. During the postpartum journey (which, once postpartum, always postpartum), I guide and support the return to exercise while considering all physical and mental aspects. I can help you manage symptoms present during exercise, strengthen your core and pelvic floor, and get you on your way to achieving your goals, whatever these may be.

I also have a passion for advocating access to the education and resources we deserve in order for us to make educated choices and feel empowered as womxn and mothers.

If you join, you will have access to...

  • LIVE 60-minute classes coached 2x/week by Martine

  • Circuit based exercises (full body, low-impact, body weight, weighted, resistance bands)

  • Access to class recordings for the full 6-weeks.

  • Post workout discussions (topics include: birth, postpartum, motherhood, mental health, relationships, boundaries, privilege, racial justice, body image, etc.)

  • A bonus education class discussing all things birth and postpartum 

  • Private Facebook group exclusive to MAMA2B class members

  • A community of womxn navigating pregnancy and on their own journeys to motherhood

  • Bonus material given during class

Breaking it down.

  • Sign-in twice a week via Zoom
  • Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting Oct. 27th - 7:30- 8:30PM (ADT)
  • 60 minute sessions with time to discuss afterwards
  • Wear comfortable attire (seriously, whatever you want!)
  • Equipment needed:
    • yoga mat​
    • light and medium weight dumbbells
    • bench or chair
    • resistance bands and loop band
    • 2 small towels

Your space doesn't need to be camera "ready". We show up as ourselves, we let go of expectations, we move our bodies and connect with each other!

Frequently asked questions

Can I join even if I’m still in my first trimester?


Absolutely! Unless there is a medical reason or contraindication, this class is appropriate for all trimesters! Women are usually fatigued or nauseous in the first trimester, but studies show that exercise can alleviate these symptoms, BONUS!




How long are the workouts?


Each session will be 60 minutes each. The actual time spent moving will range from 30-40 minutes total.




What equipment do I need?


Suggested equipment that may be used during the workouts are: - yoga mat - light and medium set of dumbbells - resistance bands (open and closed loop) - bench or chair - set of small towels If you don't have access to some of this equipment, don't worry, we'll modify the exercise so that you can still participate!




Is this safe for 3rd trimester?


Unless there is a medical contraindication, these workouts are absolutely appropriate for the third trimester. We actually encourage you to be active near the end of pregnancy as it can alleviate some discomfort and achiness often felt by women.




I haven’t done exercises in years, can I still join?


YES! As mentionned above, these exercises are appropriate for all levels of fitness. We can modify exercises to meet you where you feel comfortable. The goal of this class is to strengthen your whole body, boost your mood and energy, and have you feeling confidant going into birth.




What if I miss a live class?


Great question! If you miss a live class you will have access to class recordings for the full 6-weeks via a link sent by email!




What if something happens and I can't join the class anymore?


Pregnancy is a journey, and we don't control all the variables of our journey. If something should happen, or you are no longer medically cleared to exercise (i.e bleeding, bed rest, loss of amniotic fluid, etc), or you feel uncomfortable moving forward with the class, we can send a refund for the remainder of the classes. COVID-19 has us living one day at a time right now. We understand that guidelines change daily, and we will be flexible and understanding if your availability is affected by this.




Is this refundable?


If after the first week you are unsatisfied with the MAMA2B - Strong for Birth class, we will reiumburse you the remainder of the classes.




Where can I find the PAR-med-X form?


An email will be sent to you once you register. But here is the link if you need to return to it: English - https://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/publications/parq/parmed-xpreg.pdf French - https://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/publications/parq/x-aapenceintes.pdf Under these present circumstances with COVID-19, we understand that you may not be able to see your medical team physically for appointments, if this is the case, you may call your physician or OB/GYN's office to have verbal clearance.




Is it okay if my children are present?


ABSOLUTELY! Being at home with children should not stop you from taking care of yourself. There is no perfect environment or setting, so please feel free to have your children roam around if you wish to do so, or if you have no other choice. Motherhood.




What type of exercises will be included in this class?


Great question! This class is meant to strengthen your whole body, therefore you can expect all types of different exercises such as: body weight, resistance banded exercises, weighted exercises as well as some relaxation poses and mobility work. This class is NOT a HIIT class nor does it have any impact exercises.





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