At any given day during the month as you check out your groceries in the supermarket, you are bound to see a weekly magazine with a new mom starlet on the covering announcing how she bounced back FAST from pregnancy and got her body in shape in no time flat! Of course you are aware it is all a lie, but you are still hopeful that it isn’t. If only there was a book or DVD or something that could really get you a flat tummy in no time flat after having your kid.
According to Helene, her DVD and accompanying book, are “guaranteed to re-flatten the abdominal wall, FAST!”
Okay now! In fact, the focus, she says is to help post-partum get rid of the dreaded “still pregnant looking” belly pooch. Alright now. Music to a new mom’s ears.
While I can’t test out the claim for myself obviously being so far past post-partum, I was able to check out the DVD and book nonetheless to see how the information flows and check out the techniques on the DVD. The entire program, if you will, is based on getting the core, the abdominal area and pelvic region back in shape.
This part instructional/part exercise video is indeed a resource tool for several reasons. The first half of the video (about 30 minutes) features bonus material which essentially Helene explaining common conditions that women experience post natal that affect their core and abdominal region such as abdominal separation or diastasis recti.
In these introductory sections, in a wonderfully paced tone and speech, Helene enunciates clearly as she explains these common problems new moms and the benefits of postpartum exercises, pelvic floor reconditioning and post natal abdominal training. She mentions the medical terms but is careful to explain in layman’s terms clearly and succinctly the various conditions. Using her model, a woman post-partum, she demonstrates some of the basic moves.
Helene does a nice job explaining distinctions and warnings for women depending on whether they had a vaginal or c-section birth and or other conditions. Very thoughtful.
The actual exercise routine is divided into two sections. In the Gentle First Moves, recommended for women who just had a baby as early as 2 weeks prior, she goes through some very gentle exercises that are aimed to speed recovery from the labor and delivery trauma and to relieve aches and pains. Within the 30 minutes section, Helene outlined routines which were simple and perfect for the mom who is anxious to start getting back in the game. It was just enough to have her getting active again, but not too stressful where she could injure herself or stress her scar tissue, if she had a c-section.
The Bounce Back Fast features more advanced pilates moves and she shares various levels of each workout for the woman who is more advanced or father along in her post-partum recovery. There is a bonus feature specially for those women like me who experienced abdominal separation. These women have unique situation and cannot partake in some activities and exercises until their abdominal muscles retract back in line.
I practice pilates and ran through the routine and could tell that it includes many modified and standard postures for strengthening the core, pulling in the mid-section region and conditioning the body for more aerobic exercises maybe. Though the moves seem slight, if done right and often enough, I could see how one would see results.
The DVD includes a latex exercise band which is used in several of the exercises.
Helene also authors an accompanying book which has several dozen of the common pilates and yoga exercises and postures that can be used to explain. There are photographs of models showing the exercises at various stages. What I liked most about the book that it is practical and targets practical tips based on the stresses and activity that a new mom. For example, there is a section that shows how a new mom most likely will carry her baby on her hip and the correct way which is best for the core and healing.
If you do this 3 to 5 times a week while the baby is sleeping, you’d be good to go. It’s about taking time for yourself and “improving your physical and mental health so you are better able to take care of your baby,” Helene narrates in the DVD.
This DVD gets the Bellyitch stamp of approval. I plan to donate my copy to a nursery school auction program.
Helene will give away at least one copy of the DVD and book to Bellyitch Readers (I will let you know if I can give away additional copies). Open to US residents. Contest Deadline is May 24 at midnight.
Fill out the form below and you get an additional entry for 1. Tweeting the contest 2. Posting it on your Facebook Wall and 3 additional entries for writing a blog post about it. Please send a link to the entry in the form.
Helene is also the founder of BeFit-Mom.
BeFit-Mom provides free, in depth, expert information on all aspects of prenatal and postpartum fitness and exercise to help women have healthier pregnancies and babies. My mission is to support, motivate, and inspire women to lead their entire families to better health and wellness.