Buckle up, y'all, because "suck it in" is about to take on a whole new meaning.
The Bloom Method fitness program based in Boulder, Colorado, specialises in pre and postnatal exercise, and its "belly pumping" videos are about to give you an abundance of feelings. In the videos (above and below), pregnant mamas can be seen engaging in deep core breathing exercises, which are said to help mums' bodies in a number of different ways. Really though, it just looks like their pregnant bellies disappear — pregnant one second, totally normal-looking the next.
Belly pumping aka diaphragmatic breathing with deep core engagement! Why do we think EVERY expecting mother should be adding this to her daily regimen?
- Helps to maintain a connection to the deep core muscles throughout pregnancy (pelvic floor, transverse abdominis, and multifidus).
- Decreases low back and pelvic pain due to the deep core's ability to stabilize the spine and pelvis.
- Decreases your chance of abdominal separation by creating a balancing effect of the inhale, creating space for the baby, and the exhale, maintaining strength in the muscles of the deep core.
- Helps teach women how to effectively PUSH during labour. Knowing how to use your deep core during the pushing phase of birth speeds up pushing time by over 70 percent.
- Provides more stability postpartum while speeding up healing times during this rehabilitative stage.
- Keeps the expecting woman in parasympathetic nervous system, providing de-stressing signals to her and baby.
Add belly pumps to workouts or do throughout your day to create more balance and strength to your pregnancy. Try while driving, sitting at your desk, brushing your teeth, cooking, etc.
We're still so floored at these videos we're not even sure if we'd try this out ourselves, but apparently it's completely safe — the baby slips into mum's rib cage on the deep exhale. Let us know if this is something you've tried/would consider trying!
Happy Spring Mamas! Our beautiful instructor Rachel tapping into her deep core on her stunning hike this afternoon! Do you connect to your changing core in both exercise & daily movements? Do you know what intra-abdominal pressure is and how to maintain appropriate pressure in your abdomen whether pregnant or not? Are you aware that incorrect intra-abdominal pressure throughout your pregnancy (or after) can increase your chances of having diastasis Recti, PF prolapse & incontinence? Simple re-patterning can shift all of this while providing better results through exercise & other movement modalities. The Bloom Method wants to help you with all of this... pregnancy doesn't have to cause pain, it doesn't have to be complicated, It doesn't have to create a sense of disconnect within your body and it most certainly shouldn't make you feel any other way than Empowered & Strong! Shifting unnecessary movement & breathing patterns will provide more joy & awareness in your body than you may have imagined! TBM Belly Pumps are a must for all mamas, while we teach a series of deep core engagement exercises these are super yummy and easy for any woman to incorporate into her pregnancy! Adding BP's to your day may feel weird at first as most of us are chest breathers before we draw awareness to the imporantace of diaphragmatic breathing. Stick with it and be patient... your body came into this world breathing this way, it just has to remember We know you want to feel better during pregnancy (no pelvic or low back pain), decrease your chance of abdominal separation & PF prolapse or incontinence, become more aware of your deep core in ALL movements; not just your workout, build a stronger relationship with your PF outside of the dreaded kegel, & better understand how to use your deep core in the pushing phase of labor - making your pushing time drastically less, and heal quicker and safely pp! Give it a try and feel free to reach out if you need guidance- #fitpregnancy #fitbump #bellypump #thebloommethod #fitpregnancy #pregnancyfitness #pregnancyexercise #prenatalexercise #prenatalfitness #strongasamother