Pre & post natal fitness tips with Trisha Enriquez

We sat down with fellow mom and certified Pre and Post Natal Fitness Specialist Trisha Enriquez to talk about health, wellness and feeling great!

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Photography by: Leon Chai

1. Tell us the main differences between pre and post natal fitness?

By definition, prenatal fitness would be activity you would do before the birth of your child and postnatal would be exercise after the baby is born. With that said, I believe it is important to be active and fit during your pregnancy to assist in an optimal recovery after the baby is welcomed into this world!

2. Many women are hesitant to work out while pregnant – what is your take as a fitness specialist?

It is always important to speak with your physician before doing any activity. Most cases, if you were exercising prior to pregnancy you can continue to do so at a lower intensity. Keep in mind, the supine (laying on your back) position should generally be avoided when exercising during pregnancy. Of course, if you feel any pain or discomfort during activity, always stop immediately and contact your doctor if pain persists.

3. What is core rehabilitation and why do you specialize in it?

It is important to ‘restore your core’ after having a baby and not jump right back into your regular activities. I’m certified with Bellies Inc. and believe that their training method is ideal and optimal for the postpartum woman.

4. How important is pelvic floor health?

Every woman should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist. It is always recommended to get a detailed internal assessment prior to any activity. Your pelvic floor physiotherapist can give you a professional opinion on what activity you can and cannot do.

5. Is it harder to “claim your tummy” back after you have had more than one child?

Not necessarily. Every body is different and every mother will respond differently to exercise and eating. It is important for every mother to take their time and ease back into working out. Always remember, progress happens over time and not overnight.

6. Tell us how your virtual coaching works?

The customized coaching program starts with a questionnaire and is followed by a detailed phone consultation where all the information is discussed prior to designing a mother’s personalized plan. The program is provided via email, but the virtual coaching relationship is a two-way street where clients can let me know when something isn’t working and if anything needs to be changed. The plans are meant to be flexible and make sense for every individual’s personal lifestyle. Ultimately, my job is to ensure mommies are doing their job well, so I try my best to motivate and keep them on track.

The 30-day challenge is a standardized meal plan (supported by yummy recipes) and an easy-to-follow home workout routine – it’s an awesome way for any mother to kick start their fitness journey. The next 30-day challenge launches April 1st, so if you’re interested, click here.

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trishaTrisha Enriquez is a Toronto native with over 15 years experience in the health and fitness industry. She is a certified Nutrition and Weight-Loss Coach and a certified Pre and Post Natal Fitness Specialist who makes losing weight for mommies not only doable, but fun! Trisha is also an official Bellies Inc. trainer which allows her to be more specialized in core rehabilitation, pelvic floor health, and diastasis recti. Trisha is becoming more and more known for the development of her “No Tummy Mommy” programs that mothers all across the country continue to seek her virtual coaching to help get into the best shape of their lives after having a baby!

As a Human Biology graduate from the University of Toronto, Trisha has a strong scientific foundation of the human anatomy and physiology. Furthermore, she carries years of experience working for some of North America’s largest sports supplement companies, where she managed the branding and marketing for various female weight-loss products. Trisha has also written articles published in some of the most popular health magazines on store shelves today, including Fitness Magazine, Oxygen, Fitness Rx, and Muscle & Fitness Hers. 

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