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Debunking Myths Surrounding Prenatal Exercise #3

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The Myth:

A woman can not lie on her back during pregnancy.

Why this myth exists

There is a risk of the depression of the vena cava (a large vein carrying deoxygenated blood to the heart) by the weight of the placenta, uterus and baby while on your back during your 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

FPC’s answer:

In a healthy pregnancy, lying on your back for a short period of time, for example, the completion of one exercise, isn’t likely to have any repercussions.  In general, we usually don’t put women on their backs during our workouts, but sometimes we may.  (For example, pelvic tilts are a great way to release lower back tension!)  Your body will let you know long before you are at risk.  If you feel faint, lightheaded, nauseous, dizzy, or short of breath, move yourself off your back and on to your side.  Once you adjust your position, the symptoms will resolve with no harm to you or your baby.  

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Move of The Week: Get Ups

We teamed up with the lovely ladies from The Parent Collective to bring you a functional fitness series!  

Check out week one: Get Ups! 

DEBUNKING MYTHS SURROUNDING PRENATAL EXERCISE #2

Last week we talked about why the advice to "continue the same workout you did before pregnancy" wasn't entirely true.  This week, we're debunking another common myth during pregnancy.

 
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Prenatal Exercise Myth: You can't get your heart beat above 140bpm’s.

 

 Why this myth exists

The heart rate cap was introduced in 1985 by the ACOG. They based this number on a small amount of research, mostly performed on animals and believed that strenuous exercise could affect the fetal heart rate and birth weight of a baby.  Even though they lacked the evidence showing either to be true.  This was debunked in 1994 by the ACOG but unfortunately, news doesn’t travel very fast and doctors still tell their patients this today. 

FPC’s answer

One size doesn’t fit all.  Women who workout are from all different backgrounds, genetics, fitness levels, and overall levels of health.  140bpm’s on an athlete or woman that pushes her workouts hard does not have the same effect as it does on a woman who has zero to little fitness in her life. That’s why we now use what’s called the “Talk Test” or “Perceived level of exertion”.  

The "talk test" being, if you can still talk during a workout and you aren't completely breathless, you are fine to keep pushing.  

The "perceived level of exertion" is being able to push yourself up to a 9 on a scale of 1-10.  10 is working to the point of passing out...we never want to go there, but a 9 is completely do-able, even during pregnancy.  

 

 

FPC's Ultimate Gift Guide

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We all want our husbands around for a long time so why not give them the gift of health. Our favorite wellness company, Parsley Health, just launched "The Parsley Assessment" which is an easy, low commitment way to explore ways to become a healthier version of yourself. Hopefully this proactive, preventative and cutting-edge care will inspire him to a healthier lifestyle in the new year. 

You love your BFF and even if you have agreed on no gifts the Isabella sock from Great Soles make the perfect "no gift gift". She will love it while in pilates or FPC class. We are also obsessed with the Teat & Cosset breastfeeding pajamas. Perfect for pregnancy, nursing AND beyond. Who doesn't love getting luxurious, made-in-Italy sleepwear? As an added perk Teat & Cosset are also offering the FPC community a 20% discount on the entire order. Just use code FPC20 at checkout. 

Your mom is always there for you when you need her and works tirelessly in the kitchen to cook you good food, why not give back with a plant-based meal plan from Sakara to kick off 2018? We are personally obsessed with all their snacks and can't stop eating their detox bars and matcha granola. 

Now what should you get yourself or ask your loved ones for? Here are our top three picks.

1) The Well + Good 2018 Palm Springs wellness retreat. How does hiking, eating healthy delicious meals, laying by the pool and working out with top fitness professionals for three days sound to you? Well, it sounds like heaven to us! Remember, selfcare is always the best care. 

2) A 10-pack of classes to FPC here to make sure you stay healthy, fit and strong in 2018.

3)  This Hatch Collection waffle turtleneck. It's the ultimate chic, cozy sweater and perfect for pregnancy and beyond. We suggest pairing with an awesome leather legging like these vegan leather ones.  

Happy Holidays!

Move of the Week: The Perfect Squat

"Squat 300 times a day, you're going to give birth quickly."

-Ina May Gaskin

#GOALS

Join Joanie and learn the ins and outs of The Perfect Squat.

Meet Your Instructors: Jess Parks

 

We took ten minutes to sit down with our friend and FPC instructor extraordinaire to find out more about her (and how she keeps 43 plants alive!)

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Hometown?

Detroit, Michigan. Well, actually Plymouth, MI, but I think Detroit makes me sound more hard core.

Current location?

I’m a Brooklyn girl.

What is your background?

I started dancing when I was 3 years old and never looked back! I danced all throughout high school, received my undergraduate degree in Dance from the University of Arizona and moved to NYC right after graduation to pursue my career as a professional. I worked as a dancer for 11 years during which time I had the good fortune to perform and teach both nationally and internationally and, eventually, even had my own contemporary dance company.

While I was dancing I fell in love with the practice of yoga. It taught me about my body and myself in a way that I had not had the opportunity to explore before. I knew that the next step would be to make the yoga practice a primary component in my life. Fast forward to 8 years ago, I did my first teacher training at Yogaworks. I was fascinated when we covered prenatal yoga. Learning about the innate intelligence of the female body during pregnancy and childbirth inspired me to continue my studies at Yogaworks and to begin teaching prenatal yoga. I loved working with my pregnant students and felt that I learned so much from each of them (I still feel this way!).  My interest in supporting women continued to grow.

At this point, I left behind my career as a dancer and began school at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine to pursue a degree in Chinese Medicine with a speciality in women's health. I already knew that becoming a doula was something that I was very interested in and, during an externship in L&D at the NYU Lutheran Medical Center, my interest was confirmed. Shortly thereafter I became a doula.

My passion for women's health, yoga and movement were the perfect combo that lead me to FPC!

What do you do when you don't teach at FPC?

Currently I spend most of my time studying! When I don’t have to study you’ll find me practicing yoga, bathing in nature, mixing essential oils and cooking.

What inspires you?

I am constantly inspired by my students. I literally live to pull people towards the depths of their potential. When someone is along for the ride and they learn something about themselves that they didn’t know was there, well, that’s inspiration!

Describe your FPC Flow class.

My FPC Flow class is a bit of a hybrid. I combine the intensity of strength training with the calming nature of a well choreographed flow sequence. Students can expect to break a sweat, find some calm in our crazy city and, most likely, hear a few tidbits about the anatomy, science and magic of pregnancy.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Well, I’m pretty grown up already BUT I do have a future dream that I am in the process of building. I hope to open a space dedicated to women’s health and well-being. A place where I can combine my work as an acupuncturist, herbalist, yoga instructor and doula to support, educate and inspire women.

What is your favorite 90s jam?

"You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette. Yep. Still love it.

Current favorite song?

"Black Book" by ORI. I CAN NOT stop listening to this song.

If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why?

Definitely a gazelle. They are so light on their feet and move through means of effortless leaping. Pure magic.

Tell us something that not a lot of people know about you.

I shaved my head in my early 20's! Poor decision.

Last but not least, what's your secret to keeping 43 plants alive?!

I really love my plants! I've given each of them a name and feel like they have their own personalities. I guess I just commune easily with the plant world. Also, luck!?!

 

You can find Jess at FPC on Tuesdays at 9:30am and 6:30pm. Sign up for class here

 

The Motherlode - By the BUMP

This Sunday you can find our co-founders, Joanie and Carolina, at Home Studios in Union Square as they demonstrate the most popular FPC foundational exercises for The Bump community. Join us there to check out everything for pregnancy and baby! #TheBumpMotherlode

Sign up here Limited spots available! 

Where Does FPC Eat Lunch?

The entire team at FPC are total food lovers and we are always exploring the neighborhood for new places to satisfy our cravings. Here are our current list of favorite lunch spots in SoHo.

 
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By Chloe at 240 Lafayette Street has the BEST vegan fast food. We order the guac burger, sweet potato fries and quinoa taco salad on the regular. Make sure you try their vegan ice cream too while you are there.

At Dr Smood on 470 Broome Street you will find things like Wild Caught Salmon sandwiches on their performance bread, vegan greek salads (with cashew feta cheese), green juices, and turmeric lattes. Do not leave without trying their store-made cashew milk in your drink of choice. 

If you are in the mood for traditional deli food but still want to keep it semi-healthy go to The Butcher's Daughter on Kenmare Street. Not a day goes by without us thinking about their vegan deli-style Reuben or vegan grilled cheese. If you want something to grab and go we recommend their Brass Monkey smoothie; Heaven in a cup! 

Last but probably the most frequently visited by the FPC team is DIG INN on Prince Street. They feature healthy, hot lunch bowls served with your choice of ingredients (vegan, vegetarian, and carnivores can all mingle together here). Our go to bowl is made with Classic Brown Rice, Broccoli Three Ways w/ Sesame Crunch, Roasted Kale w/ Acorn Squash and Wild Alaskan Salmon. While you are there you have to stop at the Matchabar for the most insanely delicious rosewater matcha latte.