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Baby Registry Essentials 0-6 months

Take it from someone who has done it twice before, figuring out what a newborn needs is not an easy task. So, we decided to dive in and do the hard work for you and created this essential registry for you. Just copy, paste, sit back remember to #pumpandkegel and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy. 

Munchkin Digital Bottle Warmer for the easiest way to warm up pumped milk or formula. 

The HATCH-to-Hospital Box so YOU can look and feel good while in the hospital. 

 HALO Bassinest Swivel Sleeper to keep the baby close at night for easy nursing. 

Babybjorn Bouncer Bliss for when you need to do all the things you need to do, like wash dishes, drink coffee, cook dinner, binge watch The Crown on Netflix. 

Ergobaby OMNI 360 Baby Carrier All-In-One a carrier you can use from newborn until your child is 45 lb (average five year old), you can breastfeed in it, wear your baby facing in or out and is all around the best option if you only want to invest in ONE carrier. 

The Chicco Fit2 Infant Carseat The Bump.com's "Best of Baby" choice for carseats and who are we to argue? 

Pottery Barn Animal Friends Classic Activity Gym Simply just the cutest one out there! 

Dr. Browns Natural Flow Original Bottles has a lot of annoying parts but they are really the best ones out there to mimic the flow of the breast and reduce colic/gas. You can also get this dishwasher basket for easier cleaning. 

Angelcare Bath Support for stress-free bath time with your infant. No slipping, sliding out of your arms and baby is comfortable and supported.

Joolz Geo² Stroller is chic, lightweight, all-terrain (hello snowy sidewalks or sandy boardwalks!), and has lots of basket storage. We are in love! 

 

 

 

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Move of the Week: Grocery Bag Lifts

This is the last of our Functional Training Series with our friends from The Parent Collective.  Whether we are carrying bags home from the grocery store or lifting items out of our grocery home delivery boxes, this is a move we find ourselves doing all the time.  Learn how to protect your body and gain core strength at the same time!

Our Favorite Holiday Mocktails

Does the holiday fun have to stop just because you are pregnant? We think not. Here are some mocktail recipes to get you through the last few weeks of the holiday season. 

 

 SPARKLING BERRY AND POMEGRANATE MOCKTAIL from Casa De Crews

Ingredients

  • 2- 12 oz cans DASANI® Sparkling Berry, chilled
  • 4 oz. pomegranate juice, fresh
  • Cranberries, for garnish
  • Sprig of thyme, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To a highball glass, add ½ serving of DASANI® Sparkling Berry, 1 oz pomegranate juice, and 2-3 cranberries.
  2. Top with 1-2 sprigs of thyme for garnish. Will make four mocktails.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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FRENCH 75 MOCKTAIL from Always Order Dessert

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ice
  • 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 4 dashes lemon or orange bitters
  • 2 (6-8oz) bottles premium tonic water (such as Fever Tree or Q Tonic)
  • 2 rock candy swizzle sticks

Instructions

  1. Add fresh lemon juice and bitters to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until frosty then divide into two champagne flutes or coupe glasses.
  2. Top off with tonic water until it reaches about 3/4 of the way up the glass.
  3. Garnish with the swizzle sticks and serve immediately.

NOTE: Can't find rock candy? Add 1 teaspoon superfine sugar along with the lemon juice and bitters in the shaker.

 

SLOW COOKER GINGERBREAD LATTE from The Rookie Cookie

Ingredients

  • 8 cups whole milk (although FPC suggest switching to plant-based milk like almond or oat)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • pinch cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee or espresso
  • whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, caramel sauce, and gingerbread cookies for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a large slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 3 hours or until heated through. Monitor to make sure it doesn't boil.
  3. Turn slow cooker to warm setting and cook for another 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir again right before serving and taste.
  5. Dip rims of cups in caramel sauce and then in graham cracker crumbs to create the look above (optional). Top with fresh whipped cream and caramel syrup if desired. For extra fun, top with gingerbread cookies.
  6. Enjoy!
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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: Crib Lifts

We are continuing our Functional Fitness Series with the boss babes at The Parent Collective

Check out week two: Crib Lifts!

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!

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.