Podcast 077: The Truth About Prenatal Exercise | Farel Hruska, Fit4Mom Global Fitness Director

Farel Hruska Fit4Mom

My guest on this episode of “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” is Farel Hruska is the Global Fitness Director for FIT4MOM who has 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator.

In this episode, we will cover:

  1. the 3 most common “exercising during pregnancy myths” are what the current research REALLY shows about what you can and cannot do (especially in the 1st and 3rd trimesters).
  2. how to switch your mindset towards “pregnancy fitness goals” (they’re very different from fitness goals you have outside of pregnancy) and how to handle body image issues you may experience has your body changes before birth.
  3. an in-depth conversation about CORE strengthening and the pelvic floor (to Kegel or not to Kegel: why you have to learn about ECCENTRIC contraction!).

Resources mentioned in the conversation:

About Farel Hruska:

With 20 years’ experience as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and educator, Farel Hruska has been with FIT4MOM since March 2002.

As an international educator and presenter in pre / postnatal, and overall fitness education, Hruska has presented at numerous fitness conferences including EMPOWER, FitFest, SCW, the Asia Fitness Conference, the Fitness Festival of South China, MEFITPRO in Dubai and IDEA WORLD & PTI.

Farel has been featured by numerous press outlets for her fitness expertise, including CNN, New York Times, WebMD, Women’s Running Magazine, SheKnows.com and Pregnancy.com.

About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.