A Lovely Fourth Trimester…

The first three months post delivery is considered the fourth trimester of pregnancy as baby and mommy transition to their new roles. So far, we’ve navigated sleep schedules, a dairy protein allergy and finding our flow as a family of four.

At the same time, I’ve been easing back into working out and finding new ways to shape up and feel my best. One of my favorite things to do is settling baby in the stroller and tuning into a favorite podcast for a morning walk.

Stealing away moments for yourself is a luxury yet so necessary to gain renewed energy and a clear mind. Here are a few local fitness and wellness studios that are worth your precious new mom time.

(Photo by @jamie_scott_fitness)

For years I’ve been a member of Jamie Scott Fitness, a boutique style gym offering group fitness classes, a spin studio, barre classes, personal training and more. I love the variety of classes offered and the motivating coaching. Throughout both of my pregnancies, I continued my JSF workouts, which has made it easier to return post baby. Some of favorite classes are bikes, barre and abs; virtual ride, where you spin through the European countryside and xpress which is 45 minutes of weights and cardio.

(Photo by @Sunnysidepilates)

Strengthening your core is important after pregnancy, and Pilates is a great method to lengthen and tone your muscles. Earlier this year, Karis Loewen opened Sunnyside Pilates with the goal of using classic Pilates techniques to transform lives and bodies in our community. With multiple reformers, Karis leads group sessions of all levels and conducts private lessons. Monthly membership is available as well as class packages. Karis is offering a discount to blog readers. Just use code: alittlelovely10 when you checkout.

(Photo by @barre3columbia)

During my pregnancy, I was seeking lower impact exercise and barre was the perfect answer. Barre 3 Columbia meets you where you are in your fitness journey. I was able to modify up until my due date, and now I’m able to challenge myself by selecting heavier weights and by taking on all of those Barre 3 burpees! The new space on Devine Street is beautiful featuring a large, bright studio as well as childcare, a huge help for busy moms. Of course, after a class, you can walk next door for some pampering at The Nail Barre because wellness includes self care and even relaxation. You can do a trial two weeks of unlimited classes for just $49, and new members get the first month for $99. 

A hidden gem I’ve recently discovered is Revive Wellness Studio focused on hydration, skincare and massage. The tranquil location tucked along an alley off of Main Street provides a nice respite from the chaos of mom life.

Next week there is a great opportunity to mingle with your girlfriends and learn about different health and wellness services and experts in our community. “Get it Girl” is a mini wellness retreat hosted by the Health Made Simple Community, and will be held Friday, July 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 701 Whaley. Exercise Physiologist, Toni Branner, will also speak about the importance of cellular nutrition and Prevention. Tickets are only $5 but space is limited.

The fourth trimester for me is about finding a new rhythm and feeling my best for my family. What wellness tips work for you?

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