Author - Cassandra Hawkinson

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The Active Moms' Club provides Chicago moms with prenatal and postnatal fitness classes they can bring their children to. Our exercise programs are specially designed to help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy and return to or enhance your pre-baby fitness level in a supportive, small group environment. Visit our website to learn more about our programs. Like us on Facebook.  Follow on Instagram, explore us on Pinterest, and subscribe to our NEW blog.

Mom's New Body: Favorite FAQs

Our bodies are capable of amazing things – like creating human life! As a trainer working with new/expecting moms, I know it’s important to understand how and why our bodies change, and what we can do about it.

Here are my five favorite facts.

(Read the prequel: Mom’s Expecting Body: A Few FAQ’s – And How Exercise Can Benefit You & Your Baby.)

Do I really have to wait six weeks to exercise?

Yes! Making a baby is a lot of work and your muscles will be in a REHAB phase. ...

Posted on January 03, 2014 at 8:00 AM by Cassandra Hawkinson

Mom's Expecting Body

A Few FAQ's -- and how Exercise Can Benefit You & Your Baby

A woman’s body undergoes a multitude of physical changes during pregnancy. As a personal trainer, I've fielded a lot of questions about what's changing and why -- and what we can do about it. Here are a few of my favorites, along with a few points about how starting or maintaining a fitness routine can help. I believe it’s important for moms to understand how and why her body is morphing to create life, and how exercise ca...

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Cassandra Hawkinson

5 Ways to Rock Your Core Before & After Baby

An expecting AND new mom have similar physical needs, core strength! Core strength is the ability to use your body’s power center – the center of your body – to power you through life’s daily movement. Pregnancy and motherhood is a true test of core strength!

What is your core? The core includes all muscles that attach to the spine and hip; upper postural muscles, abdominals, pelvic floor and back muscles. All of these muscles undergo a tremendous amount of stress during pregnancy and ...

Posted on September 06, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Cassandra Hawkinson