reviews

“Every woman who is or has recently been pregnant can benefit from Baby Weight. Easy to implement nutritional advice and a comprehensive exercise program are a good recipe for weight control and getting fit. Micky’s expertise and experience as a physical therapist distinguishes Baby Weight from other books of its kind, making the program safer and more effective. The clever postnatal exercises with the baby make it easier for new mothers to actually do them. Highly recommended.”

Leighanne Glazener, M.D. OB/GYN
Corpus Christi Women’s Clinic

“Aside from the social aspect of spending time and bonding with your baby, exercising with your baby can be physically beneficial for both of you. Micky’s experience as a neonatal and pediatric physical therapist shines through in the useful handling techniques that help stimulate your baby’s developmental growth while you get back into shape.”

Carlos Botas, M.D.
Director, NICU – Kaiser Medical Center, San Francisco

“In my 27 year career as an obstetrics nurse, childbirth educator and perinatal fitness trainer, nearly every pregnant or postpartum woman I met was concerned with her body image, weight gain, and fitness level. Until Baby Weight, there was no resource that offered it all: education about the pregnancy process, practical advice on diet, and a thorough exercise program. Exercising with the baby in the postnatal program makes the exercises more effective, and more fun!”

Connie Bach, RN, IAT-CE-D-CPFE
President, BirthMatters, International

“I really liked [Baby Weight]. Not only does it have lots of cool exercises that you can do with the weight of your baby, but it also feature realistic images of women doing the workouts. None of these anorexic, well rested models holding babies trying to be passed off as new mothers. Nice try, Twiggy. Go eat a cracker.”

The book also has a nice tone without the condescending “tut tut” crap – just practical content delivered in a simple, clean, supportive format.

I actually tried some of the moves with my three-year old and he had a great time. I would have preferred to use a two-month old baby rather than a surly pre-schooler, but no matter. It worked very well and now my kid keeps asking to do “the boat.”

There is also a brilliant Sciatic Stretch, a whole chapter dedicated to moves you can do to alleviate common aches and pains like lower back pain, etc. There’s even a section on what you can do if you’re on bed rest.

There’s little doubt that Micky knows her stuff and it comes across in this book”

Amy Morrison, Bloggess
Pregnant Chicken

“Baby Weight, released in Oct. 2011, offers a comprehensive look at the changes the body goes through during pregnancy. [Morrison’s] unique vantage point as a health professional, prenatal fitness instructor and a mother makes Baby Weight an important new pregnancy resource.

Good practice nutritional principles and information on hormonal and body mass changes are highlighted in a manner that raised my scientific IQ on the subjects.

Building upon this technical info, Morrison makes a strong case for the benefits of sensible, prenatal exercise. Minimizing excess weight gain and building stamina for delivery are certainly two compelling reasons to get moving during pregnancy.

The second half of the book includes terrific photos of Morrison’s Yoga based CoreMama exercises, with modifications for your skill level and trimester. But then it gets even better. As an Internationals Childbirth Education Association certified fitness instructor, Morrison mentors moms continuing with the program after delivery – helping themselves regain stamina, lose pregnancy weight and fight off postpartum depression.

Skillful guidance is articulated on how moms can also incorporate their babies and
toddlers into these sessions. What a wonderful way to bond with your child, while fostering positive attitudes about healthful living right from the beginning.”

Why am I reading a book about losing the baby-weight when I’m like 4 years post-partum? Because it’s a great book for anyone, really. Incredible tips with a ton of pictures of hot Mommas actually doing the yoga/Pilates strengthening-type exercises, so you know you’re doing them properly. It’s super helpful when you’re feeling awkward holding a pose you may not have experienced before.There are chapters on prenatal and postnatal fitness, as well as adjustments for beginners-advanced, post-c-section & Mommas who may have other limitations, even those on bed-rest.

The book actually kicks off with nutritional tips, or, the 7 Principles. Such as: Eat to Live, Eat Fresh, Power Up with Protein, etc. Micky focuses on the fact that this is not a diet, but a way of life. If you remember, my discipline with food was key to helping me lose weight the first time around. I stuck to it for well over a year, until I recently fell off the wagon. Thankfully, I don’t have 50lbs to lose this time. I’m very focused on nipping this gain in the bud before it gets out of hand. I believe Micky’s book will help me get back on track.

I love how Micky keeps it real for new moms, by integrating your baby into many post-partum exercises, discussing depression, as well as the unpredictable agenda your baby may have.

Kelli M. Williams, Domestic Blogess
Momma Needs A Beer

“While I was pregnant with Eric, Micky Marie Morrison, PT, ICPEE was kind enough to send me an advance copy of her recent book, Baby Weight: The Complete Guide to Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness.  Combining an emphasis on nutrition, exercise, andbonding with your baby, Baby Weightshowcases Morrison’s experience as a physical therapist and certified perinatal fitness educator and gives pregnant women and new mothers a low-key, fun CoreMama fitness program to follow.

One of the reasons that I especially liked the book is that it allowed me to work at my own pace in the comfort of my own home.

I joke with people that “I don’t exercise in public!” but I’m dead serious: I DON’T LIKE TO EXERCISE IN PUBLIC.  I recommend the heck out of prenatal yoga and pilates classes, and I applaud those women who continue to run and job right up until the birth of their babies.  But because I have a completely irrational exercising-in-public phobia, I typically spend my time holed up in my living room working out to my favorite DVDs.

Baby Weight gave me the opportunity to continue working out in my living room.  But it also gave me the opportunity to work out at the pace of a work-at-home mother.

With exercise DVDs, I tend to get annoyed every time I have to hit the “pause” button just so that I can get someone some juice/wipe someone’s bottom/referee an argument.  “Pausing” wasn’t that much of a hassle, however, when I was following the various routines (beginner, intermediate, advanced, and postnatal-only) outlined in Baby Weight.

For one, the book is well-organized.  It begins with a general overview of the importance of healthy eating and activity during pregnancy, and it goes on to describe in detail each of the exercises that are part of the program.  What’s more, there is at least one picture illustrating each of the exercises.  And while I might have appreciated photos depicting a greater variety of body shapes and sizes (every woman pictured could be described as “thin”), I was glad to see images of many different women who were in different stages of pregnancy and the postpartum period.  Many of them were also pictured exercising with their babies!  This too is one of the strengths of Baby Weight: for each of the exercises outlined in the book, Morrison describes how you can include your baby in your fitness routine in a way that promotes loving touch and mother-baby bonding.

Finally, Baby Weight ends with a series of “suggested flows” for Morrison’s CoreMama™ fitness program.  Each series incorporates 40-60 different positions or exercises and gives you both a picture of the exercise and the page number in the book where you can find it described in more detail.

As I worked out throughout my pregnancy and the postpartum period, I found that I had many of these “flows” memorized. I felt myself gaining bodily strength too–a strength that certainlyhelped me both as I gave birth to Eric and as I recovered from pregnancy and labor.  I still findBaby Weight helpful as I continue to build (and re-build) strength with a new baby in the house.

And I best of all, I could (and can) do these workouts at any time of the day, in my own home, and at my own pace: even if it meant stopping every once in a while to refill a juice cup or breastfeed baby Eric.”

Kristen Oganowski
Birthing Beautiful Ideas

“This book details hundreds of different types of exercises that you can do right at home- some of them interacting with baby. I found this extremely beneficial to both me and my baby boy- you can get your body back without leaving your baby behind!”

“I was really impressed with this book and as a woman who has always struggled with weight I was thrilled to find something that would help not only during but after a pregnancy.”

“It’s is very good stuff to be doing for one’s core and flexibility, and it also keeps a mother interacting with her spawn in a very fun and productive way. I have no doubt that if one followed the exercise program described in Baby Weight, one would be quickly on their way to improved fitness and flexibility both during and after pregnancy.”

Nicholas Fogelson, M.D. OB/GYN
Academic OB/GYN

“Not only does this book encourage new moms to get back in shape, but it helps to make it a fun, healthy bonding experience for both mom and baby.

While the idea of getting into a fitness routine after giving birth can be very daunting, this book approaches the idea from both a practical and a realistic perspective. The clear instructions, illustrations and positive tone of the book make this a must-have for anyone that is starting to prepare for the postpartum period, or who is already in it.”

“This book gives you the tools that you need to control your weight and maintain your muscle tone during pregnancy so that it doesn’t have to be as stressful after your sweet baby comes. The thing I love about this book is that it gives you specifics that you can do to maintain your weight but they are geared towards beginners or intermediate. This means that if you are a beginner like me, you can find the help you need but if you are more advanced it is customized to those needs. Also, after time, the beginners will become intermediates so you can really use and benefit from this book for a long time.

I love that the Postpartum fitness in Baby Weight isn’t telling you to go out and run ten miles. This is the last thing I want to do when I have a new baby. In this book you are given specific exercises that you can do while you are pregnant and specific exercises that you can do with your baby after they are born. The exercises with your baby are very safe and easy to do. They help you tone while at the same time they allow you to bond with your baby. I had a c-section with all four of my kids which meant that I couldn’t start working out as soon as I would have liked. In this book, they even give c-section variations to help everyone out. I thought this was wonderful and very useful to me.”

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