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The Tummy Team – Week One

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I have struggled with lower back and hip pain for 3 of my 4 pregnancies. It hurts to lay on my side, I limp when I walk, and I grimace in pain when I stand up and have to take that first step. It’s not that fun.

I tried going to a Chiropractor during my last pregnancy, but between co-pays and trying to get there with two littles, it didn’t work out well. It is hard getting anyway with littles, let alone littles while you’re pregnant and hobbling everywhere.

My posture is horrible, and pregnancy doesn’t help. I’ve had a weak core for as long as I can remember. A freak sledding accident in college didn’t help anything. I tried Pilates. I tried crunches. I even tried just walking and trying to hold in my stomach.

But nothing worked.

I was super excited to find Kelly Dean from The Tummy Team during this pregnancy!

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure how her Prenatal Core Training Program would work online. It’s online! Workout videos have always been hard for me to follow through with, unless I was doing it with someone else. Now with kids, it’s even harder. But it’s doable. While you don’t have an actual person in the room with you helping you through the steps, Kelly’s videos are very thorough. It’s almost she really is in the room with you. And if you still have questions, there is an amazing Facebook group. If you need more help, you can purchase a one-hour Skype session for $100.

Week One is complete, and I made it through. I’m finding that it’s better for me to watch the videos before I go to bed at night, put them into practice that night and the next day, reviewing if needed at nap time.

I knew my core was weak, but I didn’t realize just how weak. And my posture? Wow. Just wow. No wonder my lower back and hips hurt all the time!

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See that first picture? It’s like they took a picture of me. Ouch!

If your core is as weak as mine, I highly suggest purchasing a splint from them. I didn’t even know you could wear splints during pregnancy! But I wore one today, and my back and hip pain was nothing compared to what it was yesterday. I was also a lot more aware of how engaged I was.

Even after week one, I can tell a difference. I can’t wait to move on. I’ll keep you posted!! Just so you’re aware, I am using this program for free in exchange of my review. But that has in no way influenced my opinion. All written opinion are my own.

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LoveB13

Friday 23rd of October 2015

I just found out I am pregnant with my second child (first is almost 9 months old) and I have 4FW diastasis recti. Any suggestions please? I looked at the tummy team packages for the prenatal training and honestly it's not something I can afford right now. So any suggestions will help greatly!

Also if I purchase the tummy slint with my size right now I'm assuming I'll have to buy bigger sizes throughout the pregnancy? Stupid question just wanted to be 100% sure. Thanks in advance!

Kristen @ Smithspirations

Friday 22nd of November 2013

Yep... 39 weeks, and the bad posture example is definitely me if I'm not being really intentional with my pregnancy posture! I do much better sitting, but standing it another story. I've been doing Fit2Be and that's helped, too. They reference the Tummy Team! Hope it is helpful for you!

Bon Crowder (@mathfour)

Wednesday 6th of November 2013

I have 7 weeks to go and am really feeling the weight of this kid. Is it too late to start this?

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Wednesday 6th of November 2013

How exciting!! Honestly, from what I've gathered so far, it's never too late. They also have the regular program for after delivery. And the splint is making a world of difference! I'll be praying for you!!

Deals From Ms Do

Tuesday 5th of November 2013

I would have LOVED knowing about this sort of stuff when I was pregnant! I'm a whole 5'3" and carried an 8 lb. 6 oz. baby that was 21.5" long. You could not tell that I was pregnant from the front (at a distance) or from the back at all. She was 100% directly in my short belly cavity, she had NO where to go but straight out and it was SOOOO rough on my poor back! The doctor was always fussing at me about my pregger posture and I even had pulled muscles in my back from simply being pregnant, one doc told me!

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Tuesday 5th of November 2013

Girl. That just sounds painful! I wish I had known about this with my second or third pregnancy. I wore my splint again today, and no limping. I knew the core was important, but I had no idea I could work on it while pregnant. Seriously, more women need to hear about this!!