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Stephanie Reynolds is bringing pelvic floor fitness to Hello, Baby!

Expecting? Recently Postpartum? Had your baby years ago?

Stephanie is a Peterborough, Ontario yoga instructor who specializes in pre and postnatal yoga and fitness. She is passionate about pelvic floor health and has worked with hundreds of women to help them better understand and take control to improve their own core and pelvic floor dysfunction.  Her classes and workshops provide a unique and safe environment to learn, strengthen, and grow. 

Stephanie Reynolds is a busy mom who enjoys running, climbing, adventures and fresh air in addition to teaching her amazing pre and postnatal yoga and fitness classes. 

Stephanie Reynolds is a busy mom who enjoys running, climbing, adventures and fresh air in addition to teaching her amazing pre and postnatal yoga and fitness classes. 

Pelvic Floor Fitness Workshop

Hello, Baby! is excited to announce that Stephanie will be bringing her Pelvic Floor Fitness workshop to our downtown studio this spring!  You can join Core Exercise Specialist Stephanie Reynolds for a 2-hour, interactive workshop on March 22nd 2018 from 945am to 1145am.  

What will you learn?

  • How to prevent and correct disorders like incontinence, prolapse, low back pain, pelvic pain, and diastasis recti (ab separation) through safe exercise;
  • If Kegels are right for you, and how to actually do them;
  • Lifestyle changes, posture adjustments and gentle exercises to rehab your core and pelvic floor muscles.
For more information about the Pelvic Floor Fitness Workshop:  click here .

For more information about the Pelvic Floor Fitness Workshop: click here.

Space is limited!

This date is limited to six participants which means this workshop will be smaller, more intimate, and allow for some additional one-on-one time for you with Stephanie.  It also means that this workshop is going to fill up fast!  For a little extra fun, there will be tea & (healthy) treats for everyone while you learn. Yum!

Hope to see you there!

Jenn & Steph


Postpartum healing: what happens when you bind your belly
belly binding Peterborough

What is postpartum belly binding?

Bengkung belly binding is a traditional Malayasian method of helping the body heal after having a baby. Women are wrapped and bound with cotton from their hips to their bust to honour and promote the health and healing of the womb. At Hello, Baby! we use gorgeous, hand dyed, 100% unbleached muslin to wrap your abdomen to help support your body's natural healing process. 

What are the benefits of belly binding? 

We don't know about you, but after birth, we want to feel strong, supported, and comfortable! After being pregnant and feeling limited, we couldn't wait to feel normal again. Belly binding can help you get there, faster. 

When a baby is born, our bodies are left in this state of expansion. We're full of retained water, fat and air which was used to support our growing babies. Although we will release this excess over time, belly binding post-pregnancy is a fantastic way to speed up the process using constant, but gentle pressure on the abdomen. 

Belly binding provides holistic support to all of the abdominal and pelvic organs including the muscles in the pelvic area. By binding your belly, we're encouraging and allowing your body to "close" more easily than just being left in an expanded state. 

Belly binding can

  • assist in the healing process of Abdominal Separation (Diastasis Recti)
  • improve posture and circulation
  • support loosened ligaments
  • provide support to your torso and back
  • helps your uterus and vital organs return to their pre-pregnancy size and position
  • support your pelvic floor
  • provide emotional benefits (with closing ceremony)
  • celebrate your postpartum body!

When should I bind?

With a vaginal delivery, you can be wrapped within the first week postpartum and if you have had a cesarean 4-6 weeks postpartum with a doctor’s approval. This is when binding is most effective as a tool to promote the health and healing of the womb after having a baby.

It is never too late to bind! The benefits we listed above are all possible post-baby at any stage and you may still be experiencing symptoms a year or more after your birth.

What happens when I book a belly binding?

One of our doulas will visit you in your home. She'll bring your beautiful wrap and you'll talk about your birth and postpartum experience together. We begin our binding ceremonies by burning sage and lighting a beeswax candle to create a sacred space and acknowledge and celebrate your body and your baby. You can choose to wear a tank-top, but we totally recommend going skin-to-skin!

Your fee includes: 

  • A handmade, hand dyed, 100% unbleached, cotton muslin Bengkung wrap
  • Additional wraps are available for purchasing in varying designs and colours for an additional fee
  • Two in-home visits
    • Visit #1 - Belly binding ceremony 
    • Visit #2 - Belly binding lesson

How do I schedule a Belly Binding Session?

Fill out Hello, Baby's contact form and let us know your story. Don't forget to include your availability. 

Spotlight on Stephanie Reynolds Yoga

Welcome back!

If you are following along with this little series of posts about wellness during pregnancy we would love to hear your thoughts or questions about last week's post about the Top 5 Coolest Things Your Pregnant Body is Doing.  Leave a comment or tag @hellobabyptbo in an Instagram pic.  We love belly shots!

This week we are talking to one of our amazing community partners Stephanie Reynolds.  Mother, local business owner, yogi, pelvic floor fitness expert and (in a nutshell) a guru on the subject of all things pre and post natal fitness, Stephanie works along side a group of vibrant women at Stephanie Reynolds Yoga and the Peterborough community is lucky to have her!

 In a nutshell, the muscles that makes up your pelvic floor are like a really strong hammock that keeps everything up and in.  For a pregnant woman, this is super important because you have a whole extra person to support (literally!) and your pelvic floor if working overtime.  Having a strong pelvic floor can also lead to an easier labour and birth as well as a faster recovery!  

Why do we love Stephanie?  

Besides her passion for fitness, she shares the Hello, Baby! commitment to community and empowerment.  When we asked her to sum up why she is so passionate about her work and her answer was simple and real.

I want people to live happier, healthier lives and to feel comfortable in their skin. Growing, birthing, and raising a child strips us down to our raw selves in a way that nothing else can. It also shows us how strong we really are! What I am really passionate about is helping other women, especially new mamas, build strength and confidence so they can shine.
— Stephanie Reynolds
Stephanie Reynolds Yoga Peterborough

Specializing in core and pelvic floor fitness, Stephanie offers a wide variety of classes including  Prenatal Yoga, one-on-one assessments, and special events.  If you are looking to try something new, Stephanie Reynolds Yoga is definitely worth checking out.

Keeping your body strong and balanced during pregnancy and after birth is so important to your overall wellness.  Our next post will continue the theme of wellness during pregnancy and will plunge into a discussion about why water is so important for the pregnant body and how you can squeeze more of it into your day.  Stay tuned!

Take Good Care,

- Jenn

If you have an idea for a blog series or a burning question we haven’t yet answered, send us an email - with the subject BLOG IDEA!. No doubt, someone else is experiencing the same thing and could totally benefit from it!