My youngest daughter just turned six, and I’m finally getting around to healing my core from pregnancy and childbirth! I didn’t wait 6 years because I was lazy, quite the opposite. I spent 6 years doing the wrong things.
I very rarely do a product review, this is my second one in over 10 years of blogging! My own results inspired me to write about the Every Mother App. I genuinely hope that women who suffer from pelvic floor and core weakness after pregnancy and birth learn about this awesome app, which is why I wrote this review of Every Mother.
August 2020 UPDATE: It took me just about 4 months to completely resolve my Diastasis Recti! In the process I lost over 2 inches off my waist. I am thrilled with the results and I even recommended this program to my own mother, and it’s been quite a long time since she gave birth . . . but everyone can benefit from the incredible level of core strength that this exercise program yields.
March 2021 UPDATE: I’m at the Surpass level on the Every Mother App, and not only is my core really strong and toned, but I get compliments on my arms! Honestly, I’ve never been as fit as I am now, and without paying for a gym membership!
Here’s my story about healing diastasis recti:
After the birth of my second daughter, I decided to get in shape. So I went to yoga on a regular basis, and ran mile after mile. I drank smoothies, did all sorts of ambitious 30 Day Challenges. I went to the gym and listened to endless podcasts while doing the boring elliptical machine, and watched videos about getting a flat stomach made by gorgeous trainers who had babies and still had sexy abs . . .
I did this for years . . . and still . . . that round pooch persisted! And it really stands out on me because I’m small boned and flat chested. I suspected that something was up with my core, and that I wasn’t doing the right things. (Really, as many mamas know, it’s not fun to pee when you sneeze or cough.)
I finally broke down after a month of CrossFit, when I tried to explain to a male trainer that I can’t jump rope without peeing. And he’s like “Hey, lots of women feel like they might pee when they jump, it’s not abnormal.” And I’m thinking: No dude, I don’t mean that I feel like I have to pee. I know the difference, I’m in my forties. I will have to leave your class and change my clothes. Not okay.
So I did some research, because I come from one of those really scientific families that encourages that sort of thing. And I found the Every Mother Program that was proven to heal diastasis recti, which is exactly the issue that I wasn’t addressing. Most of the things I was doing only make it worse!
Much cheaper than my gym membership, the Every Mother program has a simple app that only costs me about $15 a month. For the price of one yoga class, I get a short daily workout for an entire month, tailored to exactly what my core can handle. There is just enough variety to keep it interesting, and many of the workouts are restorative yet very effective.
The photo above is from 50 days in, and I’m super pleased with my results. Okay so I don’t look like a personal trainer. But not too shabby for a woman in her 40s who loves bread and chocolate and had 2 babies.
The Every Mother videos also taught me how to know when my core and pelvic floor cannot handle what I’m doing. This is especially important when carrying heavy loads or doing any intense garden work. So I can ease off before undoing all my progress. Knowing what not to do is a huge part of the healing process.
I will also mention in this Every Mother review that the app is easy to use and I haven’t had any technical issues with it in all the months that I’ve been a subscriber. And when I complete the work out each day, I get a check mark for the day which is a good way of motivating me to stay consistent.
Now, here are some more details, for people like me who love details and want this Every Mother review to be more detailed:
No expensive equipment needed.
The only things I needed to get to do this core healing program is a set of 5lb weights. In the app there are exercises that call for “light weights” and “heavy weights” but I’ve been getting by with my 5lb ones. I don’t think I’ll increase the weight because my arms are really toned from these moves and I don’t want to bulk up, I prefer to sustain where I’m at.
Earlier in the program, it would have been nice to have lighter weights as 5lbs felt hard at first, but it was the beginning of Covid and it was hard to order anything online! By the time the supply chain stabilized, I was good with my 5lb weights. I also needed to get a resistance band and my mom happened to have an extra one. So aside from the small cost of the subscription, I like that I didn’t have to spend money on equipment.
Awesome variety of exercises.
There are so many different exercises, and they are short so they match my rather impatient attention span for such things. There’s restorative workouts that are mostly stretching and mellow work on the floor. There are more intensive workouts that involve planks and lunges and squats. There are variations on push-ups, but keep in mind that everything builds gradually based on what your core can handle. And the videos teach you how to know when to ease off, so you can build strength without overdoing it.
I am loving this Every Mother exercise app and I plan on sticking with it for a while. They add new workouts periodically so it keeps changing and it doesn’t feel like I’ll get bored or too familiar with the different moves. Every few weeks you can choose another program within the app that is a good match for exactly where you are at. There are even short ones for travel that don’t require any equipment.
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