Mommy Fabulous is a comprehensive prenatal nutrition and exercise guide that fitness trainer and nutritional counselor Danielle Federico, M.P.H. developed for her own pregnancy aimed to create an even better body after having a baby.
The first half of Mommy Fabulous focuses on nutrition, exploring Danielle’s personal philosophy. She goes beyond the typical books about prenatal nutrient needs, teaching women how to make food choices so they gain healthy weight rather than pack on body fat while pregnant. Danielle’s unique style of eating teaches women how to have a positive relationship with food, which in-turn helps you protect your baby’s development and future health. This all-natural approach to eating improves metabolism so that weight loss is much easier after delivery.
Danielle engineered a workout plan that considers the abilities of the pregnant body, accounting for the weaknesses and the common discomforts in order to match them with activities that mitigate those effects and maximize your ability to emerge from pregnancy with a more toned, sculpted body. From a physical rehabilitation standpoint, she views childbirth as an abdominal injury and incorporates exercises into the pregnancy program that accelerate postpartum recovery time. Mommy Fabulous is a unique approach fusing Pilates, strength training, and core rehabilitation techniques for pregnancy. Exercise descriptions are followed by troubleshooting tips, safety recommendations, and beginner and advanced modifications, allowing the reader to customize their workouts. Trimester modifications maximize safety and allow the program to evolve as abilities change during pregnancy.
Mommy Fabulous continues to support the reader with a safe rehabilitation based fitness plan beginning twenty-four hours after delivery through the following six months. Danielle’s postpartum plan teaches women how to incorporate recovery techniques into daily life with a newborn. Mommy Fabulous provides expert coaching balanced with personal antidotes, motivational tips, and functional advice. Danielle followed her own advice and recovered from childbirth to her best body ever. By six months postpartum you too, can be Mommy Fabulous!
Check out the 2012 Feb/March issue of Fit Pregnancy Magazine devoted to weight. Danielle Federico, M.P.H., author of Mommy Fabulous, shares advice on staying motivated to exercise while pregnant in an article called ”Winterize Your Pregnancy” on page 76.
Totally Recommend It!
This book covers just about everything! Most prenatal nutrition books I looked at were cookbooks that contained nutrition information that can be found in a prenatal pamphlet or website. Mommy Fabulous has a few pages of recipes, but it is not a cookbook. Mommy Fabulous is a real nutrition guide that shows you how to make food choices, boost your metabolism, teaching you how certain foods can interfere with your baby’s brain development, even how to avoid developing gestational diabetes. There is a section on how to avoid cravings that lead to overeating or making poor food choices that I found very helpful. As far as the exercise section, it is not just a compilation of exercises; she literally builds you a workout schedule based on your fitness level, showing you how to spend your workout time. This was really helpful because I am the type who gets to the gym and does the same thing every time. It is easy to follow because every exercise has pictures with clear instructions, tips and adjustments for different fitness levels. If it hadn’t been for the postpartum guide, I would have waited months before exercising again. I just delivered, so I am still working on it, but the book has suggestions for things to do around the house with a newborn and I feel like they are making a difference already. I totally recommend this book! - Sandy P (dani-fabulous.com)
Thanks for making me fabulous again
I am a fitness class instructor and wanted a prenatal program that would keep me in shape during my pregnancy and get me into shape after I delivered as quickly as possible so I could return to work. Most books I looked at had suggestions about stuff you can do while pregnant, but they were generic and seemed to be written for beginners in their third trimester. Mommy Fabulous is exactly what I was looking for. The workout program is clear, specific and geared toward staying in real shape. It changes through the pregnancy so one book can get you from the first trimester through 6 months postpartum. You can tell this trainer knows what she is talking about. I am more fit than most women, so I was impressed that this book provides so many variations and modifications that all fitness levels can do the program. I also feel I generally eat pretty well, but after reading the nutrition section I was motivated to eat even better. There is a really good taco recipe! This book is a must have for anyone who want s to exercise while pregnant. –Jaklyn, Walnut Creek CA