Episode 76: Julie Leonard – Pre and Post-Natal Fitness Coach

Julie Leonard is a pre and postnatal fitness coach. She has a master’s degree in exercise science. She focuses on the core and pelvic floor and she helps people achieve an easier birth and faster postpartum recovery.

In this episode, Julie and I talk about how she got into her career and she gives us some great advice on strength work and core work. She has a wild story about the birth of one of her kids and she shares about that in this episode. This is super fun and casual as well as educational, you’re going to learn a lot in this episode!

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What we talked about:

3:10- Introduction to Julie

4:15- Being a competitive swimmer and how that impacts her parenting now

9:50- How she met her husband

10:45- Julie’s work in exercise science

14:30- How she improved her pelvic floor health

22:15- What people can do to prepare during pregnancy for labor and postpartum

26:30- Exercises that you should and shouldn’t do throughout pregnancy

30:25- Advice for people wanting to return to exercise postpartum

36:10- Julie’s birth stories

46:50- How Julie mentally handled her next two births after a traumatic birthing experience

50:30- Birthing positions

52:45- End of podcast questions

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